Nursing Transfer Requirements

Transfer students are a core part of each BSN class and admission is highly competitive. Here’s what you need to know to prepare. If you have more questions, please review our Nursing Transfer FAQ page.

Transfer Programs

We offer two nursing programs for transfer applicants. One is based at our San Francisco Hilltop campus and the other is at our Sacramento campus and focuses on caring for veterans. Learn more about both programs at the School of Nursing and Health Professions website.

You may apply to either program for the fall or spring semester, but you may not apply to both programs for the same semester. Once enrolled at one campus, you must complete all required courses at that campus. It is not possible to transfer between campus locations.

Please see the "Dates and Deadlines" chart at the bottom of this page to know when to apply for each term and when you’ll hear an admission decision.

Application Requirements

For both programs and both terms, applicants are expected to:

  • Submit a transfer student application (select "Undergraduate Transfer" when starting the application) with the non-refundable application fee by the application deadline.
  • Submit separate, official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, whether course credit was awarded or not. These records should be sent directly from the registrar's office to our Office of Admission.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 transferable semester units.
  • Have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

We do not require the TEAS test. Letters of recommendation are not required. If you would like someone to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf, that person should email appservices@usfca.edu after you’ve submitted your application.

Prerequisite Courses

Nursing transfer applicants should have earned a grade of B or better in the following courses within the past seven years:

  • Microbiology with lab
  • Anatomy with lab
  • Physiology with lab
  • General or introductory Psychology

By the time you apply to USF, you should have these courses completed or in progress (i.e. listed as "in progress" on your transcript). If you are admitted while these courses are in progress, your offer of admission is conditional upon completing these courses with a grade of B or better.

You may retake the courses, but priority will be given to students who have taken these courses once and earned a B or better.

For the San Francisco program:

Fall Term: The fall intake in San Francisco is our smallest cohort, never exceeding 30 students. Students admitted in the fall for the San Francisco program should expect to be enrolled at the university for seven semesters. Clinical coursework will begin in the spring of that academic year. There are no additional requirements for admission.

Spring Term: The spring intake in San Francisco is a larger cohort, typically ranging from 60-80 students. Students admitted in the spring for the San Francisco program should expect to be enrolled at the university for six semesters. Clinical coursework will begin in the same spring term that you enter. Additionally, spring applicants are required to have:

  • No more than five core classes still outstanding by the time they apply, not including the Service Learning or Rhetoric courses (see Loading...). Core classes can be in progress when you apply, but must be listed as "in progress" on your transcript.

For the Sacramento program:

Fall and Spring Terms: The Sacramento program is a partnership with the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System. In both spring and fall, the program enrolls approximately 20 students. This is a two year program with students taking courses over summer and winter breaks. Clinical coursework will begin at the term of entry. Additionally, Sacramento applicants are required to have:

  • No more than five core classes still outstanding by the time they apply, not including the Service Learning or Rhetoric courses (see Loading...). Core classes can be in progress when you apply, but must be listed as "in progress" on your transcript.

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Dates and Deadlines

(Same dates apply for both the San Francisco and Sacramento programs)

Fall Applicants
Deadline to apply March 1
All transcripts must be received by March 15
Decision notification begins April 1
Reply/deposit date within two weeks of offer
All students will receive an update on their admission status in early April. We will continue to make offers to candidates until we have reached our capacity.

 

SPRING Applicants
Deadline to apply November 1
All transcripts must be received by November 8
Decision notification begins December 10
Reply/deposit date within two weeks of offer
All students will receive an update on their admission status in mid-December. We will continue to make offers to candidates until we have reached our capacity.