Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Transfer Entry Information

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program is dependent upon the following criteria for transfer students:

  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 the prerequisite BSN Foundation Requirement courses of Anatomy and Physiology with labs and Microbiology with lab at the time of admission. 
  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 (NRS) courses 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 background check, clean drug screen, HIPAA, American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, and all immunizations.

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

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

Please note: University of Portland non-nursing majors who wish to transfer into the nursing program must apply as transfer students and be considered for admission with external applicants. The application process for internal transfers is very competitive and there is no guarantee of acceptance into the transfer cohort.

Admission Information and Resources

Application Information and Checklist

The application for summer 2023 transfer entry will open September 1, 2021. Admission Information will be posted on the School of Nursing and Office of Admissions transfer student webpages in July. The application deadline is April 4, 2022.

  • Application
  • Two essays (mandatory for application submission)
  • Official college transcript(s) 
    • Please send electronic transcripts to admissions@up.edu 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 BSN program:

  • A minimum of 49 semester credit hours (73.5 quarter credit hours) accepted in transfer is required to begin the BSN program. 
  • Transfer courses may be taken at any accredited college or university.
  • Transfer courses must be 100-level or above and graded C or above. Pass/No Pass is not accepted. Students may not audit a required prerequisite course.
  • Prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the nursing program.
  • The University of Portland reserves the right to determine transfer equivalency. 
  • All prerequisite University Core Curriculum Requirements and BSN Foundation Requirements taken at other institutions require approval by the School of Nursing. 
  • Please see the Equivalency Guidelines for Local Colleges and Universities and email course descriptions to Katie Richardson at richardk@up.edu if you need assistance determining if a course fulfills one of the requirements.

Curriculum