Transfer Applicant Information

Admission Criteria and Application Instructions

The number of transfer students that can be admitted to the Nursing Science major is limited and selective. In addition to satisfying University requirements for admission with advanced standing, eligible applicants seeking admission into the Nursing Science major must complete all prerequisite courses with a B or higher.

Transfer students looking to complete these courses at a California Community College should refer to for approved and articulated courses.  Applicants 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. In addition to academic history, volunteer experience in a healthcare setting, leadership activities, honors/awards and an essay are important factors in admission selection.

All transfer applicants must complete the standard UC Irvine General Application and the Nursing Science Supplemental Application by November 30 to be eligible for the following fall entry. These applications are both online and are available through the UC Irvine Admissions website beginning October 1. Once you have completed the UC Irvine General Application online, you will be directed to the Nursing Science Supplemental Application. Applications must be submitted online through the UC Irvine Admission webpage.

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Prerequisite Courses

  • All prerequisites must be completed, in progress or planned at the time of application.
  • Prerequisites must be completed before the program starts in the Fall.
  • It is not possible to complete any prerequisites concurrently with the upper-level Nursing Science courses.
  • Courses can be taken at a Community College, CSU, Private University, or UC.
  • Prerequisite courses must be taken within 5 years of entering the program.
  • Please contact the Student Affairs Office if you have questions regarding course equivalency.
  • Please use to find equivalent courses at the community college. ( Public Health 1 can be taken through Access UCI.)

The following prerequisites must be completed with a “B” or better if taken outside of UCI, or “C” or better if taken at UCI.

PrerequisitesCourse Title at UCIUnitsComments
General Chemistry SeriesChem 1A/1B/1C12 units totalNeed 2 semesters or 3 quarters and must be a letter grade.
Organic ChemistryChem 51A4Letter Grade
Basic StatisticsMATH 7/STAT7/STAT 8 4Letter Grade
GeneticsBio Sci 974Letter Grade
BiochemistryBio Sci 984Letter Grade
MicrobiologyBio Sci M1224Letter Grade
Microbiology LabBio Sci M118L4Letter Grade
Human PhysiologyBio Sci E1094Letter Grade
Physiology LabBio Sci E112L3Letter Grade
Human AnatomyBio Sci D1706Letter Grade
Intro to PsychologyPsych 7A4Letter Grade
Intro to SociologySoc 1 4Letter Grade
PhilosophyPhil 4/Phil 5 4Letter Grade
Public HealthPH 14Letter Grade

Profiles of Applicants/Admitted Students

Admission into the Nursing Science Program at UC Irvine is competitive and highly selective. The number of students in the major is small because of the availability of clinical placements. Due to the increasing number of applicants and selective nature of the program, it is strongly recommended that prospective students research other nursing programs as well. The number of admitted students every year can vary and is based on the current number of seats available in the program, and admission patterns from previous years.

Fall 2016 Transfer Applicants: 97
Fall 2016 Transfer Admits: 8 (8% admitted)
Average Cumulative GPA: 3.84 GPA
Cumulative GPA Range of Admits: 3.67 – 4.00 GPA


Course Curriculum

Students admitted as transfer students will complete the Nursing Science courses in two-years. Provided here is the course curriculum for the two-year program.

B.S. in Nursing Science
Two-Year Curriculum for Transfer Students

Junior Quarters
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 Development Psychology (4)Nur Sci 135 Older Adult Health Care (2)

Senior Quarters
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 179B Scholarly Concentration II (2)

Video Presentation for Transfer Applicants

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Registered Nurse?
For information on how to become a Registered Nurse please refer to: How to Become a Registered Nurse

Why is Nursing Science a restricted major?
We receive a large number of applicants annually and are only able to accept a limited number of these students. The limited number of available spaces in the program is due to the availability of required clinical placement sites. 

What are the tuition/fees for the program?

Students should refer to the University Registrar for current tuition/fee information.

Do you have an RN to BSN program?

No, UCI does not offer an RN to BSN program. A list of schools that offer these programs can be found on the California Board of Registered Nursing website.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The B.S. in Nursing Science is a four-year program for students who are admitted into the program as freshmen, and a two-year program for transfers/change of major/2nd bachelor’s 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 Freshman. These students 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 out of our program, so 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 is Nursing Science courses are 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.

When will I be notified of my admission?
Transfer applicants will be notified of their admissions decisions electronically via their 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 students to be admitted to UCI, but not to the Nursing Science major; if this happens, admission will default to the applicant’s second choice major. Students admitted to UCI under a different major may reapply during the next year to change their major to Nursing Science once at UCI.

Is there a waiting list?

No, the Nursing Science Program does not maintain a waiting list.

Do you require the TEAS test?
No, the Nursing Science Program does not require this test as part of our admissions process.

Do I have to take prerequisite courses at UCI?
No, prerequisite courses can be taken at UCI, 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 5 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 during the day time only. Upper-division courses are offered during fall, winter, and spring quarters only.

If I’m admitted to the program, will I need my own transportation for clinical rotations?
Clinical rotations begin in the spring quarter of junior year.  Students will need to either have their own transportation, or coordinate with a fellow classmate in their clinical group.  By the final quarter of the senior year, students will need their own transportation for their Clinical Preceptorship course.