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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have additional questions about the transfer admissions process, take a look at the frequently asked questions and answers below or contact our office.

Have questions? Contact the Office of Transfer Admissions if you have any questions about the transfer process.


Are there required courses I need to take before I transfer?

No, you do not need to take specific courses before you transfer. The minimum requirements are 15 semester credits, or 22.5 quarter credits, of any completed college-level coursework after you have graduated from high school. If you have taken less than 15 semester credits, or 22.5 quarter credits, please submit your high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. This means you do not need a college-level math, English, foreign language or science with a lab to transfer to Biola.

What is the process for admission to Biola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program?

Biola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a 3.5–4.5 year program. Students must be admitted to and complete Biola’s pre-clinical nursing program. A student may not apply to Biola’s clinical nursing program until after completing at least one semester in Biola’s pre-clinical nursing program.

Your pre-clinical nursing time frame depends on the number of prerequisites you've completed (typically 1 semester to 1 year). The clinical nursing program will take 2.5​ years to complete, which results in a BSN degree and eligibility to take the NCLEX state board exam.

In order to understand how your prerequisites transfer, use the nursing degree plan and visit our Transfer Equivalency Tool to find the course equivalents at your institution. If your course is not listed, we can help you! Simply email and we’ll help you with your course evaluation process.

Application Process

Admission into Biola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing does not require a separate application beyond the general Biola University transfer application. Acceptance into the BSN program guarantees admission into pre-clinical nursing major, but not clinical nursing. There is a separate application process for the clinical nursing program that must be completed after finishing the pre-clinical nursing program requirements. The number of students applying varies from semester to semester, but there are only 30 spaces open each semester.

Below are the requirements for transfer students applying to the pre-clinical nursing program:

  • New Transfer Students with less than 2​4​ semester credits:
    • Meets Biola general academic, spiritual and social admissions requirements
    • High school cumulative 3.5 GPA
    • A minimum 20 on the ACT math section or 510 on the new SAT math section or 19 on CLT (Classical Learning Test) math section
  • New Transfer Students with 2​5​ or more semester credits:
    • Meets Biola general academic, spiritual and social admissions requirements
    • Cumulative college 3.2 GPA with no repeated science courses
    • No more than one “C” in any science prerequisite that has been taken
  • Alternative MSN and other Health Science Career Educational Tracks
    • If you do not want to commit an additional 3.5 to 4.5 years to your undergraduate education, there are alternative tracks to a nursing career — human biology, biochemistry, or biological science programs will prepare you to apply for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Please note that once you are accepted into these alternative programs, you will not be able to switch into the nursing program at a later point in time. For more information on the program, please visit the Nursing Department website.
  • MSN program duration varies from school to school, but typically takes 3–4 years to complete. In roughly the same amount of time you would commit to a BSN, you can complete your B.S. degree at Biola and move forward to complete your MSN. Human biology, biochemistry, biological science and communication sciences and disorders programs also prepare you for additional careers in the medical field.

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