Pre-Nursing, Prerequisites & Admissions
The pre-professional nursing major is designed for students who intend to apply for admission to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Pre-nursing majors will receive extra support from the University of Arizona College of Nursing while they are enrolled in preparatory coursework. Students typically apply for admission to our upper-division BSN program at the end of their second year. While eligible students are encouraged to declare the pre-nursing major, any student who meets the admission requirements is eligible to apply to the BSN program.
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.
- Incoming freshmen are admitted to the pre-nursing major (via the UA Undergraduate Admissions Application) based on the following criteria:
- 3.5 unweighted high school cumulative GPA
- 1140 SAT (critical reading and math) or 23 ACT
- Transfer students are admitted to the major if they have an earned a 3.4 cumulative GPA on all transfer coursework. This would primarily benefit students who still have general education and prerequisite coursework to complete at the UA. It is not necessary to declare the pre-nursing major if a student is ready to apply for admission to the BSN program.
- All students interested in the pre-nursing major must select a second choice major upon application to the UA. Incoming freshmen and transfer students who do not meet the eligibility requirements are placed into their second choice major. Eligibility is determined based on the Undergraduate Admissions Application and the criteria stated above. Students may still work towards admission to the BSN program while in another major at the UA.
- Current UA students with a minimum 3.4 GPA based on 12 or more units taken at the UA.
- Current UA students interested in declaring the pre-nursing major must attend an information session, after which, they will be reviewed for eligibility for the major by an advisor. The schedule for information sessions is available here.
Students applying for professional admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program must first have taken a number of Prerequisite Courses and have met General Education and University Foundation Requirements. All of these requirements will be achieved by students who complete our Pre-Professional Nursing Program
- First Year Composition Sequence
- One year General Chemistry (2 semesters - 2 lectures and a minimum of 1 lab)
- One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (2 semesters including lectures and laboratories)
- One semester Introductory Biology (lecture only)
- One semester Microbiology (lecture only)
- One semester Statistics
- One semester Lifespan Development
- One semester Nutrition
All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better. The minimum prerequisite GPA (calculated based on this list) for admission consideration is a 3.0. Descriptions of these courses can be found in the UA Academic Catalog.
In-State Coursework from Public Institutions
For courses taken at a public institution in Arizona (state university or community college), students may download the Arizona Course Equivalency Chart, which includes the exact courses that are acceptable for prerequisite transferability.
Out-of-State Coursework and In-State Private Institutions
Pre-established equivalencies can be searched and viewed on the University of Arizona's Transfer Credit Guide. If a course does not appear in this guide students will need to submit a course equivalency request to the Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation.
- Tier I Individuals and Societies (2 courses)
- Tier I Traditions and Culture (2 courses)
- Tier II Individuals and Societies (1 course)
- Tier II Art (3 credits)
- Tier II Humanities (1 course)
The University of Arizona has additional degree requirements for General Education for Bachelor of Science candidates. Please refer to the UA Academic Catalog for specific details.
- English Composition (1-2 semesters, depending on placement)
- Math – College Algebra or higher math course
- Second Language – student must demonstrate second semester proficiency by either:
- The completion of two semesters of the same second language OR
- A proctored proficiency exam, testing at second-semester level
The College of Nursing expects all students to act responsibly in their academic performance. As a competitive program, the college holds its students to the highest academic standards. Students are responsible for the academic information that is shared with them during Orientation, that is sent out via email, that is listed on this website, and that is shared with them through other outlets. Students are also expected to act with academic integrity in the classroom and beyond.
Registration Dates and Deadlines
The College of Nursing adheres to the registration dates and deadlines as determined by the Registrar's Office each semester. Students are expected to be aware of their class schedules and the posted dates and deadlines. Effective Fall 2014, students are able to withdraw from courses through the tenth week of the semester. Beyond this posted deadline, the College of Nursing does not support late registration requests, except in the most extreme situations. Please contact your Academic Advisor for more information.
Late Withdrawal Requests
There is no formal petition process for late change or late withdrawal requests. If you feel that you have extenuating circumstances, please speak with your Academic Advisor. Academic advising services are offered in College of Nursing room 112.
Academic Probation and Disqualification
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be in Academic Good Standing at the University. Students who fall below 2.0 will be on Academic Probation, and must raise their cumulative GPA to at least 2.0 by the end of the very next semester in order to continue as a student in the College of Nursing. Students who do not achieve a 2.0 Cumulative GPA by the end of the very next semester will be removed from the College of Nursing and may also face University Academic Disqualification.
Students on Academic Probation are expected to participate in the UA Wildcat Track program. Students who do not participate in the Wildcat Track program as part of their academic probation may not be eligible to continue in the pre-nursing major.
The College of Nursing supports and adheres to the University policies as set forth in the Academic Catalog. If a student believes that they deserve redress or exception to a university policy, they can explore a University General Petition. To discuss the General Petition requirements and initiate the process, students should contact their College of Nursing academic advisors.
The College of Nursing enforces the academic policies described in the Academic Catalog. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information about various policies.
