Transfer Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Health Science Programs

The four health science programs that grant undergraduate degrees are Medical Laboratory Sciences (formerly Clinical Laboratory Sciences), Dental Hygiene, Mortuary Science, and Nursing. Students are admitted to the professional degree program at either the sophomore (Nursing and Dental Hygiene) or junior year (Medical Laboratory Sciences and Mortuary Science), typically having completed 30-60 semester credits, the prerequisite requirements, and the University's liberal education requirements. On a space available basis, students may be able to transfer to the Medical Laboratory Sciences program in their senior year. Transfer students who begin their studies at the University before they have completed the prerequisite requirements or credit totals generally enter the College of Liberal Arts (as an "undeclared" major or with a CLA major as their second choice) or another college where they may enroll in appropriate pre-professional coursework. Note: Dental hygiene, dual degree dental hygiene/dental therapy, and mortuary science students do not have to complete all liberal education requirements prior to admission.

All students planning to apply to a health science degree program are encouraged to fulfill health science immunization requirements at the time of application. A signed health clearance form with proof of immunizations will be a condition for enrollment after admission to the program, unless you qualify for an exemption to the immunization requirements. Please contact the program you are interested in for the specific immunization requirements expected of all students in the health sciences.

Campus visits for students interested in health sciences

Campus tours for prospective transfer students are offered Monday through Friday. On campus tour, you'll discover our historic campus and see where U of M students attend class, study, and relax. To schedule a campus tour, visit http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/visit or call the VISITLINE at 612-625-0000 or 1-800-752-1000 (toll-free).

In addition, transfer advising is available by appointment in three of the undergraduate health science programs. For an appointment or more information, please call the program office directly:

Dental Hygiene and Dual Degree Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy:
Prospective dental hygiene and dental hygiene/dental therapy dual degree students are strongly encouraged to attend a program information session. Information sessions are held regularly in the Health Careers Center. Sessions include information about the programs and question and answer time. For more details and to make a reservation, visit http://www.healthcareers.umn.edu. Click on Info Sessions and Events and then Dental Hygiene or call 612-625-7477.

Mortuary Science: 612-624-6464
Prospective mortuary science students are encouraged to contact the program office to schedule a tour and advising session.

Nursing: 612-625-7980
The School of Nursing Office of Student Services hosts regularly scheduled B.S.N. information sessions. Get more information.

Medical Laboratory Sciences

15-194 Phillips-Wangensteen (East Bank, Minneapolis campus)
877-334-2659
https://www.alliedhealth.umn.edu/medical-laboratory-sciences

The bachelor's degree program in Medical Laboratory Sciences includes a liberal arts education and a thorough grounding in the basic sciences, as well as clinical experiences in various laboratories. After a competitive holistic review, including an interview and skills assessment, students are admitted into the program at the junior or senior year, depending on the number of courses completed. Upon completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to practice.

Degree options: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Deadlines

Spring semester 2018 No spring admission
Fall semester 2018 Early Review (cum. GPA 3.25): October 15
Priority: February 1
Yr 3 Final: July 1
Yr 4 Final: June 1

Prerequisite coursework and admission requirements

Transfer applicants must have:

  • Completed courses in biology, human physiology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and mathematics (calculus and statistics.)
  • Completed the University's liberal education requirements. Two upper-level writing requirements will be satisfied in-program.
  • Completed a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  • A preferred minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.75.
  • Submitted documentation of immunizations and medical insurance to Boynton Health Service as a condition of acceptance to the program. Please refer to the Web site for specific policy and forms (http://www.bhs.umn.edu/immunization-requirements.htm#ahc-student). We recommend that you start early to complete immunization requirements.

Admission to the professional program is competitive because of the limited number of students who can be accommodated in the teaching and clinical facilities. Applicants are considered for admission for fall semester only.

