Accelerated 12-month second baccalaureate BSN program

Program at a glance

  • Who can apply: This program is designed for graduates of a regionally accredited institution with a baccalaureate degree in science or the arts. 
  • Application deadlines: We accept applications one time a year in the fall. We accept 24 students for each application cycle.  
  • Next application deadline: Applications will open in mid-summer.
  • How long does the program take? 12 months (January-December).

How to apply

The Orvis School of Nursing actively supports the University of Nevada, Reno's policies that ensure equal opportunity/ affirmative action.

Before entering University of Nevada, Reno – Orvis School of Nursing’s ASBSN Program, there are several actions you will need to take as part of our admissions process.

Step 1: Apply to the University

In order to apply to any Orvis School of Nursing BSN program, you must first be admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno for the semester in which you are applying to Orvis. Your transcripts must be submitted and evaluated by the University admissions office, including in-progress coursework. 

University application deadlines for transfer students:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 15

Step 2: Review the ASBSN checklist

Next, review the ASBSN checklist, which lists the steps you will need to take to apply. You will need to review your transcripts to determine how they will transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

To help identify any requirements you’ll need to meet, as well as any prerequisite courses you’ll need to take, you can use the University's Transferology Tool.

Step 3: Complete the prerequisite course requirements

You must complete all required prerequisites prior to enrolling in our program. You can have up to two courses in progress at the time of application; only one of those two courses can be a science (anatomy and physiology, microbiology).

Step 4: Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

To be admitted into our accelerated nursing program, you must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS Test can only be taken through ATI using the “U of Nevada, Reno” as the identified institution.

Please note that ASBSN applicants can only take the TEAS exam one time per application cycle (July – June).

  • Registration
    • To register for the TEAS exam, you will need to create a new account if you are not a current user of ATI.  On the account homepage you will be able to register for a TEAS session (TEAS for Nursing Students). The institution is U of NV Reno.
    • Approximately seven days before exam day, you will be emailed an assessment ID for Remote Proctoring with Proctorio Dry Run.  To ensure your video, audio and computer meet the technical needs required for test day, you are encouraged to participate in this "Dry Run." The business day before the TEAS exam, you will receive an email with the Assessment ID for the TEAS exam.
  • Once you have taken the TEAS test
    • Enter your percentile score into the GPA/point calculator. Please enter the percentile number in the blue bar on your score report into the GPA calculator. This is the percentile rank that compares your performance to other BSN program applicants.
  • Available testing dates
    • To be determined

Step 5: Apply to the ASBSN program

Submit your online ASBSN application to the Orvis School of Nursing during the specified window. 

  • You must submit a completed GPA calculator with your application. Be sure to complete the GPA Calculator in its entirety or your application will not be considered.
  • Read and agree to the ASBSN Readiness Assessment

Applications for Fall 2021 admission will open mid-summer 2021.

Admissions process

  1. Applications are reviewed by the Undergraduate Program Officer, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, and the ASBSN Track Leader.
  2. Applications must be completed in their entirety, including the GPA calculator, or they will be considered ineligible.
  3. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered. The applicant will receive a letter stating the reason(s) the application was not reviewed.
  4. Applications that meet minimum requirements will be evaluated through a point-based matrix. 
  5. Applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest, based on the application matrix.
  6. Applicants with the top 24 scores will be offered provisional admission to the OSN pre-licensure program.
  7. In the event of a tie, the tie-breaking candidate will be selected using the pre-nursing Nevada Residency, Health Experience, and TEAS cumulative percentile score.

Once selected, you will receive provisional acceptance to the nursing major. The admission offer is contingent upon

  1. Successful completion of any remaining prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application with a grade of C or above
  2. Negative drug screening
  3. Background check deemed acceptable by the Orvis School of Nursing clinical partners.

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Applying to multiple BSN programs

Students are welcome to apply to more than one BSN program, if you meet the program eligibility requirements.  Each program has different application requirements.  The following are requirements for the ASBSN program only.

  1. The TEAS exam can only be taken one time per calendar year.
  2. The TEAS exam must only be taken through ATI under the U of NV Reno site. (Exams taken outside of the University of Nevada, Reno will not be accepted)
  3. If accepted into the ASBSN program, any active applications to other BSN programs at Orvis will automatically become inactive.