Traditional 16-month BSN program

This program is designed for high school graduates as well as graduates of associate degrees.

Applicants with previous baccalaureate degrees may also apply to this program.

The application for this program opens each Fall for Spring admission and each Spring for the following Fall admission. There are 64 students accepted for admission each Fall and each Spring. Students admitted to the programmust complete four consecutive full-time semesters, including full summer.

A list of prerequisites for this program can be found below on the application link for this program. Science credits older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Class Repeat Policy for the Traditional BSN Program: For admission purposes, the grades for the first two enrollment attempts in a given course will be averaged for this BSN program admission application. Any prerequisite required for this program admission application is subject to this policy. Students can enroll in any courses multiple times to better comprehend the class content, but only the first two enrollments will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA for admission. Students petitioning for S/U grades for Spring 2020 will be allowed to retake the course the following semester without it counting as an attempt.

Any grade of W (withdrawal), R (grade replacement), or AD (audit) 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. For students petitioning for S/U grades for Spring 2020 courses used in calculating the pre-nursing GPA, the course must be retaken for a grade before applying to Orvis. 

In order to apply to the Orvis School of Nursing Traditional BSN program, all applicants must first be admitted to UNR for the semester in which applications are being accepted with all transcripts submitted and evaluated by UNR Admissions Office. In-progress coursework must be documented on all transcripts. The fall deadline to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno for transfer students is July 1 and the deadline to apply for spring admission is December 15.

Admission assessment exam

To accommodate COVID-related testing center closures, students will complete either the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) online exam –OR– the Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment (A2) exam no later than September 16, 2019.  Prometric Testing Centers for the HESI A2 exam do not offer an online test option. 

Those who have not yet scheduled their HESI A2 exam are encouraged to register for the TEAS exam as the TEAS exam can be completed remotely in the safety of your own home and space availability for the HESI A2 may not be guaranteed. 

HESI A2 and TEAS exam results will be evaluated based on the percentile rank associated with the cumulative score received on the exam. TEAS exam scores must reflect an exam date within twelve months of application. HESI A2 scores must be within the last two years.  A minimum benchmark score is not required for either exam to apply to the Traditional BSN Spring 2021 cohort.

TEAS test scores from other institutions will be accepted if taken within 1 year of application to Orvis; however, applicants will need to request an official copy of their TEAS Discover/Transcript from ATI to be sent directly to the University of Nevada, Reno BSN Program (Orvis). Only the latest exam results can be used when applying to Orvis.  Test results will not be accepted if submitted directly by the applicant.

TEAS online testing dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, July 2, 2020
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020
  • Monday, August 10, 2020
  • Friday, September 4, 2020

To register for the TEAS exam, you will need to create a new account if you are not a current user to access the student portal or make a purchase from the ATI online store.  Once your account is created, sign into your account to launch the student homepage.  From here you will be able to register for a TEAS session (TEAS for Nursing Students).

To register for the HESI A2 exam, you will need an Evolve Student Account.  Once the account is created, log into your Evolve account. 

  1. Select “Register for a Distance Testing Exam.” 
  2. The Department ID you will enter is 202078 (University of Nevada, Reno – Orvis School of Nursing).  Your first and last name must match your government issued ID.  Click TAB on our keyboard to populate the information.
  3. Select the exam: RN Admission Assessment V2
  4. Check the box “my Evolve profile is the same as it appears on my government issued photo ID.  Press SUBMIT.

Within 1 to 3 days, you will receive an Eligibility Code.  You will use this to schedule your exam with a Prometric Testing Center.  Many centers have changed their operation dates and reduced the number of seats.  Check with your testing center to confirm space is still available under the COVID-19 guidelines and for additional requirements for reporting on test day, including the wearing of face masks.

For additional information about the HESI A2 and TEAS percentile scores, refer to the “Admission Process for Traditional 16-month BSN Program” link listed below under Important Documents and Forms.

Traditional BSN preqrequisite checklist

Traditional BSN Program Catalog Listing

Traditional 16-month BSN Program Important Documents and Forms

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

Once selected, applicant will receive a provisional acceprance to the nursing major. The admission offer is contingent upon successful completion of any remaining prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application with a grade of 'C' or above, negative drug screening, and background check deemed acceptable by the Orvis School of Nursing clinical partners.