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Nursing, Bachelor of Science Degree


Overview


APPLICATIONS

Applications to the Nursing Major for the Spring 2016 semester will be available September 1, 2015 until September 25, 2015. No late applications accepted.

Spring 2016 Nursing Major Application and Admission Guidelines Will Open September 1, 2015

Spring 2016 Nursing - GPA - Application Calculator

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To apply to the Orvis School of Nursing you must be a student at the University of Nevada, Reno.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The bachelor's degree program is designed to provide the high school graduate, as well as graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs, with the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The bachelor's degree program is the basic preparation for professional nursing practice and leadership positions in nursing. After completing the program and passing the RN-NCLEX, the graduate is qualified for nursing positions in public health agencies, schools, hospitals and other health-care agencies. Nursing school graduates may also earn commissioned status in the military services, as well as admission to graduate education. The bachelor's degree program major is four semesters with admissions occurring both spring and fall semesters.

Advising Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the application or the information requested, please make an appointment to see your advisor.

Student TypeAdvisorPhoneEmailLocation
Pre-Nursing Students Division of Health Sciences Student Center (775) 682-5930
Voice Message Only
askDHS@unr.edu OB 104A
Seeking 2nd Bachelor's Degree (Already have a 4-Year College Degree) Kim Baxter (Last Name A - M)
Julie Woodard (Last Name N - Z)
Email Only

kimbaxter@unr.edu

jwoodard@unr.edu
PHS 324
PHS 328
RN-BSN Students 
(Already a Registered Nurse)
Glenn Hagerstrom Email Only
 
ghagerstrom@unr.edu PHS 319

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and  accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Admission Requirements


Advisement

To schedule an academic advisement appointment for Fall 2015 please visit the Division of Health Sciences Student Advising Dept web site and click on Schedule my Academic Appointment.

Admission Interviews

The top applicants will be selected for an admissions interview (refer to OSN admissions criteria for more information) and will be assigned a date and time for their interview.

The tentative dates and times for these interviews are as outlined below:

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015
  • Friday, October 16, 2015

These are the only available dates for the interview process. If you plan to apply to the OSN-BSN program please leave these dates available for your possible interview. Interview dates are not negotiable and cannot be rescheduled.

OSN Prospective Applicants : Admissions Information

The University of Nevada, Reno Office of Admissions and the Division of Health Sciences Student Center at the University of Nevada, Reno coordinates the processing of applications for admission to the Orvis School of Nursing. The Orvis School of Nursing coordinates the admissions process once a student has been verified for application to the nursing major. This process includes evaluating applications to the nursing major and all activities related to the admissions process.

The Orvis School of Nursing encourages applicants of both genders and from all socioeconomic, racial, age groups, religious, and educational backgrounds.

Admitting criteria is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the criteria on a regular basis.

OSN Process and Procedure for Student Application and Selection to the Nursing Major.

Potential applicants for the nursing program are strongly encouraged to speak to their academic advisor to discuss the application and admissions process.

The following information is provided to assist students in the application process. The criteria below are effective December 11, 2014:

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the nursing major must be officially admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno as a pre-nursing major for the current semester. Students who are not currently enrolled will need to reapply. Application fee may apply. Students who apply to the University of Nevada, Reno must submit official transcripts. Transcripts from ALL previous schools or institutions must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Applications to the University and transcript evaluations cannot be rushed to meet the nursing application deadline. Please plan ahead.

Amendment to the undergraduate Nursing program admission process approved by Orvis School of Nursing Faculty December 11, 2014.

  • While qualified students may apply to the Orvis School of Nursing (OSN) undergraduate program a multitude of times, students are limited to a maximum of two admission interviews.
  • Once the two admission interviews have been conducted, admission applications will no longer be accepted.
  • The Admissions, Progressions & Student Affairs (APSA) committee will review advisor supported petitions for any document supported exceptions. The committee will evaluate the petition and the student will be notified in writing regarding the decision.
    (Approved by OSN faculty 12/11/2014)

Academic Performance

Applicants are initially evaluated on the basis of academic performance. Academic performance is based on the calculated grade point average of selected prerequisite courses (see BSN Prerequisite Summary-DOC).

Effective December 1, 2014
Class Repeat Policy: The grades for the first two enrollment attempts will be averaged for the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing major admission application. Any prerequisite required for the Nursing major application is subject to this policy. Students can enroll a multitude of times to better comprehend the class content, yet ONLY the first two enrollments will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA for admission.

Any withdrawal "W" (withdrawal) or "R" (grade replacement) will count as an enrollment attempt.  If there is no grade in the first two enrollment attempts, the student is not eligible to apply to the major.

In addition, the student is not eligible to apply if the first attempt is below a grade of "C" and the second attempt is in progress.  The student must wait to apply until the grades for the first two enrollment attempts have been recorded.

Prerequisite courses must be a grade of "C" or better for the nursing major application.

Additional Requirements

  • Meeting the minimum qualifications for application does not guarantee admission to the nursing major.
  • Applications will be initially reviewed based on academic performance ranked highest to lowest.
  • Preference may be given to students who have graduated from a Nevada High School.
  • Selected students will be contacted for an in person interview. Applicants selected for interview must attend their scheduled interview to be considered for admission. Interviews will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • BSN Student Interviews
    Save the date: October 15 & 16, 2015
    Interview invitation with interview details will be sent after applications close
  • Mandatory Provisional Admission Orientation
    Save the date:  October 23, 2015 from 2pm - 4pm
    Invitation will be sent with Provisional Admission Offer
  • Mandatory New Student Orientation
    Save the date: December 9, 2015 from 11am - 3pm

Application Guidelines


Nursing Major Application and Admission Guidelines (Spring 2016)

OSN Process and Procedures for student application and selection to the nursing major
Deadline to submit a complete and signed application is 12:00pm noon, Friday September 25, 2015.
NO LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED.

