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Nursing Program for Transfer Students

Thinking about transferring into the Simmons Nursing Program? You're not alone! 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, which begins each fall.

Learn more about Nursing at Simmons

Entering the Nursing Program as a Transfer Student

In order to begin the nursing sequence, students must complete the prerequisite courses. Students are encouraged to consider taking these classes at Simmons and may do so in fall, spring, and/or summer terms. Prerequisites 1-4 below must be completed by July 1st prior to the start of the nursing sequence in September. Prerequisites 5-8 below are also considered when an application is reviewed; however, a student can begin the nursing sequence without having completed them.

Prerequisite Policies

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 2 prerequisites.

  • A grade of C+ or higher in both the class and lab of each prerequisite is necessary (note that successful applicants typically have a 3.33 GPA or higher in prerequisite courses not taken at Simmons).
  • 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 exceeded the following prerequisite retake guidelines within the past ten years: earned below a C+ in any of the prerequisites #1-6 more than twice. Beginning with students entering in 2015, candidates will not be considered if they earned a grade below C+ in their first attempt at prerequisites #7 or 8. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • 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 prerequisites #1-4 at Simmons. Should you wish to complete your prerequisites elsewhere and then transfer to the Simmons nursing program, we cannot guarantee that space will be available.
  • 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. These requirements must be completed by July 1 prior to the fall start term.

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 or submit a TCE request electronically »

For more information about Simmons' Transfer Credit Policy, you can download the Transfer of Credit Booklet (PDF) or reach out to your admission counselor »

Visit the Simmons Campus

To better assist you in your search, we invite you to visit Simmons to learn more about our programs and tour the campus. We offer tours Monday - Friday, as well as some select Saturdays. You are also welcome to observe a class, meet with a faculty member or current student, or complete your college interview during your visit.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Campus Visit Coordinator at (617) 521-2051. We look forward to having you on campus!


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