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

Undergraduate Academic Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students
Non-Discriminatory Policy

The University of San Francisco admits students of any race, religion, sex, color, handicap, national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, national and/or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Freshman Students

1. Freshman students are admitted either as regular students or conditional admits. Freshman applicants for whom it is appropriate, will be admitted to the School of Nursing and Health Professions as "Conditional Admits."

a) Those students are permitted to register for only four academic courses during their first semester and must complete the college success course taught via Academic Support Services. Conditionally admitted students will be under the same rules of progression as any regularly admitted student.

b) Freshman applicants who earn less than a "C" average for the year in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Algebra II, Advanced Math, or any Honors or AP science courses will not be admitted to the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

c) Conditionally admitted students will be placed on 4.5 - 5 year curriculum plan if appropriate. Such a student will take only one science course in their first semester at USF. The students will take one or two science courses the second semester and begin nursing course work in the third semester with the fourth science course.

2. Conditionally admitted students are to be assigned one advisor who will conduct monthly meetings to monitor their progress.

3. Conditionally admitted students will receive an individual evaluation by the Learning Center with learning agreements/contracts being developed as appropriate.

Transfer Students

1. Any transfer student who has failed a science course (a grade of C- or better) in a previous school/college/university must have a grade of "B" or better repeating the course to be admitted into the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions.

2. If the transfer student is currently completing a "repeat" science course, their admission is dependent on earning a grade of "B" or better for the course, The student may be a "conditional admit" at USF pending the completion of the course with a grade of "B" or better, no nursing course work may be taken until the condition is removed.

3. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (both cumulatively and in their nursing science courses) in order to be considered for admission into the nursing program.


Background Check and Drug Screening


All students admitted to the nursing major (graduate or undergraduate) are required to have a background check and a 10 panel drug screening completed before entrance into the first clinical course.  If there is any problem indicated on their background check or if the drug screening results indicates the presence of any of the following drugs, the hospital/agency will be notified and they reserve the right to prevent a student from entering their facility to provide patient care.

The School of Nursing and Health Professions uses Certified Background, an online service to complete background checks and drug screening.

The 10-panel screening will look for the presence of the following drugs:

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

At the time that student applies for RN licensure in the state of California, a Live Scan will be done by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the results sent to the California Board of Register Nursing (CABRN).  When the results are received by the CABRN they will process them and if violations are found, they may do a secondary review to determine if the graduate may sit for licensure in California.  


Please contact the School of Nursing and Health Professions for further information (415) 422-6681,

University Policies:
The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions reserves the right to add, amend, or cancel any of its programs, rules, policies, and procedures, in whole or in part, at such time as it may choose and for any reason. None shall be construed as, or have the effect of an abridgement or limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the University School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the information in our publications. Students should be advised; however that such information is subject to change without notice, and that they should consult with the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions for current information. Information in this Publication does not constitute a contract between the University of San Francisco and a student or an applicant for admission.