Students must be formally admitted to the School of Nursing, which is an upper division major. For more information about Admissions
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(The application deadline is February 1, 2022)
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Admission to UNCG does not guarantee admission to the upper division major.
Only students who have formal, written acceptance into the School will be permitted to register in advanced nursing courses and complete work for the major. Applications are available each year in the School of Nursing or on our website from December 1 through February 1. Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended must be submitted by February 1st as these grades are also taken into consideration during the admissions process. Students are notified of the School’s decision regarding acceptance in early to mid-March.
Admission is extremely competitive as the number of applications typically exceeds the number of available spaces each year.
Minimum Criteria for Admission to the upper division major are printed in the UNCG Catalog. They include:
- Overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- A grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each of the following courses: BIO 271 or KIN 291, BIO 277 or KIN 292, BIO 280, HDF 211, PSY 121, CHE 104, SOC 101 or SOC 202 or ATY 100 or RCO 215, NTR 213, PHI 121 or PHI 220 or RCO 203, and STA 108.
- No more than two of the above prerequisite courses may be repeated to earn the minimum grade or better. Prerequisite courses may be repeated only one time.
- Score on the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is due by the application deadline. Information regarding requirements for the ATI TEAS test is found above.
- Matriculation into the upper division is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory evaluation signed by the student’s physician of the applicant’s physical and emotional health to provide nursing care. Forms will be sent to the students who are admitted to the upper division.
Due to the competitive nature of this program, successful applicants typically present much higher credentials for admission.
Students may not enroll in nursing courses beyond the foundation level courses without being admitted to the School. Application for admission is possible while students are still completing the prerequisite courses, but unconditional admission cannot be granted until all admission criteria have been successfully completed.
The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a standardized test required for the School of Nursing application to the Upper Division, pre-licensure BSN program. UNC Greensboro’s School of Nursing consistently has received many more applicants than we can provide seats for, making for a very competitive admission process. The applicant’s GPA (grade point average) has been used as the primary admission criteria; however, a GPA can be very different between universities. In addition, the wide variety of electives and various degrees’ students take has made the GPA a less reliable predictor of success in nursing school. Thus, the faculty of the School of Nursing approved the use of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) as the standardized test for students to take.
The ATI TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content area of reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage. The test is intended for use primarily with adult nursing program applicants. The objectives assessed on the ATI TEAS are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.
* The deadline for the application to the Upper Division, including the ATI TEAS results, is February 1.
Use the following link for instructions on how to register for the ATI TEAS:
For a complete step-by-step registration guide with visuals, download this document.
We do not require students to have their CNA I certification in order to begin the nursing program.
However, we encourage students to become certified and work as a CNA I if they have the opportunity to do so through their high school or local community college for several reasons, including the following:
- Determine whether nursing is the right choice for you
- Develop rapport with patients, nurses, and other health care professionals
- Increase level of confidence in working in the health care setting
- Having the advantage that you are certified prior to beginning the nursing program (hint: Getting the CNA II will be a much easier process)
- Building your resume
If you decide to work towards your CNA certification, please access the State of North Carolina website.