LVN-BSN Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply to the LVN-BSN program? When is the application open?

Applying to the LVN-BSN program is a two-step process. Prospective applicants must first complete a University ApplicationOpens in new window through Cal State Apply, and then complete the School of Nursing application through the School of Nursing website. The University Application is open from October 1-November 30, and the School of Nursing Application is open from October 1-January 15.

How frequently are students admitted into the LVN-BSN program? 

Students are admitted into the LVN-BSN program in the fall semester only. 

Am I eligible to apply to the LVN-BSN program with a foreign degree?

Yes. An applicant may apply with a foreign degree; however, the foreign degree must be equivalent to United States college-level coursework. To verify if a foreign degree is equivalent, an applicant must have the official transcripts evaluated.

Do I need to complete college-level coursework at a regionally accredited institution?

An applicant must complete coursework at a regionally accredited institution. Regionally accreditation is granted to the university - not the specific program/major. To verify the accreditation of a degree, please visit the institution’s website and search for the institution’s accreditation page. Regionally accrediting organizations include: MSCHEOpens in new window NEASCOpens in new window NCA-HLCOpens in new window SACSOpens in new window  and WASCOpens in new window . The University cannot accept coursework or a degree completed at a nationally accredited institution.

What are the average points of those offered admission to the program? How many people usually apply?

Over the last three years, the average points for those offeed admission has been 78 points. Over the last three years, the School of Nursing generally receives around 20 qualified applicants to the LVN-BSN Program.

Do I need to submit my official transcripts to the university and the School of Nursing?

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts only to the university. Official transcripts must be mailed by February 15 to the following address:


CSU Fullerton

Admissions and Records

P.O. Box 6900

Fullerton, CA 92834-6900

What are the prerequisite requirements?

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 semester of the program. The School of Nursing recommends finishing these courses prior to entering the nursing program.

Does prerequisite coursework expire after 5 years? Can I repeat a prerequisite course for higher grade?

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.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.

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 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 LVN-BSN 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 LVN-BSN 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 LVN-BSN 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 LVN-BSN program?

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

If I am chosen for the LVN-BSN 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 program for the following year.

Is there a waitlist for the LVN-BSN program?

No. The program 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.

Do I need to have my LVN license prior to applying to the LVN-BSN program?

Yes. you must show proof of your license by the end of the application period (January 15).

How long is the LVN-BSN program?

The program consists of 55 semester units of nursing coursework that must be completed full-time throughout the course of 2 years (5 semesters). Summer semester is required.

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 LVN-BSN 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.


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 LVN-BSN 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.