School of Nursing
Generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The SON welcomes applications for the Entry Cohort of the upcoming Spring Semester.
The Application deadline is September 30
ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Admission to the program is competitive and is limited.
The selection is based on set criteria, including:
1. At least a “Proficient” score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), Seventh Edition examination. Before taking the TEAS exam, we recommend completion of the Anatomy and Physiology Courses I & II (BIO 151 and BIO 152). The TEAS test is administered by UVICELL. Applicants from other locations can check www.atitesting.com for information about testing in other locations. For information about TEAS testing at UVICELL visit https://cell.uvi.edu/programs/teas-testing.aspx.
2. A score at or above the 60th percentile or at or above the national mean percentile score is required on the Science component of the TEAS.
3. Earned grades of at least a “C” grade on ALL required biology courses.
4. Completion of prerequisite courses listed in Semester 1-3 on the paradigm.
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 College credits or a previous degree are exempt);
- General education courses, including 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);
- Applications submitted in September 2024 – HSC 200 Health Promotion will be required.
5. Computer Literacy Examination (taken during the freshman year)
6. Requirements for Full Time Enrollment include:
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
Employment of 20 hours or less
Requirements for Part Time Enrollment include:
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75
Employment of 21-40 hours per week
7. Documentation of Health Requirements below MUST be uploaded on the UVI Health and Wellness Portal https://uvi.medicatconnect.com. Submit the email from UVI Health Services confirming compliance with this requirement with your application packet.
- Physical Examination within the last year. Use the Student Health Form with a physical exam, CBC, UA, and FBG results.
- Tuberculosis Skin Test- PPD or alternative Quantiferon-TB Gold blood test. Chest x-ray result is required if there is a history of or newly positive PPD or Quantiferon-TB test.
- MMR Immunity- 2 doses of MMR vaccine at least 4 weeks apart, or positive titers. Students who have negative Mumps Rubella or Rubeola titers and no evidence of vaccine are required to have 2 doses of MMR vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated. *Please note, diagnosis of disease without laboratory confirmation is not evidence of immunity.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) Immunity – 2 doses of Varicella Vaccine at least 4 weeks apart, or positive titers. *Please note, diagnosis of disease without laboratory confirmation is not evidence of immunity.
- Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Immunity - 1 dose Tdap, then Td or Tdap booster every 10 years.
- Hepatitis B Immunity -2-dose (Heplisav-B) or 3-dose (Engerix-B, Recombivax HB) series or 3-dose series HepA-HepB (Twinrix), or positive titers. If the employee cannot provide evidence or declines the Hepatitis B vaccine, a signed declination is required.
- Influenza Vaccine - Effective September 2023, the influenza vaccination is no longer mandatory. However, students are encouraged to take the vaccine in the event they want to participate in School of Nursing sponsored activities including the Study Abroad Program who may have the vaccination requirement.
- One page essay on topic "Nursing: My Career of Choice" with at least one citation in APA format.
- Satisfactory References from previous faculty or job supervisor.
Students with the highest scores in the relevant categories and have satisfied the remaining requirements may be accepted based on 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.
National Exchange Students enrolled in a nursing program are not eligible for admission in the BSN program. Pre Nursing National Exchange Students, interested in transferring to UVI may apply for a transfer. Refer to the UVI Admission Office or Webpage.
Transfer Students Applying for Admission to the BSN Program
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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Effective September 2023, the COVID vaccination is no longer mandatory. However, students are encouraged to take the vaccine in the event they want to participate in School of Nursing sponsored activities including the Study Abroad Program who may have the vaccination requirement.
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 September 30, 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 must include:
- Completed application form
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (students currently enrolled at UVI may provide unofficial transcripts)
- TEAS results – All Pages
- One-page essay on topic "Nursing: My Career of Choice" with at least one citation in APA format
- Statement of Attestation on Employment Status or Evidence of Hours Worked Per Week or Per Pay Period
- Two completed recommendation forms from professors, supervisors or employers using the form designed for that purpose. The recommendation forms should be submitted electronically no later than September 30 to email@example.com (OEK Campus) or firstname.lastname@example.org (AAS Campus). Applications are incomplete if the recommendation forms are not received by September 30. Click here for the recommendation form.
Additional requirements for (1) transfer students from other universities; and (2) those who attended other College or School of Nursing:
- Copy of transcript evaluation completed by the UVI Office of the Registrar.
- Official letter of good standing from previous nursing program (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.
By December 15th after examination results are posted, a review of academic records will be done for all applicants who were enrolled in prerequisite classes. Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements such as Cumulative GPA and required grades on Biology Courses will be informed of ineligibility for admission.
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, and certification in CPR for Healthcare Professionals. Health records on the UVI Health & Wellness Portal will also be reviewed for continued compliance with the stated requirements.
Contact UVI CELL https://cell.uvi.edu/programs/teas-testing.aspx. for the schedule of classes for the CPR for Healthcare Professionals.