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Admission Overview

Application for entry into the upper division clinical nursing major is a separate application from the UNC application.  Specifics of the application process to our undergraduate BSN traditional and second-degree programs will be available on the School of Nursing website (http://www.unco.edu/nhs/nursing/programs/undergraduate/index.aspx) by November 1st, each year.

General Screening Criteria

General screening criteria of a minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last 45 college credits taken and the earning of at least a ā€˜Cā€™ grade (C- is not acceptable) on all nursing pre-requisite courses. 

You must have completed a minimum 6 of the 10 pre-requisite courses at the time of application. You may still be in progress with no more than 4 pre-requisite courses at the time of application in January 2019.

Time limit for prerequisite courses - starting with applications in January 2019, the following prerequisite courses will have to have been completed within the past 10 years.

  • BIO 110
  • BIO 245
  • BIO 246
  • BIO 251
  • NURS 326
  • FND 250
  • CHEM 281

For the January 2019 applications, these prerequisites will have had to have been more recent than 2009. If any of your prerequisite courses (listed above) are older than 10 years, you will need to retake to be eligible for application in 2019.

The following prerequisite courses are ok to use as prerequisites even if older than 10 years:

  • ENG 123
  • STAT 150
  • PSY 230

Application Selection Criteria

If you meet the general screening criteria, your application will be scored based on the following admission criteria (January 2019 application cycle). 

These criteria may change for January 2020 applications. 

  1. GPA - An admission School of Nursing GPA will be calculated using your last 45 college credits and pre-requisite courses. We will use the highest grade of the first 2 attempts for courses that have been repeated in the GPA calculation. If a course has been repeated more than 2 times, the subsequent attempts will not be used in the admission GPA calculation. The SON admission GPA will be 60% of the total admission score.
  2. Letters of Recommendation - You will need to have 2 standardized letters of recommendation sent to the SON; 1 from an academic reference and 1 from an employer or other person who has had direct oversight of your work. The letters of recommendation scores will be averaged together and account for 10% of the overall admission score. The application materials provided in November will have instructions on how to obtain the Letters of Recommendation.
  3. Personal Essay - You will be asked to write an essay on a general question related to your interest in the nursing profession. The essay will be read by at least 2 faculty members and scored. The score on the essay will be 10% of the overall admission score.
  4. Standardized Admission Test - You will be asked to take a nursing admission standardized test. The test to be used for the January 2019 application cycle will be the HESI Admission Assessment offered through Elsevier. You will be asked to take the subcategories of 1 - Reading comprehension, 2 - Vocabulary, 3 - Math, and 4 - Anatomy and Physiology.  You may take the test only once and you may not take the exam until later in fall 2018. More details on the exam (where to take it, cost, how to study for it, etc.) will be available on the School of Nursing website in early fall semester (by November 1st).  The HESI exam will account for 20% of your overall admission score.

Criteria for admission are subject to change. If applicant is not accepted into the nursing program, the student may reapply the following year. There is no waitlist.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) requirement - starting with the January 2019 application, we will no longer require completion of the CNA course and certification. We strongly encourage all students applying to the nursing program to have taken the course and optimally to have had experience working as a CNA prior to application, however, we will no longer require it as part of the application process.