Nursing, BSN, (VA Partnership), USF Sacramento
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.
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
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Eligibility & Prerequisites
Admission to USF’s BSN programs is highly selective. To be considered for admission, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- 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). However, we will still consider applicants seeking a second bachelor’s degree.
- Have completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework
- Have earned a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
- Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
- 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
- Introduction to Sociology
- 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.
Fall Applicants Deadline to apply March 1 All transcripts must be received by March 1 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 1 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 applicants to the Sacramento VANAP program will be notified in early December. Fall Sacramento VANAP applicants will be notified in early April.
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 application deadline of your intended entry term. If you have taken additional coursework since last applying, we will need updated unofficial transcripts for those institutions.
Do you require a letter of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation are not accepted.
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).
Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive for transfer nursing, we highly encourage you to email your specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. An admission representative will be in touch as quickly as possible.
Do you offer individual appointments for prospective nursing transfer students?
Yes, you can schedule an appointment with a Sacramento admission advisor by clicking here. Depending on the session, appointments might not be available, so we encourage you to attend a Nursing Information Session!
Do you accept second degree students?
Yes, but priority goes to students seeking their first degree.
Do I have to be a veteran or have military experience to be accepted into the Sacramento Nursing program?
No, we accept students with or without military experience.
If you meet eligibility, you’re ready to apply! USF uses a single application for the transfer nursing process. Applicants should follow the steps below:
- 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.
- In the application, select your program: “Nursing (Veterans Affairs Partnership Program Sacramento)”
- Thoroughly answer the required personal statement and VANAP essay questions.
- Submit separate transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, whether course credit was awarded or not.
- If you intend to apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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 (Sacramento) Term Applications Offered
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
Nursing is an intense course of study, requiring heavy focus. While our minimum eligibility GPA is 3.0, 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 six prerequisite courses (Anatomy with lab, Physiology with lab, Microbiology with lab, General Psychology, Intro to Statistics, and Intro to Sociology) 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. Applicants are required to earn a grade of B or better in the prerequisite courses to be considered for admission.
Our BSN program is designed for students seeking their first bachelor’s degree. 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.
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