Nursing Transfer Entry Information

Transfer Entry Admission Requirements and Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is dependent upon the following criteria:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in college courses at the time of admission. 
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in Anatomy and Physiology with labs and Microbiology with lab at the time of admission. For all transfer students, grades of C- or lower in any required science course or pass/no pass are not allowed.
  3. The grade earned in courses transferred from an institution on the quarter system will be calculated against the semester credit equivalency. Examples include: 3 quarter credits equal 2 semester credits; 4 quarter credits equal 2.67 semester credits; 5 quarter credits equal 3.33 semester credits.
  4. Completion of a high school or college-level general chemistry course.
  5. Completion of all prerequisite courses by the time the student begins nursing courses (NRS) at the University of Portland. Prerequisite coursework must be taken at an accredited college or university and must be graded with a C or higher. Pass/No Pass is not accepted for prerequisites. Students may not audit a required prerequisite course.
  6. Satisfactory completion of all professional practice entry requirements, including required background check, clean drug screen, HIPAA, American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, and completion of all immunizations.

Transfer students' GPA for admission is computed from all transcripts submitted for review.

Transfer student admission to the upper division is very competitive with average GPAs significantly higher than the requirement.

Program Information and Resources

Application Information and Checklist

The application period for transfer student summer 2022 entry is closed. If we are able to open admission for transfer student summer 2023 entry, the application will open September 1. Admission Information will be posted on the School of Nursing and Office of Admissions transfer student webpages in July. 

  • Application
  • Two essays (mandatory for application submission)
  • Official college transcript(s) 
    • Please send electronic transcripts to or hard copies to the address below:
      • University of Portland
        Office of Admissions
        Attn: Transfer Nursing Program
        5000 N Willamette Blvd
        Portland, OR 97203
  • $50 Application Fee (pay online after application submission)

For transfer into the nursing program:

  • A minimum of 52 semester credit hours (78 quarter hours) are required. 
  • Transfer courses may be taken at any accredited college or university.
  • Transfer courses must be at 100-level or above and graded C or above. Pass/No Pass is not accepted. Students may not audit a required prerequisite course.
  • The University of Portland reserves the right to determine transfer equivalency. 
  • Prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the nursing program.


Course descriptions can be found in the University Bulletin.