BSN Program Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the college admits a main campus freshman class directly into the BSN program.
Direct admission means that admitted freshmen will have a guaranteed seat in the program's clinical portion, which begins in the second year, provided they complete all first-year nursing courses with at least a C grade and have at least a 3.0 GPA by the end of their first year.
Please keep in mind that to be considered for direct admission into the BSN program, applicants need to submit their ACT or SAT scores by Dec. 1. For additional information, please refer to the Admissions page.
We recommend applicants score a minimum 22 on the ACT or 1070 on the SAT.
Applicants who do not have their ACT or SAT scores can still pursue nursing at UC by applying to Interdisciplinary Nursing Prep (INP) as their first major choice on the Common Application. Students in the INP program take the same first-year courses as Direct-Admit BSN students and can apply to join the UC College of Nursing BSN program as sophomores. For additional information, please refer to the Admissions page.
The minimum high school GPA accepted for direct admission is a 3.0. In addition, applicants must have maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout their high school senior year.
Because the university uses The Common Application, first-year applicants must submit a personal statement, a general essay, and at least one letter of recommendation. Applicants also must submit a personal statement that explains why they want to major in nursing at UC.
Via The Common Application, applicants must list all extra-curricular activities (sports, clubs, societies, etc.), honors/awards/accolades/leadership experience, and work/volunteer experience.
Students not admitted to the program still can receive admission to the University of Cincinnati and complete their first year, then compete for admission to the BSN program as a second-year student.
Students can take the first-year nursing courses at any of UC’s campuses; however, "Success in College and Nursing" and "Introduction to Professional Nursing" are not offered at UC Blue Ash. Contact an academic advisor at 513-558-3600 for questions about courses or to obtain a transfer credit evaluation.
Once admitted into the BSN program, students must maintain a full-time course schedule and progress with their cohort throughout the program. Transfer and transition students can complete the first-year nursing curriculum on a part-time basis, if necessary.
The program's demands prevent students from obtaining a double major without extending the time to graduation.
The multiple mini interview (MMI) is an interview format that uses many short independent assessments, typically in a timed circuit, to obtain an aggregate score of each candidate's soft skills. Formally introduced at McMaster University Medical School in 2004, it has been adopted by medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary schools around the world.