San Diego State University

Transfer Students

Transfer Students from Universities and Colleges External to SDSU

Students attending a regionally accredited college or university external to San Diego State University (SDSU) in pursuit of obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are Transfer Students. Additionally, graduates of regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States, and alumnus of SDSU who are seeking a second baccalaureate degree in Nursing, are also considered Transfer Students.

Admission to the pre-licensed BSN 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. The BSN program is six-semester program of study (3 academic years). Due to the sequencing of nursing clinical courses, it is not possible to expedite the timeframe to graduate from the BSN program.

Admission Standards for Transfer Students

Admission to the School of Nursing is for fall semester only. There is no spring admission cycle.

Transfer Students Must Meet SDSU Admission Criteria
To learn of the SDSU admissions requirements, please visit 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 The Prospective Student Center will be able assist you with all inquiries relating 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.

Transfer Students Must Meet School of Nursing Admission Criteria
Meeting the eligibility requirements for the BSN program does not guarantee admission. Transfer applicants are selected by rank using an 80-point 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 2018 if applying for Fall 2018 admission.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Score: Minimum overall score requirement is 80%. The School of Nursing will accept Version 5 and 6 (ATI TEAS) for Fall 2018 admission. Please refer to the Admissions Criteria 80-point ranking system for further details and policies regarding attempts and scoring.
  • Cumulative GPA: Minimum of 3.2
  • Prerequisites:
    • BIOL 261 – Human Physiology with Lab, 4 sem units (Minimum grade of B-)
    • BIOL 212 – Human Anatomy with Lab, 4 sem units (Minimum grade of B-)
    • BIOL 211/211L – Microbiology with Lab, 4 sem 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.

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).

All 8 Nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Fall 2017 if applying for Fall 2018 admission. Nursing prerequisite courses may not be in progress in Spring 2018 if applying for Fall 2018 admission. Exceptions will not be granted under any circumstances. 

Additional Requirements for the Nursing Degree and RN License
Students are required to complete Intro to Psychology (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 taken during Spring 2018 or upon admission to SDSU.

New Application Process for Transfer Students

San Diego State University Enrollment Services and the School of Nursing have streamlined the application for admission to the University and the Nursing major. Under the new application process, students will be required to submit an application to the University via Cal State Apply and complete  SDSU’s Supplemental Application in January 2018. The School of Nursing no longer has a separate application process. The University will accept Fall 2018 admission applications from October 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017. See SDSU’s Transfer Admission website for additional information:


Important Application Dates and Deadlines


Application Requirements How to Meet Requirements Timeline for Fall Admission
Submit Application to SDSU Apply via Cal State Apply.
Select “Nursing (BS)” as intended major. If you apply and are admitted under a different major, you will not be able to switch your major to Nursing during your tenure at SDSU.
October 1 – November 30, 2017
Submit Supplemental Application for the Nursing Major In early January, the Office of Admissions will provide eligible applicants a link to the Supplemental Application which will be accessible via your WebPortal account. Deadline: January 22, 2018
Nursing Prerequisite Courses All 8 Nursing prerequisite courses (including repeated coursework) must be completed by the end of Fall 2017 semester. Applicants will be required to self-report their grades on the Supplemental Application. Submission of official transcript(s) is not due at this time. Deadline: January 22, 2018
Test of Essential Academic Skills A minimum score of 80% is required. Applicants are required to self-report TEAS score on the Supplemental Application.

If offered admission, applicant will be required to submit proof (photocopy or official ATI transcript) of their score directly to the School of Nursing.

Deadline #1: Self-report TEAS score due January 22, 2018.

Deadline #2: If offered admission, submit documentation of TEAS score directly to the School of Nursing by May 1, 2018.

Letter of Verification for Paid Work Experience and Health Care Certification (Optional, Not Required for Admission) An additional 5 points will be awarded to applicants who possess a health care certification/license and have been paid to work a minimum of 100 hours. Applicants will self-report they have obtained certification and have worked a minimum 100 hours on the Supplemental Application.

If offered admission, applicant will be required to submit a letter of verification on agency letterhead for paid work experience from employer and photocopy of certification/license directly to the School of Nursing.

Deadline #1: Self-report possession of certification and 100 hours of paid work experience on the Supplemental Application due January 22, 2018.


Deadline #2: Submit letter of verification of paid work experience and certification to the School of Nursing by May 1, 2018.

Official Transcripts from ALL Colleges and Universities attended. Submission of official transcripts is only required if offered admission. Please DO NOT send in transcripts before admission notifications are sent out. Official transcripts are required to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Deadline: To Be Announced

Transfer Students may apply for Fall admission only. If you have additional questions regarding the Cal State Apply application and/or the Supplemental Application, please contact the Office of Admissions via e-mail at or by phone at 619-594-6336.



For further information, please contact Mr. Jason Ramirez (, Undergraduate Student Advisor for the School of Nursing.





last updated: September 21, 2017