It is your responsibility to verify all required documentation is received by the appropriate deadlines. Please contact the Office of Student Support in Nursing to update any changes in your information. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
Prerequisite Grade Point Average (GPA) for Nursing
- A combined minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
- A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all prerequisites
- Two courses may be in-progress at the time of application
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all graded postsecondary coursework
- Minimum score of 75 is required
- Required sections for 2020 deadlines (9/1/20 and 12/15/20): Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, and Grammar
- Required sections for 2021 deadlines (2/1/21) and beyond: Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Biology
- Testing locations depending on COVID, please click hyperlink above for up-to-date details.
- Minimum score of 70% is required
Admission to the University of Arizona – Undergraduate Admissions
- As an applicant, you do not need to be admitted to the university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student prior to applying to the BSN program. However, applicants selected for admission (if not currently a university student) will need to complete the Undergraduate Admission application prior to enrolling in the Nursing program.
- Students are recommended to apply as a Pre-Professional Nursing student.
Nursing Competitive Admission Process
- Applications for each cycle open approximately two months before the deadline. Students must apply through NursingCAS.
HESI Admissions Assessment
Your highest score earned for the combined four sections taken in a single attempt will be utilized. The test must be taken by the date of application and any scores are valid for one year. One attempt every 45 days is allowed – if an additional exam is taken during the 45 day period only the first attempt will be allowed.
All attempts at courses you take are calculated into cumulative GPA calculations unless they are removed through an official grade replacement process. For Prerequisite GPA calculation we utilize the highest grade earned. All courses must be from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
You are allowed two prerequisite courses to be in-progress at the time of application. All courses in-progress at the time of application must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better and students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in both cumulative and prerequisite areas. Courses must be complete and official transcripts must be available showing course completion by June 1 (for fall start) or January 1 (for spring start) if offered admission. If you are repeating a course at the time of application, you cannot report it as in-progress; you must use the previously earned grade until a new grade is earned.
You will be invited to a Behavioral Interview if your combined admission score from the Prerequisite GPA, Cumulative GPA and HESI Admissions Assessment places you in the top ranked candidates. Interviews are conducted primarily in Tucson, AZ; however limited accommodations may be approved to conduct interviews via video chat if you are unable to attend on-campus. Final admission is determined by ranking candidate total scores in all admission requirements.
Holistic Admission Criteria (for Fall 2020+ applicants)
- Healthcare Experience
- Licensed healthcare experience (CNA, EMT, etc.)
- Family caregiver
- Direct patient care
- Peace Corps
- Graduate with honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, etc.)
- Honors College student
- Health related project or internship
- Hospital/Clinic Volunteer
- Residence Life
- Student Government
- Greek Organizations
- SI Leader
Letters of recommendation are not necessary for holistic admission but random audits will be performed on the experiences reported. The College of Nursing will collect the information from transcripts, employers, and short statements included in the application.
Transfer Courses and Evaluations
When transferring from another institution, you must have semester equivalent coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. In addition, there are a few parameters to consider regarding transfer credit evaluations:
- To view applicable transfer courses, please visit the University of Arizona's Transfer Credit Guide. If a course does not appear in this guide, students will need to submit a course equivalency request to the Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation.
In addition, there are a few parameters to consider regarding transfer credit evaluations:
- Courses more than 10 years old are difficult to evaluate – please reach out to a nursing advisor about the course(s) specifically to examine eligibility for application use.
- A full syllabus, dated within 2-3 years of when you took the course, is necessary for evaluation. International syllabi must also be translated.
- Both the College of Nursing and the larger UA Articulation office cannot waive or override the need for a course equivalency evaluation.
- Please review the nursing prerequisite page for your program to review additional requirements for prerequisite coursework.
Quarter System Courses
If you attended an institution on the quarter system, you will need to multiply the quarter hours by .667 to convert to semester hours.
- 5 Quarter Hours = 3.33 Semester Hours – acceptable for any 4 Semester Hour course
- 4 Quarter Hours = 2.66 Semester Hours – acceptable for any 3 Semester Hour course
- If you have attended, but not graduated, from another nursing professional program a letter from the Nursing program administration must be included in the application. This includes attendance at any associates, nursing assistant, licensed profession nursing, bachelor’s or master’s pre-licensure programs. The letter must include all of the following information: institution, program name/type, dates of attendance, reason for non-completion and a statement indicating if there were any behavioral or clinical safe practice concerns.
- International Admission
When applying to the university as an international student, you will need to review the admission requirements and obtain admission through International Admissions.
- International Coursework Evaluation
Coursework taken outside the United States must be evaluated and translated by a NACES member. Please see the International Admissions page for additional details. As the course evaluation process can take additional time, we recommend you begin the evaluation process and secure international transcripts as early as possible.
- Degree Requirements
You are strongly recommended to have all University Foundation and General Education requirements completed before starting the professional program to ensure timely completion of the program.
- Fingerprint Clearance Card
An Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card (FCC) will be required. In order to interview, a copy of your completed application or a physical card will be required. FCC cards can be obtained from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. If you do not currently have a FCC, we highly recommend applying for a card immediately.