Nursing, Accelerated Program (BSN)


Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to Lower Division Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Professional/Prerequisite Coursework)

  • Students wanting to complete prerequisite coursework at the university apply to the lower division portion of the program by submitting an application for admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions along with college transcripts from all previously attended colleges.  
  • To be admitted the School of Nursing to complete professional/prerequisite coursework, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants must have a minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.4.

Students may be admitted directly to the School of Nursing to complete professional/prerequisite coursework if the minimum admission standards and university deadlines are met. All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting the Program/Major portion of the program.  A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite coursework.

Science courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Students must submit a petition to the School of Nursing, Office of Student Services for review by the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Academic Affairs Committee for acceptance of sciences taken prior to the last 10 years. Consideration will only be given to those with experience in the science in which exception is being requested. Transfer credit for science courses taken prior to the last 10 years will be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be no outstanding incomplete grades prior to beginning upper division nursing coursework.

Admission to the Lower Division does not guarantee admission to the Program/Major portion of the program. 

Admission to the the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree Program/Major

Admission to the Accelerated BSN Program is selective. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field from a regionally accredited school
  • successfully complete all prerequisite requirements prior to beginning the Accelerated BSN coursework
  • have earned a recommended minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.8. The cumulative grade point average for admission consideration to the Program/Major of nursing is calculated based on all course work completed at accredited post-secondary institutions. Transfer credit and transfer GPA is determined by the Office of Transfer Articulation in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • have earned a recommended program grade point average of 3.0. The program grade point average is based on required prerequisites as determined by the nursing faculty

Admissions are contingent on successful completion of the prerequisite coursework. Accepted students will receive a letter of agreement stating the anticipated start date, the conditions for accepting the space, and consequences of failing to keep the space.

Admissions Process for Program Major

Submit all admissions materials to NursingCAS

  • Official transcripts representing all college coursework.
  • Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States are required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). 
  • Within the Nursing CAS application applicant must be prepared to answer questions regarding your short- and long-term nursing goals, leadership experience, community engagement, and healthcare experience/exposure.  For details and guidance regarding the questions visit the School of Nursing webpage.
  • Students for whom English is not their primary language must show English Proficiency

General Education Requirements

The Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires the completion of  the Professional Curriculum/Prerequisite courses in addition to the Program/Major Requirements.  Professional/Prerequisite Curriculum classes may be transferred in from the student's previously earned degree if the course(s) are determined equivalent to the courses listed below.  General Education requirements are met by the satisfactory completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university prior to admissions into the program. 

College/School Requirements

Professional/Prerequisite Curriculum

BIOL 257Introduction to Microbiology 3
BIOL 258Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory 1
BIOL 260Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIOL 261Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIOL 262Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab1
CHEM 105Chemistry for Health Professionals 4
HSS 303Human Nutrition3
NURS 338Lifespan Pathophysiology4
NURS 395Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics3
PSYC 306Life Span Developmental Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Philosophy through Cultural Diversity
Critical Thinking
Contemporary Moral Problems
Medical Ethics
Feminist Medical Ethics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Social Statistics
Statistics for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
Quantitative Methods in Public Health
Minimum Total Hours34

Program/Major Requirements

Nursing Professional Curriculum
Junior Level
NURS 344Community Health Nursing4
NURS 345Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice4
NURS 346Management of Care of the Adult Health Client I5
NURS 347Health Assessment3
NURS 356Management of Care of the Adult Health Client ll7
NURS 357Maternal-Newborn Nursing4
NURS 358Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice2
Senior Level
NURS 481Child Health Nursing5
NURS 486Management of Care of the Adult Health Client lll5
NURS 487Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing5
NURS 491Transition to Professional Nursing Practice2
NURS 492Global Public Health4
NURS 493Nursing Leadership and Management2
NURS 494Capstone in Professional Nursing Practicum 7
Minimum Total Hours59
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
NURS 494Capstone in Professional Nursing Practicum 7

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
NURS 344 Community Health Nursing 4
NURS 345 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 4
NURS 346 Management of Care of the Adult Health Client I 5
NURS 347 Health Assessment 3
NURS 356 Management of Care of the Adult Health Client ll 7
NURS 357 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 4
NURS 358 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2
Year 4
NURS 481 Child Health Nursing 5
NURS 486 Management of Care of the Adult Health Client lll 5
NURS 487 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 5
NURS 491 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 2
NURS 492 Global Public Health 4
NURS 493 Nursing Leadership and Management 2
NURS 494 Capstone in Professional Nursing Practicum 7
 Minimum Total Hours59

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.

Graduates from the UofL School of Nursing are prepared to apply for RN licensure upon graduation; however, educational preparation does not guarantee professional licensure. If you have questions regarding Kentucky RN licensure, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing (  For RN licensure questions in other states, please contact the respective state board of nursing (