Internal Transfer Applicants

This information is for currently enrolled University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students who intend to transfer to the School of Nursing. The curriculum for the undergraduate program in the School of Nursing leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree and eligibility to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) for professional licensure as a registered nurse. The full-time curriculum includes 124-126 credits. It will usually take 8 additional terms to complete the nursing program unless placement to the second year is granted (see below).

Students may begin to fulfill liberal arts and elective requirements while enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences, College of General Studies, or a regional campus.
Liberal Arts Requirements: Anthropology/Culture, Art/Music/Creative Expression/Literature, English Composition, Psychology, Sociology, Speech, Statistics.


Applications for transfer consideration are accepted for admission in Fall and Spring Terms. Applications will be reviewed and decisions made based on the student’s college and high school performance and consideration of the number of seats available in the class. The evaluation will consider grade trends, cumulative GPA, number of credits completed, level of challenge of curriculum, transferability of credits and coursework relevant to the major

Competitive applicants will have::

  • Completion of 12 college-level credits (should include science courses with B or higher grade)
  • 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA


  • Complete and submit the online Internal Transfer Application
  • Spring Term Admission to First Year Class
    Deadline November 1
    Fall Term grades must be evaluated for final determination
  • Fall Term Admission to First Year Class*
    Deadline April 1
    Spring Term grades must be evaluated for final determination
  • The School of Nursing will notify applicant of its admission decision via student’s Pitt e-mail
    *After admission to first year class, eligibility for placement in second year class will be determined by review of academic records and availability of class seats

Second Year Placement

Admission to the School of Nursing for all transfer students is to the first year class. However, a limited number of seats are available at the second year level. Admission decisions for these seats are made separately after admission to first year class.

Eligibility for placement in second year class is determined by availability of seats in the second year class and review of the student’s academic records by Student Affairs & Alumni Relations.

Students interested in second year placement must have completed the following courses:

NUR 0012 / NUR 0002 - Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lecture / Lab 3 cr./ 1 cr
NUR 0013 / NUR 00003 - Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lecture / Lab 3 cr./ 1 cr.
CHEM 0910 - Chem. Principles for Health Professions 4 cr
NUR 0031 / NUR 0032 - Microbiology Lecture / Lab 3 cr./ 1 cr.
PSY 0010 - Intro to Psychology 3 cr.
STAT 0200; 0800; 1000; 1100 - Intro to Basic Statistics 3 cr./4 cr.

A list of acceptable equivalent courses offered by local or regional institutions

Registration for Nursing Courses (by current Pitt Students)

  • CHEM 0910:
  • NUR 0031/ NUR 0032: Students may self-enroll / permission number not needed
  • NUR 0012/ NUR 0002: Students may self-enroll / permission number not needed
  • NUR 0013/ NUR 0003: Students may self-enroll / permission number not needed

Transfer Credit

The following criteria govern the transfer of advanced credits:

  • Liberal arts courses require a C or better grade
  • Science courses: (B or higher grade required) completed within past 8 years (unless extenuating circumstances)
  • When requested, course descriptions or syllabi must be submitted to determine equivalency to University of Pittsburgh courses.
  • Credit transferred for a course may be no greater than the credit given by University of Pittsburgh

Additional Information

Recruitment Coordinator, School of Nursing – (412) 624-4587