Prerequisite Coursework and Credit Transfers

Prerequisite Coursework

  • MATH 1010 or higher College Algebra for Business/Pre-calculus
  • BIOL 1100 Introductory Biology
  • CHEM 1200 Introductory Chemistry
  • PSYC 1200 Introductory Psychology
  • BIOL 1200 and BIOL 1210 Anatomy and Physiology
  • MATH 1210 Statistics
  • BIOL 2220 Microbiology
  • PSYC 3220 Lifespan Growth and Development
  • NURS 3705 Nutrition

Additional Requirements

Applicants must complete:

  • Seven of the 10 prerequisite courses including at least one of the following three: A&P I, A&P II or Microbiology by the application deadline.
  • Either Statistics or College Algebra for Business (Pre-calculus) course by the application deadline.
  • A transferrable Associate of Arts degree, previous Bachelor’s degree or have the equivalent of 90 or more quarter credits (60 semester credits) including a 5 quarter credit (3 semester credit) hands on art class.
  • Math, Psychology, and Nutrition coursework must be completed within 10 years of anticipated program start date.
  • All Science and Statistics coursework must be completed within 5 years of anticipated program start date.
  • The Math 1010 prerequisite course cannot be satisfied through a Statistics course.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all nursing and prerequisite courses and must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Post-Baccalaureate students are waived from UCOR 2500 and UCOR 3400.
  • Eligible applicants are limited to a maximum of two repeated prerequisite classes. This does not include prerequisite courses that must be repeated due to timespan requirements.

For complete information on courses, prerequisites, etc., use this information in conjunction with the online Catalog ( for the current year.

Credit Transfers

Applicants must complete an associate’s degree or a bachelors’ degree from a regionally accredited institution, or transfer with 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits. Students who have completed at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits, without a direct transferable associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, must also complete a five-quarter or three-semester credit hands-on art class prior to enrolling in the nursing program. The hands-on-art class is waived for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or a direct transferable associate’s degree. For a list of direct transferable associate’s degrees, review the “Transfer Policy” which can be found here.

To qualify for direct transfer with junior standing and exemption from lower division University CORE requirements, applicants must be granted an approved Associate of Arts transfer degree or previous bachelor's degree. Courses taken during that program must also include the college’s equivalents of the nursing prerequisite courses. 

NOTE: You may apply to the BSN program without an approved Associate of Arts transfer degree or previous bachelor's degree, but aren’t guaranteed that all necessary lower division University CORE coursework will be waived. Applicants without an approved degree must have direct equivalency for the following:

  • UCOR 1100 Academic Writing Seminar
  • UCOR 1300 Creative Expression and Interpretation (i.e. hands on art course)

And have taken enough courses to have categorical substitution for (class doesn't have to have similar content, but must be in a similar category):

  • UCOR 1400 Inquiry Seminar in the Humanities
  • UCOR 1600 Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • UCOR 3600 or UCOR 3800 Social Sciences or Natural Sciences and Global Challenges

Equivalency guide for course equivalency is found here.

The Registrar’s Office will only conduct a full evaluation of your credits at the time you are admitted to Seattle University. If you are concerned about course equivalency and your course is not listed in the above guides, please read the course descriptions between the two institutions and if they cover the same information the course may be an equivalent.

Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further clarification at