Admission Criteria and Transfer Credit

Nursing student on computerAdmissions Process

Application deadlines will be established prior to each start date.  All materials must be received and fully approved by this date to be considered for admission to the nursing program.

Upper Iowa University’s RN to BSN Program utilizes an online application.  The application procedure for admission to the RN to BSN Program is as follows:

  1. An application packet must be completed and submitted by:
    1. clicking on the following link and submitting your application online
    2. select the “continue” button below the Undergraduate heading and complete all sections 
    3. please note, on page 5, number 1, from the drop down menu, select Nursing xxx for the location/program you would like to attend.  For example if you would like the nursing program in Des Moines, you would select Nursing-Des Moines
    4. Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) applicants, please do not complete the application until after you have been notified of admission to the cooperating Associate Degree Nursing program
  2. You may begin your studies at the time that works best for you.  The online program offers starts in August, January, and May. Our Hybrid locations offer a fall (August) start only.  The CEP offers starts in fall and spring. Most elective courses required for graduation may be taken at any time. 
  3. Admission Criteria
    1. RN-BSN (Non CEP)
      1. Current Licensure as a Registered Nurse in state of attendance, or compact state if applicable.
      2. Completed application form found by clicking “apply now” button at
      3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
      4. Evidence of current CPR certification View Student Instructions for
      5. Evidence of meeting current health and immunization requirements. View Student Instructions for
      6. Official transcript(s) from all colleges attended
      7. Completed background check.  View Student Instructions for
    2. CEP – refer to the current informational brochure at the community or technical college offering the CEP program.  Questions may be sent to
  4. A decision of acceptance to the RN-BSN program will be made by the Nursing Department Chair upon meeting admission criteria. Notification of acceptance will be sent to all applicants via email.

Transfer credit

Upper Iowa University accepts transfer credit from accredited community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. Students may transfer up to 78 lower division credits. They may also transfer up to 12 upper division credits from a four-year college or university. Each student's transcript will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine which credits will transfer.

For more information:

Submit our online inquiry form or contact us directly.