Sophomore transfer credit policy



The University of Michigan School of Nursing offers a transfer process for students who have already taken college courses, and wish to join our program. 

If admitted, students will begin in their sophomore year, with three years left to complete their BSN. Please note you do not need to be a sophomore standing to apply to our program, however, keep in mind that a total of 36-40 credits will transfer in, and students will still have to complete three years.

Transfer students start in the summer term. Once admitted to the nursing program, students will need to complete their first nursing courses, NURS 194 and NURS 196 during the summer.

Competitive transfer students will review the following information and documents:




Transfer Timeline

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August 1

The Common Application and Coalition Application opens.

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Make sure the courses you have or will take are equivalent. If not, students are encouraged to start obtaining their syllabi and submit these for review to determine if they are equivalent and transferable. 

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Request your official high school and college transcripts to be submitted.  

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Request your official Fall 2021 transcript to be submitted

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March 1

Final deadline for transfer students to submit all application materials.

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Final Decision
Decisions will be released mid to end April. Decisions will be released on a semi-rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit their application and all required documents within the Fall term to receive an early decision.



Please send official transcripts to or to the following address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1220 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Prerequisites are key factors when planning your journey to transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Sophomore-level transfer students may transfer around 36 credits, including the prerequisite coursework, if offered admission. Required prerequisites include the following:

English CompositionEquivalent to U-M ENG 125
Introductory PsychologyEquivalent to U-M PSYCH 111
Developmental PsychologyEquivalent to U-M PSYCH 250
Organic BiochemistryEquivalent to U-M BIOLCHEM 212
Anatomy & PhysiologyEquivalent to U-M NURS 210 + NURS 211
StatisticsEquivalent to U-M NURS 218 or STATS 250
Electives (7-8 credits)Electives may be courses from the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences and/or mathematics.

Statistics, Organic Biochemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology courses must be taken within the past 5 years. Students must earn a C or better for a class to meet prerequisite requirements.

While transfer students will have their first nursing classes (Nursing 194 & Nursing 196) during the summer term, all prerequisite coursework must be completed by the start of the fall term if offered admission.

Course Equivalency guide and Supplemental Form

The School of Nursing has evaluated many in-state and out of state colleges and universities for the exact courses that will transfer to meet our prerequisite requirements. To ensure that students are on track to complete these required prerequisites, we require students to fill out the supplemental form below. The form must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.

What if my courses aren’t listed?

If your course is not listed on the Course Equivalency Guide or Transfer Credit Equivalency Website, it has not yet been evaluated by the University of Michigan School of Nursing and may or may not transfer for credit. To determine if your course is equivalent, compare our Self-Review Guide, to the syllabus from the course you are evaluating. Course syllabi can usually be obtained from your professor, the department, or the registrar’s office at the institution.

To request that your unapproved course is reviewed by U-M School of Nursing, please complete the course equivalency request form. 

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Important notes for competitive applicants

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts as proof of successful completion of their prerequisite courses. Prior to registering for any course, please check with the institution to ensure that you can obtain an official transcript upon completion. Please note that many MOOCs do not issue official transcripts; those that do not will NOT be accepted to meet prerequisite requirements or transferred in for credit.

We discourage students from taking organic biochemistry and anatomy and physiology during the summer term.

Students may be taking their prerequisites during Summer 2022, however are strongly encouraged to try to complete prerequisites before the Summer term.

Current UM students must take Organic Biochemistry (BIOLCHEM 212) during the Fall Term, and take Anatomy and Physiology (NURS 210/211) during the winter term.

Students are encouraged to submit a complete application as soon as they can; we will release a first round of decisions in January, and then a final round of admissions decisions sent out by the end of April.

Statistics, Organic Biochemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology courses must be taken within the past 5 years. Students must earn a C or better for a class to meet prerequisite requirements.

Elective courses can be almost any transferable course you have taken: math, history, philosophy (etc). Students are encouraged to transfer in courses that they may wish to contribute to a minor, or transfer your strongest courses. Please check our transfer credit website to ensure your course is transferable.