You’ve decided to transfer into a new nursing program — congratulations! This is an exciting time and an opportunity for you to learn more, do more, and explore more for your career path. However, the transfer process may seem a little overwhelming in the beginning. With so many factors to consider, where do you begin?
Fortunately, Athens State University specializes in helping students navigate the transfer process as they prepare for their next phase of learning. Here are some of our recommended steps to set you up for success during the transfer process:
Research nursing program requirements.
Before you start the transfer process, it’s essential to understand the requirements you need to qualify. Take time to review the nursing programs you want to attend and ensure that you meet the necessary criteria to be accepted.
If there are any prerequisite courses you need, try to complete them as soon as possible so you meet all the necessary deadlines. And remember that maintaining a good academic record in all coursework can increase your chances of being accepted into the nursing program of your choice.
Check the GPA requirements to see if your current score either meets or exceeds them. And be sure that you have an adequate amount of transferable semester hours before your term of admission.
Meet with an admission counselor.
It’s also a good idea to meet with an admission advisor or counselor to discuss your transfer plans. Every situation is different, and they can give personalized insight to help you determine which courses you need.
They can also provide guidance on the application process and identify financial aid opportunities you may be eligible for, saving you time and money as you explore your nursing program options.
Try to meet with an admission counselor or advisor as early on in the transfer process as possible to avoid any delays in completing the necessary paperwork. And be sure to prepare questions ahead of your initial meeting so you can get all of the information you need.
Some questions to consider while researching nursing programs are:
- What are their accreditations?
- What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
- What job placement and career support are available for graduates?
- What clinical experiences can students expect?
Apply for admission.
Once you’ve completed your research and information gathering, it’s time to apply! Carefully review the application requirements and deadlines, and pay attention to the details to ensure you have everything you need.
Most applications usually include the following elements:
- Application form
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended
- Any required test scores (like the SAT or ACT)
Aim to submit your application as early as possible to ensure you make the deadline and are considered for admission. After you’ve submitted, follow up with the admission office to confirm your application has been received and is complete.
Also, keep a checklist of the materials needed for each program you apply to. There are several moving parts to any application, and staying organized will help avoid any delays in the process.
As one of the few upper division universities in the nation, we’re experts in helping students navigate the transfer process. We know what it takes to get you from where you are to where you want to be, and we can help you cross the finish line from the nursing program into the career you’ve always envisioned. Contact one of our admission counselors today to start your transfer journey.