FAQs

Does the UC College of Nursing (CoN) have “direct admission” into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program?

Yes, starting in Fall 2014 the UC CoN will begin admitting the main campus freshman class directly into the BSN program.

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What does “direct admission” mean?

Direct admission means that admitted freshmen will have a guaranteed seat into the clinical portion of our BSN program (sophomore year) as long as they complete the first-year nursing courses with “C” grades or better, AND have at least a 3.0 GPA by the end of their freshman year. You can find the complete 4-year BSN curriculum on the “Curriculum” tab of the BSN webpage.

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Is there a minimum ACT/SAT score required for direct admission?

We recommend applicants have a minimum 23 ACT (or 1070 SAT) when applying to UC’s Nursing program.

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Is there a minimum high school GPA required for direct admission?

The minimum high school GPA that will be accepted for direct admission is a 3.00. This minimum GPA must maintained through the student’s entire senior year.

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What “qualitative” criteria are looked at for direct admission?

Because UC is now part of The Common Application, all freshmen applicants will be required to submit a personal statement, a general essay, and at least one letter of recommendation. By selecting UC and the nursing major, those applicants will be prompted to complete a required nursing essay as well.

Also via The Common Application, applicants will need to list all extra-curricular activities (sports, clubs, societies, etc.), all honors/awards/accolades/leadership experience, and also all work/volunteer experience.

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Can transfer or transition students qualify for “direct admission”?

No. Transfer and transition students must go through a competitive process into the sophomore year of the BSN program.

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What is the competitive process that transfer and transition students go through into the BSN?

The competitive process into the sophomore year occurs once per year, and is based upon quantitative and qualitative criteria. We take applications for the BSN program every spring, and the application will be posted on our website.

Transfer and transition students must complete the first-year nursing courses (excluding the Success in College and Nursing course and the Introduction to Professional Nursing course) with no lower than “C” grades by the end of the Spring Semester in which they are applying. The grades from those specific classes will be averaged together to form the Pre-Nursing GPA. Applicants must have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA to complete the BSN application; however, a competitive Pre-Nursing GPA for admission is above a 3.50. In addition to looking at the Pre-Nursing GPA, we will also take into consideration a written essay, and a pre-admissions exam.

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What happens if an incoming freshman is not admitted to the direct admission nursing class?

If a student is not admitted to our main campus direct admission nursing class, they still have the possibility of being admitted to the University of Cincinnati if they meet the university’s minimum criteria. A student in this situation may still come to UC as a freshman, and compete for a seat into the sophomore year of the BSN program via the competitive admissions process described above.

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Can I complete the first-year nursing courses at any UC college? How do I know which classes are transferable?

Students may take the first-year nursing courses at any of UC’s campuses; however, Success in College and Nursing and Intro to Professional Nursing are not offered at UC-Blue Ash. Please contact an academic advisor at 513-558-3600 to ensure that you are enrolling in the correct courses or to get a transfer credit evaluation.

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Can I attend the program part-time?

Once admitted into the BSN program (including direct admission freshmen), a student must maintain the full-time schedule and progress with their cohort throughout the program. Transfer and transition students may complete the first-year nursing curriculum on a part-time basis if necessary.

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Is it possible to double major with nursing?

It is not feasible to double major in nursing due to the demands of the nursing curriculum and the practicum requirements, without extending the length of your program. You may contact a nursing advisor for further information.

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