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VA-STEP Eligibility Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) program;
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The CGPA must be computed on post-secondary academic work taken within the past 3 years or based on academic work accepted for credit towards the nursing or medical laboratory scientist degree. While a student may have a grade of “C” in a specialty course, the cumulative GPA for their specialty courses may not be less than a 3.0. Only data on official transcripts will be used for determining grade qualifications;
  • Have completed the final semester/quarter of junior year prior to the program start date;
  • Be eligible to graduate by the following June;
  • Have had at least one clinical experience in a medical center or hospital;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Provide documentation of immunization status and current Health Care Provider BLS training;
  • Submit all application materials by the deadline;
  • Not have a service obligation to any Federal, state, or private institution or be a recipient of any Federal scholarship that incurs a service obligation;
  • Be able to work full-time during the summer months and part-time during the academic year.