Transferring into a nursing program involves some planning and preparation. Several nursing programs across the country accept transfer students, and it is important to find out what these programs require before applying. Keep reading to discover more about some nursing programs that accept transfer students, including eligibility and application requirements.
Nursing Programs that Accept Transfer Students
|School||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*||Some Transfer Requirements|
|University of California-Los Angeles||Los Angeles, California||$13,261 In-State / $41,275 Out-of-State||Supplemental Application, 3.5 GPA|
|Belmont University||Nashville, TN||$32,820||Transcripts, SAT/ACT scores|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||$16,853 In-State / $47,273 Out-of-State||Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores|
|Georgetown University||Washington, D.C.||$52,300||Transcripts, Secondary School Report|
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As with most college transfer applications, many nursing programs require transfer students to complete the general or common application, and sometimes schools like Georgetown or the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) ask that transfer students also submit a supplement to the application. Most schools require an application fee or a fee waiver form in order for the application to be accepted; the application fee can be around $75, which is the fee at Georgetown. Other common transfer requirements include official college transcripts and scores from the ACT/SAT. Some schools, like the University of Virginia (UVA), also require that nursing transfer students have completed certain courses, like chemistry and microbiology, with a grade of C or higher. At Georgetown, a school report based on transfer students' secondary school performance, including the high school transcript, is also required.
To be eligible to transfer, students usually need to have completed at least one year of college coursework. This means that in programs like the one at UVA, nursing transfer students are only accepted into the second year of the nursing program. At UCLA, students must have completed 60 to 70 semester units of coursework that can be transferred to the university. Current Georgetown students must have completed an entire academic year before they can transfer into the School of Nursing and Health Studies there.
Special Transfer Options
At some schools, such as Belmont University, the nursing program may offer options for transfer students who have completed different levels of coursework. For example, one option at Belmont allows students who have already finished more than three semesters of college to transfer right into the nursing program; another option allows transfer students who have only finished between 12 and 50 college credits to do pre-clinical coursework before starting clinical work in the nursing program. At both UVA and Georgetown, students already attending these respective universities can apply to transfer to the nursing program from within the university, although this might require a separate application.