Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing Science 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 program is offered through the University of Alaska Anchorage and based in Anchorage,
but admits students in Fairbanks and Kodiak. All students who apply to UAA and qualify for admission to the BS Nursing program
are admitted as pre-majors.
Please note: Admission as a pre-major does not guarantee admission to the nursing program; a separate
application process is required.
For entry into the full-major portion of the program students must complete following
prerequisites with a grade of 'C' or higher and an overall extracted GPA of a 3.0
or higher. We recommend seeing a School of Nursing (SON) advisor early in the process to create
a personalized plan of study and determine the best timeline for your application.
Additional courses may be required based on ACCUPLACER scores for Writing and ALEKs
scores for Math placement.
Required prior to Ranking Deadline.
- WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts (3)
- COMM A111, A235, A237, or A241 (3)
- BIOL A111, A111L Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
- CHEM A103, A103L Survey of Chemistry (4)
Required prior to Ranking Deadline.
- WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences (3)
- *PHIL A101, A201, or ENGL A120- Reasoning Skills (3)
- BIOL A112, A112L Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
- CHEM A104, A104L Organic & Biochemistry (4)
- **SOCIAL SCIENCE GER Except PSY (3)
Enrollment in, or credit for, during Ranking.
- BIOL A240, A240L Microbiology (4)
- *PSY A150 Life Span Development (3)
- **FINE ARTS GER (3)
- **HUMANITIES GER(3)
Recommended prior to starting NS classes.
Required prior to Trimester IV.
- **STAT A200 Elementary Statistics (3)
- **DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences (3)
- **PHIL A302 Biomedical Ethics (3)
- **HUMANITIES GER (3)
- **ALASKA NATIVE-THEMED GER
All courses required for the BS in Nursing Science may not be unsuccessfully repeated
more than once.
*Either the Reasoning Skills requirement or PSY A150 must be completed at the time
of application to the major.
Students must be enrolled in whichever of these requirements has not yet been
**These courses may be taken in any order as long as one course is complete and two
additional courses are either complete or in progress during ranking.
For a list which UAF and UAS pre-major courses
meet UAA School of Nursing requirements please visit the Transfer page
Once you are admitted into the full-major BS Nursing program, you will be required
to complete courses in the following sequence. All students are enrolled in a specific
local cohort. Students are expected to test, attend classes, labs, and clinical experiences
with their cohort. Students are required to complete the program at the location they originally accepted
Plan of Study
TRIMESTER I Nursing Science Major
- NS A204 Technology & Nursing Informatics (3)
- NS A216 Pathophysiology (4)
- NS A300 Foundations: Roles, Processes, Trends (3)
PRIOR to Trimester II
- Current CPR certification
- Health & Immunization Requirements
- National Level Criminal Background Check
TRIMESTER II Nursing Science Major
- NS A303, A303L Foundations: Therapeutics (7.5)
- NS A307, A307L Foundations: Health Assessment (3)
- NS A309 Pharmacology in Nursing (3)
TRIMESTER III Nursing Science Major
- NS A313, A313L Health Disruptions I (6)
- NS A315, A315L Health I: Nursing Therapeutics (6)
TRIMESTER IV Nursing Science Major
- NS A400 Nursing Research (3)
- NS A401, A401L Health Disruptions II (5.5)
- NS A406, A406L Complex Health Disruptions (5)
TRIMESTER V Nursing Science Major
- NS A411, A411L Health Integrative Capstone (5.5)
- NS A415 Nursing Management (4)
- NS A416, A416L Concentration in Clinical Nursing (4)
- *NS Upper Division Nursing Elective (3)
Minimum total credit hours for degree: 120
All nursing major lecture courses must be complete with a grade of 'C' or higher and
clinical courses with a 'Pass'.
*The NS Elective may be taken in an earlier trimester if the prerequisites for the elective are met.
