Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) Prerequisite Courses

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.

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.

  • A maximum of 2 prerequisite courses (only one may be a science course) may be completed in the Spring semester of the application period.
  • 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.

REQUIRED SCIENCE PREREQUISITE COURSES

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 SOON

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 SOON

BIOL 191B or BIOL 310 at CSUF

Microbiology + Lab

"Approved Microbiology courses at other institutions"  - UPDATED LIST COMING SOON

BIOL 202 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 SOON

CHEM 200 at CSUF

REQUIRED NON-SCIENCE PREREQUISITE COURSES

 English Composition

Any CSU A2 course, or a college-level writing course such as freshman composition.

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

Oral Communication

Any CSU A1 course. Generally, a public speaking course that covers the theory and presentation of speeches.

Critical Thinking

Any CSU A3 course. Examples of courses that often meet this requirement are: Intro Logic, Critical Thinking, Argumentation, and Critical Reasoning.

College Level Math and Statistics

Any statistics course that falls into the B.4 category is acceptable.

If an applicant has a statistics course, but it does not fulfill the B.4 requirement, the applicant must have a college-level B.4 course completed as well.

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

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS 

These two additional courses must be completed (if not already completed) during the first year of nursing coursework.

You must earn a "C" or higher in each of these courses.

"Introduction to Psychology" AND "Introduction to Sociology" OR "Cultural Anthropology" 

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

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

SOCI 101 or ANTH 102 at CSUF

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

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