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Transfer Students

The number of transfer students that can be admitted to the School of Nursing is limited and selective.

In addition to satisfying university requirements for admission with advanced standing, you must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher.  Please see our Prerequisite section for details.

For prerequisite courses taken at a public California college or university, please refer to the ASSIST student-transfer information system for approved and articulated courses.

Applicant eligibility

You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered. Students with the highest overall GPA and satisfactory completion of course prerequisites will be given priority.

Students receive a holistic evaluation by the UCI Admissions office on all the factors listed here.  The School of Nursing will evaluate a brief essay, up to 250 words, which is included in the Nursing Science Supplemental Application. The UCI Admissions and School of Nursing evaluations determine which applicants are offered admission.  We do not require letters of recommendation.

How to apply

All transfer applicants must complete the general UC Irvine Application and the Nursing Science Supplemental Application by Nov. 30 to be eligible for the following fall quarter entry.

Both applications are available online through the UC Irvine Admissions website. The general UC Irvine Application is available starting Aug. 1. Once this has been completed, you will be directed to the Nursing Science Supplemental Application which is available starting Oct. 1. Both applications must be submitted online through the UC Irvine Admissions website between Nov. 1-30.

Prerequisite Courses »
  • All prerequisite courses must either be completed, in progress or planned at the time of application.
  • Prerequisites must be completed before the upper-division Nursing Science courses can be taken in the fall.  Applicants can take a maximum of three prerequisite courses in summer prior to fall entry.
  • Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently with the upper-level Nursing Science courses.
  • Courses can be taken at a community college, state college, private university or UC campus.
  • Prerequisite courses must be taken within five years of entering the program.
  • To find equivalent courses at a public California college or university, refer to the ASSIST student-transfer information system. (Note: Public Health 1 can be taken through Access UCI.)
  • Please contact the Nursing Science Student Affairs office at if you have questions regarding course equivalency.

The following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of B or better if taken outside of UC Irvine, or a grade of C or better if taken at UC Irvine.

Prerequisite Course Title at UC Irvine Units Comments
General Chemistry Series Chem 1A/1B/1C 12 total Need two semesters or three quarters. Must be a letter grade.
Organic Chemistry Chem 51A 4 Letter grade
Basic Statistics Math7/Stat7/Stat8 4 Letter grade
Genetics Bio Sci 97 4 Letter grade
Biochemistry Bio Sci 98 4 Letter grade
Microbiology Bio Sci M122 4 Letter grade
Microbiology Lab Bio Sci M118L 4 Letter grade
Human Physiology Bio Sci E109 4 Letter grade
Physiology Lab Bio Sci E112L 3 Letter grade
Human Anatomy Bio Sci D170 6 Letter grade
Intro to Psychology Psych 7A 4 Letter grade
Intro to Sociology Soc 1 4 Letter grade
Philosophy Phil 4/Phil 5 4 Letter grade
Public Health PH 1 4 Letter grade
Admitted Student Profiles »

Admission into the UC Irvine School of Nursing is competitive and highly selective. The number of students in the major is small because of the limited availability of clinical placements.

Due to the increasing number of applicants and selective nature of the program, it is strongly recommended that you research other nursing programs as well.

The number of admitted students every year can vary. It is based on the current number of seats available in the program and admission patterns from previous years.

Fall 2018 transfer applicants: 98
Fall 2018 transfer admissions: 21 (21% admitted)
Average cumulative GPA: 3.75
Cumulative GPA range of admissions:
3.49 – 4.00
Course Curriculum »
Transfer students must complete the Nursing Science courses in two years:

