Nursing Transfer Requirements

Transfer students are a core part of each BSN class, and admission is highly competitive. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare. Review carefully, as there’s a lot to learn! If you have more questions, please check our Nursing Transfer FAQ page.


 
Transfer BSN Programs: San Francisco and Sacramento

USF has 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 term. Once enrolled at one campus, you must complete all required courses at that campus. It is not possible to transfer between campus locations.

San Francisco Program

Housed on our 55-acre main Hilltop campus, our San Francisco BSN program provides an outstanding nursing education in a classic college setting.

Fall Term: The fall cohort in San Francisco is our smallest, 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. There is no way to accelerate the program. Clinical coursework will begin in the spring of that academic year.

Spring Term: The spring cohort in San Francisco is a larger BSN group, 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. There is no way to accelerate the program. Clinical coursework will begin in the same spring term that you enter.

Sacramento Program

Earn your BSN in the heart of Sacramento while focusing on care for veterans with the Veteran Affairs Northern California Health Care System.

Fall and Spring Terms: The Sacramento program is a partnership with the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System, taught on our Sacramento campus. In both spring and fall, the program enrolls approximately 20 students. This is a two-year program with students taking courses full-time over summer and winter breaks. Clinical coursework will begin at the term of entry.

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

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Eligibility and Prerequisites

Admission to USF’s BSN programs is highly selective. To be considered for admission, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be seeking your first bachelor’s degree (students who already have a bachelor’s degree should apply to USF’s Master's Entry - Master of Science in Nursing (ME-MSN) program)
  2. Have completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework
  3. Have earned a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 for our Sacramento program and 3.3 for our San Francisco program.
  4. Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  5. Have the following courses completed or in progress with a grade of B or better within the past seven years:
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Anatomy with lab*
    • Physiology with lab*
    • General or Introductory Psychology*
    • Introduction to Statistics (applies only to Sacramento applicants applying for fall 2022 and beyond)
    • Introduction to Sociology (applies only to Sacramento applicants applying for fall 2022 and beyond)
  6. Spring San Francisco applicants and ALL Sacramento applicants: Have completed at least seven Core Curriculum classes by the time you apply (they can be listed as “in progress” on your transcript).

*For the anatomy and physiology course requirements, if your college teaches the course as a sequence, we expect that you will have completed the entire two-semester sequence, for example, Anatomy and Physiology I + Anatomy and Physiology II. For the General or Introductory Psychology requirement, USF will accept an AP exam score of 4 or higher within the last seven years instead of a graded college course.

By the time you apply to USF, you should have these prerequisite 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.

Remember, meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee your admission; it just makes you eligible for consideration to the program.

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How to Apply

If you meet eligibility, you’re ready to apply! USF uses a single application for the transfer nursing process. For both programs and both terms, applicants should:

  1. Submit a transfer student application (select "Undergraduate Transfer" when starting the application) with the non-refundable application fee by the application deadline. We do not accept the Common App for the transfer BSN program.
  2. In the application, select your program: “Nursing” for San Francisco or “Nursing (Veterans Affairs Partnership Program)” for Sacramento
  3. Thoroughly answer the required personal statement and short answer questions.
  4. Submit separate 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.
  5. If you intend to apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

We do not require or review the TEAs test. Letters of recommendation are not accepted.

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What We Look For & Admission Statistics

We're honored that you're interested in being part of the USF nursing community. Although there is no precise formula for the ideal application, there are a few components that we'll explain below.

We want your application to showcase your academic achievement and your potential to be a compassionate nurse. USF students are out to change the world from here, and it starts with knowing who you are and what you stand for.

Academic Excellence

Nursing is an intense course of study, requiring heavy focus. While our minimum eligibility GPA is 3.3, we’re typically looking for students who have excelled beyond the minimum requirements.

Our ideal candidate will have exceptional academic performance in all of their college courses. Additionally, they will have completed all four prerequisite nursing courses (Anatomy with Lab, Physiology with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, and Intro or General Psychology) with the highest possible grade on the first attempt. You are welcome to retake prerequisites for a higher grade, but we will take note of the re-attempts. We prefer students who earn grades of B or better in the first attempt of these pre-requisite courses.

Our BSN program is designed for students seeking their first bachelor’s degree, with a preference for students who have most recently attended a community college. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in nursing at USF, you should consider our Master's Entry - Master of Science in Nursing (ME-MSN) program instead.

Care for Others

There’s no one-size-fits-all pathway to being called to nursing. We ask for a personal statement and a nursing short answer question. For the Sacramento program, we ask additional specific questions regarding your interest in working with veterans. The required written responses are your opportunity to speak to us in your voice and share details that grades and scores cannot. You should demonstrate how you’re a good match with our program and the nursing profession. These essays factor heavily into our selection process.

We also allow you to upload a resume optionally. Submitting a resume in your application will enable you to share anything else you want us to know about, be that volunteering, work experience, or personal involvement. There are no set expectations for volunteer hours or expertise, but we do want to get a sense of you as a person outside of the classroom.

Statistics

As a highly selective program, we have far more applicants than spaces available each term, and there’s no formula to gaining admission. Here are admission statistics from past years:

Decision Statistics (San Francisco)
Term Applications Offered
Admission
Admit
Rate
GPA
Spring 2021 444 119 26.8% 3.85
Fall 2020 384 82 21% 3.82
Spring 2020 346 87 25.1% 3.71
Decision Statistics (Sacramento)
Term Applications Offered
Admission
Admit
Rate
GPA
Spring 2021 152 27 17.7% 3.63
Fall 2020 142 29 18.4% 3.61
Spring 2020 109 24 19.8% 3.54

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Dates and Deadlines

The application opens in August each year. We review all applications at the deadline. You do not get priority for submitting early, so we recommend carefully working through your application rather than rushing. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed but will be offered consideration for the following term.

Fall Application Dates
Fall Dates
Deadline to apply March 1
All transcripts must be received by March 1
Decision notification begins Early April
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.

Same dates apply for both the San Francisco and Sacramento programs.

Spring Application Dates
Spring Dates
Deadline to apply November 1
All transcripts must be received by November 1
Decision notification begins Early December
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.

*You may be asked to respond to your offer in an abbreviated timeframe to ensure successful completion of all next steps for your enrollment. Your admit letter will clearly outline your deadline to accept your offer.

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