Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

IMPORTANT DATES: The application for Fall 2018 Admittance will open on February 1, 2018, and close at noon on February 22, 2018. Interview selection letters will be emailed by March 2, 2018.  Interviews will be held from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on March 10, 2018. Provisional admission notifications will be sent by April 2, 2018. The mandatory orientation session will be hosted on May 9, 2018.

Fall 2018 Nursing Program Application

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) is designed for high school graduates, as well as graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs. After completing the program and passing the RN-NCLEX -- the exam required to obtain a nurse's license -- graduates are eligible for entry-level nursing positions in public health agencies, schools, hospitals, health care organizations and more. Graduates may also earn commissioned status in the military services or gain admission to a graduate program.

BSN Fast Facts

  • The NCLEX pass rate has consistently been above 90 percent for the last ten graduating BSN classes at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • The Orvis School of Nursing offers 64 students admission to the nursing major each spring and each fall.

The BSN program requires four semesters of coursework and admissions occur in both the spring and fall semesters. The program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Applying to the BSN Program

Applicants to the nursing major must be officially admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno as a prenursing major for the current semester. Students who are not currently enrolled at the University will need to reapply. All applicants to the BSN must also take the Health Education Systems Incorporated Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2)

BSN Prerequisites and GPA

Students should ensure all program prerequisites are met before submitting an application. Prospective students can refer to the checklists below to learn more about the required coursework that must be completed prior to apply to the BSN program.

In addition, to be considered for admission, applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA on selected pre-nursing coursework. To assist in the application process, the Orvis School of Nursing has created a GPA worksheet that can help calculate GPA.

Applications to the University and transcript evaluations cannot be rushed to meet the nursing application deadline. Please plan ahead.

Here are some key details on the selection process:

  • Meeting the minimum qualifications for application does not guarantee admission to the nursing major.
  • Applications to the nursing major will be initially reviewed based on academic performance and HESI scores, ranked highest to lowest.
  • Prerequisite courses to the nursing program must have been completed with a C grade or better for the applicant to be considered, but students may be eligible to retake courses to fulfill this requirement -- see the Class Repeat Policy for details.
  • Preference may be given to students who have graduated from a Nevada high school.

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

BSN Admission Interviews

All interviews are held at the University of Nevada, Reno. If you are selected for an interview, the date and time will be included with the invitation. Interview dates are not negotiable and cannot be rescheduled.

While qualified students may apply to the Orvis School of Nursing undergraduate program multiple times, applicants 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.

Academic Advisement

If you have questions regarding the program or your application, please make an appointment to see an adviser. See the table below for contact details.

Academic Advising BSN
Student TypeAdvisorPhoneEmailLocation
Pre-Nursing Students Division of Health Sciences Student Center 775-682-5930 (Voice Messages Only) OB 104A
Seeking Second Bachelor's Degree Kim Baxter Email Only PH 314
RN-BSN Students (Already Registered Nurses) Glen Hagerstrom Email Only PH 319

Class Repeat Policy for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

For admission purposes, the grades for the first two enrollment attempts in a given course will be averaged for the undergraduate BSN major admission application. Any prerequisite required for the nursing major application is subject to this policy. Students can enroll in any course multiple times to better comprehend the class content, but only the first two enrollments will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA for admission.

Any grade of 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 C grade 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.

Differential Fees for the BSN

The Orvis School of Nursing implements differential fees for courses required for the BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, BSN-to-DNP, post-MSN DNP degree programs and post-MSN certificate programs. That means the school charges a per credit hour fee in addition to the per credit hour tuition charged by the University for all NURS-prefix courses required in the respective program of study. Differential fees do not apply to any courses taken by pre-nursing students.

As indicated by Board of Regents policy, 15% of all revenue generated by differential fees goes directly toward financial aid for Orvis School of Nursing students.  The remaining revenue generated from differential fees is used for growth and enhancement of the programs offered through the Orvis School of Nursing.

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Contact Orvis School of Nursing

Phone (775) 784-6841
Fax (775) 784-4262
Location William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building