Transfer from outside UVA

Transfer from another college or university into the School of Nursing to earn a four-year BSN

  • Full-time program
  • Fall entry only
  • All transfer students enter as second-year students and complete the BSN in three additional years of study
  • Graduates eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Application deadline: March 1
    (for entry the following fall)




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Who is the BSN for?
The School of Nursing accepts transfer students into the second year of our program. Transfer students from another school or college within UVA apply via a separate application. Working RNs can apply to the part-time RN to BSN. Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in another field are ineligible to apply as a second-year transfer through programs like the Clinical Nurse Leader program.

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


  • Opportunity to study with world-class nursing scholars and mentors
  • Clinical experiences in the second, third, and fourth years of the program
  • Small, intimate classes in your nursing core
  • The wide variety of courses and student life opportunities open to all UVA undergraduates
  • The UVA Nursing pedigree


Important dates

  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Notification of admissions decisions: May 1
  • Enrollment: fall entry of the second year


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 and may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. 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) *

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 BIOL 3410 + 3420
Virginia Community College System  BIO 141 + 142 or BIO 231 + 232

External transfer admission statistics

   2015 2014 2013 2012
 Applications 93 64 103 123
 Offers 14 10 12 17


10 12 15
 Mean GPA of Offers 3.72 3.76 3.87 3.89


Tuition and financial aid


Professional nursing standards and guidelines incorporated in the curriculum: The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).

Clinical nursing classes extend over the second, third, and fourth years in the BSN curriculum. Clinical experiences occur in a variety of settings at the UVA Medical Center, steps away from the School of Nursing buildings, as well as other local and regional clinical sites. Students will have in-patient clinical experiences at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Augusta Health in Fishersville, or Western State Hospital in Staunton. Clinical experiences in the community health course occur on a variety of settings in Charlottesville and in the surrounding counties.

Transfer of credit
On presentation of a 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. Questions regarding acceptability of specific courses for transfer may be referred to the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services.


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