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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 NURS major) with a minimum math placement 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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Transcript Evaluation

  1. Transcript Evaluation Request Process

    • When transferring credits to the Basic BSN Program, students find it beneficial to send transcripts to the School of Nursing for evaluation to determine their placement in the curriculum. Upon completion of the evaluation, students receive an email from the Basic BSN office along with a copy of the evaluation results.

    • 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.

  2. Transcript Evaluation Directions

    • Transcript Evaluation Request Form
      Transcript Evaluation Request Form (WORD File)

      Download the above-linked WORD document to your computer. Complete the form, print off and mail to the address indicated on the form.

    • $30 Transcript Evaluation Fee (non-refundable)

      The School of Nursing Basic BSN $30 transcript evaluation fee is paid online through the School of Nursing website. Go to the STUDENT FORMS Page for the "Fee Payment (School of Nursing Applications or Transcript Evaluation Fees)" link.

      The application process will be changing for fall 2015 Basic BSN admissions. The application fee is now separate from the transcript evaluation fee. You will only pay the transcript evaluation fee at this time. When the new process is available, the application fee will be paid at that time.

  3. Transcripts

    • Request official transcripts from all schools attended to be sent directly to the School of Nursing (address is noted on the Transcript Evaluation Request Form) in order to be accepted as official. The Basic BSN nursing office copies all official transcripts received, forwarding originals to the UW Admission Office

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Scholastic Requirements

School of Nursing
BSN Program Scholastic Requirements

University and College of Health Sciences policies governing scholastic requirements, including 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:

  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.


  • 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
Approved: Basic BSN Meeting 9/4/2013 & Prelicensure Meeting 9/25/2013
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