Students who have a baccalaureate degree in a science curriculum and have completed required prerequisite and foundation courses may finish the program in as little as 15 months. Interested students should attend a free MLS First Step session provided by the Health Careers Center, or online, to ascertain their readiness to apply to the program. Students should register to ensure a place is reserved for them:

https://www.alliedhealth.umn.edu/medical-laboratory-sciences-mls/prospective-students/first-step-session

To be considered for admissions into the MLS Program, applicants must complete the undergraduate application and the online MLS Program application.

MLS Transfer Student Profile

Number of Admitted Students for Fall 2017: 13
Fall 2017 Average Transfer GPA: 3.52
Transfer GPA range distribution: 4.0-3.5 62%
3.49-3.0 31%
2.99-2.5 8%
Below 2.5 0%

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Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy (School of Dentistry)

15-163 Moos Tower (East Bank, Minneapolis campus)
612-625-7477
http://www.dentistry.umn.edu

The Program in Dental Hygiene was established at the University of Minnesota in 1919, is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and is the only dental hygiene program in Minnesota that grants a Bachelor of Science degree and is affiliated with a school of dentistry. The program blends a solid dental hygiene clinical education with the biological, behavioral, and social sciences, as well as the liberal arts. The accelerated dental hygiene program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in three years (rather than completing a traditional four-year program). Students complete one year of prerequisite courses, followed by six consecutive semesters of professional courses.

In September 2009, the University of Minnesota became the first dental school in the nation to educate dental therapists. Dental therapists perform basic preventive services, drill and restore teeth for children and adults, and remove primary (baby) teeth under supervision by a Minnesota licensed dentist. To better meet the needs of oral health care providers and patients in Minnesota, the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene/Master of Dental Therapy dual degree program was created in 2016. Dual-licensed hygienists/therapists provide flexibility in meeting the preventative and restorative needs of patients. Students complete 1 year of prerequisite coursework, followed by a 32 month year round program.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Diversity, 612-625-7477.

Degree options:

  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene/Master of Dental Therapy

Deadlines

Spring semester 2018 No spring admission
Fall semester 2018 Final: January 8

Prerequisite coursework and admissions requirements

Transfer applicants must have:

  • Completed all the prerequisites or indicate a plan to do so prior to entry. Lists of specific courses are available on the School of Dentistry's website.
  • Completed most of the University's liberal education requirements. Students may fulfill some of the requirements with courses in the pre-professional or professional programs.

Admission to the Dental Hygiene and the Dual Degree Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy programs is competitive and occurs once a year for fall semester entry. All applicants, regardless of date of high school graduation, must submit a high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores if they have not already obtained a bachelor’s degree. In addition to completing this online application, all applicants must complete either the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene application and/or the Dual Degree Dental Hygiene/Dental Therapy supplemental application, which are available online. For more information, visit http://www.dentistry.umn.edu.

Applicants who have completed the application by the deadline will have their application materials referred to the program office for consideration.

Dental Hygiene Transfer Student Profile

Number of Admitted Students for Fall 2017: 20
Fall 2017 Average Transfer GPA: 3.23

Please contact the department directly for more information.

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Mortuary Science (Medical School)

A275 Mayo (East Bank, Minneapolis campus)
612-624-6464
mortsci@umn.edu
http://www.mortuaryscience.umn.edu

Established in 1908, the Program of Mortuary Science is the only program of its kind to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in affiliation with a medical college. Coursework includes basic and behavioral sciences, and is enhanced by extensive, clinically-based field placement activities. Graduates are academically credentialed to seek employment as funeral service practitioners in all 50 states. Additionally, students also pursue this degree as a starting point for graduate work in fields including medicine, psychology, sociology, theology, education, and forensic science.

