Nursing Transfer Entry Information

Transfer Entry Admission Requirements and Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

Due to a new curriculum implementation and an increase in the first-year class, the next transfer student cohort will be admitted for summer semester 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience this may inflict.

The Office of Admissions will begin accepting transfer student applications for summer semester 2022 entry starting September 1, 2020. Applications and supporting materials are due March 1, 2021. If you are taking winter 2021 quarter courses, please submit official transcripts with winter quarter grades as soon as they are available. Decisions will be made by late April 2021. 

Acceptance into the upper division nursing coursework for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is dependent upon the following:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in college courses. 
  2. 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 equals 2 semester credits; 4 quarter credits equals 2.67 semester credits; 5 quarter credits equals 3.33 semester credits.
  3. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for the required science courses. 
  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.
  6. Satisfactory completion of all clinical entry requirements, including required background check, clean drug screen, American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification, and completion of all immunizations.

Transfer students' GPA for admission to upper division nursing courses 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.


Application Checklist

  • 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 60 semester credit hours (90 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.
  • 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.