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Applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Thank you for your interest in applying to the UAA School of Nursing. We would like to ensure the cost of the application is not a barrier to your application. Fee Waivers are available on NursingCAS if you meet certain requirements. You must apply for the fee waiver before you submit your application! If you have applied for the NursingCAS Fee Waiver through your CAS portal and it was not approved, please use the School of Nursing Form to request financial assistance.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are provided both the theory and clinical base to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health care to meet the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The BSN program is offered through the University of Alaska Anchorage and based in Anchorage, but admits students in Fairbanks, Kodiak, and Mat-Su. All students who apply to UAA and qualify for admission to the BSN program are admitted as pre-majors.

Admission Factors

  1. Extracted GPA. Minimum of 3.0. Only prerequisite courses will be used in the extracted GPA calculation. 
  2. Completion of 26 semester hours of prerequisite courses prior to application.
  3. Kira Assessment. Verbal & written communication skills, and overall articulation of fit for role and program. The Kira Assessment consists of seven interview questions. One of the seven is a timed, written essay.
  4. TEAS. Highest score in the last 36 months of application deadline will be used for the application.

Pre-Major Coursework

A list of prerequisites can be found on the UAA BSN website. All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher (or Pass) and cannot be repeated unsuccessfully (D, F, NP, or No Credit) more than once. Withdraws or audits do not count as an unsuccessful attempt. The following courses must be completed before enrolling in the full-major BSN program:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I* - 4 credits: This course must include both lecture and lab. Provides a foundation in relevant chemistry, cell biology, histology and unifying concepts. Covers integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.
  • Anatomy and Physiology II* - 4 credits: This course must include both lecture and lab. Covers endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.
  • Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences - 4 credits: General introductory microbiology covering bacterial metabolism and genetics, virology, host parasite interactions, host defense mechanisms and epidemiology.
  • College Algebra for Calculus or ALEKS score of 65 or higher (For a screen reader friendly version of the ALEKS exam, contact Disability Support Services.) - 4 credits: Study of algebraic, logarithmic and exponential functions; systems of equations; and applications. SPECIAL NOTE: Successful completion of this course is highly recommended, as it will better prepare you for successful completion of the full-major nursing program and WILL BE REQUIRED for cohorts starting in spring 2023. (MATH A151 and CHEM A103/104 will be required to begin the full-major nursing program in spring of 2023 and beyond.)
  • Introduction to General Chemistry* - 3 credits: Introductory chemistry survey course for health science majors and preparatory course for science majors. Topics include: measurement, energy and matter, periodic trends, chemical composition, chemical reactions, solutions, bond theory, phases, oxidation-reduction, nuclear chemistry, problem-solving (applied mathematics), and special topics. SPECIAL NOTE: Successful completion of this course is highly recommended, as it will better prepare you for successful completion of the full-major nursing program and WILL BE REQUIRED for cohorts starting in spring 2023. (MATH A151 and CHEM A103/104 will be required to begin the full-major nursing program in spring of 2023 and beyond.)
  • Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry* - 3 credits: This is the second semester course in the sequence for health science majors and comprises a survey of the fundamentals of chemistry as applied to biological systems. Topics include: nomenclature of organic compounds, organic functional groups and reactions, biochemical processes and pathways, biological macromolecules, and metabolites. SPECIAL NOTE: Successful completion of this course is highly recommended, as it will better prepare you for successful completion of the full-major nursing program and WILL BE REQUIRED for cohorts starting in spring 2023. (MATH A151 and CHEM A103/104 will be required to begin the full-major nursing program in spring of 2023 and beyond.)
  • Nutrition for Health Science - 3 credits: Presents nutrition in the life cycle including food sources and requirements of nutrients, and physiological and metabolic aspects of nutrient function. Reviews disease states, food selection, and cultural and contemporary issues of concern to health professionals.
  • Lifespan Development* - 3 credits: Reviews physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional human growth, maturation, and development across the lifespan, as well as contemporary lifespan development theories. Special attention is given to the effects of sociocultural influences on development.
  • SON Reasoning Skill Requirement*: PHIL A101, PHIL A201 OR ENGL A120 meet this requirement. PHIL A101 and PHIL A201 also count as Humanities GERs.
  • SON Ethics Requirement: PHIL A301, PHIL A302 OR PHIL A305 meet this requirement. PHIL A301 and PHIL A305 also count as Humanities GERs.
  • Breaking Trail on Your Health and Social Services Career - 3 credits: Introduces students to interprofessional and multi-sectorial teams. Utilizes the social determinants of health model as a framework for understanding population health outcomes and exploring health related careers. Orients students to campus resources available to foster their success. Provides students opportunities to learn and apply critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills.
  • Written Communication GERs* - 6 credits: Must meet UAA Written Communication GER.
  • Oral Communication GER - 3 credits: Must meet UAA Oral Communication GER. Oral communication skills courses increase the abilities of students to interact appropriately and effectively in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, small group and public speaking settings.
  • Humanities GERs - 6 credits: Must meet UAA Humanities GERs.
  • Fine Art GER - 3 credits: Must meet UAA Fine Art GER.
  • Social Science GER - 3 credits: Must meet UAA Social Science GER. Lifespan Development is not included.

