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Transfer Students

External transfer students applying to the nursing major:

  • Students must apply to the College by April 15 (fall admission) and October 15 (spring admission) and meet all College admission criteria prior to the nursing admission review process.
  • Students transferring from a college or university other than Messiah College must have an earned cumulative GPA of 3.3 to be admitted to Messiah College as a nursing major.
  • Depending upon the student's type and number of transferred courses, it may take up to an additional four years to complete the nursing program.
  • If the prerequisite courses have not been met through transfer credits and must be completed at Messiah College, an earned cumulative GPA of 2.70 in the aforementioned prerequisite courses is required upon application to the major. Preference for enrollment in clinical courses will be given to students who have taken the majority of their prerequisite courses at Messiah College. Transfer students' decisions will be made on an individual basis.
  • Transfer students applying to the nursing major are notified of acceptance upon completion of the application review process. Notification of acceptance into the nursing major will occur on an ongoing basis.
  • Upon enrollment in clinical courses, transfer students must meet the admission criteria as stated in the "Admission" section of the Student Policy Handbook.

External transfer students who have completed any course with a nursing designation at another college or university:

  • Students must apply to the College by April 15 (fall admission) and October 15 (spring admission) and meet all College admission criteria prior to the nursing admission review process.
  • Students transferring from a college or university other than Messiah College must have an earned cumulative GPA of 3.3 to be admitted to Messiah College as a nursing major.
  • Decisions regarding admission will be based on a review and evaluation of the student's transcripts and description of previous course content in nursing and prerequisite courses. In addition, the student will receive written acknowledgment that indicates which nursing course(s) may be bypassed, which nursing course the student will enter, and any prerequisite or co-requisite requirements that must be met prior to or with the student's first clinical nursing courses at Messiah College.
  • Students applying directly to the first clinical nursing courses must have transcripts and descriptions of previous course content submitted to the Admission & Progression Committee by November 15. Students interested in placement in NURS 210 & NURS 211 must have completed at least 42 college credits prior to enrollment. The following pre-requisite courses or their equivalents must be included in these credits:

    BIOL 185 and BIOL 186 Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    SOAN 101 Introduction to Sociology and/or PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology and/or HDFS 101 Foundations of Marriage and Family
    PSYC 209 Life Span Development
    CHEM 103 Chemical Science
    NURS 203 Historical and Conceptual Basis for Nursing

  • Admission decisions for junior and senior placement are made on an individual basis upon review of college course work and space available in clinical nursing courses. Students applying to the nursing major at junior or senior levels must have transcripts and descriptions of previous nursing course content, submitted to the Admission & Progression Committee by May 15 (fall admission) and November 15 (spring admission).

Internal transfer students applying to the nursing major:

  • The student must meet with the chairperson of the Department of Nursing or a designated faculty member to review the Nursing Curriculum Plan of Study.
  • The student must complete a change of major form through the Registrar's Office.
  • Upon enrollment in the nursing major, internal transfer students must meet the admission criteria as stated in the "Admission" section of the Student Policy Handbook.