University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jun 07, 2023  

Nursing, Accelerated B.A./B.S. to B.S.N.

The Orvis School of Nursing accelerated second-degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN) is a 12-month accelerated program requiring one Wintermester and three consecutive semesters of coursework.  

The ASBSN is designed for individuals with a bachelor of arts or science or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in a non-nursing major.  After completing the program and passing the NCLEX-RN licensure examination, graduates are eligible to practice in entry-level nursing positions in public health agencies, schools, hospitals, health care organizations and more.  

Admission is a competitive process that involves GPA and HESI A2 scores.  The Orvis School of Nursing admits 24 students once annually to this program.

Contact Information

Kimberly Baxter, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
University of Nevada, Reno
Orvis School of Nursing
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 682-7145

Lisa Thomas, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Associate Professor 
Track Leader, ASBSN Program
University of Nevada, Reno
Orvis School of Nursing
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 682-7155

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to apply to the nursing major.
  1. Must be a graduate of an accredited institution with a baccalaureate degree. Degree must be posted prior to application period.
  2. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Must be an active student at UNR during the application period with all transcripts submitted and evaluated. In progress coursework must be documented in transcripts.
  4. Submit a formal application to the Orvis School of Nursing by the date specified by the Admissions, Progression and Student Affairs (APSA) committee. No more than 2 prerequisite courses can be during the application period.
  5. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a grade (not S/U). Transfer credits taken for S/U credit from an institution that does not offer letter grades are evaluated on an individual basis.
  6. The following courses are required to be completed with a grade C or higher from an accredited college with minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for application to the program. All prerequisites must have been taken within 7 years of application process.
    1. Anatomy & Physiology: 12 quarter credits or 8 semester credits; a full sequence of human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, inclusive of all body systems. This sequence must be taken in its entirety. (UNR equivalent: BIOL 223 A/L and BIOL 224 A/L)
    2. Microbiology with lab: 3 to 4 quarter/semester credits: Basic Microbiology with laboratory component. (UNR equivalent:BIOL 251)
    3. Nutrition: 3 quarter/semester credits: Class should cover biological functions, dietary sources of essential nutrients and the relationship of diet to health (UNR equivalent: NUTR 223)
    4. Human Development: 3 quarter/semester credits: Class should cover the social and psychological developmental process of human life including the full life span (birth through death). Courses covering only part of the life span will not be accepted. (UNR equivalent: HDFS 201)
    5. Statistics: 3 or 4 quarter/semester credits: Class must include both descriptive and inferential components. Statistics may be taken in any department (e.g. Math, Psychology, Business, etc) (UNR equivalent: STATS 152)
    6. Math: 3 quarter/semester credits: Course must be a college pre-calculus course or higher (UNR equivalent: MATH ≥ 126)
  7. Students must have a completed HESI exam with minimum scores of 80% on Anatomy & Physiology, 80% on Math, 75% on Reading, and 75% on Grammar. The HESI exam may be taken one time per application cycle with a maximum of three total attempts. The most recent HESI scores must be submitted, and will be used for each application submitted to the Orvis school of Nursing.
  8. The Orvis School of Nursing actively supports the University of Nevada, Reno’s policies that ensure equal opportunity/ affirmative action and diversity.
Prelicensure Program Application Process
  1. Applications are reviewed by the Undergraduate Program Officer, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate programs, and the chair of the Admissions, Progressions, and Student Affairs committee.
  2. Applications that do not meet minimum requirements will not be considered. The applicant will receive a letter stating the reason(s) the application was not reviewed.
  3. Applications that meet minimum requirements will be evaluated through a point-based matrix (see below).
  4. Applicants will be ranked from highest to lowest based on the application matrix. Applicants with the top 24 matrix scores will be offered provisional admission to the OSN accelerated second baccalaureate program.
  5. In the event of a tie, the tie-breaking candidate will be selected using the following criteria in order of preference:

a. Healthcare experience


c. HESI Cumulative

Carefully review the application information available at

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0 & earn at least a “C” in required NURS courses
  • University Residency Requirement | 30 upper-division units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 units in major requirements at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 60 upper-division units
  • Half Program Units/4-Year Institution | 60 units

I. Core General Education Requirements (7 units)

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (0 units) - CO1, CO3

CO1, CO3 waived for previous bachelor’s degree. 

B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (3 units) - CO4, CO4L

CO4L waived for previous bachelor’s degree. 

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (0 units) - CO6

CO6 waived for previous bachelor’s degree. 

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (0 units) - CO7

CO7 waived for previous bachelor’s degree. 

F. History & Culture; Constitution (1 unit) - CO5, CO8

CO5 waived for previous bachelor’s degree.

A U.S. and Nevada Constitutions course is required for students who have not previously completed the Constitutions requirement.

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO8 courses .

II. Additional Core Requirements (6 maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

CO9 waived for previous bachelor’s degree.

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

CO10 waived for previous bachelor’s degree.

C. Global Context Course - CO11

CO11 waived for previous bachelor’s degree.

D. Ethics Course - CO12

CO12 waived for previous bachelor’s degree.

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

CO13 waived for previous bachelor’s degree.

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Prerequisite Requirements (24-25 units)

Complete prerequisite courses with at least a “C”.

IV. Major Requirements (51 units)

Admission to the ASBSN Program is competitive. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 and successful completion of the prerequisite courses listed above.

Complete NURS courses with at least a “C”.

V. Recommended Schedule

This schedule does not include prerequisite courses which must be completed prior to admission to the ASBSN Program. Outstanding Silver Core requirements must also be met prior to the completion of the program.