How to apply to the BSN in Nursing program

For detailed instructions on how to apply to the UK College of Nursing's traditional BSN program, select the group you qualify under: 

High School Seniors

Step 1: Apply to UK for admission as a Pre-Nursing Major:

Complete your application online at uky.edu/Admission and list Pre-Nursing as your major if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 3.4 or higher unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (GPAs on different scales are converted to a 4.0 scale)
  • Ability to place into CHE 103 by the start of the spring semester

Test-optional students seeking Provisional Guarantee for admission must meet the following requirement:

  • Final unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 on 4.0 scale
  • Maintain 3.6 or higher cumulative GPA each semester of freshman year and 3.6 or higher cumulative science GPA
  • Apply to the College of Nursing by March 1

Please note: Admission to UK does not guarantee admission as a Pre-Nursing Major.

During your first year at UK you must complete the following pre-requisite courses and some of the UK Core requirements to prepare for application to the major:

  • ANA 109 & 110 
  • BIO 103
  • CHE 103 
  • CIS/WRD 110
  • CIS/WRD 111 (OR CIS/WRD 112)
  • PSY 100 or 223

Step 2: Apply to UK’s Professional Nursing Program  

The deadline to apply to the College of Nursing is March 1 for admission to the following academic year. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester, in which you apply for admission.   

  • The GPA used for admission includes all college credits taken as a high school or college student.
  • You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 minimum science GPA to be considered.
  • Science grades are averaged if courses are repeated.
  • You will also participate in an interview that is part of the basis for admission.
  • The TOEFL, administered online, is required of all applicants for whom English is not their native language. Minimum scores accepted are: Cumulative – 90; Speaking – 26; Listening – 22; Writing – 20; Reading – 22. You must submit this TOEFL score directly to the College of Nursing

Students will be notified of admission status in early June.

  • Approximately 200 seats are available for sophomore admission.
  • Half will begin in the Fall semester; half will begin in the Spring semester.

What is “Provisional Admission”?

The UK College of Nursing has a three-step provisional guarantee admission process:

  • Step one: achieve an unweighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.6 and have ACT score of 28 *see test-optional admissions below  for students without ACT/SAT scores  
  • Step two: as a UK student, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and a cumulative science GPA of 3.6 or higher in both fall and spring semesters.
  • Step three: apply to the UK College of Nursing by March 1.

Please note: Provisional Admission is not a “direct admit” to the nursing program; all requirements must be met. 

Test-Optional Admissions

For students who cannot take or choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores with your admission application, an alternative review will be used to determine your admission as a Pre-Nursing Major.

Test-Optional applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High School GPA of 3.4 or higher (unweighted on a 4.0 scale)

Test-Optional applicants seeking Provisional Admission must meet the following requirement:

  • Final unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
  • Maintain a 3.6 or higher cumulative GPA each semester and 3.6 or higher science GPA during your freshman year at UK (Fall and Spring)
  • Apply to the College of Nursing by March 1

For more information regarding the University of Kentucky’s test-optional admission policy, visit go.uky.edu/testoptional.

Further details regarding these requirements are included in the student’s acceptance letter.

Questions?

E-mail conss@uky.edu or call (859) 323-5108.

Currently Enrolled UK Students

GET HELP WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS 

Each January, our advising team holds information sessions to help guide currently enrolled students through the College of Nursing application process. The sessions offer information on the application itself, compliance requirements and the interview portion. Participation is highly recommended. To participate in an information session, registration is required: BSN Application Process Info Session - REGISTRATION 

If you are enrolled at UK in the Spring 2022 semester, please follow these instructions.

