Pre-Professional Nursing

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.  

Eligibility Requirements

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Policies and Expectations

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.

Student Responsibility

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.