Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply to the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program? When is the application open?

Applying to the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program is a one-step process. Prospective applicants must complete the University application through Cal State ApplyOpens in new window . The application is open from October 1-November 30 each year.

How frequently are students admitted into the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

Students are admitted into the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program in the fall semester only.

How many students are admitted into the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

The School of Nursing admits 35 students into the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program.

Do I need to be a current high school student to apply to the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?
This program is for students who are about to graduate high school or have graduated high school.

Am I eligible for the program with a GED?

Yes, as long as the applicant meets the other admission criteria.

What needs to be completed prior to applying to the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

Applicants must complete the high school A-G coursework, along with Chemistry and Biology completed with a “B” or higher (if AP, “C” or higher) by the end of junior year in high school (11th grade). In addition, applicants must obtain a minimum eligibility index of 4500 (SAT) or 1082 (ACT).

How do I calculate the Eligibility Index?

Please refer to Cal State Apply for more information to Calculate your Eligibility Index (Page 8)PDF File Opens in new window .

Can I be in-progress with the Biology or Chemistry requirement when I apply for the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

No, applicants must have completed the Biology and Chemistry requirement by the end of the junior year.

Am I required to take the HESI or TEAS exam prior to applying to the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) 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 (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

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

If I am chosen for the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) 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 for the admitted semester. Unfortunately, students are not able to defer admission.

I was admitted into CSUF under a different major (or as undeclared), could I still pursue a degree in nursing at CSUF?

Yes. An applicant interested in nursing may refer to our Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway). Please understand that the Traditional BSN (CSUF Student Pathway) has its own specific requirements needed to apply to the program.

I was admitted into the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program, do I need to apply to the nursing program after I have completed my prerequisite requirements?
No. An applicant accepted into the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program is considered a nursing student at CSUF. He or she does not need to apply once the nursing prerequisite courses are complete. In order to maintain status in the nursing program, students must maintain the following standards:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher
  • Maintain a prerequisite grade point average of a 3.0 or higher
  • Earn a B- or higher in the science prerequisite coursework
  • Earn a C or higher in the non-science prerequisite coursework

I received a grade lower than a B- in one of my science prerequisites, am I disqualified from the program?

Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) students are allotted 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. Please note that if a student fails two prerequisite courses he or she will be disqualified from the program.

Is there a waitlist for the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

No. The Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program does not have a waitlist.

Am I required to complete work and/or volunteer experience?

No. An applicant does not need, and the School of Nursing will not consider, work or volunteer experience.

How long is the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

The Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program must be completed full-time throughout the course of either 8 semesters (4 years) or 10 semesters (5 years). This does not include summer, as summer is optional.

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 evening. 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.

Am I able to take a semester off or attend the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) 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.

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

Can international students apply for the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

No. This program does not accept international students.

Can transfer students apply for the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) program?

No. This program does not accept transfer students.

What is the cost of the Traditional BSN (Entry-Level Freshmen) 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.