Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Transfer Students

Application Deadlines


Application Opens: October 1st

Deadline: November 30th

Transfer Student Information

-You can apply as a transfer student if you will have completed 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of spring 2025 for fall 2025 admission.

We do not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units.

Admission to the pre-licensure BS program is highly competitive due to the high volume of applications received and the limited number of seats available. Transfer applicants must meet admissions criteria for both the University and the School of Nursing in order to be eligible for admission consideration to the School of Nursing.

This program is not an Accelerated BS program. Due to the sequencing of clinical courses, the duration of the program is 6 semesters (3 academic years)

School of Nursing Transfer Academic Profile

Fall 2024
Fall 2023
Fall 2022
Fall 2021
Number of Applicants
Average Cumulative GPA
Average Prerequisites GPA
Average TEAS score
Average total points (out of 80)
Minimum score needed for offer of admission

Students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution of higher education are eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science (BS) with a Major in Nursing program. Second bachelor’s degree candidates who meet the School of Nursing’s admission criteria will compete for a seat in the traditional (pre-licensure) program. This program is not an Accelerated BS program. Due to the sequencing of clinical courses, the duration of the program is 6 semesters (3 academic years).

Second bachelor’s degree students, including SDSU Alumni, are considered Transfer Students and will follow the same admission criteria and application guidelines as Transfer Students.  Second bachelor’s degree students are not given preference or priority for admission and will be ranked according to the SON Admissions Points System. (pdf)

If offered admission, second bachelor’s degree students will complete 55 units in Nursing coursework.  General Education coursework is not required and students do not have to complete the International Experience requirement.

Per SDSU Admissions policy, applicants to the second bachelor’s degree in Nursing must have their first bachelor’s degree from an institution that carries United States regional accreditation.  Please contact the Office of Admissions at (619) 594-6336 for more information about this policy.


SDSU admissions requirements, can be found on the Office of Admissions website. If you have specific questions relating to University admissions after reviewing the website, you may contact the Prospective Student Center by phone, at (619) 594-6336, or via e-mail, at [email protected]. The Prospective Student Center will be able assist you with all inquiries related to University admissions and General Education requirements. The SDSU Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) website can be utilized to determine if your coursework is transferable to SDSU.

SDSU is impacted at the undergraduate level in all majors and programs. Upper-division transfer applicants exceeding the minimum requirements will receive admission priority for available spaces.

Meeting the eligibility requirements for the BS program does not guarantee admission. Transfer applicants are selected by rank using the SON Admissions Points System (pdf). Prospective transfer students must complete all 8 prerequisite courses (preparation for the major) at a community college or four-year institution prior to being admitted to the University. Prerequisite coursework cannot be in progress during Spring 2025 if applying for Fall 2025 admission.

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Score: Minimum overall score requirement is 80%. Please refer to the Admissions Criteria 80-point ranking system for further details and policies regarding attempts and scoring.
    • SDSU Testing Services administers the TEAS six days per week. Registration information can be accessed on the Testing Services website.
    • TEAS content information, study guides, etc. can be found on the ATI Testing website
  • Cumulative GPA: Minimum of 3.2
  • Prerequisites:
    • BIOL 261 – Human Physiology with Lab, 4 semester units (Minimum grade of B-)
    • BIOL 212 – Human Anatomy with Lab, 4 semester units (Minimum grade of B-)
    • BIOL 211/211L – Microbiology with Lab, 4 semester units (Minimum grade of B-)
    • Chemistry (General, Organic, Inorganic, or Integrated with Lab) (Minimum grade of C)
    • COMM 103/CCS111A/AFRAS 140 – Oral Communication (or any CSU GE Area A1) (Minimum grade of C)
    • RWS 100/101 – Written Communication (or any CSU GE Area A2) (Minimum grade of C)
    • RWS 200 – Critical Thinking (or any CSU GE Area A3) (Minimum grade of C)
    • Statistics – STAT 119/STAT 250/PSY 280/SOC 201 (Minimum grade of C) Only one Statistics course is required for admission.

Fall 2025

  • SDSU accepts applications from students with international coursework.
  • You must meet the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements to be considered for admission.
  • If you have international coursework, please review the information below before applying to SDSU.

International Transcript Evaluation

San Diego State University requires transfer applicants with international coursework to submit official foreign transcripts to both San Diego State University and an approved international transcript evaluation service. All college/university transcripts from foreign institutions must be submitted for detailed, course-by-course credential evaluation. Below is a list of approved providers of evaluation services. Please contact the evaluation service as soon as possible.

The requests for official transcripts and preparation of the evaluation may take several weeks to process. Refer to your my.SDSU account for required documents and deadlines.

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: (310) 258-9451
Fax: (310) 342-7086

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Phone: (414) 289-3400

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Foreign Education Credential Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington DC 20036-1135
Phone: (202) 296-3359

The International Evaluation service provider will need to mail the completed detailed, course-by-course credential evaluation and transcripts to the address below:

San Diego State University
Office of Admissions
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455

The SDSU School of Nursing does not implement a recency policy for science prerequisite courses (i.e., coursework does not have to be recently completed within a specific timeframe).

Students are required to complete Introductory Psychology (an AP Score of 3 or higher will suffice) and Developmental Psychology to satisfy the Nursing degree requirements and RN license requirements upon graduation. These courses are not prerequisites for admission and may be in progress during Spring 2025 or taken upon admission to SDSU.

  • NURS 202 - Client Assessment
  • NURS 206 - Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • NURS 208 - Pathophysiology
  • NURS 219 - Information Management for Professional Relationships
  • NURS 221 - Professional Formation A
  • NURS 300 - Nursing Care of the Acute and Chronically Ill Adult and Gerontologic Patient I
  • NURS 304 - Clinical Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
  • NURS 307 - Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • NURS 316 - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 321 - Professional Formation B
  • NURS 354 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family
  • NURS 356 - Pediatric Nursing
  • NURS 400 + 400L - Nursing Care of the Acute and Chronically Ill Adult and Gerontologic Patient II (lecture and lab)
  • NURS 415 + 415L - Community Health Nursing (lecture and lab)
  • NURS 421 - Professional Formation C


If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] 

Contact Us

SDSU School of Nursing

Adams Humanities Building 3138
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4158