BS in Nursing Science

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 Fairbank, Kodiak, & Mat-Su. 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.

Sample Schedule

Click here for an up to date list of approved Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements (GER).
Please Note: Starting with the Fall 2020 curriculum CHEM A103/L and CHEM A104/L are no longer required. Students will still need a minimum Chemistry prerequisite: High School chemistry or CHEM A054 or higher, with a grade of “C” or better.

Semester I Pre-Major

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)
  • *PSY A150 Life Span Development (3)
  • NEW: HLTH A151 Health and Social Services (3) –Optional
  • CHEM A103, A103L Survey of Chemistry (4) Removed Fall 2020

Semester II Pre-Major

Required prior to Ranking Deadline.

  • WRTG A213 (Preferred), A211, A212, A214, or GER (3)
  • BIOL A112, A112L Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • **STAT A200 (Preferred), A253, A307, or GER (3)
  • CHEM A104, A104L Organic & Biochemistry (4) Removed Fall 2020

Semester III Pre-Major

Enrollment in, or credit for, during Ranking.

  • BIOL A240, A240L Microbiology (4)
  • *PHIL A101, A201, or ENGL A120 –Reasoning Skills (3)
  • **FINE ARTS GER (3)

Semester IV Pre-Major

Required prior to starting NS classes

  • **DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences (3)
  • **PHIL A301, A302, or A305 Ethics (3)

Opening Spring 2021 to Pre-Major Students

The following courses currently reserved for students offered a seat in the full major program. Starting Spring 2021 seats will be opened to pre-major students. These courses are not required to rank but will be required prior to starting the full major program:
  • NS A230 Pathophysiology for Health Professions (3)
  • NS A231/L Pharmacology for Health Professions (4)
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 completed.

**These courses may be taken in any order as long as 9 credits are completed and 6 additional credits 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 placement.

Plan of Study

PRIOR to Semester I

  • Complete all Pre-Major courses
    • Exception: Alaska Native-Themed GER & Diversity and Inclusion GER may be completed during the program.
  • Current CPR certification 
  • Health & Immunization Requirements
  • National Level Criminal Background Check

Semester I Nursing Major

  • NS A332/L/P Fundamentals of Nursing (7)
  • NS A333/L Health Assessment and Promotion (4)
  • NS A334 Nursing Informatics and Intro to EBP (3)
  • NS A335 Ethical and Legal Considerations (2)

Semester II Nursing Major

  • NS A387/P Communication Across Professions (3)
  • NS A388/L/P Medical-Surgical Patients I (6)
  • NS A389/P Mental and Behavioral Health Disrupt. (4)
  • NS A400 Nursing Research and EBP (3)

Semester III Nursing Major

  • NS A452/P Children and Their Families (4)
  • NS A453/P Childbearing Families/Sexual Health (4)
  • NS A454/P Communities and Populations (5)
  • *Upper-Division College of Health Elective (3)

Semester IV Nursing Major

  • NS A471/L/P Medical-Surgical Patients II (6)
  • NS A472/P Nursing Leadership and Management (4)
  • NS A473 NCLEX review and Career Coaching (1)
  • NS A474P Nursing Practicum Immersion (3)
  • NS A475 Nursing Integrative Capstone (3)

SEMESTER III Nursing Science Major

  • NS A313, A313L Health Disruptions I (6)
  • NS A315, A315L Health I:  Nursing Therapeutics (6)

Semester IV Nursing Science Major

  • NS A400 Nursing Research (3)
  • NS A401, A401L Health Disruptions II (5.5)
  • NS A406, A406L Complex Health Disruptions (5)

Semester 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 or College of Health Elective may be taken in an earlier semesters 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.


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 semester 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.

Prior to applying we recommend:
  • If you are able, attend a group Information Session at the College of Health Advising. Call 907-786-1318 for next 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 907-786-1318 to set up an appointment.
  1. Admission to UA, including transcripts from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations (if any) from Enrollment Services.
    • For Current UA Students: UA Students do not need to submit transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS.
    • For New and Transfer Students: The School of Nursing strongly recommends new students Apply to UA and 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.
  2. Maintain a UAA cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a minimum extracted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for courses required for the Bachelor of Science, Nursing. The extracted GPA will be calculated using grades from all courses required for the nursing major that have been completed by the ranking deadline.
  3. School of Nursing (SON) Digital Application on file. Students must submit a new digital application for each deadline they wish to be considered for.
  4. Chemistry Prerequisite: High School Chemistry or CHEM A054 or higher, with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  5. A minimum of 29 credit hours of specified prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C, which are: 
    WRTG A111 and A211, A212, A213, A214, or GER
    COMM A111, A235, A237, or A241
    BIOL A111/L and BIOL A112/L
    *PSY A150 or {PHIL A101, A201, or ENGL A120}* See Semester I Sophomore Year
    General Education Requirement {STAT, Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Science}
  6. Enrollment in, or credit for, the following courses at the time of application to the major:
    BIOL A240/L
    *PHIL A101, A201, or ENGL A120 {or PSY A150}* See Semester I Freshman Year
    General Education Requirement {STAT, Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Science}

    *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 completed.

  7. Students must complete all Pre-Major courses before beginning Nursing clinical coursework.

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 Center.

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 highest score in the last 36 months will be used for ranking (starting July 1, 2020). Kaplan exam scores are no longer accepted.

Special Note: Please ensure that you use the same name for testing that is listed on UAOnline or include the exam name under the Previous Name section of the Nursing Application to Rank.

The application and TEAS Exam must be completed for an applicant to be eligible for ranking and possible admission to Semester I Nursing Science Major. Only a specified number of candidates (with highest rankings) will be invited to start based on the following ranking criteria:

  1. Extracted grade point average (60% of ranking score)
  2. Extracted Science GPA: BIOL A111/L and A112/L (25% of ranking score)
  3. ATI TEAS Preadmission test scores (15% of ranking score)
    • The TEAS can now be taken once every 6 months and the highest score in the last 36 months will be used for ranking.
    • Previously completed Kaplan results are no longer accepted.

For transfer students, grades from equivalent courses will be used.

All candidates that apply towards a ranking will be sent an official letter to their preferred email listed on UAOnline. Candidates will be sent either an invitation to accept a seat in the program or notice of unsuccessful ranking. Students must submit a new digital application for each deadline they wish to be considered for

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


  • Every Year
    • Anchorage (40 students Fall & Spring)
    • Mat-Su (8 students) Fall start date

MARCH 1: Fall start date

  • Every Year
    • Fairbanks (16 students)
    • Kodiak (8 students)

RN to BS Students

  • Rolling Application
    • Available State-Wide