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


  • Earn a BSN in 3 years: six semesters of full-time study
  • 120 credits
  • Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX exam
  • Apply by March 1 (for entry the following fall)

Quick facts

  • 93% employment rate 3 months after graduation (BSN & CNL class of 2016)
  • 84% receive a job offer before graduation (BSN class of 2016)
  • 93% pass rate for those who took the NCLEX exam for the first time (BSN class of 2016)
  • No. 2 hospital in Virginia (US News 2021-2022)

Who should apply?

The School of Nursing accepts transfer students into the second year of our program. Students admitted as transfer students for fall 2021 will graduate from the School of Nursing in May 2024. Transfer students enter as second-year students and complete the BSN in three additional years of study.

We also offer an accelerated pathway for transfer students to earn a BSN in two years (includes two summers and January term).

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, but may have interest in the Clinical Nurse Leader program.



  • The chance to study with world-class faculty mentors
  • Clinical experiences in the second, third, and fourth years of the program
  • Exposure to UVA's interprofessional focus, which partners nursing and medical students
  • The wide variety of courses and student life opportunities open to all UVA undergraduates
  • One of the only undergraduate nursing programs with an international exchange program. Fourth year undergraduate students can study in Australia or New Zealand.


Admission Requirements

  • Submit your application
  • Send official transcripts and standardized test scores by the appropriate deadline to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, University of Virginia, PO Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904, (434) 982-3200

Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive. 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. 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
  • 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
  • For Fall admission:
    • Successfully completed the following 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) *
      • Lifespan Development/Developmental Psychology (3 credits) *
      • College Composition (3-6 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) *
  • Developmental Psychology (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.

Important Dates

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

Approved Prerequisite Courses

Below is a list of courses that have been approved to meet our prerequisites. This list is not exhaustive; please contact nursing-admissions@virginia.edu 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 NUIP 2080 or 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

Developmental psychology / Lifespan development (effective Fall 2019)

James Madison University GPSYC 160
Radford University PSYC 230 
University of Virginia NUIP 2240 or EDLF 3180
Virginia Commonwealth University PSYC 304
Virginia Community College System

PSY 230 or PSY 231+232

Virginia Tech

HD 1004+2004 or PSYC 2034

External Transfer Admission Statistics

  2012 2013 2014 2015
Applications 93 103 64 93
Offers 14 12 10 14
Matriculated 8 12 10 8
Mean GPA of Offers 3.72 3.87 3.76 3.72

Financial Aid

All financial aid for undergraduate students at UVA is administered through UVA Student Financial Services. To apply, you need to complete the federal FAFSA form, the CSS/Profile form, and a School of Nursing financial aid form. All aid is need-based; the University meets 100% of demonstrated need.

More information on the School of Nursing tuition and financial aid webpages.


Students in the School of Nursing take classes in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, pharmacology, pathophysiology, leadership, and nursing practice. All students conduct research independently, or as part of teams.

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 typically have in-patient clinical experiences at hospitals in Charlottesville, Richmond, Fishersville, or Staunton. Clinical experiences in the community health course occur on a variety of settings in Charlottesville and in the surrounding counties.

The BSN Clinical Hours per Course (including theory hours, skills lab hours, simulation hours, and clinical hours) can be found here.

Transfer of Credit

Click here for information about transferring credit.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

State Authorization and Professional Licensure Disclosures

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).  

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s State Authorization & Distance Education page to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).