Transfer Nursing

Learn more about completing your nursing degree at William Jewell College. We emphasize mind, body and spirit, both in the classroom and in life based upon our Nursing Hallmarks: Integrity, Compassion, Leadership, Scholarship, Excellence in Practice and Service to Others.

Why Nursing at Jewell?

  • 85% employment rate prior to graduation
  • 100% employment rate within 3 months of graduation
  • 93% Accelerated Track first-time NCLEX pass rate in 2019
  • 100% 4-year BSN first-time NCLEX pass rate in 2019
  • You will be more than a number. Our program recognizes and supports your strengths.
  • Enjoy your learning environment. Jewell’s beautiful campus is a great place to do your best work.
  • Take the lead. Learn critical thinking and leadership skills that will last your entire career.
  • Have the most competitive clinical experiences. Attend clinicals in the best hospitals and care facilities in the nearby Kansas City region.

When can I start?

Jewell offers spring and fall entry points for nursing:
To start in January, submit your application, official transcripts and supplemental items by November 15.
To start in August, submit your application, official transcripts and supplemental items by July 1.

Nursing Program featured on Fox 4 KC news

Dr. Leesa McBroom, nursing chair: "Our students are usually looking to make a difference in their community, and nursing brings that for them. They're compassionate, caring people who want to use their intellect and critical thinking skills, but also care for people."

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From State School To Jewell

After spending two years at a large university, Liberty resident Marissa Adams decided Jewell wasn’t too close to home after all. “The professors know you by name, they want you to succeed, and everyone is in it together. I wouldn’t trade being close to home for some ‘independence’ because life’s better when you have your support system close to you. Jewell gives you that opportunity, and then some.”

Transfer Nursing Application Process

  • Step 1: Request Official Transcripts

    Request that official copies of transcripts for all colleges at which you’ve enrolled be sent to Jewell's Office of Admission. Please also remember to request transcripts from colleges that sponsored dual-credit courses you may have taken during high school. In order for your transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the reporting institution to our Office of Admission.

    NursingCAS users: You may send all transcripts and application items to NursingCAS. You do not need to send duplicate copies of all materials to Jewell if you have already submitted them as part of your NursingCAS application.

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  • Step 2: Submit the Following Materials for Evaluation

    • One Letter of Recommendation. Please have your reference type a letter, print it, sign it by hand and mail it directly to the Office of Admission. Recommendations must come from a person who has served in a supervisory or professorial capacity in relationship to you. Personal references from family and friends will not be accepted.
    • Involvement Résumé. Maximum length allowed is two pages. As applicable, focus on areas of professional healthcare experience, community service/volunteering, mentoring/leadership and education.
    • Nursing Essay. Maximum length allowed is 500 words, with a minimum of 250 words. Please answer both of the following prompts: Why do you want to become a nurse? Why is Jewell the place for you to earn your BSN? You may submit your essay as part of your online application, or you can leave the essay portion of the application blank, and submit your essay at a later time by emailing it as an attachment to the Transfer Admission Counselor.
    • Entrance Exam Scoresheet. Submit an official scoresheet from a proctored test taken at a licensed testing facility less than one year ago from one of the entrance exams listed below. Please request that your testing provider deliver an official score report directly to the Office of Admission:
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  • Step 3: Review Background Check Policy

    Review the Department of Nursing’s Background Check Policy.

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  • Next Steps

    A formal interview is required to determine admission status. All official college transcripts and application submissions must be received by the Office of Admission before an interview will be granted. Interviews are granted based on the merits of application submissions as determined by the Admission Counselor and Department of Nursing. As such, not all applicants will be selected for interview. If you are selected for a formal interview, you will be notified by a member of the Department of Nursing in order to coordinate a time and date for your interview.

    If you are interested in applying to Jewell as a Transfer Nursing student, we encourage you to create a Next Steps Meeting with your Admission Counselor.

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Criteria for Program Selection

  • Preliminary Requirements

    • Completion of your application to William Jewell College
    • Submission of official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions at which you have been enrolled in courses or have received financial aid, even if credit was not awarded
    • Applicants normally present a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale).  GPA may be calculated on applicant’s entire academic record or on last 3 years of college attendance whichever is higher.
    • One reference, preferably from an employer or a faculty member
    • Completion of pre-nursing admission exam such as Kaplan, TEAS or HESI.
      • Kaplan Admissions Exam – proctored by William Jewell College ($25 fee applies). Enroll to test: Register with Allie Foltz, Jewell Nursing Student Liaison: or 816-415-5072
      • TEAS-V (Test of Essential Academic Skills):
      • HESI (Health Education Systems Incorporated):
        Scores above national average. Preferences are given to candidates with a successful first attempt within the last two years. Consider taking an admission exam after completing half of the prerequisites including anatomy.
    • Record of successful academic progress with B- or better in first attempt of prerequisite courses. An attempt is defined as enrollment in a class with the following indication on a transcript a) course grade, b) incomplete = I, c) Withdraw = W.
    • Any transferred nursing courses, such as Nutrition, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, must be completed with a grade of B- or better on the first attempt.
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  • Secondary Requirements

    • A selective and competitive interview with a member of the Nursing Department
    • If selected for interview, submit a resume at interview including any community, volunteer and/or health-related experiences.

    Consult William Jewell College’s Course Catalog section titled “Requirements for Transfer Admission.” Your requirements for completing a bachelor’s degree will have to be determined in consultation with the Registrar and the Department of Nursing.

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Prerequisite Courses

The Anatomy, Chemistry, Microbiology and Physiology prerequisite courses must be complete prior to beginning Jewell's Nursing Program and must have been completed within 10 years of beginning the program. The Department prefers that Nutrition, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology be taken at Jewell for transfer students. Appropriate courses in Pathophysiology and Nutrition can be transferred to meet requirements of the nursing major if they were completed within 5 years before matriculation at Jewell.  Any nursing courses, such as Nutrition, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, must transfer with a B- or better.

  • Prerequisites At Jewell

    • Chemistry
    • Basic Psychology
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Written Communication
    • College Algebra, Calculus I or Math for the Liberal Arts
    • Human Anatomy with lab
    • Human Physiology with lab (Anatomy and Physiology combined courses are accepted)
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  • Prerequisites At Metropolitan Community College

    PSYC 140 – General Psychology
    BIOL 109 Anatomy and Physiology or
         BIOL 110 – Human Anatomy and BIOL 210 – Human Physiology
    BIOL 132 – Human Nutrition
    BIOL 208 – Microbiology
    CHEM 105 – Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences
    ENGL 101 – Composition & Reading I
    MATH 120 – College Algebra

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  • Prerequisites At Johnson County Community College

    PSYC 130 – Intro to Psychology
    BIOL 235 – General Nutrition
    BIOL 230/231 – Microbiology and Lab
    CHEM 122 – Principles of Chemistry
    BIOL 140 – Human Anatomy
    BIOL 225 – Human Physiology
    ENGL 121 – Composition I
    MATH 171 – College Algebra

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  • Prerequisites At Kansas City Kansas Community College

    PSYC 101 – Psychology
    BIOL 145 – Nutrition
    BIOL 261 & 262 – Microbiology & Lab
    CHEM 109 – General Chemistry
    BIOL 141 – Human Anatomy & Lab
    BIOL 271 & 272 – Physiology & Lab
    ENGL 101 – Composition I
    MATH 105 – College Algebra

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