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:

  • 3.25 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)
  • ACT Composite score of 22 or higher
  • ACT Math score of 19 or higher

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

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”?

You meet the initial qualifications for guaranteed admission if you have the following when you apply for Fall as a UK Pre-Nursing Major:

  • Final unweighted high school GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (GPAs on different scales are converted to a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT Composite score of 28 or higher, not a superscore

To be accepted as a Provisional Admit for the Fall or Spring semester in the professional nursing program you must:

  • 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

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

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

If you are enrolled at UK in the Spring 2020 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 where you can pay the $50 application/interview fee.  
  • After paying the $50 fee, you will receive an email invitation to participate in an interview and a brief writing exercise before Spring Break. The interview platform will be available March 23 – April  1. (Be sure the UK email address you provide on this application is correct – check for typos. You may need to check your junk mail as well, so you don’t miss the email invitation.)
  • 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 2020-2021.
  • 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
  • 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 2020.
    • 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 13, in order to be considered for admission. If an official transcript is not available to be received by May 13, 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 spring 2020 semester AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION must be received by UK Admissions before May 13, 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 spring 2020 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 2020-2021
 

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 where you can pay the $50 application/interview fee.  
  • After paying the $50 fee, you'll receive an email invitation to participate in an interview and a brief writing exercise before Spring Break. The interview platform will be available March 23 – April 1
  • 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 2020-2021.

Students who meet the requirements will be considered for admission to the Professional Nursing Curriculum. Students who lack nursing prerequisites will be considered for pre-nursing admission. 

Apply for admission to UK as a Pre-Nursing student.  Submit transcript through last semester completed as well as information regarding courses in progress.  http://www.uky.edu/Admission/application
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

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 student 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. 

If you have questions, contact a pre-nursing advisor via conss@uky.edu.  

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