Accelerated BSN Application Process

Step 1

Thoroughly read through the website so that you fully understand all the minimum requirements for admission to this pathway, and understand the required steps of the application process. Please note that an applicant cannot be admitted to the university without also being admitted to the major; admission decisions will arrive after the entire application process (outlined below) has been completed.

Step 2

Complete the CSUF university undergraduate application between October 1 - November 30 via  Cal State ApplyOpens in new window   Opens in new window . If you have questions about the University application, please contact the CSUF Office of Admissions directly. If you are having technical issues with the Cal State Apply application, please contact Opens in new window Cal State Apply directly.

Step 3

The School of Nursing online application (separate from Cal State Apply) will be available on our Apply Now page between December 1 - January 15. A completed School of Nursing online application includes uploading all required documents:

  • Transcripts. Individual unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended  (required).
    • Your unofficial transcript upload must show that your bachelor’s degree is conferred (required).
      • If you are graduating in the Fall of the application period, and your degree does not post before 1/15, please email: before the application deadline.
      • CSUF ALUMNI: You must upload an unofficial transcript. We will not accept TDAs to meet this requirement.
    • If an applicant attended a higher education institution outside of the USA, they must submit the native language unofficial transcript AND a professional equivalency evaluation in English (required).
    • It is required that the applicant's final Fall grades (during the application period) are to be uploaded before the 1/15 deadline (required).
    • If an applicant will be in-progress with any courses during the Winter term of the application period, the applicant must upload proof of enrollment before the 1/15 deadline.  The advisor will follow up with the applicant via email, to collect the final grade in January or early February (required). 
    • If an applicant will be in-progress with any courses during the Spring semester of the application period, the applicant must upload proof of enrollment before the 1/15 deadline (required).
  • AP/IB Score Report. If an applicant has earned AP or IB credit, they  must  upload their score report. We will not accept AP/IB credit displayed on an institution transcript – we will only accept the College Board or IB report (required).
  • Verification of Volunteer Hours LetterPDF File Opens in new window (optional / if applicable).
  • Work Experience: Clinical Certifications or Licenses (optional / if applicable).

Please note that only COMPLETE applications are considered for admission.


Step 4

Have one set of  official transcriptsOpens in new window   Opens in new window from  every  college-level institution you have attended sent to the CSUF Office of Admissions, either electronically or by mail. If you have earned AP/IB credit, you must also send your official score report.  The deadline is February 15.  Please make sure to send your transcripts to the CSUF Office of Admissions and not to the School of Nursing. CSUF  currently accepts electronic college transcripts, o r, you may have your official transcripts mailed    to the address below.   The preferred method is electronic official transcripts.

California State University, Fullerton
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6900
Fullerton, CA 92834

Step 5

All completed applications will be reviewed for admission. Top candidates will be invited to participate in an essay and interview. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to interview.

PLEASE NOTE: Once admitted into the program, you are required to have current health insurance, current CA driver's license, auto insurance, CPR certification, and must also meet the health requirements of the university and assigned clinical agencies. Health clearance requirements include the following: physical exam, two (2) step Tuberculosis screening, and positive titers for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis-B, and flu vaccine. The majority of healthcare agencies require that nursing students have a clear criminal background check in order to participate in clinical placement(s) at their respective facilities; background checks will be required of all students. Please be aware that a social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) is required for background checks and for applying for license as a Registered Nurse in California.