Traditional 16-month BSN program

Program at a glance

  • Who can apply: This program is designed for high school graduates as well as graduates of associate degree programs. Applicants with previous baccalaureate degrees may also apply to this program.
  • Application deadlines: We accept applications twice a year: once in the fall for spring admission and once in the spring for admission the following fall. We accept 64 students for each term. Learn more about the application process
  • Next application deadline: Applications for Spring 2022 will open September 3, 2021 and close at noon on September 17, 2021. *For a guided presentation on applying to the Traditional BSN program, please email Marsha Holford
  • How long does the program take? Students admitted to the program must complete four consecutive full-time semesters, including full summer.

OSN traditional BSN program objectives

  1. Integrate concepts from the arts and sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high-quality of care. 
  4. Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
  5. Integrate knowledge, processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.
  6. Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
  7. Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  8. Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
  9. Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and respect for diversity and human dignity.
  10. Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision-making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the life span.

Admissions requirements

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

Course requirements

A complete list of required prerequisites is available online.  You must earn at least a C grade in all prerequisite courses. 

You must also earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in select prerequisite courses, listed below. Your GPA in these courses will be used, in part, to determine admission to the nursing program. You can use our GPA calculator worksheet to calculate your GPA in these courses.  For students petitioning for S/U grades for Spring 2021 courses used in calculating the pre-nursing GPA, the course must be retaken for a grade before applying to Orvis.

  • BIOL 223 A/L (Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • BIOL 224 A/L (Anatomy & Physiology II)
  • BIOL 251 (Microbiology)
  • CHEM 121 A/L (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 220 A/L (Organic Chemistry)
  • MATH ≥ 126 (Pre-Calculus)
  • NUTR 223 (Principles of Nutrition)
  • HDFS 201 (Lifespan Human Development)
  • NURS 300 (Medical Math & Medical Terminology)
  • Communication (Several Options)

Applicants should complete all prerequisite course requirements for the major by the end of spring semester for fall admission and by the end of fall semester for spring admission to the nursing major. You may have up to 13 credits in progress at the time of application, but no more than four science credits can be in progress at the time of application. Science courses must have been taken within the past 10 years. 

Transfer credits taken for S/U credit from an institution that does not offer letter grades are evaluated on an individual basis.

Class repeat policy

Your grades for the first two attempts in a given course will be averaged for your admission application. Any prerequisite required for admission is subject to this policy. You can enroll in any course multiple times to better comprehend the class content, but only the first two enrollments will be used to calculate your prerequisite GPA for admission.  For students petitioning for S/U grades for Spring 2021 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, you are not eligible to apply to the major. If your first attempt in a prerequisite course is below a C (i ncluding W grade), you may not apply to the nursing program while your second attempt is in progress. You must wait until your grade in the second attempt has been recorded.  

TEAS registration

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). From the "Online Store," register for "TEAS" (not TEAS at ATI or TEAS at PSI). The institution you are looking for is the U of NV Reno. Only students planning on applying to Orvis should register for U of NV Reno. Applicants to Orvis may take the TEAS exam only once per application cycle.

TEAS online testing dates for the next application cycle for U of NV Reno are as follows: 

4/6/2021 (Tuesday)
4/21/2021 (Wednesday)
5/13/2021 (Thursday)
5/24/2021 (Monday)
6/8/2021 (Tuesday)
6/23/2021 (Wednesday)
7/30/2021 (Friday)
8/18/2021 (Wednesday)
9/2/2021 (Thursday)
9/15/2021 (Wednesday)

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 TEAS exam day, you will receive an email with the Assessment ID for the TEAS exam.

Once you have taken the TEAS exam

Applicants will enter their TEAS score into the GPA/Point Calculator. 

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.


How to apply

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

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: Apply to the Traditional BSN Program

Submit your online application to the Orvis School of Nursing during the specified window. For assistance with your application, please reference our Traditional BSN application FAQs.

Applications for Spring 2022 admission will open September 3, 2021 and close at noon on September 17, 2021.

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

Admissions process

  1. Applications are reviewed by the Undergraduate Program Officer, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate programs, and the chair of the Student Affairs committee.
  2. Applications that do not meet minimum requirements will not be considered. The  applicant will receive a letter stating the reason(s) the application was not reviewed.
  3. Applications that meet minimum requirements will be evaluated through a point- based matrix.
  4. Applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest, based on the application matrix.
  5. Applicants with the top 64 scores will be offered provisional admission to the OSN pre -licensure program.
  6. In the event of a tie, the tie-breaking candidate will be selected using the pre-nursing GPA and TEAS score.

If selected for admission, you will receive a provisional acceptance 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.