USF Sacramento Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VA Partnership)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepares students for careers in nursing and qualifies them for continued academic and professional advancement as health professionals. At the Sacramento Campus, the BSN is offered in partnership with the Veteran Affairs Northern California Health Care System.

Application Information

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a USF Transfer 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. (Due to COVID we are only requiring unofficial transcripts at this time. Your unofficial transcripts can be uploaded directing into the application)
    • High school transcripts are not required, but we ask to list your high school under institution attended.
  • 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.

    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.

Application Timeline

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 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.


When should I expect to hear a decision on my application?
Spring 2021 applicants to the Sacramento VANAP program will be notified in mid-December. Fall 2021 Sacramento VANAP applicants will be notified in July 2021.

What is the criteria for admission as a transfer student?
We look for students to have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good standing at their current institution. We also look for at least 30 semester or 45 quarter units of complete college-level work. In addition, we recommend Nursing applicants have the following courses completed or in progress at the time of application: Anatomy (with lab), Physiology (with lab), Microbiology (with lab), and Psychology (Intro to Sociology and Statistics are highly recommended as well).

I applied in a previous term. What’s the process for reapplication?
To re-apply, you will need to submit a new application by the priority application deadline of your intended entry term. If you have taken additional coursework since last applying, we will need updated official transcripts for those institutions.

Do you require a letter of recommendation?
A letter of recommendation is optional but highly recommended. You can email your letter to or

Do you need the TEAs test?
USF does not require the TEAs test as part of the application process.

How should I send you my transcripts?
At this time we are only requesting unofficial transcripts. If you are accepted into the program, at that time we will request official transcripts. Within the USF transfer application go to institutions attended and select colleges attended. From here you will upload copies of your unofficial transcript.

Do I need to submit my high school transcripts?
No, we just ask that you list your high school in the Institution Attended section.

I can’t find the Sacramento nursing program?
Within the application go to program information, select the term you are applying for, click what is your intended major, and select Nursing (Veteran’s Affairs Partnership Program Sacramento).

More questions?
Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive for transfer nursing, we highly encourage you to email your specific questions to An admission representative will be in touch as quickly as possible.

Key Facts About the VA Partnership

  • Offered at the USF Sacramento Campus
  • Clinical rotations focused on care for veterans with clinical placements through the VA Northern California Health Care System. Additional clinical rotations currently held at Shriners Hospital and Mercy San Juan.
  • Year-round program with nursing courses offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms
  • Class, simulation, and skills lab are located at the USF Sacramento Campus
  • Students work with veterans to advance health care and simultaneously embody Jesuit values

The more I talked to and worked with the veterans during my education, the more I realized why this program is special. Many of the veterans have such positive spirits, even when they’re in the hospital. It’s really rewarding to be able to care for, listen to, and talk with the veterans who have served our country. They have been through a lot more than most and have such a different perspective on the world. I’m inspired by this population and eager to use my nursing skills to promote their well-being."

Amy Phan '16