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BSN Transfer Entry FAQs


How can I apply for admission to the School of Nursing as a Transfer Student?

To apply to the University of Portland (UP) School of Nursing (SON), complete a Transfer Student Application for Admission. You may apply online. The University will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2022 semester on September 1, 2020. The deadline is February 1, 2021.  Check the SON Undergraduate Programs Prospective Students website for application deadline and submission information. Decisions will be made by March 2021.


Are there prerequisites for students applying to transfer to the School of Nursing

Yes. Prerequisite information is available on the SON website. At the bottom of this page you will also find a link called “BSN Course Equivalency Guide and Program Information”. This provides a list of suggested courses from local colleges and universities. 


Do I need to have each prerequisite completed in order to apply for admission?

No. You may apply to the SON while you are in the process of taking the prerequisite courses. Please include a plan for completing the prerequisites in your application. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting school at UP. You will be more competitive if you have all/the majority of your science courses completed when you apply.


Do I need to submit transcripts from each college I have attended?

Yes. Official transcripts from each college you have attended are required. Please submit official transcripts showing completion of current coursework by the application deadline.


Can I apply to transfer to the University of Portland as a sophomore?

No. Transfer students can apply to the SON as a junior and after they have completed all the required prerequisites. 


I already have a bachelor’s degree.  Do I need to complete all the prerequisites?

Yes, you are considered a transfer student and will need to complete prerequisites before starting the UP SON program. Determine what completed courses will transfer and what remaining prerequisites need to be taken.  

Is there an age limit on prerequisite courses?

If you are accepted to the SON, Anatomy and Physiology, Foundations of Biology, and Microbiology must have been completed within five years of acceptance into the program. There is not an age limit on the remaining prerequisite courses (non-science courses) with the exception of chemistry, but you are expected to have a solid understanding of statistics, human development, and nutrition. 


Are transcript evaluations available prior to applying for admission?

Yes, transcript evaluations are available upon request. Prospective transfer students are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the application/admission process as well as ask specific transfer questions. You may also contact the SON with specific questions about your transfer credits and transcript evaluations to Becca Fischer, Student Transitions Manager (  


When does the nursing program begin?

The nursing program will begin in the Summer 2022 semester (May). Applications are available beginning on September 1, 2020 and are due by February 1, 2021. 


How long is the BSN program?

The BSN program is 5 semesters in length. Students that become out of progression are readmitted into the program on a space available basis.


Is the BSN program full-time?

Yes. Students in the BSN program are required to follow a set curriculum. Students take at least 12 credits each semester. 


Are BSN transfer applicants eligible for the Providence Scholars Program?

Yes. Students applying to the SON as transfer students are eligible to apply for the Providence Scholars Program. Applications are due by the UP Admissions deadline, February 1, 2021. 


Are other scholarships available for nursing students?

A: Yes. Visit the UP Office of Financial Aid website or contact their office at 503-943-7311, and visit the Financing Your Nursing Studies link on the SON website.