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Students who wish to pursue the pre-licensure nursing major are admitted to Union College as pre-nursing majors. During the first two years of college, pre-nursing students complete Union College core requirements and prerequisites for the program. Admission to Union College is not a guarantee of admission to the Upper Division Nursing Major. Pre-nursing students who meet minimum criteria for admission to the nursing major may apply for admission to the program.

The BSN program at Union College prepares students to be eligible to take the National Collegiate Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) after graduation. Upon successful completion of the exam, graduates are prepared to begin practice as a BSN prepared Registered Nurse.


This four-year program includes two years of pre-nursing courses and two years of courses in the Nursing major. Students enter Union College as pre-nursing majors, and apply to the nursing major, usually in the fall of the sophomore year. All liberal studies and nursing pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to entering into the nursing major.


Key Strengths


  • Small class sizes allow for one-to-one mentoring.

  • Faculty dedicated to student success.

  • Innovative and engaging curriculum.

  • Competitive and reasonable tuition costs.


Completion of the BSN program often leads to professional advancement and serves as a base for other degrees:  Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and/or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

The Ramsey Center includes state of the art clinical and simulation lab facilities with high tech equipment and supplies for high tech and high touch experiences.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the nursing major is a competitive process, designed to select the students with the most potential for success in the nursing major. Admission to the nursing major is based on the weighted score of the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (25%)

  • Minimum ACT of 18 (25%)

  • TEAS admission exam (50%)