Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Start Your Journey

Do you have a passion for health care and caring for others? Consider our four-semester, upper-division BSN program in Tucson. From simulations to clinical practice, our 100% Engagement initiative will help you get the education and experiences you need to become a successful registered nurse.

Are you an incoming Freshman? Join the pre-professional nursing major and receive support from our advisors and faculty to help prepare you to apply for the BSN program. Students typically apply for admission to our upper-division BSN program at the end of their second year. The pre-nursing major is comprised of University of Arizona general education courses and prerequisite courses that will prepare students for upper-division nursing curriculum. In addition to courses, pre-nursing students will have access to a variety of resources as they prepare to apply to the BSN program.

Your Success

As a graduate from our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, you will enter the largest health-care workforce and the profession most trusted by the public in the United States.

Last year, our nursing students achieved a first-time pass rate of 91.18% on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses, compared to 86.03% statewide and 84.56% nationally.*

*Data from the Arizona State Board of Nursing


Your Career

Graduates from our bachelor of science in nursing program have a vast array of employment opportunities available to them. Our graduates work in community hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, trauma centers and home health agencies. As a graduate of our program you are prepared to work as a:

  • Hospital Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Skilled Living Facility Nurse
  • Outpatient Clinic Nurse
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse

A bachelor’s in nursing also opens your doors to pursuing an advanced degree in nursing, preparing you to become an advanced practice nurse, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, nurse administrator or nurse scientist.


Meet Our Students & Graduates

Kaliandra Coenen

“I intend to become active in the community and promote health through providing culturally appropriate education and resources. I also strongly believe that it is important for nurses to continue learning and following current research to be able to implement it in their practice.”

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Danielle Bragg

May 2016 BSN graduate writes to clinical instructor Mary O'Connell to let her know that she was selected from more than 1,000 applicants for an operating room RN residency program.

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Eric Smith

Prior to pursuing nursing, Eric Smith spent four seasons working as a wildland firefighter, followed by a two-year, volunteer mission to Argentina. He says both experiences were life-changing and helped set him up for success in nursing school.

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Accreditation & Affiliations

The University of Arizona College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing  and the Western Institute of Nursing