Nursing is a rewarding career path, offering the chance to make an impact on the lives of patients.

Through UNI’s unique Nursing 3+1 Biology program, you can earn two degrees in four years – saving you money, and fast-tracking your career.

For the first three years, students will study biology at the University of Northern Iowa, before transferring to Allen College in Waterloo, where they will complete an accelerated 16-month BSN program. By the end, students will be awarded a BA Biology degree from UNI and a BSN from Allen College. Having a degree in biology allows students opportunities outside of nursing in healthcare or other fields.

It is important to note that Nursing 3+1 is not an academic major; rather, a suggested program of study that prepares students with all the prerequisites needed to complete a BSN. Students wishing to join this program would declare a BA Biology major

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Pass Rate

Our Nursing 3+1 students had a first time pass rate of 97.74% on the NCLEX (Nursing Board) exam in 2020.

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2 Degrees

Earn two degrees: a BA in Biology from UNI and a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) from Allen College.

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Fast-Track your education

Through our condensed program, students can enter the high-demand nursing field faster, saving them time and money.


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Department of Biology
University of Northern Iowa
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Phone: (319) 273-2010

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Strength in Partnership

Allen College, Waterloo

Our partnering institution – Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa – has a tradition of more than 90 years of excellence in healthcare education. The UNI Department of Biology has a strong working relationship with Allen College Admissions and academic administrators. This relationship provides students access to accurate dual advising, timely application information and upon admission to Allen, a smooth transition.