Nursing

Sophomore Admission

UC College of Nursing accepts a limited number of transfer and transition students into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to begin as sophomores.

Transfer applicants are those from external institutions. Transition students are currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati in a different college or at UC Blue Ash or UC Clermont.

  • Transfer applicants are highly encouraged to speak to or meet with a UC College of Nursing admissions counselor or a UC transfer advisor.
  • UC students looking to transition to the College of Nursing are highly encouraged to speak to or meet with an academic advisor. Visit the Transfer and Transition Advising Center page for resources.
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Tao Lei

Admissions Counselor

Contact Tao for more information about applying to UC College of Nursing's BSN program as a transfer or transition student.

Information Session | Jan. 24

Join us for a virtual information session Monday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. to learn more and ask your questions about admission as a sophomore to our BSN program.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline for Transfer and Transition Students
Date(s) Required Actions
Jan. 1-March 21
Transfer applicants only: apply to UC as a transfer student
Feb. 1-28 Apply to UC College of Nursing using the sophomore admissions application
March 1-May 1 Take the HESI-A2 exam and essays through UC College of Nursing
May 15 Submit all prerequisite course grades to UC College of Nursing
June 1 Confirm within one week of receiving admission decision

Application Requirements

UC Application

Transfer students (students from external institutions) must apply to the University of Cincinnati using the transfer student application. Select the Interdisciplinary Nursing Prep major. (Application fee is $50.)

UC College of Nursing Application

Transfer and transition students must apply to UC College of Nursing using the Sophomore Admissions application, available on this site Feb. 1-28.

Essays and HESI-A2 Exam

After submitting your College of Nursing application, you will receive instructions via email to schedule to take the HESI-A2 exam and complete two essays through UC College of Nursing. Virtual options are available for applicants 60-plus miles from campus. (The HESI A-2 exam approximate cost is $75.)

Prerequisite Course Grades

Submit all prerequisite-course grades to UC College of Nursing no later than May 15. Applicants must have earned a 3.0 in prerequisite courses (listed below). For courses retaken, the college will average the two grades. Applicants' cumulative GPA must be at least 2.5.

Submit course grades by sending your unofficial transcript to UC from your institution or by sending a screenshot of your unofficial transcript to nursingbearcats@uc.edu.

Note: If you are currently enrolled in another nursing program (other than pre-nursing), you must also submit a letter of good academic standing from your program director or dean.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete prerequisite courses and achieve at least a 3.0. UC College of Nursing accepts credits from many accredited institutions. For a list of equivalent courses offered at regional colleges and universities, visit the Course Equivalents page.

BSN Prerequisite Courses for Sophomore Admission
Course   Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (BIOL2001C)
4
Anatomy & Physology II with Lab (BIOL2002C)
4
Chemistry Lecture (CHEM1020)* 3
Chemistry Lab (CHEM1020L)* 1
Microbiology Lecture & Lab (BIOL2031C)
3
English Composition (ENGL1001)
3
Intro to Psychology (PSYC1001) 3
Intro to Sociology (SOC1001) 3
Fine Arts, Humanities or Historical Perspectives Elective
3
Elective (non-remedial course only) 2

*Must include general, organic and biochemistry

BSN Prerequisite Courses for Sophomore Admission
Course   Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (BIOL2001C)
4
Anatomy & Physology II with Lab (BIOL2002C)
4
Chemistry Lecture (CHEM1020)* 3
Chemistry Lab (CHEM1020L)* 1
Microbiology Lecture & Lab (BIOL2031C)
3
English Composition (ENGL1001)
3
Intro to Psychology (PSYC1001) 3
Intro to Sociology (SOC1001) 3
Science of Wellness & Self-Care (NURS1100C) or Fine Arts, Humanities or Historical Perspectives Elective
4 or 3
Elective (non-remedial course only)
2

*Must include general, organic and biochemistry

BSN Prerequisite Courses for Sophomore Admission
Course   Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (BIOL2001C)
4
Anatomy & Physology II with Lab (BIOL2002C)
4
Chemistry Lecture (CHEM1020)* 3
Chemistry Lab (CHEM1020L)* 1
Microbiology Lecture & Lab (BIOL2031C)
3
English Composition (ENGL1001)
3
Intro to Psychology (PSYC1001) 3
Intro to Sociology (SOC1001) 3
Success in College & Nursing (NURS1101)
2
Intro to Professional Nursing (NBSN1101)
3
Science of Wellness & Self-Care (NURS1100C) or Fine Arts, Humanities or Historical Perspectives Elective
4 or 3

*Must include general, organic and biochemistry