Helene Fuld School of Nursing

Prospective Nursing Students

Admission Process

If you're here, you're probably interested in one of our renowned nursing programs!

  • BSN, Traditional
  • BSN, RN to BSN
  • BSN, Accelerated 2nd Degree

You've probably already started to get a lot of information, and you'll definitely be getting more. On this page, we've gathered resources and information to get you started, and help you find your way around.

Advising for Prospective Students

Academic Success Center staff and the First Year Experience (FYE) staff both help advise students interested in applying to admission for one of our undergraduate nursing programs. We encourage students to contact both offices and schedule an appointment for academic advisement/counseling before applying.

Connect with First Year Experience:

Suite 133, Health and Human Services Building

(410) 951-3970 or by email

Connect with the CHP Academic Success Center:

2nd Floor, Grace Jacobs

(410) 951-3555 or by email 

Admission Requirements

Every person interested in a Coppin nursing program must first apply to Coppin State University and submit additional documentation. There are 3 different undergraduate nursing programs, and some may have specialized requirements. The general admissions process for all nursing programs includes:

  • Coppin State University online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal Essay
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Interview

The next sections explains nursing-program specific admission requirements in more detail. Still have questions? Reach out to the School of Nursing by email or phone or the CHP Academic Success Center

If granted admission to a nursing program, Accelerated 2nd Degree students may also need to return a signed Acknowledgement Form.

Online Application

Prospective students interested in any Coppin nursing program must first apply for admission to Coppin State University. Nursing applicants must receive admission to Coppin and receive Pre-Nursing advisement before completing the Admission to Baccalaureate form for admission to a Nursing program.

There is a competitive admissions process (Fall only) for admission for any Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) program. Please note, just because you receive admission to Coppin State University does not mean you are also granted admission to a nursing program.

HFSON Decision Dates
Decision deadline  
Early Decision December 1st  
Final Decision February 1st  
RN to BSN Final Decision  July 15th  

Official Transcripts

To be eligible for admission, all applicants must submit official transcripts from each college and/or university attended. Nursing applicants must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and also the CHP Academic Success Center.

Transcripts for International Education

Students who have completed any coursework or education outside of the United States or territory must submit a coursework evaluation. Visit our International Student Admission page for more information on our transcript evaluation partners.

Letters of Recommendation

All Coppin nursing programs require 3 letters of recommendation as part of your admission application. When requesting letters from your references, be sure to provide them with the Undergraduate Nursing Recommendation Form.

In order for your references to complete the form they will need you to provide this information:

  • Your full name
  • Your Coppin State University ID#
  • Semester you're applying for (i.e. Fall 20_, Spring 20_, etc.)
  • Your desired program
    • Traditional BSN
    • Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN
    • RN to BSN

Your references will not be able to complete the form without the listed information. Once they have your information, completing the recommendation form should take about 15 minutes.

HESI A2 Competitive Scores

Students applying to the Traditional BSN and Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN must submit official HESI A2 scores to the CHP Academic Success Center.

Students applying to the RN to BSN program do not need to submit HESI A2 test scores.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • 3.00 on a 4.0 scale is the minimum cumulative GPA for the Traditional BSN and RN to BSN programs
  • 3.00 on a 4.0 scale is the minimum cumulative GPA for the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN

Application Essay

The Coppin State University application includes an essay. For students applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree and RN to BSN programs, make sure your essay of goals and objectives includes the following:

  • Your reason for choosing a career in nursing
  • Details on how your desired nursing program will help you accomplish your professional goals
  • Factors that prompted your career change
  • Your reasons for choosing Coppin for your nursing education
  • Your long-term goals
  • Brief summary of significant professional experience, from high school to present
  • How your previous work and academic experiences relate to nursing
  • Our nursing programs are academically intense. Also include how you'll handle academic demands as well as other responsibilities.


Students applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree and RN to BSN programs may be asked to sit for a virtual or in-person interview.


Transfer Admissions

Interested in bringing your community college or previous college credits to Coppin? Transfer Admissions is your resource to get started.

Transfer Evaluations

Getting your Final Transfer Evaluation Report

A student will receive their transfer evaluation report once they receive their acceptance notification and the Office of Admissions receives all required documents. Students can access the final report in EagleLINKS before the end of their first semester enrollment. Be sure to set up your EagleLINKS account with your User ID and password, so you can access your admissions, academic, and financial aid information.

Appealing Your Final Transfer Evaluation Report

Any student who feels they've been denied credits, or that credits were articulated inaccurately can file a written appeal. The appeal must be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration within 30 business days before the end of the first semester of the student's enrollment. 

Send all written appeals to:

Office of Records and Registration
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216
Attn: Transfer Coordinator

Cost to Attend

Questions about tuition and fees for the 2021-2020 academic year? Check out our resources on the costs to attend Coppin State University

Nursing students may also have additional costs that are not included in University tuition estimates. Students must purchase and wear nursing uniforms, and might also be required to undergo background checks for on-site clinical placements.

Plan Your Campus Visit

There is no free parking on campus. There is visitor parking in several on-campus parking lots. Students who have been admitted, but don't yet have a parking permit can also use visitor parking.

See visitor parking options


Our focus is to recruit students who have the potential to become experts and professionals in their fields. The Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) works with Coppin students, faculty, staff, and administration of CSU to increase our use of Best Practices for recruiting and retaining regional, national, and international candidates for our undergraduate nursing programs. We also get excited to meet new prospective students through social media and in-person at our many local and national recruitment events.