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Admission Requirements: BS Nursing

Potential applicants for the nursing program are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor to discuss the application and admission process.

Students admitted to UNLV must complete an application to the School of Nursing.
Admission will be offered to students achieving the highest rank scores until all class positions are filled.

Students not accepted must reapply for admission in subsequent semesters. A waiting list is not maintained.

Data utilized in the completion of the worksheet by the Admissions Committee includes:

Grade Requirements

  • Overall GPA: Students may be considered for admission to the nursing major (NURS) when a minimum GPA of 3.00 is established (see below for information related to transfer students).
  • A grade of B (3.00) or above must have been earned in either the first or second enrollment (an audit, drop, or withdrawal counts as an enrollment) in the following prerequisites courses: Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120) or College Algebra (MATH 124), Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 223/224-within last five years), Microbiology (BIOL 251), and Nutrition and Development Across the Lifespan (NURS 299).
  • A grade of C (2.00) or above in all other general education and prerequisite courses.
  • Students must achieve an HESI-A2 score of 75 percent or above on the first or second completion of the exam to be eligible for admission.

Additional Requirements

Prior to admission to the School of Nursing students must:

  • Be able to perform essential tasks. Our faculty have formulated a list of essential tasks related to observation, communication, motor abilities, conceptual-integrative and quantitative abilities and behavioral and social attributes, in which applicants and students within the nursing program should be able to engage in a reasonably independent manner, with or without reasonable accommodations. You should review the demands of the program as a means to compare your own capabilities against the identified demands.
  • Obtain a physical examination from a physician or nurse practitioner that verifies your potential to complete the program.
  • Sign a waiver releasing the School of Nursing and UNLV from responsibility for injury or illness resulting from exposure to disease, medicines, or treatments while in the clinical setting.
  • Present evidence of tuberculosis testing within the past year.
  • Provide documentation of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, diphtheria, and tetanus immunizations within the past 10 years.
  • Provide evidence of HBV vaccination series.
  • Completion of a student-funded drug screen. Details for completion of the drug screen will be provided at the time the student signs the Nursing Program Contract.
  • Completion of a student-funded background check, which is required for being accepted into the hospital clinical setting.

Prior to the first clinical experience a student must:

  • Provide evidence of current health insurance. The confirmation is shared with the clinical agency in which the clinical is being conducted. If a student does not have proof of health insurance, that student will not be allowed to remain in clinical. Students are responsible to determine that their health insurance coverage includes provisions for emergency room visits in the event of a needle stick or other high-risk exposure in the clinical setting as well as the costs of anti-HIV drugs if the physician determines the medications are warranted.
  • Show evidence of completion of American Heart Association Health Care Provider Support Course within the past two years.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be considered eligible for admission into the basic baccalaureate pathway under the following conditions:

  • If the transfer GPA is 3.00 or above, the prerequisite course work has been completed with the required grades and the HESI A2 exam is at or above the national mean, the student will be eligible to apply for admission.
  • If the transfer GPA is 2.50 to 2.99, nine credits of UNLV core requirements or prerequisite course work at UNLV must be completed with a GPA of 3.00 to establish eligibility to apply. In addition, the HESI A2 exam score must be at or above the national mean.
  • If the transfer GPA is 2.00 to 2.49, students must complete a probationary contract in which 15 UNLV core requirements or prerequisite course work must be completed with a 3.00 GPA to remove the probationary status to establish eligibility to apply. In addition, the HESI A2 exam score must be at or above the national mean.

Refer to the Nevada System of Higher Education: Transfer Rights and Responsibilities for Students and Institutions for more information.


Cheryl Perna
BSN Undergraduate Coordinator
Phone: 702-895-0167
FAX: 702-895-4807