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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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: Minerva Academic Curriculum (MAC), 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 ydeaves@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.

2023-24 BSN Information Sheet

Plan of study for nursing interest studentshttp://nursing.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/BSN-

Plan of study for nursing students

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.
Minerva Academic Curriculum (MAC)
Minerva Academic Curriculum (MAC) provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and values necessary to be critical and creative thinkers, ethical decision-makers, effective communicators, and collaborative and engaged global citizens.
Students must complete 33-34 semester hours to meet the following competencies (C1-C11):
  • C1: Foundations (ex. HIS 101, CCI 117)
  • C2: Written Communication (ex. ENG 101: College Writing I)
  • C3: Oral Communication (ex. CST 105: Introduction to Communication Studies)
  • C4: Quantitative Reasoning (STA 108, required for applying to nursing major)
  • C5: Health & Wellness (NTR 213, required for applying to nursing major)
  • C6: Critical Thinking/Humanities & Fine Arts (PHI 121 or 220, required for applying to nursing major)
  • C7: Critical Thinking/Social & Behavioral Sciences (PSY 121 required for applying to nursing major)
  • C8: Critical Thinking/Natural Sciences (BIO 111/111L: Principles of Biology)
  • C9: Global Engagement & Intercultural Learning (ex. ATY 100, meets a nursing cognate)
  • C10: Diversity & Equity through Social & Behavioral OR Humanities & Fine Arts (ex. ENG 109, REL 132)
  • C11: Data Analysis & Interpretation through Natural Sciences (CHE 103: General Descriptive Chemistry I)

Take notice! Courses used to meet the MAC categories also fulfill several of the requirements to apply to the nursing major. It is important for students to work with their academic advisors to ensure they are on track and taking courses to apply to the Upper Division nursing program, but also taking courses to meet the MAC requirements for graduation.


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 111 (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
    • STA 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.

Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP)

The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) provides a unique opportunity for exceptional students enrolled in the UNCG School of Nursing’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program to begin work on their master of science in nursing (MSN) degree with a concentration in leadership and management.

  • Complete your MSN in a shorter amount of time by taking graduate-level courses that count toward both your BSN and MSN degrees.
  • Students start taking MSN-level courses in the junior year of their undergraduate coursework and continue on to compete their MSN after earning their BSN.
  • Develop skills that will serve you well as you transition to future nurse leadership roles.
  • This is an appealing option for students enrolled in the Veterans Access Program (VAP)

    To be eligible, students must have completed 60 credits in the pre-health curriculum, be admitted to the School of Nursing’s BSN program, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

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