About the Program

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is a four year program that consists of four semesters of lower division course work and four semesters of upper division course work that prepares students for a career in professional nursing by providing 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.

Students have access to innovative Patient Simulation and Standardized Patient Centers. Faculty have the highest qualifications and conduct research in their areas of specialization.

By including a core of knowledge in the humanities and the behavioral, physical, and biological sciences, as well as theory and practice of professional nursing graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Students who have previously earned a degree may apply to our Traditional BSN, our Second-Degree Accelerated BSN, or our Second-Degree MEPN program. If considering our second degree accelerated programs, learn more about which accelerated program might be right for you.

Licensure Disclosure
Graduates from the UofL School of Nursing are prepared to apply for RN licensure upon graduation; however, educational preparation does not guarantee professional licensure. If you have questions regarding Kentucky RN licensure, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing (kbn.ky.gov/apply/Pages/Examination/examination.aspx). For RN licensure questions in other states, please contact the respective state board of nursing (ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm).

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The bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at University of Louisville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Application Process

University of Louisville Main Campus

Freshman Admissions

Prospective UL freshman students must be admitted to lower division through the UofL Office of Undergraduate Admission website. Students will select major code NU BSN.

Admission Standards for admissions into the lower division of Nursing has three options:

  1. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 along with an ACT Composite of 22 and ACT Math sub-score of 22.
  2. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 along with Accuplacer test scores, instead of ACT or SAT scores. Minimum Accuplacer test scores required for admissions into lower division are: Math QRAS score of 250; Reading score of 244.
  3. Test Optional admissions requirements are a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5; completion of 4 years of high school English with a minimum grade point average of 3.0; and a rigorous high school math curriculum. Must earn all A and B grades in math courses. Must include one of the following math courses during junior or senior year:
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • Dual Credit College Algebra
  • Dual Credit Pre-Calculus
  • Dual Credit Calculus

Instructions on how to test remotely or in-person are available on the Testing Center webpage.

Transfer Admissions

Students who have 24 or more transferable credit hours and at least a 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA may apply to the lower division of Nursing by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Admission - Transfer Services website. Please select major code NU BSN.

Transfer Students from KCTCS Schools and ULtra with 24 or more transferable credit hours are asked to email your appropriate advisor to request an evaluation of course work for lower division.  All transfer students are required to be advised prior to registering.

Internal Transfers

Students who are currently enrolled at UL may transfer into the lower division of Nursing by completing a Change of Major Request. To be eligible to transfer into the lower division of Nursing, a student must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and have completed one full time semester at UL. Change of Major requests are approved at the end of each semester term.

Upper Division


  • May 1st for fall term
  • September 15th for spring term

Application Procedures for the Upper Division

Admission to upper division is selective. Students interested in upper division must meet the following minimum admission criteria to apply:

  • Admission to the lower division of Nursing through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative college GPA.
  • Minimum 3.0 nursing program GPA.
  • Student must be in the last semester of completing all lower division course work at time of application. * Students applying for fall admission may finish remaining lower division course work the summer prior to the fall semester to which they are applying.

High School Direct Admission

Deadline: November 15th

The School of Nursing offers 10 Direct Admission spots to graduating high school seniors each year. The minimum requirements to apply are as follows:

  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted).
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 25 or SAT 1200.
  • Minimum Math ACT sub-score of 25 or SAT MSS 590.
  • First-time freshman application on file with UL Office of Admission. Student must be admissible to the     lower division of the BSN program.

Freshman Guaranteed Early Admission

Deadline: April 1st

The School of Nursing offers 40 Guaranteed Early Admission spots for UL first time freshmen each year. The minimum requirements to apply for this are as follows:

  • Successful completion of NURS 101 freshman orientation course.
  • Successful completion of the first year of full-time coursework with a minimum 3.25.
  • Completion of CHEM 105 and BIO 102 (or their equivalents) with a minimum grade of B.

High School Direct Admission and Freshman Guaranteed Early Admission

Information regarding both opportunities can be found by visiting the GEA Program information page.


School of Nursing Lower Division Costs

Clinical Laboratory Fees; 300 and 400 Level Nursing Courses

$30 per instruction credit; $45 per clinical credit.  Assessed at registration.

Parking Permit

Required for UofL Campus parking. Costs vary.

Student Health Fee

$35 per semester, Campus Health Services


School of Nursing Upper Division Costs

Assessment Technologies Institute Testing (ATI)

$650; divided in two payments

1st and 3rd semesters

Background Check

$58; paid with upper division application

Cardinal Card (Student ID)

$10 Replacement Costs

Clinical Laboratory Fees; 300 and 400 Level Nursing Courses

$30 per instruction credit; $45 per clinical credit.  Assessed at registration.




Visit Campus Health website for individual costs.

Liability Insurance

$30-$45 estimate per year

Major Medical Health Insurance

$995.50; may waive with proof of insurance

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Nursing Pack


Parking Permit

Required for UofL campus parking. Costs vary.

Scrub Tops/Pants

$50 per set average


$85-$160 depending on model

Student Health Fee

$52.50 per semester, Campus Health Services

Uniform, Polo Shirt


Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarship

School of Nursing Office of Student Services

Phone502.852.1196 or
1.877.81NURSE (816-8773)

Health Science Campus
555 S. Floyd Street
Third Floor, School of Nursing
Louisville, KY 40292

UofL Office of Admissions


Office of Admissions

BSN Advisor Assignments/Location

Jesse Cohen
Academic Counselor, Sr
Advises A-G Lower and Upper Division Traditional students
Office Location: Monday, Thursday, Friday Main Campus

Andre Brewer
Academic Counselor, Sr.
Advises H-N Lower and Upper Division Traditional students
Office Location: Tuesday-Thursday Main Campus

Jessica Roussel
Coordinator of Academic Affairs
Advises O-Z  Lower and Upper Division Traditional students
Office Location: Monday, Thursday, Friday Main Campus

Q:  Is the program full-time?

A: Students may attend full or part-time while enrolled in lower division.  Upper division requires full-time enrollment for four consecutive semesters.

Q:  What is the length of the program?

A: It is possible to complete the program in four years if students are enrolled full-time while in lower division.

Q:  What degree is earned?

A: Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Q:  What is the grade point average required for admissions?

A: A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 is required for admission into lower division. A minimum 3.0 nursing program grade point average is required for consideration into upper division, effective fall 2019.

Q:  How competitive is it to get into upper division?

A: The applicant pool credentials vary with each admit term.  The applicants are ranked on their program grade point average.   The number of applications has ranged from 90-160 for Louisville and 20-25 for the Owensboro campus.  Historically, the program grade point averages have been over 3.3 for admitted students.

Q:  What happens if I am not admitted into upper division?

A: Students that are not admitted into upper division are advised to meet with their academic nursing advisor to plan a strategy on improving the quality of their application or other options.  This may include repeating courses, looking into other health profession related majors or other nursing programs.

Q:  Can I take courses at other institutions and transfer them into nursing?

A: Students may transfer courses from other regionally accredited institutions.  All courses are evaluated at the university level through the Transfer Department in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for course equivalency.

Q:  Are there additional costs for the nursing program?

A: Yes, in addition to the undergraduate tuition rate, the upper division nursing program includes lab and clinical fees, incidentals such as uniforms, stethoscopes, technology software and hardware, and textbooks.

Q. Is Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training required?

A. CNA training is a Clinical Compliance requirement for Upper Division.  More information