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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

General Information – Traditional Program

Two Tier Program Format: All undergraduate Nursing majors admitted to the University of Louisville, are automatically  admitted to the lower division of Nursing as long as undergraduate admission requirements are met. Students must apply for the upper division of Nursing in the semester in which  lower division coursework will be completed. If a student is applying for Fall admit, he/she may finish remaining lower division coursework the summer prior. Admission to the upper division is competitive and not guaranteed.

Upper Division Application Deadline: September 15 for Spring admission and May 1 for Fall admission

Number of Students Admitted to Upper Division: 80 for Fall and 80 for Spring

Minimum Cumulative Undergraduate and Program GPA to be considered: 2.8

Length of Program: 4 years - two years for lower division (freshman and sophomore semesters) and two years for upper division (junior and senior semesters)

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Admission Requirements

About the BSN

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) offers students a dynamic course of study that is both theoretical and practical. As citizens of a larger community, our focus is to address the complex health care needs of diverse and dynamic populations through nursing education, research, scholarship and service. Our students graduate prepared to demonstrate excellence in nursing science, practice and leadership in a variety of settings for the benefit of clients across the lifespan and to meet the evolving health care needs of society. Our BSN program also provides the necessary foundation for masters and doctoral degrees in nursing. Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Important Documents

Lower Division Course Requirements

Upper Division Course Requirements

Tuition and Fees

Lower Division Equivalency with KCTC Courses

Upper Division Additional Instructional Fees

Upper Division Student Expenses


Guaranteed Early Upper Division Admission for Freshmen

Guaranteed Early Admission is a competitive process. Twenty spaces are reserved in Upper Division each academic year for first year, full time college freshmen who enter the University of Louisville in the Fall.

First year college freshmen are eligible to apply for the GEA program during their first year of enrollment at UofL. Students must be enrolled full time during these two semesters. Deadline is April 1st each year. GEA applicants must meet the following criteria:

Successful completion of NURS 101 with a passing grade.

Successful completion of the first year of full time coursework with a minimum 3.0.

Completion of two required science courses (Chem 105 and BIO 102 or their equivalents) with a minimum grade of B.

The application for Guaranteed Early Admission can be found here.

For more information regarding this program, please contact our GEA coordinator, Shaun Sowell at


Due to the volume of requests we receive, we are unable to meet with prospective students until they have been formally admitted to UL and the lower division of Nursing.

Contact Us

General Information: 1 877.81.NURSE or 1 877.816.8773

Traditional BSN Program Information Sessions and Tours for High School Students

The School of Nursing holds information sessions and  tours for High School and Transfer students on Fridays directly following the morning information session and tour on Belknap. These sessions are held at the School of Nursing and last approximately 1 hour.  We are located in downtown Louisville on the UL Health Science Campus, not on the main Belknap Campus. The following are upcoming 2014-15 tour dates:

Friday, March 27th at 2:00pm

Friday, April 3rd and 17th at 2:00pm

Friday, May 15th at 2:00pm

High School Students interested in signing up for a visit to UL and the School of Nursing click here.

High School Students or Transfer Students interested in ONLY touring the School of Nursing, please contact Jen Alessandro at

Transfer Students from other colleges or universities interested in visiting click here.

Transfer Students who currently attend UL, please click here to complete the intra-university transfer request. It is strongly suggested you meet with your current advisor before completing this application.  *Please note that your cumulative undergraduate GPA MUST be a 2.8 or higher to transfer to Nursing.


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