RN to BSN Program (BSN Completion Program)

For students who already have an RN license.





In accordance with UVU Policy 548 applicants to clinical programs at UVU must pass a drug test.  Students will be tested upon acceptance to a clinical program. The responsibility for passing the drug test resides with the student regardless of possession of a medical cannabis card that is legal in any state. Clinical programs reserve the right to repeat drug tests at any time during the clinical program.

The UVU Nursing Program is a rigorous, time-intensive program. If you are considering working during the program, your work schedule will need to accommodate your nursing education.

Before applying to the UVU Nursing Program:

1Apply to Utah Valley University

Acceptance to UVU is required prior to submitting an application to the UVU Nursing Program. Application to the University can be done online at the UVU admissions page. This includes transferring all credits from other institutions. All UVU deadlines and fees apply. Students are encouraged to apply to UVU early so all transfer credits can be evaluated before UVU Department of Nursing application deadlines. In order to graduate from UVU, students will be required to meet all UVU graduation requirements.

Before graduating with a BSN, students will need to meet all UVU graduation requirements. These include:

  • A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at UVU in order to meet the residency credit requirement for a Bachelor in Science degree. If no credits have previously been completed at UVU, additional credits may be required to graduate.
  • A minimum of 40 credits must be completed at the upper division level (3000+) for a Bachelor in Science degree. If other upper division credits have not been taken at UVU or transferred to UVU, additional credits will be required to graduate. Students can check Wolverine Track to monitor their graduation requirements.
2Prerequisite Course Work

It is your responsibility to ensure all course information has been submitted with your nursing application by the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete. Please note the following:

  • Only completed course final grades are accepted for prerequisite courses, not courses in progress;
  • Ensure your prerequisite grades are the minimum grade accepted by UVU Nursing;
  • Ensure your grades are officially posted to your UVU transcript.

For prerequisite information refer to RN to BSN program outline.

BIOL 1610 is a prerequisite for ZOOL 2320, ZOOL 2420, and MICRO 2060. If these courses were taken at a different institution that does not require BIOL 1610 as a prerequisite, then BIOL 1610 is not required for application. However, students who have not taken a 3rd science course may need an additional science course for BSN graduation. It is recommended that BIOL 1610 be completed prior to applying.

See the UVU Catalog for courses that will fill the Math QL requirement. An additional statistics course will be required for the BSN which cannot be used to fill the GE Math QL requirement.

A course cannot be repeated more than once within the past 5 years. If a course was repeated, the second grade will be used, per UVU policy.

3Transferring Credits to UVU

It is your responsibility to have official transcripts of all previous college course work sent to the UVU Admissions Office. This may take up to 3 weeks or longer. Transfer courses must be evaluated and posted on your UVU Academic Record by the nursing application deadline. Please plan accordingly. Transfer credits are evaluated only by the UVU Transfer Credit Office, not by the Department of Nursing.

Transferring a previous AA, AS, BA, or BS degree may fill some UVU general education requirements. After transcripts and degrees have been evaluated, students can check Wolverine Track to see their graduation status and remaining requirements.

4Acceptable College Credits

Although there are a variety of ways to obtain college credit, some can fill UVU nursing prerequisites while others cannot. The nursing advisors are available to assist you. Please be aware of the following credits and/or grades, and how they may affect your eligibility to apply:

  • Repeating Course Work: Repeating a course for a better grade is an option and does not affect your UVU Nursing application adversely; however, only one repeat, per course, in a 5-year time frame will be allowed. The second attempt is used for the application. Once a course is repeated, grades for the first attempt will not be used to satisfy any degree requirement. Therefore, if the grade for your most recent attempt falls below a B- grade, you are ineligible to apply.
  • Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit Grades: Only letter grades are accepted for all prerequisite class grades, except MATH QL. UVU will accept a CLEP test of MATH 1050, or QL credit given by the University for an ACT score of 26 or higher.
  • AP Credits: AP scores of 3, 4 or 5 can be accepted for prerequisite requirements. These must be posted to your transcript as credit. For purposes of calculating the GPA, a score of 3 = B+, 4 = A-, and 5 = A.
  • Course Substitutions: In order to give students the best opportunity to have a competitive GPA, there are some courses which may be used as a substitution for a prerequisite if a higher grade was received in the substituting course and the grade in the prerequisite course meets nursing standard minimum grade. The following are examples of appropriate substitutions:
    • ENGL 1010: If ENGL 2010 or 2020 has been completed with a better grade than the ENGL 1010, that course may be substituted for the prerequisite ENGL 1010 course.
    • MATH QL: Any higher-level math class which required College Algebra as a prerequisite (except Trigonometry) may be substituted for the prerequisite Math QL course.
    Any other course substitutions will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Nursing Admissions Committee. Contact the Nursing Advisor for questions.
5Submit a Nursing Application

Before submitting your RN-BSN Program application, ensure you have completed the following by the application deadline:

  • Graduate with an Associate in Nursing degree (AS, AAS), with a minimum 2.0 GPA, which has been posted to your UVU Academic Record
  • Have a current RN license. Be prepared to upload a copy with your nursing application.
  • Be accepted to UVU and have a UVU ID number issued
  • Complete the required prerequisite courses with the minimum grade required and have not repeated more than once, within the past 5 years, in any of the prerequisite courses. If you repeated a course, the second grade is used, whether it is higher or lower than the previous grade
  • Through the UVU Admissions Office, ensure official transcripts of all previous college courses were posted to your UVU Academic Record
  • Met with Nursing Advisor, Kristie Dockstader, and have reviewed the credit verification process. If not, click here to schedule an appointment. 

Applications are submitted online through the UVU Department of Nursing website.

6Acceptance Information

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions through the email address you provided on the nursing application. Receiving notification may take up to 2-3 weeks following the application deadline.

Final admission in to the UVU Nursing Program is contingent on meeting all deadlines set by the Department of Nursing. Failure to meet deadlines will forfeit your position in the program. Students tentatively admitted into the UVU Nursing Program must:

  • Submit all requested paperwork by the deadlines set by the Department of Nursing and UVU.
  • Complete required immunizations, current CPR certification, and physical exam by the deadline set by the Department of Nursing.
  • Provide satisfactory results of both a federal background check and drug screen by the deadline set by the Department of Nursing. The background check will include a record of employment and all non-juvenile arrests and convictions, including sex offenses. UVU has sole discretion to deny entrance based upon the information contained in either of these two reports.
  • Complete the online Nursing Orientation. Information on completing the online orientation will be sent via your official UVU email address (uvu.edu). If the online orientation is not completed by the orientation deadline, you will not be allowed to start classes.

UVU Department of Nursing reserves the right to disqualify students guilty of any form of misrepresentation and/or misconduct.

Please be aware that you will not be able to save and return to this application once you start it. The application will need to be completed in one sitting.


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