Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Degree for high school students to earn a four-year BSN

  • 4 year program (full-time study required)
  • 120 credits
  • Graduates eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Application deadline: Jan. 1
    (early action deadline: Nov. 1)




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Who is the BSN for?
High school students usually apply to the traditional BSN program. Transfer students can also apply, either as a transfer from another college or university or as a transfer from another school or college within UVA. Working RNs can apply to the part-time RN to BSN.


  • The chance to study with world-class faculty mentors
  • Clinical experiences in the second, third, and fourth years of the program
  • Small, intimate classes in your nursing core
  • Exposure to UVA's interprofessional focus, which partners nursing and medical students
  • The wide variety of courses and student life opportunities open to all UVA undergraduates


Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive. Students applying for admission will enter the School of Nursing in the fall semester of their first year.

  • Admission requirements
  • Submit your application
  • Send official transcripts and standardized test scores by the appropriate deadline to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, University of Virginia, PO Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904, (434) 982-3200
  • FAQs

Important dates

  • Application deadline: January 1 (November 1 for Early Action)
  • Notification of admissions decisions: April 1 (January 31 for Early Action)
  • Admitted students’ reply deadline: May 1
  • Enrollment: fall entry of the first year

Tuition and financial aid


Students in the School of Nursing take classes in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, pharmacology, pathophysiology, administration, and nursing practice. All students conduct research independently, or as part of teams.

Professional nursing standards and guidelines incorporated in the curriculum: The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).

Clinical nursing classes extend over the second, third, and fourth years in the BSN curriculum. Clinical experiences occur in a variety of settings at the UVA Medical Center, steps away from the School of Nursing buildings, as well as other local and regional clinical sites.  Students will have in-patient clinical experiences at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Augusta Health in Fishersville, or Western State Hospital in Staunton. Clinical experiences in the community health course occur on a variety of settings in Charlottesville and in the surrounding counties.

There are no course prerequisites for the traditional BSN program.

Transfer of credit
On presentation of a school transcript, students accepted for transfer to the School of Nursing will be granted transfer credit for academic course work taken at an accredited institution if the grade earned was at least one letter grade better than the minimum passing grade, and if the courses correspond to ones offered at the University. Questions regarding acceptability of specific courses for transfer should be referred to the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services.


  • Complete our online inquiry form to be added to the mailing list.
  • Call the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services: 434-924-2743 / 888-283-8703.