What courses (prerequisites) are required before I apply?
The first step to applying for BSN transfer admission is to understand the prerequisite requirements. By the time you apply, at least five of the six prerequisites must be in-progress or completed for an A-F grade and at least one science course (General Chemistry, General Biology, or A&P I) must be completed for a letter grade of C- or better. Additionally, all six of the prerequisites need to be taken for an A-F grade (we do not accept pass/fail grades) and all prerequisites need to be completed with a grade of C- or better.
The six prerequisites are:
- First Year Writing
- General Chemistry
- General Biology
- General Psychology
- Lifespan Growth & Development
- Human Nutrition
Note: Many students choose to take Anatomy and Physiology I prior to enrollment as this course can help them feel more prepared. It is not a required prerequisite.
General Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry (Minimum 3 Credits)
Courses designed to prepare students for college-level chemistry or survey courses are not adequate. Choose a course that is a college-level general chemistry course and covers concepts such as measurements in chemistry; ionic and molecular compounds; chemical reactions and chemical equilibrium; gases, liquids, solids, and solutions; acids and bases.
Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: CHEM 1015 and CHEM 1017, CHEM 1061 and CHEM 1065 or CHEM 1021
Accepted courses at Rochester Community and Technical College: CHEM 1117, CHEM 1127
*Note: Students must complete both CHEM 1015 and CHEM 1017 in order to fill the U of M Physical Science Liberal Education
General Biology (Minimum 3 Credits)
An introduction to the major concepts and principles of modern biology. Topics include: structure/function of biological molecules, cell structure/function, energy recruitment/utilization, cellular reproduction, flow of genetic information through organisms and populations, principles of inheritance, evolution and ecology.
Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: BIOL 1009
Accepted courses at Rochester Community and Technical College: BIOL 1220
First Year Writing (Minimum 3 Credits)
Covers critical reading, writing, and thinking. Appropriate courses will include practice writing expected in a college career, such as summaries, essays, academic arguments, bibliographies, and papers built on research.
Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: WRIT 1301, WRIT 1401
Accepted courses at Rochester Community and Technical College: ENG 1117
Lifespan Development or Human Growth & Development (Minimum 3 Credits)
This is a developmental psychology course and must cover the entire human lifespan (infancy through older adult). Two separate courses may be used to fill this requirement.
Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: NURS 2001, NURS 3690 and NURS 3691, FSOS 1201
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: PSY 2626
Human Nutrition (Minimum 2 Credits, 3 Credits Preferred)
A nutrition course that addresses topics such as essential nutrients needed from the diet; major functions of nutrients; digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients; scientific method and nutrition; food safety issues.
Accepted course at the U of M-Twin Cities: FSCN 1112
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: NUTR 1211
General Psychology (Minimum 3 Credits)
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
Accepted courses at the U of M-Twin Cities: PSY 1001
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: PSY 2618
Optional: Anatomy & Physiology I (Minimum 3 Credits)
This course must be the first part of a two-part sequence. Part one should cover cell structure and function, tissues, chemistry as it relates to biological sciences, the integumentary, the musculoskeletal systems and the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. Cannot be more than 10 years old in order to qualify for meeting the prerequisite.
No equivalent course at the U of MN-Twin Cities
Accepted course at Rochester Community and Technical College: BIO 1217
Have you taken a Microbiology course?
Microbiology is a required course in the BSN curriculum, but not a prerequisite course for entry into the program. If you have taken a Microbiology course and want to know if it will transfer, please consult www.transferology.com. Microbiology courses cannot be more than 10 years old in order to qualify for meeting the prerequisite.
Prerequisite Course Guides
We publish a prerequisite course guide for your reference, however, as course numbers and titles change frequently, please note that prerequisite coursework will only be accepted if it transfers to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, meets the minimum credit requirements, has the same course content as the University of Minnesota Twin Cities prerequisite course equivalent, and meets the timeline requirements.
What if my courses are not on a Prerequisite Course Guide?
If your courses are not listed on one of the Prerequisite Course Guides, please check these other transferability resources:
- First Year Writing (And other Liberal Education Requirements)
- Science (e.g. General Chemistry)
- Submit a Course for Review (note: this review is by the Office of Undergraduate Admission not the School of Nursing)
Please note that the courses listed in our prerequisite guides meet the prerequisite requirements for the School of Nursing but have not been evaluated to meet specific liberal education requirements. To see how your previous coursework will fulfill liberal education requirements, please use Transferology. We are unable to review transcripts to determine if a course meets our prerequisite requirements. We will review course syllabi if you have taken a course that you believes meets our requirements but the course has an unusual title, or may not clearly meet our prerequisites requirements for another reason. Please email BSNAdvising@umn.edu if you would like us to review the syllabus for a course to determine if it meets our prerequisite requirements.
All prerequisite courses are subject to approval by the School of Nursing and University of Minnesota for meeting content and credit requirements. Final review for credit evaluation and approval by the university will occur after an offer of admission has been accepted.