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.

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.


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) Removed Fall 2020

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) Removed Fall 2020

Semester III

  • *BIOL A240, A240L Microbiology (4)
  • *PSY A150 Life Span Development (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.

  1. Admission to the UAA Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science pre-major, including transcripts from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations.
    • 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 UAA 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. Meet with a SON RN to BS Coordinator or Academic Advisor to verify course completion and to ensure you are on track to meet required deadlines. Call 786-1318 to set up an appointment.
  3. Current Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of Alaska. A copy of an unencumbered Alaska Registered Nurse license must be on file with the School of Nursing.
  4. Complete and submit RN to BSN application to the School of Nursing.

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.

This program is not a competitive program. The School of Nursing attempts to place all eligible applicants based on the number of applicants and available clinical facilities in their locations. Courses for the RN to BS track begin in Summer and are offered once per year pending an adequately sized cohort.

To be considered for RN to BS admissions, 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

RN to BS Students

  • Soft Deadline
    • Available State-Wide