The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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UG Nursing RN Transition Program

Admission Requirements

Admission is for the course/program only, and not indicative of future admission to the University of San Francisco. The RN Transition program does not charge tuition for participation. Paid positions to new RN Residents are not provided.


  • Graduate of BRN, NLN, or AACN/CCNE accredited nursing program
  • Currently unemployed or under-employed, obtained a California RN license and graduated within the last three years
  • If applicant does not yet have California RN license, they must obtain the license prior to program start date
  • U.S. Citizen or can provide documentation of authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to complete all clinical and course content hours
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be genuinely interested in pursuing a career in home health, clinic, or school nursing
  • Preference for RNs with Public Health Nurse Certificate
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply although it is not a requirement

Application Instructions

Online application will be available only during application periods.  
Fall 2015: May 15 – June 25, 2015. The Fall 2015 application period is closed.

  • Submit online application and the following documentation* via email as pdf attachments to the Program Director, Jessie Bell:
    • Professional resume with education (include GPA for Nursing Major), work, and any healthcare or community related volunteer experience. List separately your clinical rotations with locations and number of hours.
    • Describe what Ambulatory Care Nursing means to you. List 3 short-term goals you would like to obtain working in the Ambulatory care setting for your professional role development during the program. Describe one learning outcome that you'll achieve from working in the Ambulatory care setting. State any restrictions on your participation such as work schedule conflicts, transportation, lack of health insurance coverage, etc. If you are currently working, include number of hours worked / month and shift.
    • Copy of your RN license (both sides), CPR card, and if applicable, Public Health Nurse Certificate.
    • List any other degrees outside of nursing.

    *Please note: Applications will only be reviewed once the online application and ALL supplemental documentation listed above is received.

Next Steps

  1. If accepted, submit the following:
    • Documentation of all pre-clinical requirements for clinical agency and the requirements listed on the RN Transition Program Checklist that can be found on our Health Requirements website. These requirements administered by Certified Background Check require a fee of $120.
    • You will also be required to submit a non-refundable program processing fee of $55.
  2. You may be requested to interview in-person, on the phone or asked to fill out an assessment form via a web link as part of the selection process. This does not guarantee admittance to the program. Email letter will notify you as to your acceptance status once the selections have been made.

More Information

Contact Jessie Bell, Program Director, at