A route for working RNs to earn a bachelor of nursing science degree, and all the professional and financial benefits it confers

  • 21-month, part-time program
  • Classes once a week
  • For admitted RNs seeking employment, a guaranteed interview at UVA Medical Center
  • Deadline to apply: March 1



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Who is the RN to BSN program for?
The RN to BSN program offers licensed, practicing nurses who have associate’s degrees or nursing diplomas a route to earning a BSN degree. The program is for licensed RNs who seek to take on greater responsibility and a broader role in health care, who wish to achieve leadership roles, greater professional mobility and for those who are considering graduate study in nursing.


  • Small, intimate classes with world-class nursing faculty
  • The ability to work and go to school concurrently, with classes just once a week
  • Guaranteed admission for qualified VCCS graduates
  • For admitted RNs seeking employment, a guaranteed interview at UVA Medical Center
  • Many hospitals cover tuition for their employee RNs to return for their BSN
  • The chance for greater professional mobility and possibility of a higher salary
  • Up to 10 credits toward graduate study

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit a completed application and:

  • Have an associate's degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Have completed all 49 credits towards the prerequisite general education courses by the start of the academic year
  • Have completed the five required prerequisite courses by the start of the academic year
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all college/university courses completed prior to admission
  • Possess an unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States by the start of the academic year (if you are a current RN, please submit a copy of your current nursing license with your application)
  • Submit official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended to the UVA Office of Undergraduate Admission
  • Submit one academic or professional recommendation

All supporting documents (recommendation, transcripts, etc.) should be mailed directly to the UVA Office of Undergraduate Admission, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact an admissions counselor to review transcripts from previous academic institutions.

Note: RNs with an undergraduate degree in another subject (non-nursing area) may apply for the Clinical Nurse Leader program.

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as the School of Nursing has a strong alumni base generous in scholarship support. Applicants must first submit the FAFSA and the CSS/Profile to UVA's Financial Aid Office, and then will receive the School of Nursing's financial aid application after admission.

VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreement
If you are an RN who completed all required nursing courses within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), you may be eligible to apply to our RN to BSN program through the Guaranteed Admission Agreement. Potential candidates include those who have passed the NCLEX examination within the five-year period preceding matriculation to the University.

Pharmacology, health assessment, human anatomy & physiology, lifespan development or developmental psychology, and statistics are all required for admission to the program. Please see below for more information about these course equivalencies.

Most of these prerequisite courses can be satisfied at local community colleges. Below is a list of the suggested courses at Virginia community colleges that meet our requirements. This list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions, please contact an admissions counselor.

Lifepan Development or Developmental Psychology

  • Virginia Community College System: PSY 230 or PSY 231 + 232
  • University of Virginia: NUIP 2240
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: PSYC 304
  • James Madison University: GPSYC 160
  • Virginia Tech: HD 1004 + 2004 or PSYC 2034

Health Assessment

  • Virginia Community College System: NUR 226
  • University of Virginia: NUCO 2230 (summer only)


  • Virginia Community College System: NUR 230 and HLT 250
  • Southside Regional Medical Center: N310
  • Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing: NUR 210 + 211

Human Anatomy & Physiology

  • Virginia Community College System: BIO 141 + 142, BIO 231 + 232 or NAS 161 + 162
  • University of Virginia: NUIP 2060 + 2070

(must be completed within the past five years with a grade of a B or higher)

  • Virginia Community College System: MTH 157, MTH 240, MTH 241 or MTH 241 + 242
  • University of Virginia: NUIP 4430, STAT 1120, STAT 2020 or SOC 3130

General education requirements
Students are required to satisfactorily complete 49 credits in the following general education courses prior to enrollment:

  • English composition - 3 credits - required for students except for those who are exempt. You are exempt if you scored 750 or higher on the SAT II Subject Test in Writing or 5 on the English AP test. (Students who are exempt from English Composition must take an additional 3 credit elective.) If you are attending a college with a two-semester composition course, you must complete both semesters to satisfy this requirement. For example, in the Virginia Community College System, we require ENG 111 and ENG 112. UVA also has a second writing requirement, which is fulfilled within the RN to BSN curriculum.
  • Natural science and math - 12 credits - Anatomy & physiology and statistics are required. Other acceptable courses include mathematics, chemistry, physics, genetics, environmental science, geology, and ecology. Statistics must be completed before enrolling in the RN to BSN program.
  • Social science and history - 9 credits - acceptable courses include history, government, psychology, sociology, economics, western civilization, political science, and anthropology. Special note: while you are required to take lifespan development, it cannot count towards your social science credits, because it is part of the 41 credits awarded for your previous nursing courses.
  • Humanities and fine arts - 9 credits - acceptable courses include philosophy, ethics, art, religion, music, drama, and foreign languages.
  • Electives - 16 or more credits to total 49 credits. Note: two courses (up to 5 credits) in skills courses such as studio art or music performance may be counted toward these elective credit requirements. Only 2 Physical Education (PE) credits can be accepted for elective transfer credit.

Advanced standing
Forty-one credits is awarded to RN to BSN students for prior nursing courses and experience, including the required lifespan, pharmacology, and assessment credits. These 41 credit hours will be awarded after the successful completion of all required courses in the RN to 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 a C or higher, 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's Office of Admissions and Student Services. Prospective applicants are encouraged to meet with the School of Nursing admissions counselor to discuss how their prior credits would apply to the University’s general education requirements. View the UVA Transfer Credit Analyzer.


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

RN to BSN students enroll in 30 credits and upon completion, receive 41 credits for prior learning as an RN. Courses in the program include graduate level classes in nursing theory and evidence-based practice, health policy, and epidemiology. Students must meet prerequisite general education requirements prior to admission, thus completing a grand total of 120 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree. Once admitted, students work with a faculty advisor to create a plan of study to best meet their academic and professional goals.

Clinical practicum
There is one practicum that is a part of the RN to BSN curriculum, which occurs in the fall semester of the second year. Practicum experiences can be met in a variety of settings for this course; the School has a number of existing clinical contracts with facilities in Virginia.


  • Austin Stajduhar, BSN Admissions Counselor, 434-924-0066
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  • School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services: 434-924-0141 or 888-283-8703.