Accelerated BSN Selection Process

This pathway is impacted, therefore we cannot accept all qualified applicants. The School of Nursing will begin reviewing applications after the January 15 deadline. During the initial application review, the Nursing Advisor looks for the application components listed below. If the application meets the minimum requirements, the applicant will move forward in the review process. Points will be awarded based on criteria completed by the end of the application period (January 15). The top applicants will be invited to interview. The final group offered admission will come from these interviews. 

ADMISSION CRITERIA POINTS POSSIBLE
Prerequisite Course GPA 40
Overall Cumulative GPA 30
Proficiency in a Second Language 10
Applicable Work or Volunteer Experience 10
Completion of Additional Courses 5
Residency 5
POSSIBLE BONUS POINTS: Veteran/Active Duty or Spouse of Veteran/A.D. 5
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS 100 - 105

OVERALL CUMULATIVE GPA (30 pOINTS POSSIBLE)

The minimum cumulative GPA required for admission consideration is 3.25. The GPA is calculated using the applicant's college-level, transferable units. The Nursing Advisor works in partnership with the CSUF Office of Admissions to calculate an official cumulative GPA.

Courses taken for Credit/No Credit or earned with AP/IB Credit are not factored into the GPA calculation. Additionally, any Spring in-progress coursework is not factored into the GPA calculation.

GPA POINTS GPA POINTS
3.25 - 3.35 4 3.66 - 3.75 22
3.36 - 3.45 8 3.76 - 3.85 26
3.46 - 3.55 12 3.86 - 3.95 28
3.56 - 3.65 16 3.96 - 4.00 30

PREREQUISITE COURSE GPA (40 pOINTS POSSIBLE)

The minimum prerequisite course GPA required for admission consideration is 3.25. The prerequisite course GPA is calculated using the applicant's required prerequisite coursework: CSU GE A.1, CSU GE A.2, CSU GE A.3, Statistics, Human Anatomy + Lab, Human Physiology + Lab, Microbiology + Lab, and Integrated Chemistry (inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) + Lab.

If AP/IB Credit was earned for CSU GE A.2 or Statistics, those courses will not be factored into the GPA calculation. Additionally, any Spring in-progress coursework will not be factored into the GPA calculation.

GPA POINTS GPA POINTS
3.25 - 3.35 5 3.66 - 3.75 25
3.36 - 3.45 10 3.76 - 3.85 30
3.46 - 3.55 15 3.86 - 3.95 35
3.56 - 3.65 20 3.96 - 4.00 40

PROFICIENCY IN A SECOND LANGUAGE (OPTIONAL)
(10 POINTS POSSIBLE)

Applicants who are skilled in a language other than English will be awarded points on their application. There will be more information on this optional area within the Nursing application. All documentation is subject to verification and approval.

  • Native Speaker: You grew up speaking a language other than English, or in a bilingual home.
  • Fluent: You can keep up in almost any conversation in that language.
  • Proficient: Your vocabulary may still be limited (you might need a translation dictionary), but you have a good understanding of verb tenses and sentence structure.
  • Conversational: You have basic language ability, such as the ability to order food or get directions.
Level of Proficiency Points
Native Speaker or Fluent in a language other than English 10
Proficient in a language other than English 6

APPLICABLE WORK OR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
(OPTIONAL)
(10 pOINTS POSSIBLE)

Points will only be awarded for applicable work OR volunteer experience – not both. Please see below for the documents we will accept for this optional upload. All documentation is subject to verification and approval.

Work Experience: We will only accept work experience through clinical certifications and/or licensed positions. Applicants must upload proof of current certificate or active license within the last ten years. Military positions must upload the military transcript. We accept the following certifications or licenses: Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, Licensed Psychiatric Technician, Registered Dental Assistant, Home Health Aid, Phlebotomist (CPT I or II), EMT, Paramedic, Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapist, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Military Corpsman or Medic. Resumes and /or CVs will not be accepted.

CNA, Corpsman or Medic 10 points
EMT, Paramedic, MA, Respiratory Therapist 7 points 
Home Health Aid, Phlebotomist (CPT I or II) 4 points 
PTA, OTA, LPT, or RDA 2 points

Volunteer Experience: Generally only accepted if you are supervised by a physician or RN, or it is completed in an acute care (hospital), skilled nursing facility, or hospice facility. Volunteer experience must involve personal interaction with patients or residents. Volunteer work at private residences is not accepted (unless trained/supervised by a physician or RN). Please use the Verification of Volunteer Hours Letter Template.  PDF File Resumes and/or CVs will not be accepted.

200 or More Hours 10 points
131 – 199 Hours 7 points 
61 – 130 Hours 4 points 
1 - 60 Hours 2 points

RESIDENCY (5 POINTS POSSIBLE)

Points will be awarded based on the county where the applicant resides. All documentation is subject to verification and approval.

Residency Location Points
Orange, Riverside, or San Bernardino Counties 5
Other California Counties 3

COMPLETION oF ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES
(5 POINTS POSSIBLE)

Applicants are required to complete two additional required courses:  Introduction to Psychology  AND  Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology.  Unlike the prerequisites, these courses are not required to be complete before starting the BSN pathway, but points will be awarded to applicants who submit proof of completing these course(s) or proof of in-progress status by the January 15 deadline.

Course Completion Points
Both courses complete or in-progress with a grade of C or higher 5
One (1) course complete or in-progress with a grade of C or higher 3
Neither course complete or in-progress by the January 15 deadline 0