RN to BSN
A path for working RNs to earn a BSN degree, and all the professional and financial benefits it confers
- a two-year, part-time program with most courses online
- Hybrid format allows students to attend monthly in-person classes while all other learning occurs online
- Three learning sites from which to choose: Charlottesville, Richmond, or Fairfax
- Ranked #2 online RN to BSN program (RegisteredNursing.org, 2022)
- Deadline to apply March 15 (email Kim Dieber for information)
Contact Kim Dieber, coordinator for recruitment and community engagement, 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 RN-to-BSN FAQ for more details.
Who should apply?
The RN-to-BSN program offers licensed nurses with associate's degrees or nursing diplomas a pathway to earn a BSN degree. The program is for licensed RNs who seek to expand their knowledge and skills, 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.
Why UVA's RN to BSN?
- Hybrid program blends the flexibility of both online and in-person learning. Students attend classes in Charlottesville, Richmond or Fairfax once a month; all other learning occurs online
- If admitted to the program, students are guaranteed a job interview with the UVA Medical Center
- Applicants may choose which courses they would like to take as their general education prerequisites (in particular: social sciences, humanities, and elective credits)
- UVA guarantees admission to all qualified Virginia Community College System (VCCS) graduates
- Potential applicants may take up to three RN to BSN courses before applying to the program (choice of pathophysiology, health policy, leadership, statistics, research, and/or a University elective)
- The Nurse Residency Program (NRP) at UVA counts as the UVA elective if completed after January 31, 2014
- Most courses are small, with 30 students or fewer
- UVA has a generous alumni base, with many scholarships available
- UVA Health System employees enrolling in UVA School of Nursing courses may be eligible for "tuition advance" (see UVAHS HR Policy No. 301 Educational Assistance). The student should work directly with Human Resources to initiate payment
To be considered for admission to the RN-to-BSN program, applicants must:
- Submit a completed application by March 10
- Have an associate's degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
- 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
Note: RNs with an undergraduate degree in another subject (non-nursing area) may apply to the program.
- New locations! The program has expanded to new locations in Richmond and Northern Virginia. Students can apply for the program in either Charlottesville, Richmond, or Northern Virginia.
- The program is now offered in a hybrid online format where students attend classes in person just once a month and all other learning occurs online.
- 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).
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 Kim Dieber, coordinator for recruitment and community engagement, to review transcripts from previous academic institutions.
- Application deadline: Extended to March 10
- Notification of admissions decisions: typically May 1
General Education Requirements
Students are required to satisfactorily complete 48 credits in the following general education courses prior to enrollment. These courses are most often taken at a 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 both 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 - acceptable courses include history, government, psychology, sociology, economics, western civilization, political science, anthropology, linguistics, and women's studies. 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 - acceptable courses include philosophy, ethics, art, religion, music, drama, foreign languages, classics, comparative literature, and English and foreign literature.
- Electives - 12 or more credits to total 48 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.
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
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 that eligible Lifespan Development as well as Anatomy and Physiology transfer classes can be found in the Transfer of Credit section on this page
|NUCO 2130||Therapeutic Principles||4 credits|
|NUCO 2330||Health Assessment||3 credits|
|NUCO 2210||Foundations of Nursing CARE||3 credits|
|NUIP 2420||Pathophysiology I||3 credits|
|NUCO 2440||Case-Based Learning||2 credits|
|NUIP 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||Mental Health Nursing||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 the Transfer of Credit section on this page for suggestions.
Transfer of Credit
Please see the UVA Undergraduate Record for information about transferring credit. Questions regarding acceptability of specific courses for transfer should be referred to the School of Nursing's Office of Admissions and Student Services. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with a School of Nursing admissions counselor (contact Kim Dieber) 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 as well as 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
All financial aid for undergraduate students at UVA is administered through UVA Student Financial Services. To apply, you need to complete the following forms:
- Federal FAFSA form
- CSS/Profile form
All aid is need-based; the University of Virginia meets 100% of demonstrated need.
More information is available on the School of Nursing tuition and financial aid web pages.
RN-to-BSN students enroll in 30 credits and upon completion, receive 42 credits for prior learning in the student's associates or diploma nursing program. Students must meet prerequisite general education requirements prior to admission, thus completing a total of 120 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree.
Structure of the Hybrid Courses
- Meet in person for classes once a month
- Complete weekly activities and learning online
- Students in the Richmond program will travel to Charlottesville for approximately 1-2 meetings over the course of the program for on-site activities such as orientation, simulation, graduation, etc.
Professional nursing standards and guidelines incorporated in the curriculum
The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record is the official repository for academic program requirements.