Sophomore Transfer Steps to Success



The University of Michigan School of Nursing is proud to offer a transfer process for students who have not completed a bachelor's degree program. 

If admitted, students begin the program at the sophomore level. Students will complete three years of coursework at the University of Michigan regardless of credit standing at their current institution. While you do not need to be in sophomore standing to apply, please keep in mind that you are only above to transfer a maximum of 36-40 credits.





Transfer Timeline

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August 1

The Common Application opens.

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Refer to our Course Equivalency section to make sure your classes are equivalent. 

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

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February 1

Final deadline for transfer students to submit all application materials, including the supplemental form.

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Final Decision
Decisions will be released by the end of April. 






Please send official transcripts to [email protected] or to the following address:

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


Planning your prerequisites is imperative for your successful transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. If offered admission, students may transfer up to 40 credits (including the required prerequisite courses). The required prerequisites are as follows:

  • English Composition
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Organic Biochemistry*
  • Anatomy and Physiology*
  • Statistics
  • Electives

Please note: Statistics, Organic Biochemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology courses must be taken within the past 5 years. Students must earn a B (3.0) or better for a class to meet transfer requirements. 

*Students MUST have completed EITHER Anatomy and Physiology OR Organic Biochemistry and one semester of graded college-level coursework at the time of their application submission.

If offered admission, students will have until the fall semester to complete all required prerequisite courses. We highly recommend prospective students complete their prerequisites as early as possible as to not interfere with their summer courses.

Note to current U-M students: Organic Biochemistry (BIOLCHEM 212) is only available during the fall term and is a prerequisite to Anatomy and Physiology (NURS 210/211) which is only offered during the winter term. Please meet with your advisor and discuss your desire to transfer as early as possible to ensure there is space available in these courses.

Supplemental Form

In order to ensure that students are on track to complete their prerequisite courses, we require students to fill out the supplemental form. Applicants who do not complete their supplemental form by the February 1st application deadline will not be considered for admission. You may find the form below:

  • Sophomore Transfer Supplemental Form
    • To complete the supplemental form, refer to the guides below to check if your courses have already been deemed equivalent to courses at the University of Michigan. Please see the supplemental form for further directions regarding in-progress/future courses.

Course Equivalency Guide 

Please refer to our School of Nursing Course Equivalency Guide to check if your non-elective prerequisite courses have been pre-approved for transfer credit.

To see if your electives are transferable, or to look up a course you didn't find in our course equivalency guide, please use the University of Michigan's Transfer Credit Equivalency Website.

  • When using the equivalency website, select "School of Nursing" before you search. 
  • Some courses may be listed as "X:Departmental" and say "transferable." These courses are approved for elective credits, but will need to be submitted through our course equivalency request form if you intend on using the course as a prerequisite.
  • While the equivalency databases are extensive, they are not exhaustive. Please see the next section for directions on how to submit these courses for additional review.

What if my courses aren’t listed?

If your course is not listed on the School of Nursing Course Equivalency Guide or the University of Michigan Transfer Credit Equivalency Website, your course may not have been submitted for evaluation to the University of Michigan School of Nursing. To determine if your course is equivalent, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Obtain the syllabi for the course(s) you are seeking to have evaluated. Syllabi can usually be obtained from your professor, the department, or the registrar's office at the institution. Appropriate syllabi will include the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Course credit hours
  • Learning outcomes
  • Grading scale
  • Schedule/outline of the subjects taught

Step 2: Use our Self-Review Guide to compare what is covered in your course to what is covered at the U-M course.
If your evaluated course matches 90% of the topics covered by the U-M course, it may be considered equivalent and can be submitted for review. If your course does not match in topics, you will need to find a new course to take. 

Step 3: Submit your course(s) for review through the course equivalency request form.

  • If you are submitting multiple courses for equivalency reviews, please submit a new form for each course.
  • If you are using multiple courses to cover one prerequisite, please list ALL courses and submit the syllabi from each course.
  • Once you have submitted your course for review, you will receive an email with a decision of whether it is equivalent or not within 1 month.

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Important notes for competitive applicants

  • Applicants are required to have either the Anatomy and Physiology or the Organic Biochemistry equivalent prerequisite course completed at the time of application.
  • Statistics, Organic Biochemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology courses must be taken within the past 5 years. 
  • Students must earn a B (equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better for a class to meet prerequisite requirements.
  • At least one semester of graded college coursework must be completed at the time of application. 
  • More competitive applicants have several prerequisites completed at the time of application.
  • Elective courses can be almost any transferable course you have taken: math, history, philosophy (etc). Students are encouraged to transfer courses that they may wish to contribute to a minor, or transfer your strongest courses. Please check the transfer credit website to ensure your course is transferable.
  • 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 (Massive Open Online Courses) do not issue official transcripts; those that do not will NOT be accepted to meet prerequisite requirements or transferred in for credit.
  • For current U-M students, Organic Biochemistry (BIOLCHEM 212) is the prerequisite to  Anatomy and Physiology (NURS 210/211), which is only offered during the winter term; plan your course schedule accordingly.