Please note: Graduates of this program must perform successfully on the National Council Licensure
Examination (NCLEX-RN) to receive RN licensure. SON's program is approved by the Alaska
Board of Nursing and the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing.
ADMISSION: PROCESS AND CRITERIA
The School of Nursing considers students eligible for admission to the nursing major
during the semester in which they are completing the courses listed under semester
3. Only the students who complete the Application and TEAS Exam listed below will
be ranked for possible admission to NS A204, A216, & A300 in the trimester indicated
by their ranking site. To be considered for the ranking, the following BS admission
requirements must be completed by the Ranking Deadline for their site.
- TEAS EXAM
- DATES & DEADLINES
- Admission to the UAA Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science pre-major, including transcripts
from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations.
- Apply to UAA.
- 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: UA Students do not need to submit transcripts from UAA, UAF
- Proof of eligibility for enrollment in STAT A200 (previously STAT A252) by submitting
one of the following: Grade of ‘C’ or better in Math A105 (or higher), or ALEKs test.
- If you are able, attend a group Information Session at the School of Nursing. Call
786-4560 for recorded meeting time and location.
- Meet with a Nursing Academic Advisor to verify course completion, GPA, and to ensure
you are on track to meet required deadlines. Call 786-4550 to set up an appointment.
- Application to the Baccalaureate Nursing Major.
- A minimum extracted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for courses required for the
Bachelor of Science, Nursing Science. The GPA will be calculated using grades from
all courses required for the nursing major that have been completed by the ranking
- Complete the minimum 31 credit hours of specified prerequisite courses (Semester I
& II) with a minimum grade of C or better and an extracted GPA of a 3.0 or better.
- Enrollment in, or credit for, the 13 credit hours of specified prerequisite courses
It is the applicant’s responsibility to remain informed of any changes to the BS Nursing
Science program and to ensure that the items above have been received by the BS Nursing
office. Call prior to the deadline to verify receipt of all required documents.
Completion of the TEAS Pre-Admission Exam is required. This test is an assessment
tool, not a pass/fail test, to evaluate students’ verbal, math, and science ability.
The cost will be determined by the UAA Testing Center. The test takes approximately
2½ hours and will be available by appointment during times determined by the UAA Testing
Remote TEAS Exams are available to students who are unable to physically test at the
University of Alaska Anchorage, Advising and Testing Center. Remote exams are currently
available throughout Alaska with selected proctors and testing centers throughout
the United States. Additional proctor fees may be required for students testing at
distance testing facilities.
The TEAS can be taken once every 6 months and the most recent score will be used for
The application and TEAS Exam must be completed for an applicant to be eligible for
ranking and possible admission to NS A204, A216, & A300 – Trimester I. Only a specified
number of candidates (with highest rankings) will be invited to start based on the
following ranking criteria:
- Extracted grade point average (60% of ranking score)
- Extracted Science GPA: BIOL A111/L, A112/L, CHEM A103/L, and A104/L (25% of ranking score)
- ATI TEAS Preadmission test scores (15% of ranking score)
- The School of Nursing BS program has transitioned to the to the ATI TEAS exam. Previously completed Kaplan results can still be used through
July 1, 2020 or until they expire, whichever comes first.
For transfer students, grades from equivalent courses will be used.
Candidates whose files are ranked will be sent either an invitation to accept a seat
in the program or notice of unsuccessful ranking. Any candidate not admitted to Trimester
I must request to have his/her file be ranked for the next year.
Each site in the BS Nursing Program has a specific admission pattern based on the
number of applicants and available clinical facilities in the location. To be considered
for the ranking in each location, the BS admission requirements must be completed
by the appropriate deadline. Deadlines are subject to change, please check with the
UAA Nursing Student Services for most up to date deadlines.
Application for Ranking Deadlines
- Anchorage (40 students Fall & Spring)
- Mat-Su (8 students) starting Fall 2019
MARCH 1: Fall start date
- Fairbanks (16 students)
- Kodiak (8 students) starting March 1, 2019
RN to BS Students