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 2021 will open September 4, 2020 and close at noon on September 18, 2020.

    Join us on September 11 from 1-3 p.m. in a Zoom application informational session. Meeting ID: 963 8501 7964, Passcode: 887918

  • How long does the program take? Students admitted to the program must complete four consecutive full-time semesters, including full summer.

Traditional BSN Program Catalog Listing

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 2020 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 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, 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 or HESI exam

To accommodate COVID-related testing center closures, students will complete either the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) no later than September 4, 2020 or the Health Education Systems Inc (HESI) Admission Assessment (A 2) exam no later than September 16, 2020.

HESI A 2 and TEAS exam results will be evaluated based on the percentile rank associated with the cumulative score received on the exam. Exam scores must reflect an exam date within twelve months of application.   Tests may be retaken, but no more than once per application cycle and test dates no less than six months apart.  The latest test score will be used. A minimum benchmark score is not required for either exam to apply to the Traditional BSN Spring 2021 cohort.

Applicants who have not yet scheduled their admission exam are strongly encouraged to register for the TEAS exam. The deadline to register for the September 4, 2020 testing date is August 30, 2020. The TEAS exam can be completed remotely in the comfort and safety of your own home. A similar remote proctoring process is not available for the HESI A2 exam.

  • If you took the TEAS exam

    Applicants will enter their 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 BSN program applicants.

    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 register for TEAS

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

  • If you took the HESI A2 exam 

    The HESI score report does not provide a percentile ranking. The percentile rankings used by the Orvis School of Nursing reflect the percentile data provided from HESI. Please enter the percentile rank that corresponds with your cumulative HESI score into the GPA Calculator.

     The HESI exam may be taken one time per application cycle with a maximum of three total attempts. The most recent attempt will be used for each application cycle.  Scores are valid for two rolling calendar years. The exam must be the University of Nevada, Reno – Distance Testing Exam.  Scores from other institutions will not be accepted.  Please note that the HESI A2 results will no longer be accepted starting the Spring 2021 application cycle for Fall 2021 Admission.  The TEAS test results will be required of all applicants at that time going forward.

  • How to register for HESI

    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.


How to apply

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

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. 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. 

Applications for Spring 2021 admission will open September 4, 2020 and close at noon on September 18, 2020.

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 HESI or TEAS cumulative percentile score.

Once selected, 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.