Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete all prerequisite requirements prior to starting the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) program. No prerequisite courses may be completed in the summer semester following the application period. Applicants may, however, have two (2) prerequisite courses in-progress (only one may be a science prerequisite) the spring semester of the application period. Please note that only one (1) repeat is permitted for the science prerequisite courses,  and only one (1) repeat is permitted in each of the non-science  prerequisite courses.

Courses should not be taken Credit/No Credit. If a course has already been taken and passed for Credit, we will assume a grade of “C” for such course(s) in the calculation of the prerequisite GPA. If course credit was earned through AP exams taken in high school, those exams with a score of 3 or higher, will be accepted and will not be calculated into the prerequisite courses GPA.

PREREQUISITE COURSES MUST BE COMPLETE PRIOR TO STARTING THE PROGRAM.

  • 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.

The approved courses on each Approved Courses List are subject to change. If a course has been completed that is not on this list, please email the course description and syllabus to:  nursing@fullerton.edu  for review.

REQUIRED SCIENCE PREREQUISITE COURSES

Must earn a B- or higher. Online labs are not accepted.

Human Anatomy + Lab

If an integrated A&P I course is taken a corresponding A&P II course MUST be taken at the same institution.

"Approved Anatomy & Physiology courses at other institutions" - UPDATED LIST COMING AUGUST 2018

KNES 191A or BIOL 361 at CSUF

Human Physiology + Lab

If an integrated A&P I course is taken a corresponding A&P II course MUST be taken at the same institution.
      *NOTE: Mammalian Physiology courses will not be accepted.

"Approved Anatomy & Physiology courses at other institutions" - UPDATED LIST COMING AUGUST 2018

BIOL 191B or BIOL 310 at CSUF

Microbiology + Lab

"Approved Microbiology courses at other institutions" - UPDATED LIST COMING AUGUST 2018

BIOL 202 or BIOL 302 at CSUF

Chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry) + Lab

A chemistry course, or series of courses, covering inorganic (general), organic, and biochemistry.

"Approved Chemistry courses at other institutions" - UPDATED LIST COMING AUGUST 2018

CHEM 200 at CSUF

REQUIRED NON-SCIENCE PREREQUISITE COURSES

Must earn a C or higher.

English Composition

Only approved CSU A.2 courses will be accepted.

Students who receive credit for successful completion of an AP examination must submit proof of the AP score.

Oral Communication

Only approved CSU A.1 courses will be accepted. Generally, a public speaking course that covers the theory and presentation of speeches.

Critical Thinking

Only approved CSU A.3 courses will be accepted.  This course must be taken  from an institution within the United States.  For those who have attended private institutions or out of state institutions, we recommend using the Cal State Apply site (www.calstate.edu) to research the definition of a CSU A.3 Critical Thinking course.  Typically, but not all, courses which qualify as an A.3 course include a 2nd semester of college-level English, as part of a 1-year sequence, or a 'Logic' course.  

Statistics

Any statistics course that falls into the B.4 category is acceptable. A statistics course that is not B.4 approved must be approved by the SON.

Students who receive credit for successful completion of an AP examination must submit proof of the AP score.

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS 

You must earn a "C" or higher in each of these courses.These two additional courses must be completed (if not already completed) during the first year of nursing coursework. "Introduction to Psychology" AND "Introduction to Sociology" OR "Cultural Anthropology." 

PSYC 101 at CSUF

Students who receive credit for successful completion of an AP examination must submit proof of the AP score.

Approved Introduction to Psychology courses at other institutionsPDF File Opens in new window

SOCI 101 or ANTH 102 at CSUF

Approved Introduction to Sociology & Cultural Anthropology courses at other institutionsPDF File Opens in new window

Completion of these courses is required by the California Board of Registered Nursing to be eligible to test for your Registered Nurse (RN) license.