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Majors & Concentrations

  • Nursing (BSN) U701
  • Nursing/RN 2Plus (BSN) U710
  • Nursing/RN to BSN (BSN) U702
  • Nursing/RN ROTC (BSN) U770

About the Major

The UNCG School of Nursing has a long-standing reputation of excellence in the education of nurses. UNCG offers two paths to the BSN: the pre-licensure path for traditional, transfer, and second-degree students, and the RN to BSN track for currently licensed RNs who are graduates of either associate degree or diploma programs. Graduates of UNCG's BSN program are leaders in the health care field across the state, region, and nation. At UNCG, professional nursing education is built upon the foundation of a broad general education that includes the liberal arts, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and biological sciences. The baccalaureate program prepares students to practice professional nursing based on inquiry, caring, and standards of practice and to function independently and collaboratively within the health care system to deliver evidenced-based nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Pre-licensure students (students interested in becoming registered nurses): Admission to the two-year upper-division major is highly selective for pre-licensure students. Incoming freshmen must have earned at least a 500 critical reading SAT score and at least a 500 mathematics SAT score to declare pre-nursing as their major. For students who complete the ACT exam, a minimum composite score of 21 is required. All students entering UNCG from high school are subject to this policy regardless of college-level credits earned in high school (i.e., iSchool, dual enrollment, community college, or early college). Pre-licensure students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to continue as pre-nursing majors. Please note: Admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance into the upper-division nursing major.

Incoming transfer and second-degree students must have a transfer GPA of 3.0 or greater to declare pre-nursing as their major upon admission to the university. Pre-licensure students (students interested in becoming registered nurses) must be formally admitted to the School of Nursing BSN program, which is an upper-division major.

Applications for the upper division are available from the School of Nursing from December 1 through the end of January for classes that begin the following summer. CNA I certification is required before beginning the upper division. Admission is extremely selective.

RN-BSN students: There is no separate application for admission to the RN-BSN track in School of Nursing. Admission to the upper-level RN-BSN courses is based upon admission to the university. Students must hold an active unrestrictive N.C. RN license to be enrolled in nursing courses.

What's Unique about Nursing at UNCG?

  • Well-established and well-respected, it was one of the first BSN programs in North Carolina.
  • Offers BSN, MSN, Ph.D., and DNP programs. Faculty teach at all levels, so students work with top-notch educators and scholars.
  • A recently received Health Resources and Services Administration grant makes BSN curriculum more accessible to veterans, particularly medics.
  • Graduates of UNCG's BSN program are sought by hospitals and other health care agencies in North Carolina and the Southeast and are very successful in gaining acceptance into graduate schools across the country.
  • Operates three wellness clinics in Greensboro Housing Authority retirement centers.
  • Is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education—one of just three in North Carolina.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Association of Nursing Students
  • Chi Eta Phi, professional association for registered professional nurses and student nurses
  • Multicultural Nursing Student Association
  • Nurses’ Christian Fellowship
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society in Nursing

Student Opportunities

Undergraduates have extensive clinical experiences as part of their coursework in hospital and community settings, serving clients of all age groups, from newborn to the elderly. The school has contracts with more than 500 clinical agencies for student learning opportunities. Disciplinary Honors is available to qualifying students.


  • 100 percent of our graduates who want jobs are employed after graduation in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, military services, community settings, and industry.
  • Many graduates subsequently complete advanced degrees and become leaders as nurse administrators, nurse educators, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse researchers.
  • MSN programs at UNCG include nursing education, nursing administration, as well as the joint MSN/MBA.
  • Ph.D. is offered at UNCG with research goals to promote health and eliminate health disparities in vulnerable populations.
  • DNP programs at UNCG include nurse anesthesia, adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, and executive nurse leadership.


  • Approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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