BSN Prerequisite Course Equivalencies

Is This Course Equivalent to a Nursing Prerequisite Course?

Prerequisite courses are officially evaluated as part of the School of Nursing’s application review process. If you would like to have a nursing prerequisite course evaluated prior to application to determine if it will meet the UW–Madison nursing school’s prerequisite, please complete the following:

  1. Review the prerequisite information documents on this page to see if transfer course equivalents from your current/former institution(s) have already been established. We have evaluated course work from all UW System schools and Madison College. The equivalency documents list the courses offered at other institutions that meet our corresponding prerequisite requirements.
  2. Check the UW–Madison transfer equivalency databases (TIS and TED) maintained by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Transferable courses and equivalencies contained in the databases will satisfy nursing program prerequisites as stipulated.
  3. If you are unable to find/determine if a course is equivalent/transferable, compare the UW–Madison course descriptions detailed in the Course Guide with the course you believe might serve as an equivalent. Consider course title and objectives, prerequisites, credit load, lab/lecture hours, textbooks, sequence, etc. Generally speaking, if 90 percent of the course’s content is the same and the credits match, there is a strong possibility that the course will transfer as a prerequisite.
  4. If your self-evaluation is inconclusive, you may request a preliminary, unofficial evaluation by the School of Nursing. You do not need to have a course evaluated if it is included in the databases listed above. To request an evaluation, complete the appropriate Prerequisite Course Evaluation Form and submit it via email per the instructions on the form.

Accelerated BSN Course Equivalency Evaluation Request Form (pdf)

Traditional BSN Course Equivalency Evaluation Request Form (pdf)

Course Equivalency Tables

The School of Nursing has created equivalency tables to assist students in their prerequisite planning from the regional schools listed below. The tables show the courses offered that meet our corresponding prerequisite requirements. It is important to remember these are only guides. We strive to maintain current information, however course numbers and descriptions do change. Courses are officially evaluated as part of the application review process.  If your school or course is not listed on our tables, please complete a Prerequisite Course Evaluation Request Form for your respective program and submit it via email per the instructions on the form.

Accelerated BSN Course Equivalency Evaluation Request Form (pdf)

Traditional BSN Course Equivalency Evaluation Request Form (pdf)