Nursing School Transfer

If you would like to transfer from another nursing program in Canada, you may do so by completing the same application process as all University of Alberta applicants and supplying the requested documents by the applicable document deadline. Students also must meet the required post-secondary admission grade point average for the year they are applying to receive admission.

Once the faculty has all your documents, a comparison of your education will be made. To help this process, you will likely also need to submit course outlines for your previous nursing program. Because of the level of assessment that needs to be done, admission for transfer students will take longer and an admission decision might not be received until August.

Bachelor degrees in nursing across Canada are similar in terms of the overall content of the full degree because of the guidelines programs are required to follow in the education of registered nurses. However, every school packages the content of that education differently over the years of study and it is difficult to piece together the content from one year at one school to the same year of another school. As such, you may or may not transfer into the same year in the U of A's nursing program as you were in your previous nursing program, depending on how differently the two programs are structured.

Transferring into Year 4 specifically is not possible because a student could not complete enough courses at the University of Alberta to meet the U of A Residence Requirements. In Year 4, a student would need to be admitted as a Visiting Student (Refer to Classification of Students in the University Calendar) and would need permission from their school to take the U of A Faculty of Nursing's Year 4 courses for transfer credit back to their own program.