Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) Admission Requirements
PLEASE NOTE: As of March 1, 2018, some of the admission requirements have changed. These changes apply to the Fall 2019 admission cycle. Please thoroughly review the updated website.
Applicants to the program will only be considered if they have met all of the below requirements.
Currently a CSUF student
Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate CSUF student at the time of application.
Students within any major are allowed to apply and no majors are given preference.
If not currently enrolled at CSUF, transfer students must apply to CSUF into a major other than nursing.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25.
You must earn a “B-” or higher in each science prerequisite course. You must earn a "C" or higher in each non-science prerequisite course.
Courses do not expire.
Please visit the Prerequisite Courses page for the list of courses and more information.
School of Nursing Application
The online application for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program will be available on our website from December 1 - January 15
Letters of recommendation and entrance exams (i.e.: TEAS, HESI) are not required or accepted for admission to the program.
Veteran Admission Considerations
CSUF SON will accept qualified CSUF student applicants who have completed relevant military education and experiences, have met the admission requirements, and who present documented equivalency courses. These individuals are eligible for consideration of taking a challenge exam as outlined in the CSUF University Catalog and the BSN Student Handbook once admitted to the nursing program.
Executive Order 1036 Article 1 Credit by Examinations and Article 2.3 Verification and Evaluation of Learning, Knowledge, or Skills Acquired through Experience fulfills BRN regulations related to Military Credit in nursing. The Executive Order is clear that evaluation of courses is “in accord with legitimate academic standards by faculty who are competent in the appropriate disciplines.” As applicable, previous education for all military candidates is evaluated for transfer credit. The School of Nursing will verify and evaluate nursing content. Appropriate disciplines will verify pre-requisites to admission and other non-nursing but required coursework.
Previous Health Related Experience Admission Considerations
Candidates who have taken courses related to nursing with a theoretical foundation and are currently practicing in the healthcare setting (i.e., CNA, Respiratory Tech, Hemodialysis Tech, LPT, and Phlebotomist) and those with military experience related to nursing (i.e. medic), may challenge specific courses. The student must make an appointment with the Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor to discuss this option and his/her qualifications. Eligible candidates will be given the challenge process for specific courses. The University policy for challenge exams will be followed.
Previous Nursing Education Considerations
Candidates with previous Registered Nursing education may be given transfer credit for previous nursing courses equivalent to the School of Nursing courses. The student must make an appointment with the Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor to discuss this option and his/her qualifications. The School of Nursing will verify and evaluate nursing content. Appropriate disciplines will verify pre-requisites to admission and other non-nursing but required coursework. Admission consideration for qualified applicants will be according to availability of space.