*Note: Courses that need to be completed to be eligible to apply for fall BSN admission. Students will need to complete all prerequisite courses before beginning full-major BSN coursework.

How to Apply to UAA Nursing Programs

  1. Complete the UAA admission application for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-major.
  2. Apply to competitive nursing ranking by program deadline. The UAA SON uses an independent organization that processes applications for SON called the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). All applicants must set up a NursingCAS account and complete the application to the UAA SON program of choice. All students applying to any UAA SON program must submit an application through NursingCAS by the stipulated deadline date in order to be considered for admission into the UAA SON.
  3. Upload and add all required items into your NursingCAS account. All required application materials are as follows:
    • Official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS via paper mail or electronically. Transcripts from every institution ever attended (including international transcripts and applicable transcript evaluations by WES) must be sent directly from your college/university. Note: UAA will not accept applicant transcripts-in order for your application to be complete and considered for admissions they must be received by NursingCAS.
    • Manually enter every college course into your NursingCAS account (including all prerequisite and non-prerequisite courses). You can also pay a fee to have a NursingCAS professional input the courses from your transcript for you.
    • High School Transcripts. Unofficial high school transcripts can be obtained through your high school or school district office. 
    • Prerequisite course descriptions document. Applicants must create a single document listing the completed and in progress prerequisite course descriptions, copy and pasted from the course catalog in the academic year in which the course was taken. Please include each course number, title, term and where the course was taken. Upload as one pdf to the Documents section in NursingCAS.
  4. Once the above steps have been completed in your NursingCAS application, you must submit your application via NursingCAS in order to have your application reviewed by UAA School of Nursing. At this point, you should contact the NursingCAS office to confirm they have received all of your official transcripts and your application is verified as completed. NursingCAS Technical Support: 617-612-2880, Mon. – Thurs. 9am – 7pm EST, Friday 9am – 5pm EST. Applications will not be reviewed or considered without all official transcripts on file through the NursingCAS system. Please also visit NursingCAS Applicant Responsibilities and NursingCAS Help Center resources.

Note: Fee Waivers are available on NursingCAS if you meet certain requirements. You must apply for the fee waiver before you submit your application! If you have applied for the NursingCAS Fee Waiver through your CAS portal and it was not approved, please use the School of Nursing Form to request financial assistance. Applicants must submit the School of Nursing Form at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline.

Application Timelines

Nursing Programs Beginning in Fall Term

Application opens on March 1 and the deadline is May 1. Applications must be in verified status within NursingCAS and a UAA Admissions application must also be completed. Applications in NursingCAS can only be verified once all payments and transcripts have been received. To ensure your application is verified on time, try to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline. 

  • June - Applicant pool reviewed by UAA School of Nursing
  • July - Admission decisions sent out to applicants
  • August - Mandatory School of Nursing orientation and program start

Nursing Programs Beginning in Spring Term

Application opens on July 15 and the deadline is September 1. Applications must be in verified status within NursingCAS and a UAA Admissions application must also be completed. Applications in NursingCAS can only be verified once all payments and transcripts have been received. To ensure your application is verified on time, we strongly encourage you to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline. 

  • October - Applicant pool reviewed by UAA School of Nursing
  • November - Admission decisions sent out to applicants
  • January - Mandatory School of Nursing orientation and program start

Note: Applicants applying for full-major admission in fall (for spring BSN admission) will need to complete all pre-major courses by the end of the fall term.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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