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Application Checklist and Timeline | Nursing Transfers

Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum of B or better in all math and science prerequisites
  • Nursing entrance exam score: TEAS: 65+, HESI: 75+
  • Prerequisite coursework:
    • Freshman English | ENGL 110 and 120
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (B or better)
    • Psychology Across the Lifespan (B or better)
    • Microbiology (B or better)
    • Organic Chemistry (B or better)

Please note: Transfer students who are “clinically ready” to begin their nursing coursework may only have three credits of undergraduate core coursework outstanding.

Direct Entry Details
Students who meet all of the above requirements will be admitted directly to the nursing program. In order to begin nursing coursework, students must work to complete any and all general undergraduate core coursework that remains.

Required Documents

Complete an Application
Apply through the Common Application or through the University of Mount Saint Vincent application on our website.

Once you’ve submitted your application, log in to your Student Portal to track the steps to completing the application process:

  • Transcript(s) from each college or university attended
    • If you have attended an international university and your transcript is not in an American format, please have the transcripts evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation agency
  • Transcripts do not need to be official for application review. Unofficial, .pdf copies can be used for application review, credit evaluation and scholarship awarding. 
    • Official transcripts are necessary for the following:
      1. To be awarded final credits for courses in progress at the time of application
      2. To remain enrolled in classes
      3. To have financial aid released to your student account
    • Should official transcripts not be received by the end of the add/drop period, students will be removed from classes and will be liable to pay in full for educational services rendered
  • Nursing entrance exam score report of either a TEAS or HESI*
    • Submit your TEAS/HESI examination report. TEAS/HESI scores are accepted within two years of your examination.
    • If you have obtained an SAT or ACT score above an 1100 or 22 in the past two years, the TEAS/HESI requirement can be waived
  • Official high school transcript with graduation date
  • Personal essay on a topic of your choice
  • Supplemental essay of 250-300 words (optional)

*UMSV is not a host test site.

**All undergraduate students are required to submit a copy of their high school transcript regardless of credits earned or Associate’s Degree earned. We highly encourage you to request transcripts be sent to your home address, and not directly to UMSV, from the Registrar’s Office of the schools you have previously attended. Once received, transcripts may be opened and uploaded to your portal on your own. This is the easiest way to send your transcripts.

Both the TEAS and the HESI exams are comprehensive assessments for students seeking entry into a competitive Nursing program. 

TEAS: 170 multiple choice questions in English, language, math, reading, and science subject areas completed in a three-hour time period. Exams are taken online at a registered TEAS site. You will be notified of your TEAS score immediately upon completion if taken online. If taken by paper-pencil, scores are distributed up to 48 hours after completion. Scores range from 0% to 100%, with a passing average of 65% to be admitted to the Mount’s program.

HESI: 297 multiple choice questions in eight subject areas, completed in a five and a half hour time period. Scores range from 0% to 100%, with a passing average of 75% to be admitted to the Mount’s program. The Personality and Style sections are not required. You will be notified of your HESI score immediately upon completion.

For each exam, students must create a student account to search and register for an exam, sign up for test prep or purchase test prep materials, and obtain score results electronically. Score results can be downloaded from a student’s TEAS or HESI account and uploaded directly to their Student Portal in a .pdf format.

When registering for an exam, students are required to list a “department code” for the test site where they will take the respective exam.

Please note: UMSV is note a test site and therefore will not have a department code.


  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: December 15
  • Rolling Admission: Receive notification within four weeks of completing your application

Application review for the spring semester begins on October 15; application review for the fall semester begins February 1.


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