Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply to the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program? When is the application open?

Applying to the program is a one-step process. Prospective applicants must apply online through the School of Nursing website. The School of Nursing application is open from February 1-February 28 each year. As all applicants to this program are already CSUF students, applicants do not complete a CSU Apply (formerly "CSUmentor") university application.

How frequently are students admitted into the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

Students are admitted into the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program in the fall semester only.

How many students are admitted into the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

The School of Nursing admits around 5 to 10 students into the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program. Admission numbers for this pathway will vary from year to year based on space available.

Do I need to be a current CSUF student to be eligible for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

Yes. An applicant can only apply to the program if he or she is a current CSUF student. Students must be enrolled in coursework at CSUF during the application period (spring semester).

What are the prerequisite requirements? Can I repeat a prerequisite course for higher grade?

Please visit our prerequisite course page for detailed information on each prerequisite. Additionally, applicants are required to complete "Introduction to Psychology" and "Introduction to Sociology" OR "Cultural Anthropology" prior to starting the program, or during the first year of the program. The School of Nursing recommends finishing these courses prior to entering the nursing program.

The School of Nursing allows one (1) repeat within the science prerequisite requirements. If a student fails one of the science prerequisite requirements, he or she may repeat the course for a higher grade. If a student has failed two (2) prerequisite courses he or she will be disqualified from the program.

Can I have prerequisite requirements in-progress during the application process?

Yes. Applicants may have two (2) prerequisites (only one may be a science prerequisite) in progress during the spring semester of the application period. No prerequisite courses may be completed the summer prior to starting the program.

Does prerequisite coursework expire after 5 years?

No. The School of Nursing does not have expiration dates on any prerequisite coursework. Please make sure that the course was transferable to the CSU system at the time of completion.

How do I know if a course will fulfill the prerequisite requirement?

An applicant may either review the Approved Prerequisite Courses documents on the program prerequisite page of this website, or review transferable coursework from California institutions through ASSISTOpens in new window . If a course is not on either platform, an applicant may email nursing@fullerton.edu with a course description and a syllabus for review.

Can AP credit from high school fulfill the prerequisite requirements?

Advanced Placement (AP) credit may only fulfill non-science prerequisite courses.

Can online courses fulfill the prerequisite requirements?

Online lecture courses will fulfill prerequisite requirements. No online science labs will be accepted.

What is the required grade point average for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

An applicant must have a minimum 3.25 GPA on college-level coursework and prerequisite requirements. Due to the nature of the program’s impacted status, an applicant must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average. There are measures students can take to recover and rehabilitate his or her cumulative grade point average. One important basic principal: the more credit hours you have acquired, the more credit hours with higher grades it will take to raise your GPA.

  • REPEAT A COURSE(S): If you received a low grade (C- or lower) in any of your coursework, you should consider repeating the course. Please consult with a counselor/advisor at your institution for more information about repeating a course for a higher grade.
  • ENROLL: Enrolling into a 3 unit course and receiving a high grade (A or B), can slowly raise your GPA.

Every institution has different policies. It’s paramount that you discuss all of your options with a counselor or advisor at the institution you plan to raise your grade point average.

Am I required to take the HESI or TEAS exam prior to applying to the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

No. The School of Nursing does not require and will not accept entrance exams, like the HESI or TEAS, for admission into the nursing program.

Are letters of recommendation required for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

No. The School of Nursing does not require and will not accept letters of recommendation for admission into the nursing program.

How are students chosen for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

Applicants will be scored and ranked from highest to lowest based on the admission criteria.

If I am chosen for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program, but am unable to attend in the fall, can I defer my admission?

No. If a student is accepted into the program, he or she must enroll into the required coursework the first semester. Unfortunately, students are not able to defer admission. If a student is unable to start the program, he or she will need to reapply to the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) for the following year.

Is there a waitlist for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

No. The Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program does not have a waitlist. If an applicant is not accepted into the program, he or she must reapply the following year.

Am I required to complete work and volunteer experience?

An applicant is not required to complete work or volunteer experience for the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway).

Will experience working or volunteering in a dentist, physical therapy, optical care, or chiropractic office be acceptable?

The School of Nursing will not accept work or volunteer experience from these offices.

How long is the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program?

The Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program consists of 61 semester units of nursing coursework that must be completed full-time throughout the course of 3 years (6 semesters).

When are courses offered during the semester?

Lecture courses are held in the morning or afternoon during the weekday. Lecture courses are not held on the weekends or during the night. Clinical hours (lab) can be scheduled any day of the week, and are either 8, 10, or 12 hour shifts. These shifts will either be day-time shifts, or over-night shifts. Please view the curriculum page for a sample course schedule.

Am I able to take a semester off or attend the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program part-time?

No. Students are not able to attend the program part-time or take a semester off from the program due to it being a full-time, cohort-style program. Nursing courses do not take place in the summer, so students will have summer off.

Where will the clinical hours be completed? How many clinical hours are required?

The School of Nursing has many clinical partners. Clinical placement sites will be within a 50 mile radius of the main CSUF campus.

CLINICAL HOURS:

NURS 402L - 135hrs
NURS 403L - 135hrs
NURS 404L - 90 hrs
NURS 405L - 135 hrs
NURS 406L - 90 hrs
NURS 407L - 90 hrs
NURS 410L - 90 hrs
NURS 411L - 135 hrs
NURS 412L - 135 hrs

What is the cost of the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program? Is financial aid available?

For tuition fees, the School of Nursing encourages you to review the Tuition and Campus-Based fees stated on the Student Financial Services websiteOpens in new window . Please keep in mind that all CSU listed fees are regarded as estimates that are subject to change. The listed fees do not include other expenses (i.e. textbooks).The School of Nursing encourages students to review information regarding school loans and financial aid at the ;Student Financial ServicesOpens in new window and Financial AidOpens in new window websites.