BSN admission steps

GENERAL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

We invite you to join a culture of nursing leadership that fosters personal, professional and scholarly growth in an exceptional learning environment within a world-class health science center. The College of Nursing has five campus sites located across the state of Nebraska – Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, Kearney and Scottsbluff - to make your nursing education readily accessible.

The UNMC College of Nursing BSN program is unique among nursing colleges in the area in that a student first completes their prerequisite courses from any accredited college or university and then applies to UNMC College of Nursing to complete nursing-only coursework. You earn a BSN degree awarded by UNMC.

The UNMC College of Nursing offers three Bachelors of Science (BSN) programs:

  • BSN - Traditional Program – A campus-based program that starts in August, consisting of 4 semesters with the summer off between your first and second year in the program. Students graduate in May. Available on all five UNMC College of Nursing campuses.
  • BSN - Accelerated Program – A program for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. A one year, intensive, campus-based program offered on the Omaha, Lincoln and Scottsbluff campuses starting and ending in May each year.
  • RN to BSN Program – An online advancement program for registered nurses (RNs) with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing. Courses are offered exclusively online. The program can be completed in as little as 2 semesters.

Admission Cycle

Students are admitted once annually, as follows:

  • Traditional BSN — August program start.
  • Accelerated BSN — May program start.
  • RN to BSN — August program start.

Please begin the admissions process by reviewing program information and admission requirements, and then contact a Student Services Coordinator on the campus you wish to attend before applying. A Coordinator can answer your questions and help you develop a pre-application action plan to help you become a competitive applicant.

BSN Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Nursing is a competitive process and is based primarily on your campus preference, the GPA of the required prerequisite courses, the total number of prerequisite courses completed at the time of the application, the receipt of positive references, and a personal statement. For the Accelerated program it also includes an interview with qualified applicants. Specific requirements include:

  • A complete and submitted NursingCAS application and a submitted UNMC CON supplemental application. Deadlines apply.
  • A minimum GPA of 2. 5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for coursework including nursing prerequisite courses. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each prerequisite. Please read full policy for details.
  • Two positive, professional references from a faculty member (preferred) or an employer.
  • A 500 word Personal Statement answering specific questions.
  • An interview for qualified Accelerated BSN applicants.

Final acceptance is dependent on:

  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses before starting the program.
  • Evidence of required immunizations.
  • Completion of compliance trainings.
  • CPR certification for Health Professionals.
  • A background check and a completed, signed disclosure statement.
  • Receipt of final transcripts.
  • For Accelerated applicants it also includes a transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree was earned.
  • RN to BSN applicants must provide proof of an unencumbered RN license.

Are You Ready to Apply?

Consider applying if you’ve completed at least 12 of the 17 required prerequisite courses and will have the remainder of your required courses completed before the program starts. Please check application dates and deadlines before applying and be sure you’ve talked with a Student Services Coordinator.

NOTE: State Authorization for RN to BSN Applicants Only

Honors Guaranteed Admissions

The College of Nursing offers Honors Admission which is guaranteed admission to a limited number of students with outstanding academic records. To qualify for honors admission, you must meet all regular admission criteria AND the following additional requirements. Please contact a Student Services Coordinator if you believe you would qualify for Honors Admissions.

To Apply for Honors Admissions as a High School Student

Admission is granted if you meet these criteria by the end of your senior year. Students at the end of their junior year may be accepted with provisional requirements for their senior year. Numbers in (parenthesis) below are for juniors.

    High school eligibility requirements
  • Minimum score of 28 on ACT or 1270 on SAT
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.8 or above.
  • English: 4 years (3).
  • Math: 3 years (2) including one algebra course.
  • Natural Sciences: 3 years (2) including one chemistry and one biology course.
  • Social Studies: 3 years (2).
  • Foreign Language: 2 years (1) - must be same language for both years.
    Requirements in college to maintain your Honors Admissions
  • Maintenance of cumulative 3.8 GPA
  • No repeated courses.
  • No pass/fail courses in sciences (except labs) — maximum 12 pass/fail credits in other courses.
  • A grade below C (2.0) in any course is not accepted.
  • Must be full time student (at least 12 credits per semester) and follow advised curriculum.
  • Must meet with a UNMC College of Nursing student services representative once per semester to plan/monitor course progression.

To Apply for Honors Admissions As A College Student

  • Cumulative 3.8 GPA
  • No repeated courses.
  • No pass/fail courses in sciences (except labs) — maximum 12 pass/fail credits in other courses.
  • No grade below C (2.0) in any course.
  • Must be full time student (at least 12 credits per semester) and follow advised curriculum.
  • Must meet with a UNMC College of Nursing student services representative once per semester to plan/monitor course progression.

To Apply for Honors Admissions If You Have A Bachelor's or Graduate Degree

  • Graduated with cumulative 3.8 GPA or higher.
  • Maintenance of cumulative 3.8 GPA in any prerequisite courses needed

Failure to meet or maintain these requirements will result in the loss of guaranteed admissions. Students may still apply for regular admission after completing prerequisites

English Proficiency for Applicants Whose Native Language is not English

For applicants whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson (PTE) is required for admissions. Test results must be recent (within five years prior to applying to UNMC). To be able to apply you must meet the minimum scoring standards:

  • TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT): minimum score of 22 in the reading, listening and writing sections and a minimum score of 26 in the speaking section.
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing System: Band 6.5 in Reading, Listening, and Writing sections and Band 7 in Speaking as minimum scores.
  • PTE - Pearson Test of English minimum score of 59 in the reading, listening, and writing sections and a minimum score of 71 in the speaking section.

Questions?

Contact a Student Services Coordinator.

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