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Prelicensure

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 2020, UNCW's  NCLEX Pass Rate was 95%.
  • 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).

WATCH: Nursing Admissions Info

IMPORTANT CHANGES: The Prelicensure Nursing Program will be shifting from a five semester program to a four semester program. In addition, requirements for admissions will change as follows.

July 1, 2022 Application (cohort starting Spring 2023): No changes.

December 15, 2022 Application (cohort starting Fall 2023) and July 1, 2023 Application (cohort starting Spring 2024): This will begin the new four semester nursing program.

  • Minimum requirements to apply will remain the same.
  • PSY 223 will no longer be required or evaluated for admission. The Non-Math/Science Prerequisites will remain 25% of the admissions decision.
  • Students must have all Nursing Prerequisites completed prior to the first semester Nursing courses.

December 15, 2023 Application (cohort starting Fall 2024): Admissions will change and will likely result in an increase in the minimum prerequisite courses needed to apply, as well as a more holistic evaluation of applicants.