CHHS Student Success Center

Admissions Information: B.S. Nursing Prelicensure

50% = Math/Science Prerequisites GPA: CHM/L 101; BIO/L 201, 240, 241; BIO 246; STT 210 or 215 or PSY 225 or QMM 280; MAT 111,112,115,151,152,161 or 162. All Math/Science prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years prior to application.

25% = Non-Math/Science Prerequisites GPA: PSY 105, 223; PAR 101,110,115,205,211 or 215; SOC 105 or ECN 125 or ECN 221.

25% = TEAS Score. You must complete the TEAS assessment within a testing period, and UNCW Testing Services must receive your TEAS score via ATI Testing prior to the application deadline.

You must complete a minimum of CHM 101, one biology course (BIO 201, BIO 240, or BIO 246), one math or statistic course (MAT 111, 112, 115, 151, 152, 161, 162, or STT 210, STT 215, QMM 280 or PSY 225), PSY 105 and (SOC 105, ECN 125, or ECN 221). In total, you must have a minimum of five of these courses completed in order to apply. At least one course in each category (Math/Science and Non-Math/Science Prerequisites) must be completed for a grade in order to be evaluated for admission potential.

You must have the following: GPA of 2.7 or higher from all institutions attended; Minimum grade of “C” in all required prerequisites and corequisites (* corequisites can be completed concurrently with the first semester courses of the nursing program, NSG 250 and NSG 252); Completion of TEAS Assessment; Admission to UNCW and paid enrollment deposit; Physical and emotional health that enables a student to participate in and complete the program; Cleared criminal background check. Please see the UNCW Undergraduate Catalogue.

Course Repeat Policy

  • Students may repeat all prerequisite courses once, regardless of first grade earned. The highest grade will be used in the evaluation of the application.
    • For courses with multiple options in a category, students may repeat all courses in that category once and the highest grade will be used in the evaluation of the application. The following categories apply to this rule: MAT Category, SOC/ECN Category, PAR Category, and STT Category.
  • The repeated course may be taken at UNCW or transferred into UNCW from another institution.
  • Scenarios: (students are recommended to meet with his/her advisor prior to repeating a course)
    • If a student earned a B- in BIO 201 (Principles of Biology: Cell) on the first attempt, they may audit the course for a new grade (see Audit/Graded Audit Courses).
    • If a student earned a D in BIO 201 (Principles of Biology: Cell) on the first attempt, they may use the UNCW course repeat policy and repeat the course for a new grade and credit (see Course Repeat Policy).

Taking Higher Level Courses

  • Students are not permitted to take a higher level course and substitute it for one of the prerequisite courses.
    • For example, if a student has taken CHM 102, the course will not be evaluated because it is not one of the required prerequisites.
    • The only exception is BIO 425 can be substituted for BIO 246, as they are both Microbiology courses.

AP and CLEP Credit

  • AP and CLEP Credit are not used in the evaluation of applications. Student’s will get credit for the course, but his/her score will not affect his/her standing. At least one course in each category (Math/Science prerequisites and Non-Math/Science prerequisites) must be completed for a grade in order to be evaluated for admission potential.

10 Year Rule

  • Math/Science 10 Year Rule: Math/Science prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years of the application deadline. If any course is older than 10 years, students must retake/audit those courses.
  • Non/Science 10 Year Rule: Non Math/Science prerequisite courses may be retaken/audited. The student will need to check with their advisor for approval.
  • Specific Dates:
    • July 1, 2017 application deadline: any courses taken Spring 2007 or prior are not valid.
    • December 15, 2017 application deadline: any courses taken Summer 2007 or prior are not valid.

Taking the TEAS Test Outside of UNCW

  • If a student chooses to take the TEAS Test at another testing center, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are taking the correct version of the TEAS Test and that UNCW receives his/her official scores via ATI Testing prior to the end of the test administration period. The student will need to go to the ATI Store (online store) and request his/her transcript. UNCW will be in the drop down menu on the website (online store) when they select TEAS Transcript. Updated: 2/21/2017

Getting Admitted

Full Admit Status: Students are not considered a full admit until they have successful completion with a grade of “C” (2.77) or better of all prerequisite courses and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

Alternate List: 

  • When admissions decisions are made, 45 students will be conditionally admitted and 15 students will be placed on the Alternate List. The 15 students will be notified of their rank on the Alternate List.
  • As admitted students decline their admissions from the program throughout the semester, the next student on the Alternate List will be notified as soon as possible of acceptance into the program. The remaining students will then be notified of their rank on the Alternate List.
  • At the end of the semester, 50 total students will be conditionally admitted.

BIO 201 Waiver: BIO 201 waiver requests are only submitted for students who are admitted into the program. At UNCW, BIO 201 is a prerequisite for BIO 240 and 246. If a student completes these courses at an institution in which BIO 201 is not a prerequisite, the student will not need BIO 201 at UNCW.

BIO 240 Completion: 

  • BIO 240 may be in progress when applying to the program, but must be successfully completed before the student starts NSG 250 (Health Assessment) and NSG 252 (Foundations in Professional Nursing Practice).