Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The School of Nursing accepts transfer students into the second year of our program. Applicants who are accepted for transfer will enter the School of Nursing at the start of the regular academic session in the fall and complete three years of full-time study at the University. Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in another field are ineligible to apply as a second-year transfer. Please consider the Master's Entry Program: Clinical Nurse Leader program.

Students admitted as transfer students for fall 2015 will graduate from the School of Nursing in May 2018.

Full-time study is required. All students will transfer in as second-year students, and will complete the BSN in three additional years of study.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive and based on evaluation of all portions of the application. Applications for admission will be considered through the Office of Undergraduate Admission with an initial review in the School of Nursing. Applications may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. In addition to the application form, the applicant should submit official secondary school and collegiate transcripts, plus SAT or ACT test results. The Office of Undergraduate Admission will waive the SAT / ACT requirement for any student who has been out of high school for five or more years. Particular attention should be paid to the instructions in the application pertaining to transfer students.

To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must submit a completed application by the March 1 deadline and:

  • Be in good standing, both academically and socially, at the institution or institutions they have attended.
  • Have completed at least 30 credits of college level work by the end of the spring semester
  • Successfully completed the following four prerequisite courses with a grade of a C or better prior to beginning our program in the Fall semester:
    • Microbiology (3-4 credits)
    • Chemistry (3-4 credits)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) *
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) *

* Students accepted to our program will have the opportunity to complete Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (NUIP 2060 and 2070) at the School of Nursing the summer session prior to the start of the fall entry. If Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II have already been completed, then students will not have to enroll in the summer session.

  • All supporting documents (ex. recommendations, transcripts, etc.) should be mailed directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904.

Suggested Pre-Nursing Curriculum

Fall Semester, Year 1

  • English Composition, Part 1 (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits) *
  • Chemistry (3-4 credits) *
  • Social Science / History course (3 credits)
  • Humanities / Fine Arts course (3 credits)

Spring Semester, Year 1

  • English Composition, Part II (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits) *
  • Microbiology (3-4 credits) *
  • Social Science / History course (3 credits)
  • Humanities / Fine Arts course (3 credits)

* All prerequisite courses need to be completed before the start of the Fall semester and can be completed in the summer semester if needed.

Approved Prerequisite Courses

Below is a list of courses that have been approved to meet our prerequisites. This list is not exhaustive; please contact if you have questions about a course that is not on this list.


George Mason University  BIO 305 + 306
 Radford University  BIOL 334
 University of Virginia  BIOL 3120
 Virginia Community College System  NAS 185, BIO 150 or BIO 205
 Virginia Tech  BIOL 2604


George Mason University  CHEM 101, CHEM 103, CHEM 104, CHEM 211 or CHEM 212
 James Madison University  CHEM 100, CHEM 120, CHEM 131 or CHEM 132
 Radford University  CHEM 101 or CHEM 102
 University of Virginia  CHEM 1210, CHEM 1220, CHEM 1400, CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1420
 Virginia Community College System  CHM 101, CHEM 102, CHM 111 or CHM 112
 Virginia Commonwealth University  CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 103 or CHEM 104
 Virginia Tech  CHEM 1015, CHEM 1016, CHEM 1035 or CHEM 1036

Human Anatomy & Physiology

George Mason University  BIOL 124 + 125
James Madison University  BIO 270 + 290
University of Virginia  NUIP 2060 + 2070
Virginia Community College System  BIO 141 + 142, BIO 231 + 232 or NAS 161 + 162

External Transfer Admission Statistics

   2013  2012  2011  2010
 Applications  103  123  117  91
 Offers  12  17  11  15
 Matriculated  12  15  8  13
 Mean GPA of Offers  3.87  3.89  3.60  3.66


Clinical nursing classes extend over the second, third, and fourth years in the BSN curriculum. Students will have in-patient clinical experiences at the University of Virginia Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Augusta Health in Fishersville, or Western State Hospital in Staunton.

Clinical experiences in community and population health occur on a variety of settings in Charlottesville and in the surrounding counties.

Transfer Credit

On presentation of an official school transcript, students accepted for transfer to the School of Nursing will be granted transfer credit for academic course work taken at an accredited institution if the grade earned was a C or better, and if the courses correspond to ones offered at the University. Please refer to the UVA Transfer Credit Analyzer for an up-to-date list of transferable courses.

Transfer Applicants

For More Information

For additional information on admission to and programs of study at the UVA School of Nursing, please complete the inquiry form or contact the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services by telephone at (434) 924-0141 / 1-888-283-8703.