  • Follow the link below to complete the online application form. This is required to be included in the interviews.  Deadline:  MARCH 1.
  • No later than mid-March, you will receive a separate email with a link to pay the $50 application/interview fee.  
  • Your application to the BSN major is not complete without participating in an interview and writing exercise, and you will not be in the applicant pool for 2021-2022.
  • Do not send reference letters as they are not considered.
  • Academic requirements (pre-requisite courses, CUM and Science GPA) will be reviewed along with the video interview and writing exercise. 
  • The minimum GPA to apply is 3.0 cumulative (all college work, including dual/transfer credits) and 3.0 science GPA (ANA/PGY, BIO, CHE).
  • To be considered, you must have completed by the end of spring semester (in which you are applying) the following courses at UK or equivalent courses as determined through the Transfer Center. Minimum grade acceptable in each course is C.  
    • ANA 109 & 110 OR
    • ANA 209 & PGY 206
    • BIO 103
    • CHE 103
    • CIS/WRD 110
    • CIS/WRD 111 (OR CIS/WRD 112)
    • PSY 100 or 223
  • Applications will be reviewed at the end of spring semester after UK’s final grades are complete.
  • Coursework when enrolled elsewhere (not UK) during Spring 2022.
    • If you are taking any classes at another institution (either in person or online) in addition to classes at UK, you must email Jenny Fleser at jenny.fleser@uky.edu with a list of the courses you are taking and the name of the college/university. 
    • A copy of your FINAL grades from the other institution must be received by the College of Nursing no later than May 10, in order to be considered for admission. If an official transcript is not available to be received by May 10, we will accept the following for decision-making purposes.
      • Email a scanned student copy of the transcript with grades posted OR a screenshot of the individual grades to jenny.fleser@uky.edu
      • Your name, FINAL grade and course name must be visible.
    • You will also need to send an official transcript to the UK Admissions Office  
  • Do not send an official UK transcript as we can see that work in myUK.
  • Official transcripts for ALL work completed prior to the Spring 2022 semester AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION must be received by UK Admissions before May 10, if you have not already sent them. If you are not sure that UK has transcripts of any and all work completed at another institution prior to the Spring 2022 semester, please contact your advisor to discuss.
  • Everyone who applies will get a letter about their status no later than the second week of June.
  • Please provide an accurate UK email address. Decision letters will be sent to your UK email address. Correspondence returned as undeliverable will not be sent a second time.
  • If you are offered a fall spot, you will need to complete DHN 212/Introductory Nutrition and BIO 208/Principles of Microbiology before the fall semester begins.
  • If you have questions, contact your pre-nursing advisor or conss@uky.edu.

BEGIN HERE: College of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Application 2021-2022

Questions?

E-mail conss@uky.edu or call (859) 323-5108.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may apply for admission to the College of Nursing, but must understand that admission is very competitive. Transcripts will be reviewed for completion of nursing prerequisites and eligibility requirements.

  • No later than mid-March, you will receive a separate email with a link to pay the $50 application/interview fee and information regarding registration for the interview.
  • The interview platform will be available at end of March/early April.  
  •  Your application to the BSN major is not complete without participating in an interview and writing exercise, and you will not be in the applicant pool for 2022-2023.

Students who meet the requirements will be considered for admission to the Professional Nursing Curriculum. Students who lack nursing prerequisites may be considered for pre-nursing admission instead, at their request.

Apply for admission to UK as a Pre-Nursing student

Apply to UK no later than March 1. All transcripts for work through the last semester completed must be received by Undergraduate Admissions by March 1 in order for your application to be considered for the next academic year. Also, include information regarding any courses in progress on your application. Final grades for courses in progress must be received by May 10 to be considered for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 admission: uky.edu/Admission/application

To be considered you must have completed by the end of the spring semester (in which you are applying) the following courses at UK or equivalent courses as determined through the Transfer Center.  The minimum grade acceptable in each course is C. 

  • ANA 109 & 110 OR
  • ANA 209 & PGY 206
  • BIO 103
  • CHE 103
  • CIS/WRD 110
  • CIS/WRD 111 (OR CIS/WRD 112)
  • PSY 100 or PSY 223

Competitive transfer applicants must have excellent grades.  

  • Approximately 200 seats are available for sophomore admission; half are available for fall and half for spring.
  • Very rarely will transfer students with less than a 3.6 GPA be accepted. 
  • If you are offered a fall spot, you will need to complete DHN 212/Introductory Nutrition and BIO 208/Principles of Microbiology before the fall semester begins.

Students will be notified of admission status in early June. 

Out-of-state students

The University of Kentucky works to provide distance learning courses and programs to students across the state of Kentucky, the country and abroad, but location matters when it comes to the availability of some courses and programs. Each state and territory has different requirements for distance learning. Out-of-state students who are interested in distance learning should read each section below and confirm that their program of interest can be offered and/or lead to licensure or certification in their state or territory.

  • State Authorization is a type of consumer protection regulated by states and territories. Institutions are required to obtain state authorization when they offer online courses or programs outside of their home state. Visit the State Authorization by Program section to learn which programs are authorized in each state.
  • States may have additional requirements for programs that lead to professional licensure or certification. Learn which programs can lead to licensure and certification in each state.
  • Contact Distance Learning with questions or for more information.

Questions?

E-mail conss@uky.edu or call (859) 323-5108.

Traditional BSN program information 

Learn more about UK College of Nursing's Traditional BSN program.