School of Nursing
 

RN to BS

For students who hold current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in the state of Alaska, the school offers “RN-only” courses and sections within the nursing major designed to build upon the RN’s basic preparation and experience and to facilitate progress in meeting program objectives. Previous college credits are evaluated for comparability to established requirements within the program and may be accepted for transfer; in addition, credit by examination is available to satisfy some General Education Requirements. Additional information is available upon request.

Admission Requirements

Registered nurses returning to complete the baccalaureate degree in nursing science must successfully complete the same academic prerequisites as basic students.  Students who apply to the baccalaureate nursing major and who qualify for admission to baccalaureate study are admitted as nursing pre-majors.  Admission as a pre-major does not guarantee admission to the Nursing major.  Registered Nurses must apply for admission to the nursing major during the semester in which they are completing the final prerequisites for the first RN course, NS 205.  The deadline for RN admission is twice a year; November 1st and March 1st.  Formal admission to the Nursing program is based on the Registered Nurse's relative standing.

Read more on admission requirements in Chapter 10, page 163 of the UAA Course Catalog (pdf, 4.5Mb).

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the following graduation requirements:

  1. General University Requirements
    Complete the General University Requirements for all baccalaureate degrees listed at the beginning of Chapter 10 of the UAA Course Catalog (pdf, 4.5Mb)
  2. General Education Requirements
    Complete the General Education Requirements for all baccalaureate degrees listed at the beginning of Chapter 10 of the UAA Course Catalog (pdf, 4.5Mb)
  3. Major Requirements
    1. Support Courses: Complete support courses listed in the UAA Course Catalog (pdf, 4.5Mb) for the Nursing Science Major. All support courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to admission to 300-level clinical nursing courses.

      RN Licensure Credit
      An accepted, degree seeking UAA nursing student who has successfully passed the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) and has current RN licensure in the State of Alaska may be granted UAA course credits upon admission to the BS Major. Details can be found in the UAA Course Catalog (pdf, 4.5Mb).

    2. Nursing courses for academic credit: Complete the required nursing courses within the Nursing Science major.  Courses marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to admission to 400-level clinical nursing courses. Details can be found in the UAA Course Catalog (pdf, 4.5Mb).
    3. Complete elective credits to total 126 credits.
    4. A total of 126 credits is required for the degree; 42 credits must be upper division.

Application deadlines for RN Option in the Baccalaureate Nursing Major are November 1st and March 1st.  The application process requires all admission requirements be completed by the deadline, and includes an advising session with the Coordinator of Student Affairs.

See what an RN to BS course looks like

Explore the RN to BS Open House course in Blackboard. To login you will need the following information: 

Login Name (ayrntobs) 

Password (RN2BSprog).  

Click on the UAA Tab. Actual classes will vary but, will all be using the Blackboard system.


For additional information, please contact:
Coordinator of Student Affairs
Nursing Programs
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-8030
Telephone: (907) 786-4550
FAX: (907) 786-4559
Email: nursing@uaa.alaska.edu