Nursing Transfer Requirements

USF's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is widely recognized for preparing nurses who are strong in both their clinical skills and their compassionate approach to care. We offer two programs, one at our main San Francisco campus and another at our Sacramento campus that is focused on caring for veterans. Both programs admit transfer students in the fall and spring terms.

Transfer students are a core part of each BSN class, and admission is highly competitive. Here is what you need to know to help you prepare.

Application Requirements

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

  • Submit a Common 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.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Complete* with a B or better the following courses:
    • Psychology
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Anatomy with lab
    • Physiology with lab

*You can have courses in progress at the time you apply, but the courses must be listed as “in progress” on your transcript. If you are admitted while these courses are in progress, the offer is conditional upon successful completion of in-progress work with a grade of 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. Students admitted should expect to be enrolled in the program for six semesters. 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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Application Timelines

(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 15
All transcripts must be received by November 20
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.