The BSN Completion Program is cohort-driven and a minimum of 10 students is necessary to begin a new cohort. The Program is open to graduates of NCLEX-RN preparatory nursing schools (associate degree; diploma) who want to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. There are three categories of BSN Completion applicants: graduates of accredited nursing schools in the U.S. or territories, graduates of non-accredited nursing schools in the U.S. or territories, and graduates of foreign nursing schools. Requirements differ so applicants are urged to review information carefully and to speak to a nursing advisor before applying.
BSN Completion students must take at least 24 earned credits in nursing in addition to general education courses. The nursing coursework begins in the spring semester and can be completed in three (or more) semesters.
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.
BSN Completion applicants must either be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) or be within four years of completion of their generic nursing program.
Graduates of foreign nursing schools must have a current, unencumbered license in one of the United States or U.S. territories to qualify for admission. All RNs must submit proof of licensure.
Unlicensed nurses who are accepted must enroll in NUR 433: NCLEX Preparation and subsequently pass the licensure exam. Proof of licensure is required prior to the beginning of the next semester. Unlicensed nurses may not continue and must re-apply to the BSN Completion Program once licensed.
If an unlicensed BSN Completion applicant is nearing the end of NCLEX-RN eligibility in the U.S. Virgin Islands and there are not enough students to begin a new cohort, then the applicant is strongly advised to enroll in NUR 433: NCLEX Preparation or some other NCLEX preparation course.
Applicants who are graduates of accredited U.S. nursing schools will receive a maximum of 40 credits for HSC 100, PLS 200, NUR 104, NUR 208, NUR 308, NUR 318, NUR 319, NUR 321, NUR 417 and NUR 433. Credits will be held in escrow until successful completion of NUR 418: Community Health and then added to the student's transcript.
Applicants who are graduates of non-accredited nursing schools and graduates who are not eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam due to length of time since graduation must pass challenge exams offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as follows:
Challenge exams are also available for BIO 151/152 (anatomy/physiology), BIO 240 (microbiology) and NUR 229 (pharmacology). Applicants will have two opportunities to take the challenge exams. Upon successful completion of challenge exams and payment of required fees, credits will be granted on the applicant's UVI transcript. A clinical challenge may also be required prior to acceptance into the BSN Completion Program.
BSN Completion applicants must have successfully completed, or be enrolled in:
Drug Dosage Calculation competency is a requirement for all BSN Completion students. All applicants will be given a comprehensive exam between October 15th and November 15th. The Drug Dosage Calculation Exam must be passed with a grade of 90% or better. Two opportunities to test are permitted. Those scoring <90% on the exam are required to register for, and pass, NUR 104 (Drug Dosage Calculation). Click here for study material.
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.
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:
Admission to the BSN Completion Program is open to all nurses who meet the pre-requisites and complete the application process.
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.
Progression Requirements for Generic and BSN Completion Students
In order to progress in the BSN Program, students must:
Within the School of Nursing, a "C" grade is defined as 75%. A student may only repeat one nursing course. Students who are granted an administrative withdrawal (AW) and are pass- ing at the time of withdrawal are not considered to have failed and are permitted to re-enroll. Students who withdraw failing ("WF") or fail a nursing course are permitted to re-enroll only one time during their tenure in the program. The semester before the failed course will be offered again, the student must register to ensure a place in that course. The second failure of a nursing course results in dismissal from the program.
Students in good standing in the School of Nursing who have an interruption in their nursing education must meet the current admission, progression and graduation requirements and notify the School of Nursing in advance of their desire to return. Returning students are required to meet with their advisor and, if eligible, register during the advisement/registration period to communicate their intent to return to the School of Nursing. Failure to register in advance means that the student forfeits their opportunity to secure a place in the course(s).
For More Information Contact
|Dean||Beverley Lansiquot, DNP, RN|
|Department Chair||Amy Schweizer, RN, MSN|
|Administrative Specialist||Kendra Frett|