Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Orvis School of Nursing undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs are approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Applying to the BSN Programs

In order to apply to any Orvis School of Nursing BSN program, all applicants must first be admitted to UNR as a degree seeking (Community Health Science-Public Health recommended) Pre-Nursing student for the semester in which applications are being accepted by Orvis 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 UNR for transfer students is July 1 and the deadline to apply for Spring admission is December 15.

PSC 100, Nevada Constitution, is a required for all applicants with a baccalaureate degree earned outside of the Nevada System of Higher Education. PSC 100 is a 1-credit online course that may be in progress at the time of application to the BSN programs.

The Orvis School of Nursing offers two pre-licensure BSN programs. After completion of either of these programs and passing the RN-NCLEX 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.

All applicants to the Orvis School of Nursing Accelerated 12-month Second Baccalaureate BSN Program or Traditional 16-month BSN Program are required to take the Health Education Systems Incorporated Admission Assessment (HESI A2) exam. The HESI A2 is an assessment tool used to evaluate prospective students' potential for success in a rigorous nursing program. This exam may only be taken once per application cycle. 

HESI A2 registration dates are April 1, 2019, through September 13, 2019. HESI A2 testing dates are June 1, 2019, through September 16, 2019.

HESI A2 Registration Instructions

(Important Note: HESI A2 must be completed by August 29, 2019, in order to apply to the Accelerated Second baccalaureate in Nursing Program as this application closes at noon on August 30, 2019)

Final admission to the pre-licensure programs is contingent upon completion of remaining courses with a grade of "C" or better, background check, drug test, and other application requirements.

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.

Accelerated 12-month Second Baccalaureate BSN Program

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Accelerated 12-month Second Baccalaureate BSN Program application is open from August 16 until noon on August 30, 2019.

This program is a pre-licensure program accepting applications in the Fall and admitting 24 students each January. Applicants to this program must be a graduate of an accredited institution with a baccalaureate degree. The degree must be posted to the transcript prior to application to this program.

Students admitted to the program start in Wintermester in January and continue with a full course load in spring, summer, and fall and graduate at Commencement in December the same year.

A list of prerequisites for this program can be found below on the Admission Process link below for this program. Science credits older than 7 years will not be accepted. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Students must have completed the HESI A2 exam with minimum scores of 80% on Anatomy & Physiology, 80% on Math, 75% on Reading Comprehension, and 75% on Grammar. The HESI A2 exam may be taken one time per application cycle with a maximum of three total attempts. The most recent attempt will be used each application cycle.

Accelerated 12-month Second Baccalaureate Important Documents and Forms

Traditional 16-month BSN Program

IMPORTANT ACCOUNCEMENT: The Traditional 16-month BSN Program application is open from September 6 until NOON on September 19, 2019.This program is a pre-licensure 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.

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.

Students must have completed the HESI A2 exam with minimum scores of 80% on Anatomy & Physiology, 80% on Math, 75% on Reading Comprehension, and 75% on Grammar. The HESI A2 exam may be taken one time per application cycle with a maximum of three total attempts in a 2-year rolling cycle.

In order to apply to any Orvis School of Nursing BSN program or RN to 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 UNR for transfer students is July 1 and the deadline to apply for spring admission is December 15.

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.

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) askDHS@unr.edu OB 104A
Seeking Second Bachelor's Degree
(Traditional and Accelerated BSN Programs)
Kim Baxter Email Only kimbaxter@unr.edu PH 309
Second Bachelor's Degree
(Traditional and Accelerated BSN Programs)
Marsha Holford 775-682-7143 mholford@unr.edu PH 328
RN-BSN Students (Already Registered Nurses) Lisa Thomas Email Only lmthomas@unr.edu PH 313
Second Bachelor's Degree
(Accelerated 12-month Second Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN)
Lisa Thomas Email Only lmthomas@unr.edu PH 313

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
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557