Apply to SON

Applying to the School of Nursing (SON) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) Nursing programs is a two step process.

Step 1: Apply to UA if you have not done so already

Students can be enrolled in, and take courses at, any UA campus as long as they meet the minimum prerequisites. The School of Nursing is housed at UAA, which is an open-access public university and part of the UA system. All students who apply to UAA and qualify for admission are admitted as pre-nursing majors. Pre-major students are considered degree-seeking for Scholarships, Financial Aid, Priority Registration, and Federal Reporting purposes. They can also take courses at any UA campus as long as they meet the minimum prerequisites. 

Students cannot take Nursing (NURS) and Nursing Science (NS) full major courses until formally admitted to the full-major program through the competitive Nursing Ranking process (See step 2).

  • For New and Transfer students: The School of Nursing strongly recommends students submit their high school, GED, and/or out of state transcripts to Enrollment Services three months prior to the School of Nursing deadline to ensure timely and complete processing.
  • For Current UA students: You are able to skip this step. UA students do not need to submit transcripts from UAA, UAF or UAS. 

Please note: Admission UA does not guarantee admission to the nursing program; a separate application process is required. Students admitted to the full major program will need an active UAA-Anchorage application for semester in which they are offered a seat in the program.

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Step 2: Apply to competitive Nursing Ranking by program deadline

  1. Admission to UA, including transcripts from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations (if any) from Enrollment Services.
  2. Meet with a College of Health Academic Advisor to verify course completion, GPA, and required deadlines.
    • Call 786-1318 to set up an appointment.
  3. Complete the School of Nursing Digital Application and pre-admissions exam no later than the deadline
    • AAS applicants: only one site may be selected per deadline.
    • BS applicants: any number of sites may be selected.
    • Late applications, prerequisites, and test scores will not be accepted

Any changes to the admissions process approved in a given academic year and will not be applicable until August of the same year. Therefore, students in the application process who have July 1st deadlines will not be affected by the changes. It is the students' responsibility to be aware of any changes that may effect their eligibility.

School of Nursing Applications


Ranking Results

Each ranking takes approximately three months from the application deadline to complete depending on the number of applicants. All students who apply to go through the competitive ranking process will receive an official letter from the School of Nursing to their preferred email address.


Students who are successfully placed into the program will receive a letter of congratulations with the semester or trimester they were placed into. Attached to the letter will be a Google Docs form that the student must fill out in order to accept their placement. Accepted students may accept their seat as designated, decline their seat, or decline and de-active their nursing application. students who do not accept their seats within the given time period may lose their placement and the seat will be offered to the next candidate.

Alternate or Ineligible

Students who were  below the competitive cut-off for the number of seats available will receive a letter stating so. students who are not accepted into the program are encouraged to speak with an advisor on ways they can improve their application for the next ranking period. Eligible candidates will also be placed on an alternate list based on their ranking score. As accepted students claim or decline their seats, students on the alternate list may have an opportunity to move up and potentially still receive a seat. Inelgibile candidates are not able to receive the AAS reranking point the following year.

Because admissions standards may change from year to year, students may be eligible one year and ineligible the next if they fail to meet any updated admissions standards.