School of Nursing
Generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing

ATTENTION APPLICANTS

The revised BSN program will be implemented in the 2016-2017 academic year.  (Click here for the new BSN program paradigm - 2016).  During this transition period students on the St. Thomas campus who were given provisional admission in December 2015 will be given the priority for a space in the class. Applications for the BSN program on the Albert A. Sheen Campus will be accepted in Fall 2016, however, admission on the St. Thomas Campus will be accepted in Fall 2017.  Admission to the program is competitive and is significantly limited.  The selection is based on set criteria, including:

  1. At least a “Basic” score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), Sixth Edition examination. Before taking the TEAS exam, we recommend visiting www.teas6practicetest.com 
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5.
  3. At least a “C” grade on ALL required biology courses.
  4. All prerequisite courses listed in Semester 1-3 on the paradigm.
  5. Computer Literacy Examination (taken during the freshman year)

Students with the highest scores in the above categories maybe accepted on the basis of available spaces.  If you do not think that you will qualify, please see your nursing faculty advisor to work on a plan of study to strengthen your application in the next admission cycle – Fall 2017.  National Exchange Students are not eligible for admission in the BSN program.

Admission to the BSN Program

In order to qualify for admission to the BSN Program, all applicants must be accepted to UVI and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Generic applicants must have successfully completed, or be enrolled in:

  • freshman year courses, including ENG 100/101, MAT 023/024, FDS 100, SCI 100 and SSC 100 (transfer applicants with >24 credits are exempt);
  •  general education courses, including HSC 100, ENG 120, ENG 201, MAT 140, MAT  235, PSY 120, PSY 202 and COM 119; 
  • BIO 151/152 and BIO 240 with grades of "C" or better (online courses are not accepted);
  • Computer Literacy Examination (unless exempt); 
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from Assessment Technologies Institute (second degree students are exempt) with a score of "basic" or better. The TEAS test is administered by UVICELL. Applicants from other locations can check www.atitesting.com for information about testing in other locations.

Transfer applicants who have been enrolled in another nursing program and wish to transfer into the BSN program must contact the administrator of the previous institution and request that a letter be mailed directly to the Dean of the School of Nursing indicating their academic standing and eligibility for re-admission. In addition, an interview with the Admissions Committee is required.

Application Process

Admission to the University is a prerequisite for admission into the nursing program but does not guarantee acceptance into the BSN Program. All prospective BSN students must submit a separate application packet to the School of Nursing by October 15th, either in person or by mail. Application forms may be downloaded from the School of Nursing website or may be requested from the School of Nursing.  Click here for the application form.

Applications for the St. Thomas Campus should be addressed to:

University of the Virgin Islands, School of Nursing
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands, 00802-9990

Applications to the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix should be addressed to:

University of the Virgin Islands, School of Nursing
RR1, Box 10,000; Kingshill, St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands, 00859-9781

The application packet should include:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of letter of acceptance from UVI
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (not including UVI)
  • Copy of transcript evaluation completed by the UVI Office of the Registrar (if applicable)

Selection and Notification of Applicants

Admission to the generic BSN program is competitive and based on a point system. Enrollment is limited and applicants with the most points will be selected for admission. Points are awarded to applicants for grades in pre-requisite courses, performance on the TEAS test, current enrollment at UVI and a bachelor's degree in another field.  

Applicants to the BSN Program will be notified of acceptance, or conditional acceptance, by November 15th. Required courses in progress at the time of application must be completed successfully in order to begin the program. All applicants who are accepted into the BSN Program will have to submit documentation that meets clinical agency requirements, including a criminal background check and drug screen, immunization record and certification in CPR for Healthcare Professionals.