John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This entry option offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The traditional BSN is a four-year Baccalaureate program. The first two years or lower division of the program encompasses core requirements of the University and foundation courses for the major. The upper division or last two years are largely devoted to nursing courses.

The BSN degree requirements require 124 hours for graduation. We use innovative classroom instruction, clinical experiential learning, research evidence, and knowledge from the liberal arts, biological, physical, and social science disciplines to prepare nurses for the rapidly evolving health care system. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, when accompanied by nursing licensure, prepares the graduate for beginning practice in a variety of health care settings. Some possible opportunities include agencies such as hospitals, public health departments, clinics, military service, home health care facilities.

Qualified Applicants must meet the following Admission Criteria for Pre-Nursing

Freshmen Students

  • SAT: 1010 minimum
  • ACT: Composite Score of 20 minimum
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher

Transfer Students

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on all academic transcripts

· Grades of “C” or higher in all nursing pre-requisite courses on the first attempt

· Chemistry and Human Anatomy & Physiology courses cannot be more than 5 years old at the time of application.

Applying as a Freshman:

Freshmen applicants are students who have not attempted or earned college credit after completion of high school or its equivalent. To apply to N.C. A&T as a freshman, submit a completed application to the university through Undergraduate Admissions.

Applying as a Transfer Student:

Any student who has already graduated from high school and earned course credits at another college or university would need to apply as a transfer student.

  • Step #1: Submit an application to the university through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. When completing the application, select Pre-nursing as your major choice.
  • Step #2: Submit official transcripts from every school and college you have attended. The review process will not begin until all transcripts have been submitted.
  • Step #3: You will receive an official evaluation from the university indicating your transferrable courses.

A competitive secondary application process is required for admission into upper division and is based primarily on academic achievement in lower division. All general education and pre-nursing requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in upper division. Applications for upper division are only accepted in the School of Nursing once a year (spring). Completed applications are due and submitted each year by February 15.

(Before Admission)

  • GPA of 2.8 or higher (average GPA of admitted students is 3.77)
  • Grades of “C” or higher in all nursing pre-requisite courses on the first attempt.
  • Chemistry and Human Anatomy & Physiology courses cannot be more than 5 years old at the time of application.
  • TEAS Test results must meet or exceed National Mean (students may retake until benchmark met at time of application) For TEAS info visit
  • CNA I listing with NC Nurse Aide Registry (Course must include at least 30 hours of clinical learning) NOTE: Check local community college for course offerings.
  • Student must meet the SAT or ACT benchmark.

(After Admission)

  • Current immunizations
  • Negative drug screen
  • Negative background check