The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions

Undergraduate Academic Requirements

Admission to the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions is selective and based on an overall appraisal of your preparedness for college-level study. Evidence of academic preparation and achievement, test scores, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement are given careful consideration. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information on applying to a University of San Francisco Nursing or Health Professions program.

First Year Nursing Students

Students are admitted to the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions as regular students or conditional admits. Both regular and conditional admit students are held to the same standards for progression within the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Health Services programs.

First year applicants who have less than a “C” average in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Algebra II, Advanced Math, or any Honors or AP science courses will not be admitted to the program.

Conditionally Admitted Students

Students with conditional admit status can register for four academic courses during their first semester. They must also complete College Success Courses I and II, which are provided by Academic Support Services.

If appropriate, conditionally admitted students may be placed on a 4.5- to 5-year curriculum plan. Students in this track will take one science course their first semester and one to two science courses the second semester. They will then begin their coursework in nursing while taking a fourth science course during their third semester. An assigned academic advisor will monitor this progress on a monthly basis. Conditionally admitted students will also receive individual evaluations by the Learning & Writing Center.

Background Check and Drug Screening Requirements

All admitted students must undergo a background check and ten-panel drug screening. These requirements must be completed before students can enroll in clinical coursework. The hospital or agency participating in clinical coursework will be notified of the results of both screenings. They reserve the right to deny a student from entering their facility or providing patient care.

The School of Nursing and Health Professions uses Certified Background to complete background checks and drug screening. The ten-panel drug screening will detect the following substances:

  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Opiates
  • PCP
  • Propoxyphene
  • THC (Marijuana)

Transfer Nursing Students

Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative and in their nursing science courses) to be considered for admission into the BSN program. Applicants who have received a grade of “C-” or lower in any science course at a previous institution must repeat the course with a grade of “B” or better to gain admission. If a transfer student is currently repeating a science course, his or her admission to the program depends on their earning a grade of “B” or better in the course. Pending the completion of the course with a grade of “B” or better, this student may be conditionally admitted to the program. However, students cannot complete any coursework in nursing until the final grade for the course is reported and their conditional admit status is removed.

Background Check and Drug Screening Requirements

All admitted students must undergo a background check and ten-panel drug screening. These requirements must be completed before students can enroll in clinical coursework. The hospital or agency participating in clinical coursework will be notified of the results of both screenings. They reserve the right to deny a student from entering their facility or providing patient care.

The School of Nursing and Health Professions uses Certified Background to complete background checks and drug screening. The ten-panel drug screening will detect the following substances:

  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Opiates
  • PCP
  • Propoxyphene
  • THC (Marijuana)

Transfer Bachelor of Health Services Students

Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (cumulative) to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Health Services program. Applicants who have received a grade of “C-” or lower in any science course at a previous institution must repeat the course with a grade of “B” or better to gain admission. If a transfer student is currently repeating a science course, his or her admission to the program depends on their earning a grade of “B” or better in the course. Pending the completion of the course with a grade of “B” or better, this student may be conditionally admitted to the program.

If you have questions about these requirements or would like further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Professions at (415) 422-6681 or nursing@usfca.edu.