RN to BS in Nursing Science

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing Science program offers a direct articulation option for AAS RN Nurses. An accepted, degree seeking UAA nursing student who has successfully passed the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) and has current RN Licensure in the State of Alaska may be granted up to 31 course credits upon admission to the Nursing Science major. RNs 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.


Required prerequisites and courses are listed below. We recommend seeing a 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.

Suggested Pre-Major Schedule

  • Semester I

    • *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)
  • Semester II

    • *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) 
  • Semester III

    • *BIOL A240, A240L Microbiology (4)
    • *PSY A150 Life Span Development (3)
    • FINE ARTS GER (3)
  • Semester IV

    • STAT A200 Statistics (3)
    • *DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences (3)
    • PHIL A302 Biomedical Ethics (3)
*Students that have completed the UAA AAS in Nursing will already have these courses completed if they selected Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements (GER).
All nursing prerequisites must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher.

For a list which UAF and UAS pre-major courses meet UAA School of Nursing requirements please visit the Transfer page.



The nursing lecture courses listed below are delivered online through video and computer based classes. When possible, clinical hours are completed in the student's home community with a local preceptor. When a preceptorship cannot be arranged in a student's home community, the student may be required to travel to Anchorage on up to three separate occasions for up to 3 weeks each trip. Students traveling for intensive clinicals are responsible for obtaining and paying for transportation, housing, and all other related expenses.

Suggested Plan of Study

  • TRIMESTER I Nursing Science Major

    • NS A205 Technology and Nursing Informatics (3)
    • NS Upper Division Nursing Elective (3)*
  • Trimester II Nursing Science Major

    • NS A305, A305L Health Assessment (3)
    • NS A308 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3)
    • NS Upper Division Nursing Elective (3)*
  • TRIMESTER III Nursing Science Major

    • NS A314, A314L Health I for RNs (4)
    • NS A400 Nursing Research (3)
    • NS A417 Management in Nursing (3)
  • TRIMESTER IV Nursing Science Major

    • NS A411, A411L Health Integrative Capstone (5.5)

 *One Nursing Elective may be fulfilled with a course from a non-nursing prefix with documentation that the course supports nursing practice (i.e. Abnormal Psych). Three credits of nursing electives may be met with a current, recognized nursing certification.

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'.


RN Licensure Credit — 31 Credits

If you have passed the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) and hold a current, unencumbered Alaska RN license, you will be granted up to 31 course credits for NS A216, A309, A303, A303L, A313, A313L, A401, A401L, A406, and A406L upon admission to the Nursing Science major and payment of a $775 administrative fee ($25 per credit).



Only the students who complete the Application requirements listed below will be ranked for possible admission to the RN to BS program for the Summer trimester.

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