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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Admission Criteria/Declaring Pre-Nursing

Declaring Pre-Nursing

Students who meet university requirements are admitted to the university. Graduates of fully accredited high schools may declare the pre-nursing component of the Basic BSN program (declared PNRS major) with a minimum math placement exam score of 3 or an ACT math score of 23. (More information about math placement can be found at the Mathematics web site at:

For students who do not meet these requirements, it is suggested that they major in general undeclared so that they will receive more appropriate advising for their situation through the Center for Advising and Career Services until they meet requirements. A general undeclared student will still be able to work toward becoming a pre-nursing major, but their progression through the nursing curriculum may be delayed a minimum of one year until they have achieved eligibility to enroll and succeed in College Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry. Students seeking to transfer into the pre-nursing component must have a minimum nursing grade point average (NGPA) of 2.75 calculated on all prerequisite courses; however, this does not guarantee progression to the nursing major component. Further acceptance into the pre-nursing component of the Basic BSN program will also be based on evaluation of their academic work with consideration of the School of Nursing BSN Program Scholastic Requirements (see below).

Once students have successfully completed these three course requirements and are still interested in pursuing nursing, they should contact our Credentials Analyst/Academic Advisor ( at the School of Nursing to schedule an appointment to further determine their eligibility to declare.

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Transfer Evaluation

  • When transferring credits to the Basic BSN Program, students may find it beneficial to go to to access the UW Transfer Equivalency Self-Service site. This site can assist in discovering how courses taken at other institutions will transfer and can be used to earn a degree at UW. Transfer evaluation reports created on this site are NOT official but rather serve as a guide. Official evaluations are not completed until after being fully admitted to UW. 

  • The following site,, identifies other types of acceptable credit such as credit by examination options which include Advanced Placement tests (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB).

  • As part of the Basic BSN nursing major application process, transfer coursework will be evaluated by the School of Nursing to determine transfer equivalency of required prerequisite courses. Evaluation will also take into consideration the School of Nursing BSN Program Scholastic Requirements (see below). A School of Nursing transcript evaluation fee will be assessed at that time and paid online through link identified within the NursingCAS application site for our program.

  • The UW Registrar's Office completes an evaluation of students' transcripts following their admission to the University. Their office determines whether or not courses are found to have UW equivalencies and/or University Studies (USP) attributes. Pending approval/clearance on all transfer discrepancies by both the School of Nursing and the Registrar, students' transfer evaluations are considered unofficial. The Registrar is the official evaluator and the School of Nursing further determines which courses are then applicable to the nursing curriculum. Evaluations processed by the School of Nursing are subject to change until they have been determined to be official.

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Scholastic Requirements

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing
Basic BSN Program Scholastic Requirements

University and College of Health Sciences policies governing scholastic requirements (e.g. major changes, probation, and dismissal) apply to students enrolled in the School of Nursing. In addition to university/college requirements, the School of Nursing has the following scholastic requirements for the Basic BSN Program:

  1. Grade of at least a C in all required courses with one exception. Grade of B or better is required in CHEM 1000 (Introductory Chemistry).

  2. Prerequisites must be met with C or better prior to entering each nursing course.

  3. A cumulative Nursing G.P.A. (NGPA) of 2.75 (Basic BSN and BRAND) or 2.50 (RN/BSN) based on required courses is the minimum required for admission to the nursing major.

  4. Students must attain a 2.00 (C) or S in each nursing course, as well as a cumulative Nursing G.P.A. (NGPA) of 2.75 (Basic BSN and BRAND) or 2.50 (RN/BSN) based on required courses to progress.

  5. Single prerequisite, requisite, core, or nursing major course may not be repeated more than once.*

  6. Only a total of four prerequisite, requisite, or core courses may be repeated.*

  7. Only a total of two nursing courses in the major may be repeated.*


* RN/BSN Course Repeat Policy: If a student chooses to repeat a course in which a grade of C or better was previously earned, it will not be counted as a repeat by the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing


  • All nursing theory and combined courses must be taken for a grade.

  • Clinical courses are graded S/U only.

  • Students may petition an exception to the same School of Nursing policy only one time.


  • UW policy in effect for courses completed prior to Fall 2006:

    • First repeat: only the second credit and grade is used to calculate the cumulative GPA.

    • If repeated more than once, the second grade and all subsequent grades together with the grade points of these attempts will enter the computation of the cumulative average.

    • If a mark of W, S, or U is assigned in a repeated course, the previous grade assigned will stand except when an S or U is earned repeating a previous S or U. (see UW Catalog).

  • UW policy in effect for courses completed Fall 2006 forward:
    Students may repeat course work; however, credit earned in any given course (or equivalent course) is applicable toward a degree requirement only once. All grade entries remain on the student's record, but only the last grade earned will be calculated in the UW cumulative grade point average (see UW Catalog).

  • Students with repeated courses completed prior to and/or after fall 2006 may see both variances of the UW repeat policy reflected on their transcript. Courses repeated prior to fall 2006 will remain coded based on the previous policy.

Approved by AP Meeting 3/31/2010; updated by SoN Meeting 10/8/2014
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