Feb 28, 2024
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) requires a minimum of 122 credit hours for the Upper-Division Pre-Licensure Nursing curriculum and the RN-to-BSN completion curriculum. Students must earn the last 25% of baccalaureate degree requirements at UNC Charlotte.
Additional Admission Requirements
Admission decisions to the Upper-Division Nursing Major are made by the School for the Fall and Spring semesters of each academic year. Applicants are competitively reviewed for admission based on their grade point average in the required prerequisite courses. Consistent with University policy, the School offers admission to applicants whose credentials present the best qualifications among those meeting minimum requirements.
Minimum criteria for application to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major are:
Prerequisite Course Requirements
Completion of at least three (3) of the prerequisite science courses and their respective labs is required prior to applying to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major.
Students applying for Fall admission must complete required prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring semester preceding their admission. Students applying for Spring admission must complete required prerequisite courses by the end of the Fall semester preceding their admission.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with an overall GPA of 3.0 of above. Courses marked with * must be completed with a grade of A or B (a grade of C or above is required for all other prerequisite courses). Applicants will have one opportunity to make a C in only one of these courses, and must retake that course to earn a grade of B or above. Students are allowed only one (1) retake total for the above prerequisite courses. Repeats of other grades below a B will not be accepted once the first grade of C or below is made. All grades earned from all universities attended are considered in the admission process. Grades for courses from other colleges or universities are included, not just grades earned at UNC Charlotte. 4-credit-hour science courses with inclusive labs at other colleges or universities transfer to UNC Charlotte as two courses. Thus, a C grade in such courses transfers as two C grades, making the person not eligible for admission to Pre-Nursing and the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major.
Students admitted to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major must be certified as a Nurse Aide I (CNA I) and listed in the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.
All students admitted to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major must have prerequisite computer knowledge in using email, word processing (create/save/open/retrieve), file management, editing, formatting, and using an Internet browser (search and navigate).
Application to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major is done online via NursingCAS. Information about the online application process is available on the School of Nursing website. The application deadline is January 31 for Fall admissions and August 31 for Spring admissions. Admission decisions are communicated in writing by the School. Eligible applicants who are not offered admission may reapply for a future term.
Freshmen seeking admission to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major may be admitted as Pre-Nursing. Freshmen who do not meet the criteria for admission as Pre-Nursing may request a change of major to Pre-Nursing after completion of 32 credit hours at UNC Charlotte with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.
Transfer students who have not completed all prerequisites may be admitted to UNC Charlotte as Pre-Nursing. In order to declare Pre-Nursing, transfer students admitted to the University must have an overall GPA of 3.0 based on all university/college coursework. Transfer students who do not meet the criteria for admission as Pre-Nursing may request a change of major to Pre-Nursing after completion of the first full semester at UNC Charlotte (at least 15 credit hours; summer not included) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.
Freshmen and transfer students who have never applied for admission as Pre-Nursing may request a change of major to Pre-Nursing. Freshmen in this category may apply for a change of major after completion of 32 credit hours (the freshman year), and must follow the progression criteria listed below. Transfer students in this category must follow the criteria of progression in Pre-Nursing listed below.
In order to progress in Pre-Nursing, students must meet the following:
Prerequisite Course Requirements
Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above at the completion of 32 credit hours. Transfer students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above at the completion of the first full semester at UNC Charlotte.
An overall GPA of 3.0 or above at the completion of courses in each of the 3rd and 4th semesters is required. All of the prerequisite science and pre-nursing courses must be completed with grades of A or B. Pre-Nursing students can have only one grade of C or below, and they must retake the course to earn a B or above. Repeats of other grades below a B are not accepted once the first grade of C or below is made. Students earning more than one C in those prerequisite courses cannot remain in Pre-Nursing, must change their major, and are not eligible for admission to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major. 4-credit-hour science courses with inclusive labs taken at other universities will transfer to UNC Charlotte as two courses. Thus, a C grade in such courses transfers as two C grades, making the person ineligible for admission to the nursing program.
Note: Admission as Pre-Nursing does not automatically admit an applicant to the Nursing Major.
Pre-Licensure Upper-Division Nursing Major Requirements
Major Courses (61 credit hours)
All Nursing major courses must be completed with a grade of C or above. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Students must complete a nursing licensure exam (NCLEX) review course prior to graduation.
Degree Total = 122 credit hours
For a suggested curriculum for this degree to map out a path toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.