Students considering transferring or changing their major into the College of Nursing should contact an academic advisor as early as possible.

Early planning is key to a successful transfer. We ensure that your courses will transfer into our curriculum and also see how they fit into the sequencing of your classes. We’ll also help you understand the proper timing for applying to the professional nursing major.

Our traditional nursing program is divided into two parts: pre-nursing and the professional major. Students start in the pre-nursing program and typically complete two to three years of prerequisite work as a pre-nursing student before they are eligible to apply to the professional major. The professional major, if admitted, is two years.

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Requirements to Declare Pre-nursing

Email uwmnurse@uwm.edu to meet with an advisor about declaring pre-nursing.

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Grade “B” or higher in any transferable science
  • 15 total credits completed/in-progress

Call the Student Affairs Office to schedule an appointment with an advisor as soon as possible to transfer into the pre-nursing major.

Admission to the Professional Major

Our professional major is a competitive program, which means students must apply to the major, and admission is not guaranteed. At UWM, we admit students to the professional major twice a year. In the Fall semester, we admit a maximum of 72 students, and in the Spring semester, we admit a maximum of 112 students.

For admission to the professional major, a committee completes a holistic review of your academics, work, volunteer and leadership experiences. There is no required number of hours for volunteer work, however, it is required and considered when reviewing students for admission. Following the initial academic review, eligible students are invited to complete a series of short interviews and write an essay.

The committee reviews applications based on the holistic admission rubric (PDF).

Meet with an advisor to determine when you should apply to the professional nursing major.

  • Preparatory coursework based on placement test scores. Math competency (placement score of 30+ or Math 105 or equivalent with “C” or higher).
  • Must have a minimum nursing GPA of 2.75 and at least a 2.75 in the required sciences at the time of application and prior to starting the professional major. Only calculated based on the prerequisites listed below.
  • Must have at least a “C” (2.0) in each pre-nursing prerequisite course

Repeat Policy: Courses with a “C-” or lower are considered a failure and need to be repeated. A course may only be repeated one time. No more than two required courses can be repeated.

Required pre-nursing courses may be taken after the application is submitted, but courses must be completed with a “C” or higher, maintain the minimum required GPA, and in the intended semester by the start of the professional major if admitted.

Pre-nursing Prerequisite Courses

  • NURS 101: Cultural Diversity in Healthcare
  • NURS 102: Perspectives in Healthcare
  • NURS 203: Growth and Development
  • PSYC 101: Into to Psychology
  • SOCIOL 101: Sociology
  • ENG 102: Advanced Composition
  • Social Science Elective
  • NURS 251: Genetics and Genomics
  • BIOSCI 202: Anatomy and Physiology I*
  • BIO SCI 203: Anatomy and Physiology II*
  • BIO SCI 101 Microbiology*
  • CHEM 101: Chemical Science*
  • CHEM 103: Survey of Biochemistry*
  • BMS 332: Clinical Nutrition

*Course must include lab component

Submit an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office from each university you have attended. Once your credits are evaluated, they will appear on your UWM transcript in PAWS.

If you make an appointment to meet with the transfer advisor, you will need to submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended for unofficial evaluation.

Utilize the Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) to see transfer equivalencies that have been set up for specific schools or visit the Transfer Information System (TIS) for more info.

  • For specific questions regarding the transferability of courses not listed on these sites, contact the Registrar’s Office using their online form.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to understand how your transfer credits will be utilized within the required curriculum of your program. Your advisor may in turn consult with the appropriate faculty to determine the use of transfer credits within your track of study.

Students looking to transfer or change their major will first meet with our transfer advisor, Katie Nack. Once admitted to UWM and declared a pre-nursing student, you will be assigned an academic advisor based on the first letter of your last name. Call 414-229-5047 or email uwmnurse@uwm.edu to make an appointment.

Once your transfer credit is posted to PAWS, schedule an academic advising appointment to learn what courses in which you will need to enroll.

If you are currently enrolled or have been enrolled in a clinical at another school, please complete the Request for Reference form (PDF).

Does UWM require the CNA?

No, we do not require applicants to have their CNA, however, health care experiences are recommended and can help create a more competitive application. Health care experiences can be paid or unpaid.

Do you require the TEAS, Accuplacer or an entrance exam?

No, we do not require the TEAS, Accuplacer, or an entrance exam.

When should I transfer to the College of Nursing?

Many courses have specific sequencing; early transfer ensures you will stay on track with your graduation timeline.

How do I meet with my academic advisor?

Call the Student Affairs Office at 414-229-5047 or come to Cunningham Hall 135 to schedule an appointment or ask about walk-in hours. You can also e-mail your assigned advisor.

How long are my science credits good for?

All credit for required courses must have been earned in the 10 years preceding your start of the nursing major. Consult with your advisor to discuss your options if your classes are outside of this time frame.

Do I need to take a foreign language?

If you have successfully completed two years of the same foreign language in high school, then you have completed the UWM/CON foreign language requirement. If you did not complete these two years or if English is your second language, see your advisor to discuss options for completing the UWM foreign language requirement. If you hold a prior degree or started your college coursework prior to Fall 1999, you are exempt from this requirement.

How many general education requirements do I need?
  • Art: 3 credits
  • Humanities: 6 credits
  • History: 3 credits
  • Electives: 4 credits

You can find a listing of the courses that fulfill the GER requirements offered each semester in the Schedule of Classes under “Courses Approved for GER Distribution.” Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field do not need to comply with GER requirements.

Can I take pre-nursing courses at another campus and transfer them in?

Yes. Many prerequisite courses have equivalents at other schools. Be sure to contact your academic advisor to ensure that you’re taking appropriate courses. Call the Student Affairs office at 414-229-5047 to schedule an appointment or e-mail your assigned advisor.

Can I repeat a course if I’m not happy with my grade?

Prior to the start of the professional major, courses may be repeated only once and with no more than two total repeats. Grades of “C-” or lower MUST be replaced by grades of “C” or higher, however, repeats of courses that have been passed with a grade of “C” or higher do not count against the repeat rules. The higher grade is then calculated in your nursing GPA if done by the clinical application deadline

Is the nursing program competitive?

Yes. We do not have enough clinical spots for every student, so you must apply to continue into the professional major. This usually occurs during the sophomore year, but you can apply any semester as long as the prerequisite courses will be completed by the beginning of the major coursework. We accept 72 students in the Fall semester and 112 students in the Spring semester with an average of 160 applications each semester. Applications are reviewed based on pre-nursing and science GPA, leadership/work/volunteer, etc. experience, a series of short interviews and an on-site essay.

What happens if I’m not accepted into the major?

You can meet with your assigned professional nursing advisor to get feedback on your application. Based on the strengths and weaknesses of your application, your advisor will discuss options for retaking courses, gaining more volunteer experience or improving writing skills. Most students will decide to apply again the following semester, but some will decide to switch majors or transfer elsewhere.

Complete the Admitted Students Checklist and attend the Transfer & Adult New Student Orientation (TASO). UWM is a large campus and learning how to best navigate your resources ahead of time is ideal. We also recommend you begin finding ways to get connected to the UWM community to enhance your educational experience and make social connections with students in your program:

  • Living Learning Community (LLC)
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Inclusion & Diversity courses and offices
  • Service/Community learning courses
  • Internships
  • Student Involvement/Student Organizations
  • Study Abroad
  • Student Employment
  • Recreation & Fitness
  • Fall Welcome Activities