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Internal Transfer

**UPDATE: New Requirements Starting in 2015!! Applications for Spring 2015 will be accepted until September 15, 2014. Starting in Fall 2015, the School of Nursing will accept requests for internal transfer for the Fall semester only with Deadline: March 15.

General Information

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014 for Fall 2014 admission;
Sept. 15, 2014 for Spring 2015 admission;
Starting in 2015, the School of Nursing will accept requests for internal transfer for the Fall semester only with Deadline: March 15.
Length of Program: 4 years
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Part-Time Study Available? NO
Distance Learning Available? NO

About the Internal Transfer

An internal transfer student is a current UT Austin undergraduate in a non-nursing major who applies to transfer into the School of Nursing to pursue the Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The School of Nursing process is consistent with the University policy for Internal Transfers and is competitive and based on space available. Preference is given to students who demonstrate being on track towards a timely graduation.

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Eligibility Requirements for Internal Transfer (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015):

Students who want to internal transfer must meet the School of Nursing’s Internal Transfer Eligibility Requirements Worksheet to determine eligibility. Internal Transfer Worksheet and Application will be available January 6, 2014. Below are the eligibility requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in courses at UT Austin.
  • Must have attended School of Nursing information session.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in residence at UT Austin (Correspondence, pass/fail, or credit by exam do not count).
  • UT cumulative GPA and Science prerequisite GPA of at least 2.75 (Correspondence, pass/fail, credit by exam do not count).
  • Must have completed a minimum of 2 science prerequisite courses in residence at UT Austin with grade of C- or above in each. Accepted science courses are listed here:
    • BIO311C - Introductory Biology
    • BIO326M - Intruduciton to Medical Microbiology
    • BIO446L - Human Microscopy & Gross Anatomy
    • BIO365S - Sytems Physiology
    • BIO165U - Systems Physiology Lab
    • CH301 - Principles of Chemistry
    • NUT306 - Fundamentals of Nutrition
    • SSC302 - Data Analysis for Health Science
    • PHR338 - Introduction to Pharmacology

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Eligibility Requirements for Internal Transfer (Fall 2015):

Starting in 2015, the School of Nursing will accept requests for internal transfer for the Fall semester only with Deadline: March 15.

  • 24 hours in residence at UT-Austin.
    • Must be completed by end of Spring semester.
    • Summer courses taken after May 15th do not count.
    • Courses taken by UT Extension, UT Correspondence, pass/fail, or credit by exam do not satisfy these eligibility requirements.
  • Demonstrate foreign language proficiency.
    • 2 years of same foreign language in high school, OR
    • 1 year (2 semesters) of same foreign language in college.
  • Attend a School of Nursing Internal Transfer Information Session or complete online Information Session module (available after March 15, 2014).
  • Course Requirements
    • Introductory Biology I - BIO 311C
    • Principles of Chemistry I - CH 301
    • Data Analysis for Health Sciences - SSC302
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0. A grade of C- or better is required in all science courses:
    • BIO 311C - Introductory Biology I
    • BIO 326M - Introduction to Medical Microbiology
    • BIO 446L - Human Microscopy & Gross Anatomy
    • BIO 365S - Vertebrate Systems Physiology
    • CH 301 - Principles of Chemistry I
    • NTR 306 - Fundamentals of Nutrition
    • PHR 338 - Introduction to Pharmacology
    • SSC 302 - Data Analysis for Health Sciences

Note: Students are limited to only two Internal Transfer attempts for admission to the School of Nursing BSN program.  Application should be within the first four long semesters at UT-Austin. Students with 90 or more hours or a completed degree are encouraged to consider other options, such as completing a degree in the current college/school and then consider applying to the Alternate Entry Masters in Nursing at a later date, or seek a second bachelors degree here, or elsewhere. Some Universities offer accelerated pathways to the BSN for students with prior degrees.

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Application Process to Request Change of Major to Nursing

Students must complete the internal transfer process in order to change their major to nursing. The process is competitive and on a space available basis. Here are the steps:

  • Step 1: Attend an Internal Transfer Information Session.
  • Step 2: Check eligibility and submit the Internal Transfer Application Form (PDF) to the Student Affairs Office, NUR 2.400. Deadline is March 15th.
  • Step 3: Submit the form Transfer from One Undergraduate College/School to Another Within the University (available in the Nursing Student Affairs Office, NUR 2.400).
  • Step 4: The School of Nursing will review requests and release decisions by Mid June.
  • Step 5: Advising will be available for students approved for a change of major in time to drop/add courses for Fall semester if necessary.

Students may monitor the status of the Change of Major request via the Check Your RIS website.

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