Bachelor of Nursing Science (BSN)
A degree for high school students to earn a BSN
- Four-year full-time program
- 120 credits
- Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX exam
- Apply by January 1 (or November 1 for Early Action)
- 89% employment rate one month after graduation (BSN class of 2019)
- 94% pass rate for those who took the NCLEX exam for the first time (2018)
- No. 2 hospital in Virginia (US News 2021-2022)
Who should apply?
- 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 program
- The chance to study with world-class faculty mentors
- Nursing courses beginning in the first year of the program
- Clinical experiences in the second, third, and fourth years of the program
- 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
- One of the only undergraduate nursing programs with an international exchange program. Fourth-year undergraduate students can study in Australia or New Zealand.
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
- Office of Undergraduate Admission
- Deadlines and Instructions
- 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
- 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
All financial aid for undergraduate students at UVA is administered through the UVA Student Financial Services Office. To apply, you must complete the federal FAFSA and CSS/Profile forms. All aid is need-based; the University meets 100% of demonstrated need. All incoming and returning students who have completed these forms are automatically considered for School of Nursing awards.
More information is available on the School of Nursing tuition and financial aid web pages.
Students in the School of Nursing take classes in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, pharmacology, pathophysiology, leadership, 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).
- Traditional BSN Plan of Study
- Access prior plans of study
Clinical nursing classes extend over the BSN curriculum's second, third, and fourth years. Clinical experiences occur in various settings at UVA Health, which is steps away from the School of Nursing buildings and other local and regional clinical sites. Students typically have in-patient clinical experiences at Charlottesville, Richmond, Fishersville, or Staunton hospitals. Clinical experiences in the community health course occur in various settings in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.
There are no course prerequisites for the traditional BSN program.
Transfer of Credit
Visit the University Registrar's website for information about transferring credit.
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The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record is the official repository for academic program requirements.
State Authorization and Professional Licensure Disclosures
As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.
Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))
Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).