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 are due February 1, 2021. Students apply to the University of Portland and the School of Nursing with one application. All application documents must be received on or postmarked by the deadline. Decisions will be made by March 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. For all transfer students, grades of C- or lower in any required science course or pass/no pass are not allowed.
  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. Students may only repeat one prerequisite biology course one time and only if they receive a C- or lower in the course per University of Portland academic regulations (see University Bulletin), or with permission of the associate dean for baccalaureate education. 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.

The School of Nursing supports the University's non-discrimination statement.


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. 
  • All university core and major requirements taken at other institutions requires approval by the student transitions manager.
  • Prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the nursing program.

BSN Program Curriculum Requirements
Sample BSN Program of Study

Course descriptions can be found in the University Bulletin.