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Nursing, Bachelor of Science Degree



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


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


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 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
PHS 324
PHS 328
RN-BSN Students 
(Already a Registered Nurse)
Glenn Hagerstrom Email Only PHS 319


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

Admission Requirements


To schedule an academic advisement appointment for Fall 2015 please visit the Division of Health Sciences Student 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.

All prerequisite courses must be a grade of "C" or better for the nursing major application. This includes the averaged enrollments. Each of the grades from the first two enrollments will be averaged.

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

OSN Process and Procedures for student application and selection to the nursing major

All applicants must adhere to the following criteria:

  1. Be officially admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) as a declared pre-nursing major and possess a NSHE ID number. Students who are not currently active or enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno will need to reapply. UNR application fee may apply.
  2. 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 and have all official transcripts sent the semester prior to applying for the nursing major.
  3. Have submitted and finalized all transfer credits which appear on the student's unofficial transcript report in My Nevada. All pre-requisite 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. 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. The OSN department must be able to verify that all prerequisite courses are completed by December 31, 2014.
  4. Have no more than 13 pre-requisite credits outstanding or in progress with a grade no lower than "C" during the current semester before entering the nursing major. 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).
  5. Have at least a 3.0 GPA or better on the selected pre-nursing coursework.
  6. If English is not your Native language, you will need to take the TSE or SPEAK test. A score ≥ 55 must be obtained for admission to the major. Scores must be submitted with your application. Please contact the Intensive English Language Center at UNR to schedule your speak test.
  7. Submit the attached application form with your current permanent address (notification of acceptance and other correspondence will be sent to this address). Please attach the completed Nursing Prerequisite GPA Calculator (Excel file) and a copy of your My Nevada Unofficial Transcript Report and Transfer Credit Report. Applications are not complete without calculator, academic reports, and signatures.
  8. Applicants must meet with their advisor prior to submitting the application. Applications will not be accepted without the student and advisor's signature
  9. Selection to the nursing major is accomplished by a rank order list of qualified applicants based on the pre-nursing major GPA, OSN established preferences, and the applicants individual interview (see OSN website for additional information regarding admission selection criteria).
  10. Selected applicants will be notified for interviews.
  11. After completion of selection to the nursing major, 64 students will be sent a letter of acceptance. All selected students must reply to this letter to secure their official enrollment in the nursing major by the designated date.
  12. Letters of non-acceptance will also be sent. Students may reapply during the next application period.

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
Location Sarah H. Fleischmann Building

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