1. Schmidt, Bonnie MSN, RN
  2. MacWilliams, Brent PhD, RN


A concise, systematic review of commonly used admission criteria for prelicensure nursing programs is presented in this article. Admission criteria include grades in prenursing college courses, standardized preadmission tests, essays, personal interviews, and volunteerism. Literature is reviewed regarding the relationships between admission criteria and success in undergraduate nursing programs. Gaps in the literature and future research needs are described.