Junior quarters

Fall Winter Spring
Nur Sci 110W Frameworks for Professional Nursing Practice (5) Nur Sci 112LB Foundations for Professional Practice (4) Nur Sci 120 Adult Health Care (8)
Nur Sci 112LA Foundations for Professional Practice (3) Nur Sci 125 Research Methods & Applications in Health Care (4) Nur Sci 140 Human Behavior & Mental Health Care (7)
Nur Sci 114A Applied Pharmacology I (2) Nur Sci 114B Applied Pharmacology II (2)
Nur Sci 118A Human Health and Disease I (2) Nur Sci 118B Human Health and Disease II (2)
Psych 120D or Psy Beh 101D Developmental Psychology (4) Nur Sci 135 Older Adult Health Care (2)

Senior quarters

Fall Winter Spring
Nur Sci 130 Maternity and Women’s Health Care (8) Nur Sci 150 Critical and Specialty Health Care (6) Nur Sci 170 Community-Based Health Care (6)
Nur Sci 132 Pediatrics: Care of Children and Families (7) Nur Sci 160 Leadership and Management in Health Care (4) Nur Sci 175L Clinical Preceptorship (6)
Nur Sci 179A Scholarly Concentration I (2) Nur Sci 179BW Scholarly Concentration II (2)
Video Presentation »
Frequently Asked Questions »

How do I become a registered nurse?
Three major educational paths are offered in our Nursing Science program. For more information, see how to become a registered nurse ›

Why is Nursing Science a restricted major?
We receive a large number of applicants annually and are able to accept only a limited number of these students. The limited number of spaces in the program is based on the availability of required clinical placement sites. 
What are the tuition/fees for the program?

For current fee and tuition information, refer to the University Registrar website ›
Do you have an RN to BSN program?

UC Irvine does not offer an RN to BSN program. California schools that offer these programs are listed on the California Board of Registered Nursing website ›

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The BS in Nursing Science is a four-year program for students who are admitted into the program as freshmen. It is a two-year program (upper-division Nursing Science courses) for transfer/change of major students.

Is this a direct-entry program or do I need to reapply at sophomore standing?

Our program is a direct-entry program for students admitted into the Nursing Science major as freshmen. You do not need to reapply for admission into the upper division. 

How many spaces typically are available each year?

The program goal is to graduate 50 students per year. We usually admit about 30 students at the freshman level and about 20 for the upper-division.

Can I take Nursing Science courses without being in the major?
No, enrollment in Nursing Science courses is restricted to majors only.

Do you accept out-of-state students?
Yes, we accept out-of-state students into the program.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, we accept international students into the program. However, please keep in mind in order to sign up for the NCLEX, students are required to either have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN). Getting an ITIN or SSN beforehand will prevent any delays with the BRN.

When will I be notified of my admission?
Transfer applicants will be notified of admissions decisions electronically via your message center on MyAdmissionsApplication@UCI by May 1. The major you see listed is the major you have been admitted into.

What if I am not admitted into the Nursing Science major?
Students not admitted to our program may reapply the following year. It is possible for you to be admitted to UC Irvine, but not to the Nursing Science major. If this happens, admission will default to your second choice major. Students admitted to UC Irvine under a different major may reapply during the next year to change their major to Nursing Science once at UC Irvine.

Is there a waiting list?
No, the Nursing Science program does not maintain a waiting list.

Do you require the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)?
No, the Nursing Science program does not require this test as part of our admissions process.

Do I have to take prerequisite courses at UC Irvine?
No, prerequisite courses can be taken at UC Irvine, community colleges or other accredited universities pending course equivalency.

Is there a time limit on when I took my prerequisites?
Yes, prerequisite courses must be taken within five years of entering the program.

Is there a part-time option for the program?
No, the bachelor of science program is a full-time program.

Are there evening courses? Or Nursing Science courses in the summer?
No, the upper-division courses in the bachelor of science program are offered only during the day. Upper-division courses are only offered during the fall, winter and spring quarters.

If I'm admitted to the program, will I need my own transportation?
Clinical rotations begin in the spring quarter of junior year. You will need to either provide your own transportation or coordinate with a fellow classmate in your clinical group. By the final quarter of your senior year, you must provide your own transportation for your clinical preceptorship courserse.