Degree options: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Deadlines

Spring semester 2018 No spring admission
Fall semester 2018 Priority: February 1
Final: August 15

Prerequisite coursework and admissions requirements

Transfer applicants must have:

  • Completed at least one course in each of the following areas: English composition, statistics, general biology with laboratory, accounting, general psychology, general chemistry with laboratory, introduction to sociology, interpersonal communication, and human anatomy.
  • Completed a minimum of 60 semester credits with grades of A, B, C, S, or P.
  • Completed prerequisite coursework with a preferred minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Students who have completed all of the admission and liberal education requirements or have earned a previous bachelor's degree may be eligible to enroll in the Advanced Standing Plan.

Applicants who have completed the application by the deadline for admission to the Mortuary Science program will have their application materials referred to the program office for consideration.

Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation

All students applying to the Mortuary Science program must submit a professional statement and two letters of recommendation with their transfer admission application materials. Information on these required documents is available on the Mortuary Science admissions webpage.

Mortuary Science Transfer Student Profile

Number of Admitted Students for Fall 2017: 20
Fall 2017 Average Transfer GPA: 3.12
Transfer GPA range distribution: 4.0-3.5 25%
3.49-3.0 35%
2.99-2.5 25%
Below 2.5 15%

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Nursing (School of Nursing)

2-139 Weaver-Densford Hall (East Bank, Minneapolis campus)
612-625-7980
http://www.nursing.umn.edu/bsn

Established in 1909 as the first nursing school on a university campus in the United States, the School of Nursing is recognized as one of the best in the field. Continuing its tradition of preparing leaders in the profession of nursing, the school offers a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) as a foundation for professional practice and graduate study.

The four-year B.S.N. program consists of one year of prerequisite courses and a three-year nursing sequence. Students are admitted to the three-year sequence after completing the prerequisites. Admission is once a year for the upcoming fall semester. The program has a full-time, day school curriculum and has two locations, one in the Twin Cities and one in Rochester. All transfer students are located at the Rochester location on the University of Minnesota Rochester campus. There is not an option to be admitted to the Twin Cities location as a transfer student. Admission is competitive.

Degree options: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Deadlines

Spring semester 2018 No spring admission
Fall semester 2018 Final: February 1

Prerequisite coursework and admissions requirements:

To be considered for the program, at the time of application transfer applicants must have:

  • Completed or have in progress at least six of the seven college level/college credit prerequisites listed in the application, with the ability to complete all seven prerequisites before entering the program in September.
  • At least one biological or physical science course must be completed at time of application with a grade of C- or better. Biological or physical science courses are defined as Chemistry, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology I. (Anatomy and Physiology I must have been completed within the 10 years prior to fall start date in the program.)
  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • All courses (completed or in progress), except for one, taken A-F.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • Proof of English proficiency, if applicable: Paper based TOEFL (PBT) score of 586, Computer based TOEFL (CBT) score of 240, Internet based TOEFL (IBT) score or 95, or a MELAB score of 58.

Applicants with fewer than 26 college semester credits are also evaluated on the following:

  • High school GPA. The School of Nursing has a preferred minimum high school GPA of 3.4.
  • ACT or SAT composite score. School of Nursing admits with fewer than 26 credits have an average ACT score of 27.6 or SAT score of 1897.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N) major is competitive. The degree is offered through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with transfer students located at the Rochester campus and completing their practicum at the Mayo Clinic. Applicants are advised to contact the School of Nursing Office of Student and Career Advancement Services (612-625-7980) or sonstudentinfo@umn.edu, or check http://www.nursing.umn.edu for more information.

In addition to applying for admission to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, transfer students must also submit the School of Nursing Application, which is available online. The Fall 2018 application must be complete by 4:30 p.m. on February 1, 2018.

Nursing Transfer Student* Profile

Number of Admitted Students for Fall 2017: 35
Fall 2017 Average Transfer GPA: 3.61
Transfer GPA range distribution: 4.0-3.5 63%
3.49-3.0 37%
2.99-2.5 0%
Below 2.5 0%

* The University of Minnesota Twin Cities maintains a small transfer cohort whose course instruction occurs at our satellite location in Rochester.

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