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Admission to the BSN Program

Students can be admitted to the BSN program in the Traditional, Accelerated, or RN-BSN track. Students who have met the requirements for admission to UNMC can apply through NursingCAS ( which is a centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing (RN) programs at all levels. Students who have already received a Bachelor’s Degree have the option to apply for the Accelerated BSN track. Students who have a Bachelor’s degree and would like to apply for both the Traditional and Accelerated tracks may do so.

Admission to the College of Nursing is a competitive process and is based primarily on your campus preference, the GPA of the required prerequisite courses, the total number of prerequisite courses completed at the time of the application, the receipt of positive references, and a personal statement.  For the Accelerated program it also includes an interview with qualified applicants.

Admission Requirements

  • A complete and submitted NursingCAS application and a submitted UNMC CON supplemental application. Deadlines apply.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for prerequisite courses. See Note Below.1
  • A minimum grade of C+ (2.67) is required in each prerequisite. Please read full policy for details.
  • Two positive, professional references. Preferred references could include college faculty, a college advisor, an employer, or practicing healthcare providers. They should not include friends or family members.
  • A 500 word Personal Statement answering specific questions.
  • Current CNA Certificate. See Note Below.1
  • An interview for qualified Accelerated BSN applicants.

These admission requirements must be met by applicants applying to be admitted to start any BSN program in August 2017 or after.

Final acceptance is dependent on:

  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses before starting the program.
  • Evidence of required immunizations.
  • Completion of compliance trainings.
  • CPR certification for Health Professionals.
  • A background check and a completed, signed disclosure statement.
  • Receipt of final transcripts.
  • For Accelerated applicants it also includes a transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree was earned.
  • RN to BSN applicants must provide proof of an unencumbered RN license.

Students Whose First Language is not English

For applicants whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson (PTE) is required for admissions. Test results must be recent (within five years prior to applying to UNMC). To be able to apply you must meet the minimum scoring standards:

  • TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT): minimum score of 22 in the reading, listening and writing sections and a minimum score of 26 in the speaking section.
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing System: Band 6.5 in Reading, Listening, and Writing sections and Band 7 in Speaking as minimum scores.
  • PTE - Pearson Test of English minimum score of 59 in the reading, listening, and writing sections and a minimum score of 71 in the speaking section.

Persons who have criminal records, substance abuse problems, or health problems that could interfere with safe practice may be ineligible for licensure. Applicants with a history of these difficulties will be considered for admission on an individual basis with consultation from the State Board of Nursing. All students must complete a disclosure form as part of the application process. Students will be required to have a background check performed. Students may have to submit to drug screening before being allowed into clinical practice at certain clinical agencies. Students are responsible for any expenses related to the screenings.

All students are obligated to provide care to assigned clients regardless of gender, race, creed, or religion. Any student with health concerns, religious beliefs or moral convictions that proscribe their participation in a health care activity must inform the clinical instructor no later than clinical orientation to the course, or as soon as the information becomes available. The clinical instructor shall make the final decision about assignment of care, taking into consideration the student's expressed concern.

Your path to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree starts by completing 58 or more prerequisite credits. These courses are essential foundation for your nursing curriculum.   Some/much of this foundation may already be satisfied if you are applying for Accelerated BSN Program — and thus already have a bachelor's degree in another field; or the RN-BSN program — and thus are already a registered nurse with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. Please note: Prerequisite courses are NOT offered by UNMC. You may take them through the University of Nebraska (on campus or online/distance) or from any accredited community college, 4-year college or university.

 Prerequisite Courses Required for all BSN Tracks

Summary — BSN Prerequisites
English Composition I and II6
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction of Sociology3
Human Growth & Development 13
Chemistry 14
College Algebra 13
Statistics 13
Select one from the following:8
Anatomy & Physiology I and II
Human Anatomy and Human Physiology 1
Microbiology 14
Nutrition 13
Choose one course in each category below:
Culture / Race / Ethnicity / Gender3
Family / Human Behavior3
Political Science / Social Organization3
Free Electives3-5
Total Credit Hours58-60

Course must have been completed within seven years of beginning nursing courses

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate Program

The College of Nursing may accept transfer credit earned in an accredited college. The College is the final authority on granting transfer credit and determining how transfer courses and credits apply toward a degree in nursing. Transfer credits are recorded with no grade or quality points assigned. Grades from transfer courses may be considered for admission purposes.

Transfer requests will be evaluated by the Director of Undergraduate Programs, Student Services Advisors, and/or appropriate undergraduate course coordinators utilizing the following criteria:

  1. Similarity of transfer courses to current course requirements
  2. The course grade must be a 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale to be considered for transfer
  3. Credit earned more than ten years prior to application for admission will be reviewed by the undergraduate student services office. Applicants may be required to repeat some courses. The Director of Undergraduate Programs may review these credits and act as the final authority for transfer credit.
  4. Courses not considered applicable for transfer are those:
    a.   Grade "I" (Incomplete), "W" (Withdrawal), or Audit
    b.   Completed but not given for credit
    c.   Remedial in nature

Admission Deadlines

BSN Program Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Traditional BSN October 1 February 1 August
Accelerated BSN March 1 July 1 January
RN to BSN Continuous November 1, March 1, July 1 January, May, August

Transcripts and all other materials submitted in support of an application become the permanent property of the University and will not be returned.

Traditional BSN

The deadline for receipt of application materials is February 1. Early application is strongly encouraged. Enrollments may be limited by educational resources available. Notification of admission will be e-mailed to applicants. When admission limits are met, an alternate list of qualified applicants is maintained, and offers of admission will be sent to those applicants as vacancies occur.

Accelerated BSN

The Accelerated BSN program has a starting date of January each year and continues for 12 consecutive months. The deadline for applications is June 15 of each year for a following January start date. Notification of admission will be e-mailed to applicants. When admission limits are met, an alternate list of qualified applicants is maintained, and offers of admission will be sent to those applicants as vacancies occur.

RN-BSN Program

RNs must meet all requirements for admission to the undergraduate program. Some/much of preparation coursework may already be satisfied by your existing nursing degree. You first complete prerequisite courses — essential science and liberal arts courses — totaling 58 credits.

Students are admitted for January, May and August program starts.  Required nursing coursework consists of 20 credits (See RN to BSN plan of study). Up to 42 credits will be awarded based on your prior nursing education and for experience, thus satisfying the 62 total credits needed to complete your BSN degree.

The RNs must provide proof of licensure before enrolling in any course. A copy or documentation of a current license must be on file in the Student Services office. Failure to inform the College of any actions taken against their license may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. It is the responsibility of the Registered Nurse Student to inform us if any action is taken against their license while they are in the program.

Full admission is based upon completion of the provisional requirements, RN licensure and the following:

  1. Required immunizations and current CPR certification for health professionals
  2. Projection of a plan of study for nursing courses
  3. Active CNA certificate
  4. All students must complete a disclosure form as part of the application process. Students are required to have a background check performed and may need to submit to drug screening before being allowed into clinical practice at certain clinical agencies (students are responsible for any expenses related to the screenings)

Additional Information Resources

Additional information regarding the BSN Program is available at the College of Nursing website at: