Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

New for Fall 2018! We are thrilled to announce the return of NURS 300! This two credit online course provides an introduction to mathematics for medication administration and an introduction to medical terminology. The course meets at midterm and during the final week of the semester for face-to-face proctored exams. NURS 300 will prepare you for medication administration calculations and introduce you to medical terminology; both of which are required in the nursing program and in future nursing practice. This course will also prepare you to pass the medication calculation exams that are required during each semester of the undergraduate nursing program.

At this time, NURS 300 is not a mandatory prerequisite for admission to the Orvis School of Nursing. However, you can use the grade you earn in NURS 300 on your GPA calculator during the admission process. The Orvis School of Nursing expects NURS 300 to return to the prerequisite requirements in Fall 2019 and at that time the course will become mandatory.

The Fall 2019 application will open on January 22, 2019 and close at noon on February 1, 2019. Registration for the HESI A2 has been adjusted accordingly. HESI registration dates are October 3, 2018 through January 11, 2019. HESI testing dates are November 15, 2018 through January 16, 2019.

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. Science credits older than 10 years will not be accepted. This includes CHEM and BIOL lecture and lab courses, but does not include NUTR 223. 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.

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 Health Sciences Advisors 775-682-5930 (Voice Messages Only) OB 104A
Seeking Second Bachelor's Degree Kim Baxter Email Only PH 314
Second Bachelor's Degree Marsha Holford 775-682-7143 PH 328
RN-BSN Students (Already Registered Nurses) Glenn Hagerstrom Email Only ghagerstrom@unr.eduedu 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 (including W 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