Nursing Program for Transfer Students

Each year, we admit transfer students into our nursing program; some have completed their nursing prerequisites at another institution, and some complete their nursing prerequisites at Simmons before beginning the nursing sequence each fall.

In order to begin the nursing sequence, students must complete the prerequisite courses. Students are encouraged to consider taking these classes at Simmons.

Prerequisite Policies

  • A grade of C+ or higher in both the class and lab of each prerequisite is necessary (successful applicants typically have a 3.33 GPA or higher in prerequisite courses taken prior to transfer).
  • You may be required to provide course descriptions and syllabi for prerequisites not taken at Simmons.
  • Retake policy: Candidates for the nursing program will not be considered if they have earned below a C+ in any of the prerequisites more than once.
  • Due to the competitive nature of admission to our nursing program, it is highly recommended that you apply to Simmons with the intention of completing at least some prerequisites here.
  • Students may apply to begin their prerequisites in the spring, but will not be able to start the fall nursing term until all prerequisite requirements are fulfilled. The final transcripts for these requirements must be received by Simmons no later than July 25.

Prerequisite courses

  1. General Biology*
  2. General (Inorganic) Chemistry
  3. Organic Chemistry
  4. Anatomy & Physiology I
  5. Anatomy & Physiology II
  6. Microbiology
  7. Introductory Psychology
  8. Human Growth & Development (Lifespan Psychology)

*General biology requirement waived when students transfer microbiology, A&P 1 and A&P 2 prerequisites.

Transferring Credits

You may request a transfer credit evaluation (TCE) at any point in the application process to help with your planning. Evaluations usually take several weeks to complete and will be returned to you by email. Learn more about the TCE process.