A path for working RNs to earn a BSN degree, with all the professional and financial benefits it confers
- Two-year part-time program
- Apply by March 1
Contact Austin Stajduhar, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid, for guidance on the Common Application. This form can be tricky to navigate, with questions that may not apply to your unique situation in returning to school. Please see the FAQ for more details or contact Austin with questions.
Who should apply?
The RN to BSN program offers licensed nurses who have associate's degrees or nursing diplomas a pathway 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.
What differentiates UVA’s program from other RN to BSN programs?
- For RNs who are seeking employment: if you are admitted to UVA's RN to BSN program, you are guaranteed a job interview with the UVA Medical Center.
- For the most part, potential applicants can choose which courses they would like to take as their general education prerequisites (in particular: social sciences, humanities, and elective credits).
- UVA has a guaranteed admission agreement with all Virginia Community College System (VCCS) schools for qualified VCCS graduates.
- Potential applicants may take up to three of UVA's RN to BSN courses before applying to the program (choice of pathophysiology, leadership, statistics, research, and/or the University elective).
- The Nurse Residency Program (NRP) at UVA counts as the UVA elective if completed after January 31, 2014. The NRP was developed with UVA faculty to meet academic criteria.
- Classes are scheduled one day a week to accommodate the RN-to-BSN student who works or is traveling from a distance.
- Classes are taught in the classroom by full-time UVA faculty. The effectiveness of the classroom (rather than online) has been strongly recommended by former RN-to-BSN students. The one summer course is the only course not entirely in the classroom (hybrid course).
- Class size is generally small, averaging 30 students in the classroom.
- As part of the RN to BSN program, students have the option to take up to three graduate courses. These credits can be applied to a MSN program at the UVA School of Nursing. You may be able to apply these credits to another university should you pursue graduate study elsewhere.
- UVA has a generous alumni base, with many scholarships available.
- UVAHS employees enrolling in UVA School of Nursing courses may be eligible for "tuition advance" (see UVAHS HR Policy No. 301). The student should work directly with Human Resources to initiate payment.
Recent changes to the RN to BSN program were implemented for fall 2017. These changes are summarized below.
- Statistics is no longer a prerequisite to the RN to BSN program. Statistics will now be offered as part of the RN to BSN program. If you have not yet taken statistics, you should no longer take it before admission, since you will now be taking it as part of the RN to BSN program. If you have questions, please contact Austin Stajduhar, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid.
- The sequence of courses for the RN to BSN program has changed creating more flexibility in progressing through the RN to BSN program of study. (See Classes tab)
- The option of taking up to 3 courses for graduate study still exists for those who are considering graduate school in the future.
- Potential students may take up to three courses in the RN to BSN program before officially applying. Doing so can lighten your course load once admitted and help with tuition by decreasing overall costs/semester. For more information, please contact Austin Stajduhar.
- Beginning fall 2019, microbiology will be required as a prerequisite. This date was determined based on the first class to graduate from the new VCCS concept based curriculum (spring 2019).
To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must:
- Submit a completed application by the March 1 deadline
- Have an associate's degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing school
- Have completed 48 general education credits by the start of the academic year (see below)
- 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 (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, PO Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Austin Stajduhar 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.
- Application deadline: March 1
- Notification of admissions decisions: typically May 1
VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreement
If you 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. Most of our applicants do not enter through the GAA, as they may not meet all criteria. Indeed, we consider each applicant as an individual with their own strengths and unique circumstances.
As with all RN to BSN programs, a minimum of 120 credits are needed to earn your BSN degree:
- 48 general education credits, which can be taken at your local community college
- 42 nursing credits, transferred in from your associate’s degree or diploma program
- 30 RN to BSN credits, taken at UVA
General Education Requirements (48 credits)
Students are required to satisfactorily complete 48 credits in the following general education courses prior to enrollment. These courses are most often taken at the community college.
- 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.
- Natural science and math- 12 credits - Anatomy & Physiology is required (if your college has a two-semester sequence, you must complete both semesters). Microbiology will be required beginning in the fall of 2019. Other acceptable courses include mathematics, chemistry, physics, genetics, environmental science, geology, and ecology.
- Social science and history- 9 credits - Your choice. 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 42 credits awarded for your previous nursing courses.
- Humanities and fine arts- 9 credits - Your choice. Acceptable courses include philosophy, ethics, art, religion, music, drama, and foreign languages.
- Electives– 12 or more credits to total 48 credits. Your choice. 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 (42 credits)
Forty-two credits below are awarded to RN to BSN students for prior nursing courses. These 42 credit hours will transfer to the School of Nursing as equivalent to the UVA courses listed below. Note Lifespan specifics below the table.
|NUCO 2130||Therapeutic Principles||4 credits|
|NUCO 2330||Health Assessment||3 credits|
|NUCO 2210||Foundations of Nursing CARE||3 credits|
|NUCO 2420||Patho. I||3 credits|
|NUCO 2240||Case-Based Learning||2 credits|
|NUCO 2240*||Lifespan Development||3 credits|
|NUIP 2430 + 3430||Pharmacology I + II||4 credits|
|NUCO 3310||Pediatrics||4 credits|
|NUCO 3610||Maternal-Child||4 credits|
|NUCO 3110||Adult-Gero||4 credits|
|NUCO 4310||Psych-Mental Health||4 credits|
|NUCO 4110||Complex & Transitional Care||4 credits|
|Total credits:||42 credits|
*Equivalent to Growth and Development in the VCCS (transfers in as nursing advanced standing credits instead of social science credits). See below for suggestions.
All financial aid for undergraduate students at UVA is administered through UVA Student Financial Services. To apply, you need to complete the federal FAFSA form, the CSS/Profile form, and a School of Nursing financial aid form. All aid is need-based; the University meets 100% of demonstrated need.
More information on the School of Nursing and webpages.
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 adviser to create a plan of study to best meet their academic and professional goals.
Professional nursing standards and guidelines incorporated in the curriculum: The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).
Transfer of Credit
Click here for information about transferring credit. 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. Equivalent courses for lifespan development and anatomy and physiology are listed below.
Lifespan 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
Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Virginia Community College System: BIO 141 + 142, BIO 231 + 232 or NAS 161 + 162
- University of Virginia: NUIP 2060 + 2070
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.