All applicants must adhere to the following criteria:

  1. Am I eligible to apply?  Applicants can have no more than 13 prerequisite credits outstanding or in progress.  Of the 13 credits in progress, no more than 4 credits may be science credits (includes CHEM and BIOL lecture and lab courses not NUTR 223).
  2. When to apply to UNR? In order for all official transcripts to be evaluated, and to ensure applicants have met program prerequisites; new or transfer students must apply to the University of Nevada, Reno as a pre-nursing major the semester PRIOR to the semester they will apply for the nursing major admission.
  3. Apply to UNR: Admissions
  4. Accept the admission from your MyNEVADA account:
    MyNEVADA Help
  5. The applicant must be officially admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Previous UNR students, who are not currently enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno will need to purchase a new application for admission.
  6. NSHE ID (10 digit student number): Applicants to the nursing major must have NSHE ID number for the nursing major application.
  7. Official Transcripts: Order all official transcripts and send to UNR Admissions & Records.
  8. Applicants to the nursing major must have submitted and finalized all transfer credits which appear on the student's unofficial transcript report in MyNEVADA. All prerequisite courses and in progress courses must appear on the report. If you have taken or are taking courses from another school(s) you must have official transcripts sent to UNR Admissions & Records office. This will provide documentation and list the course as in progress. Once the course is completed, you will need to submit an updated official transcript with grade/credits earned. Orvis School of Nursing must be able to verify that all prerequisite courses are completed by December 31, 2015.
  9. Required Documents: Students are notified of their "To Do List" for any documents needed to complete the admission application. Financial Aid To Do items will also be listed. FILL OUT THE FAFSA!
  10. Create a student email account Student Email Applicants to the nursing major must create an @nevada.unr.edu student email account.
  11. Application & Required Documents Eligible applicants are required to submit
    1) Completed application. Print and sign the completed application.
    2) Orvis School of Nursing GPA calculator. Print and sign the completed excel sheet. SAVE the excel sheet to a jump drive and bring to advising appointment. Advisors may need to edit the form.
    3) Attach copies of any required documents to show proof of Nevada High School graduation or Veteran's status.
    4) Print and attach copies of unofficial transcript report and transfer credit report.
    5) Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
  12. All applicants must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor prior to submitting the application to the nursing major.
    Division of Health Science Advisors - If you are a new freshman, continuing UNR student, or transfer student contact the Division of Health Science Advisors to schedule an advising appointment.
    Orvis School of Nursing Advisor - If you have already earned a 4-year degree, please contact Julie.
    APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT THE STUDENT AND ADVISOR SIGNATURE.
  13. Applicants fill ou the GPA calculator from our website and attach the document to the admission application. Only the first two enrollment attempts can be listed on the GPA calculator.
    Class Repeat Policy: The grades for the first two enrollment attempts will be averaged for the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing major admission application. Any prerequisite required for the Nursing major application is subject to this policy. Students can enroll a multitude of times to better comprehend the class content, yet ONLY the first two enrollments will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA for admission. Any withdrawal "W" or grade replacement "R" will count as an enrollment attempt. If there is no grade in the first two enrollment attempts, the student is not eligible to apply to the major. In addition, the student is not eligible to apply until the grades for the first two enrollment attempts have been recorded. Each of the grades from the first two enrollments will be averaged. Prerequisite courses must be a grade of "C" or better for the nursing major application.
  14. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA or better on the selected pre-nurswing coursework.
  15. If English is not your native language, you will need to take the TSE or SPEAK test. A score more or equal to 55 must be obtained for admission to the major. Scores must be submitted with your application. Please contact the UNR Intensive English Language Center at 775-784-6075 to schedule your speak test.
  16. Selection to the nursing major is accomplished by a rank order list of qualified applicants based on the pre-nursing major GPA, Orvis School of Nursing preferences, and the applicant's individual interview. See OSN website for additional information BSN Requirements.
  17. Selected applicants will be notified for Spring 2016 admission interviews.
    Save the date for this admission interview event:  October 15 & 16, 2015
  18. After the admission interviews, applicants are notified of provisional admission offers via their UNR student email account. Each spring and fall Orvis School of Nursing offers 64 students admission to the nursing major.
  19. Immediate Action is needed: Applicants must respond to the email to accept the official admission offer to the nursing major. An Orvis School of Nursing representative is available to meet with students who are not offered admission. There is no wait list for applicants. Students should meet with their advisor to discuss reapplying.
  20. Save the date for mandatory Provisional Admission Orientation October 23, 2015 from 2pm - 4pm.
  21. Save the date for mandatory New Student Orientation December 9, 2015 from 11am - 3pm.
  22. Questions? Contact Julie Woodard or your DHS Advisor.

If you have questions regarding the application or the information requested please make an appointment to see your advisor.



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Contact Division of Health Sciences

Phone (775) 784-6977
Email healthsciences@unr.edu
Location Sarah H. Fleischmann Building

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