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Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 Previous Edition

Nursing, B.S.N.

Admission Requirements


  • Other:  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
  • Declaration of Major:  Freshmen seeking admission to the Upper Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major may be admitted as Pre-Nursing.All students begin as Pre-Nursing majors and apply to Upper-Division once eligible. Freshmen who do not meet the criteria or have never applied for admission to Pre-Nursing may request a change of major to Pre-Nursing after completion of 30 credit hours at UNC Charlotte with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.  An advising session is required prior to declaration.  Application to the Upper-Division Pre-Licensure Nursing Major is online.  Information about the online application process and deadlines is available on the School of Nursing website


  • Minimum GPA:  3.0
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  A grade B or above is required in any Science prerequisite coursework.  Only one grade of C is allowed for a 3-credit hour prerequisite course, which must be re-taken for a grade B or above prior to applying to upper division.
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  24
  • Declaration of Major:  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 or have never applied 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.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) requires a minimum of 120 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.

General Education Courses (12 credit hours)

Some required Prerequisite Courses (listed above) and Major Courses (listed below) meet General Education requirements.  Additionally required are four LBST courses.  For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Prerequisite Course Requirements (40-41 credit hours)

See above list under Admission Requirements.

Unrestricted Elective Courses (5-7 credit hours)

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Licensure Exam Review Course

Students must complete a nursing licensure exam (NCLEX) review course prior to graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

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.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Nursing, visit the program page .