RN-BSN Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet both Cal State Fullerton University admission requirements and the School of Nursing admission requirements. 


An Associate Degree in Nursing (or equivalent) from an accredited institution.

Current California RN license or be eligible for a California RN license. The license must be unencumbered.

  • To be eligible to complete the full time (2 semesters) study plan, students must obtain a CA RN license within their first semester of the program.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)   of at least a 2.75   (on a 4.0 scale) or in the last 60 (transferable) semester units.

Completion of college level courses in the following areas with a grade of C or better:

  • Anatomy with Lab
  • Physiology with Lab
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
    • The School of Nursing recommends completing a CSU GE B.4 certified statistics course.

The School of Nursing highly recommends a full CSU General Education Breadth Certificate from the community college. You are waived from this recommendation if you have a previous bachelor's degree.


Please refer to CSUF AdmissionsOpens in new window for information about University admission requirements.

University English Proficiency Requirement: Regardless of citizenship, all applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency before an admissions decision can be made. Visit the CSUF Admissions websiteOpens in new window for more information about this requirement.

International Students on F-1 Visa Status: You must apply for our campus based RN-BSN pathway due to the educational requirements of your visa. The distance (online) RN-BSN program does not meet the visa requirements for international students. Pease contact International ProgramsOpens in new window for more information about F-1 visa student educational requirements.


PLEASE NOTE: Once admitted into the program, you are required to have current health insurance, current CA driver's license, auto insurance, CPR certification, and must also meet the health requirements of the university and assigned clinical agencies. Health clearance requirements include the following: physical exam, Tuberculosis screening, and positive titers for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis-B, and flu vaccine. The majority of healthcare agencies require that nursing students have a clear criminal background check in order to participate in clinical placement(s) at their respective facilities. Background checks will be required of all students. Please be aware that a social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) is required for background checks.