LVN-BSN Admission Requirements
PLEASE NOTE: As of January 31, 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.
Qualify For CSUF Transfer
Applicants must have 60 semester/90 quarter units of transferable college-level coursework. A bachelor's degree is also acceptable.
Minimum GPA of 3.25
Applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA in all of their transferable college-level coursework.
Applicants to the LVN-BSN program must already be a licensed California LVN at the time of application to the program. The license must be unencumbered.
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 more information.
Application to the University
The application to CSUF is through Cal State Apply and is open between October 1 - November 30.
School of Nursing Application
Applicants must submit an online School of Nursing LVN-BSN application. This application is open from October 1 - January 15 each year.
All applicants will be reviewed for admission. Those who meet the minimum admission requirements will be required to complete a Statement of Purpose. Once the application closes, qualified applicants will be notified via email with instructions on the Statement of Purpose, how to submit, and the deadline.
Letters of recommendation and entrance exams (i.e.: TEAS, HESI) are not required or accepted for admission to the program.
LVN – RN (30 unit option)
The LVN 30-unit option does not meet the requirements for a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree. Students completing this program will not be a graduate of the University’s nursing program and are not eligible to receive the SON nursing pin. Students are admitted to this option on a space-available basis as they join various cohorts during the course of study. Students are not required to complete the lower division general education requirements, pre-requisite nursing core courses or additional preparatory courses in the major. At the completion of this program of study, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX examination for registered nurses. Additionally, many states in the United States do not recognize persons completing this option as being a Registered Nurse. Thus, many states will not grant reciprocity (license by endorsement) to 30-unit option LVN students who have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN examination. The licensure resulting from completion of this option cannot be changed at a later date. Students seeking this option must meet with the Pathway Coordinator for counseling specific to this option.
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.