BSN admission steps

Application guidance
BSN admission requirements
Honors/guaranteed admission
International students — English proficiency

Application guidance


Admission cycle

New bachelor's program students are admitted once annually, as follows:

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


Do this first, please

Begin by reviewing the admission requirements below. Then if you have questions talk to a student services representative before applying. Your representative can:

    offer guidance based on your educational background and intended plan of study.
    address your questions and point you to UNMC student resources.
    walk you through the process — including when to apply based on your prerequisite status.


Application instructions

(Click on above, print out and read carefully before applying)



  Submit your NursingCAS application as early as you can.
    Create an account with username and password as instructed.
    Submit ONLY ONE application through NursingCAS to your first choice campus. In a UNMC supplemental application you will rank order all of your campus preferences so that you will be considered for admissions on the campus(es) of your choice, in the order of your preference.
    Save and return as often as needed to complete your application.
    Online application FAQ and support available from NursingCAS.
    Check application status online.




  Supporting documents (below) must be received by the due date.
    all official college transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS.


Application due date


BSN admission requirements

    Please know that admission is competitive and capacity is limited.
    Applications with strong educational backgrounds are considered first.
    Acceptance is based on the following criteria.
  1.   Online application
    See Application Steps above for guidance.
    Details on items below in online application.
  2.   Complete transcripts
    Official transcripts for ALL education — sent directly by your college/university institutions.
    GPA of 2.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for all coursework, including nursing prerequisite courses. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each prerequisite.   Please read policy for details.
    Accelerated BSN applications only: transcripts showing a bachelor's degree.
  3.   Two letters of reference
    From faculty members (preferred) or an employer.
  4.   Other documents and provisions
    Campus preference (flexibility may aid admission).
    RN to BSN applicants only: proof of RN licensure.
  5.   An interview may be required for Accelerated BSN applicants.


Honors/guaranteed admission

The College offers honors — or guaranteed — admission to a limited number of students with outstanding academic records.

To qualify for honors admission, you must meet all regular admission criteria listed above AND the following additional requirements.

High school students

You may apply only if you are on track to meet the following requirements. 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.

  A.   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.


  B.   Provisional requirements in college courses/prerequisites
    Maintenance of cumulative 3.8 GPA
    No repeat 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/semester) and follow advised curriculum.
    Must meet with a UNMC College of Nursing student services representative once per semester to plan/monitor course progression.

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

College students

    Same as B. immediately above except ACT not required.
    Must have been a full-time student and have maintained a GPA of 3.8
    Must stay on progression advised by student services coordinator


Students with a bachelor's/graduate degree

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


English proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

For applicants whose first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson (PTE) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Test results must be recent (within five years prior to UNMC application). An official score report must be received by the campus to which you are applying.

Minimum scoring standards:

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



Contact a student services representative.

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