Students practicing in emergency trauma simulation lab


Our BSN graduates possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice family-centered, professional nursing in a variety of current and emerging health care delivery systems. In addition, the program is designed to provide a foundation for graduate nursing education. Through interactions with patients--individual persons, families and communities--and other health care professionals, nursing graduates will contribute toward meeting the wide-ranging health care needs of the region, state, and the larger community.

Our program admits students twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The fall cohort application deadline is December 15, with the spring cohort application deadline being July 1. To find out if nursing may be a good fit for you, we invite you to explore more about the program below.

  • In 2019, UNCW's  NCLEX Pass Rate was 94.8%.
  • The School of Nursing admits students earlier than most every other NC school - students typically start in their first semester of the sophomore year.
  • In addition to the FELS Program, the School of Nursing offers over 50 scholarships. 
  • Median salary of $70,000 in 2017 and employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations (BLS).

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Admission Update

The application deadline for admission into the Spring 2021 cohort will now be July 22, rather than July 1. All prerequisite courses that a student intends to have counted on the application and the TEAS exam must be completed by this date. The TEAS is now being offered online. For additional information about taking the TEAS, contact UNCW Testing Services at or 910-962-7444.

Taking Spring 2020 prerequisite courses Pass/Fail: a Pass will be calculated in application scoring the same way as AP or CLEP: students will receive credit for completing the course as a Pass, but the Pass will not be calculated into the total score. At least one course in each category (Math/Science prerequisites and Non-Math/Science prerequisites) must be completed for a grade in order to be evaluated for admission potential. If a student is repeating a prerequisite course and chooses to take a Pass, the previous grade will be used on the application, not the Pass. Courses taken as a Fail, or any grades below a C in pre-requisite coursework, will disqualify the applicant from applying.  Students are encouraged to utilize the Total Score Calculator to assist in making decisions surrounding Pass/Fail and consult with their academic advisor if additional guidance is needed.

Please note: the School of Nursing encourages students to take prerequisite courses for a grade. Grades may be needed if the student applies for an RN license in certain states other than North Carolina or applies to graduate programs that require a grade. However, each student must make the best decision for their situation.