Bachelor of Science in Nursing


BSN students

Graduates of the traditional BSN program are prepared to sit for the National Counsel Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for registered nurses are projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.

Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to be completed in four academic years plus one summer. The course requirements in the BSN program are rigorous. In order to be competitive when applying for the upper division, students must be able to perform well academically while completing 16-17 semester hours each semester. Factors that may present special challenges to students include long distance commuting, family obligations, or financial need requiring more than 10-15 hours of work a week. If such factors apply to you, work with your academic advisor to formulate a plan of study that fits your personal situation.

The degree consists of four components: General Education Core Requirements (GEC), Nursing Cognate Requirements (pre-requisites for the upper division major), upper division major courses, and electives sufficient for meeting degree requirements. 


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at with any questions regarding this data.

2020-2021 BSN Information Sheet

Minimum Criteria to Pursue Nursing As Your Major
  • Students interested in pursuing admission to the nursing major must earn and maintain a 3.0. Students with a GPA below 3.0 must select an alternate major.
  • All incoming UNCG students interested in nursing will be listed as Pre-Health Studies and identified as Health Professions Exploration and assigned to either an advisor in the School of Nursing or an advisor in the School of Health and Human Sciences. Any student not currently assigned to a School of Nursing Advisor, can submit an advisor request form to do so with at least a 3.0 or higher cumulative UNCG GPA. 
  • Incoming transfer and second-degree students must have a transfer GPA of 3.0 or greater to pursue nursing as their major.
General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

Students must complete 33-34 semester hours to meet the following requirements:

  • Three Courses in Humanities and Fine Arts:
    • GFA (Fine Arts, Example: DCE 200)
    • GLT (Literature, Example: CCI 205)
    • GPR (Philosophy/Religion/Ethics, PHI 121 or 220, or RCO 203 required for nursing majors)
  • Additional General Education Requirements:
    • GHP (History, Example: HIS 211 or HIS 217)
    • GMT (Math, STA 108 required for nursing majors)
    • GNS (Two Natural Sciences and one lab, CHE 104, CHE 110, NTR 213 required for nursing)
    • GRD (Reasoning and Discourse, Example: ENG 101)
    • GRD (Reasoning and Discourse, Example: CST 105 (SI) or ENG 102)
    • GSB (Two Social and Behavioral Sciences, PSY 121 and HDF 211 required for nursing majors)
Marker Requirements

Students must complete courses that have the following markers:

  • Writing Intensive Requirements (WI)—UNCG requirement for all students. You must take two writing intensive courses, one in Nursing (NUR 450) and one non-Nursing class of your choice.
  • Speaking Intensive Requirements (SI)—UNCG requirement for all students. You must take two speaking intensive courses, one in Nursing (NUR 415) and one non-Nursing class of your choice.
  • Global Perspectives Courses (GL and GN)—Students must complete 4 Global courses (GL), one of which must be Global Nonwestern (GN). Try to choose classes in other categories that are also GL or GN courses. For example, DCE 200 is a GFA and GL, CCI 205 is a GLT and GL, and ATY 100 meets a Nursing Cognate Requirement and GN marker. Although foreign language is not required for the Nursing Degree, up to two semesters of foreign language may be used to help meet this requirement.

Choose Carefully! It is possible to complete all marker requirements without taking extra classes. Courses used to meet the GEC core category also fulfill the Marker Requirements if the course carries the indicated marker in the semester Schedule of Courses. For example, CST 105 (Introduction to Public Speaking) meets the GRD requirement, all sections are Speaking Intensive (SI). Freshman Seminars (FMS) typically meet multiple requirements, including Writing Intensive (WI), have small class sizes, and are limited to freshmen only. We encourage freshmen to select these courses when possible.

Nursing Cognates/Pre-requisite Requirements (Pre-requisites for the Upper Division)

Students must complete the following courses before entering the Upper Division.

Course Grade Required Prerequisites
BIO 271 (Anatomy) or KIN 291 C or better BIO 111 +lab (with grade of C- or better)
BIO 277 (Physiology) or KIN 292 C or better BIO 111 +lab (with grade of C- or better)
BIO 280 (Microbiology) C or better BIO 271 or 277
HDF 211 (Lifespan Development) C or better
PSY 121 (General Psychology) C or better
CHE 104 (Chemistry II) C or better CHE 103 (Chemistry I)
CHE 110 (lab)
SOC 101, SOC 202 (GL) or ATY 100 (GN) or RCO 215 (GN) C or better
NTR 213 (Nutrition) (GNS) C or better
PHI 121 or 220 or RCO 203 (GPR) C or better
STA 108 (Statistics) (GMT) C or better

Upper Division Nursing Requirements

Students must be formally admitted to the Upper Division to take these courses. NUR 210 and 220 will be taught in the summer immediately preceding the 300-level nursing courses, to students who have been admitted to the Upper Division major.

NUR 210, 220, 310, 310L, 320, 320L, 355, 365, 375, 385, 340, 340L, 360, 360L, 380, 410, 410L, 415, 420, 420L, 450, 430, 430L, 440 and 490.

Elective Hours

Students sometimes need to take elective hours prior to graduation. The number of electives needed varies based on your course selection and any transfer courses you might have. You must earn at least 122 hours to graduate. We highly recommend that you calculate your hours prior to entering the Upper Division to see if you will need any electives.

Priority Admissions

Priority in admission (subject to space availability) will be granted to students who meet the following criteria:

1. Enter UNCG as a new, first-time freshman on a 4-year plan of study.

2. Earn and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 by the end of the third semester.

3. Complete all but one of the following required science courses:

    • CHE 104 General Descriptive Chemistry II
    • BIO 271 Human Anatomy (or KIN 291 Clinical Human Anatomy)
    • BIO 277 Human Physiology (or KIN 292 Clinical Human Physiology)
    • BIO 280 Fundamentals of Microbiology

and at least one of the following prerequisite courses:

    • NTR 213 Introductory Nutrition
    • STAT 108 Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • PHI 121 Contemporary Moral Problems or PHI 220 Medical Ethics or RCO 203

by the end of the third semester, with a 3.0 (B) or better in each course completed. Courses must be completed at UNCG. These courses may not be repeated.

4. Complete three (3) semesters at UNCG (minimum of 45 s.h.) All of the seven courses above must be completed by the end of the spring semester to matriculate into the nursing program.

5. Overall score of 78% or above on the ATI TEAS. Two scores accepted.

6. Meet all other admission requirements for the upper-division nursing major.

Students who do not meet the criteria for Priority Admissions above, but who do meet the Minimum Criteria for Admission, may still apply for admission.

For more information about Admissions, TEAS, and CNA, click here.