Students must be formally admitted to the School of Nursing, which is an upper division major. For more information about Admissions, TEAS, and CNA, click here.


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:

  1. Overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Test of Essential Academic Skills

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:

TEAS In-Person at a PSI Testing Center

For a complete step-by-step registration guide with visuals, download this document.

CNA I Certification

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.

The RN-to-BSN Program is for students that are already registered nurses (RNs) and desire to attain their BSN.

  • Pre-Admission advising is provided for all prospective students by the RN-to-BSN Program Specialist, Lavonne James (click to email)
  • As a single admission program, RN-to-BSN applicants apply online directly through Slate, our Undergraduate Admissions application portal. The minimum GPA requirement for University admission is a cumulative 2.0 transfer from all previously attended higher education institutions. Admission of qualified applicants for Outreach cohorts is on a first-come, first-serve basis according to the date of admission to the University.
  • Students must hold a current, active unrestricted RN license in North Carolina or in a state covered by the multi-state Nurse Licensure Compact before enrolling in the required Nursing courses and maintain licensure at all times while enrolled in the Nursing courses. For questions, see the NC Board of Nursing website.
  • More information about the RN-to-BSN program can be found on the RN-to-BSN page of the School of Nursing website.
  • RN-to-BSN applicants do not need to apply to the Upper Division.
  • Applicants must first fill out a VAP application form, which can be found here.
  • Applicants should designate admission to the nursing major, and must meet the equivalent of the required pre-requisite courses for the nursing program.
  • Applicants will submit their military coursework and experience in the form of a portfolio that nursing faculty will use to determine official course credit on an individual basis.
  • Applicants will then complete a UNCG undergraduate application, which may require submission of transcripts, contact information, and names of previous colleges and universities.

Financial Assistance

  • VAP students should seek the advice of the UNCG VA Certifying Official regarding filing for benefits.
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill (PL 110-252, Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008) provides tuition, books, supplies, counseling support and a living stipend, and educational support depending on your status and usage.
  • UNCG has a Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) and Yellow Ribbon designation which may offset most of the out-of-state charges for eligible recipients that are not North Carolina residents. The UNCG Veteran Students Support Fund helps veteran students pay educational costs, depending on funding availability.