Nov 30, 2023  
General Catalog 2023-2024 
General Catalog 2023-2024

Nursing, B.S.N.

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Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Additional Course Requirements (12 units)

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to the major program requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate degree requirements such as:

  • American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2 )
  • General Education Requirements (48 units)  - see Policies and Procedures for B.S.N. Admission below
  • Multicultural and International (MI)
  • Upper-division Writing
  • Sufficient Elective Units to Meet Required Total Units (varies); it is recommended that units in this area be utilized to complete a second major or minor.

A full description of the University’s graduation requirements can be found in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 

Total: 120 Units*

*General Education, MI, and Upper-division Writing courses can be double counted with major requirements. These courses include CFS 38  (Area E), PHIL 20  (Area C2) or PHIL 120  (Area IC), PSYCH 10  (Area D2), and NUTR 53  (Area E). ANTH 116W  is recommended to meet both the Upper-division Writing and Area ID requirement. If students choose a different writing course, they need to take a separate course to meet Area ID requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. Please see for specific G.E. classes and recommended elective classes designated for nursing.
  2. PSYCH 10  and SOC 3  must be completed no later than the first semester of the nursing major.
  3. Major courses must be taken for a letter grade; CR/NC grading is not permitted in the nursing major.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising every semester.
  5. All practicum courses (with suffix “AL” or “L”) require a minimum of three hours of clinical work per unit of credit as a minimum to meet course objectives.

In compliance with Federal Requirements for Posting Licensure and Certification Eligibility, please see the CSU Chancellor’s Office website.

Policies and Procedures for B.S.N. Admission

Admission to the program is a two-step process: (1) admission to the university and (2) admission to the nursing major. For fall entry all prerequisites must be completed by the preceding fall semester and for spring entry all prerequisites must be completed by the preceding spring semester. Applicants must meet all criteria for admission to the university and to the nursing major.

Specific health criteria must be met. Students with recurrent infections or physical limitations who cannot meet clinical course objectives may be unable to satisfactorily complete the requirements for a B.S. in Nursing. Contact the Nursing Department regarding specific requirements.

Background Checks
All state Boards of Nursing require an individual to possess a professional license to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Students are advised to investigate all background requirements for RN licensure (e.g., criminal background checks, verification of employment eligibility, and verification of citizenship or immigration status). Likewise, clinical nursing courses require criminal background checks and drug screening for clinical placement and course enrollment.

Eligibility to Apply to the Program
Students must have an overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 Prior to applying to the Nursing Program, students must pass the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a score of 75%. Students receiving a score of less than 75%will be allowed to retake the exam once, but this must be done prior to their application. For TEAS information, see

The following eight prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the nursing program.

Total: 28 Units

* See G.E. list for approved courses.

  • Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum C grade - CR/NC grades are not acceptable. (Excluding AP and IB credit)
  • A GPA of 3.0 is required in the eight prerequisite courses .
  • online, Web-based or distance learning science and laboratory courses taken at other institutions must be approved by the nursing admissions coordinator.

Selection Criteria

The program is on impacted status (the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the nursing major is very competitive; there is no waiting list. Applicants must reapply each time and compete with the entire applicant pool if not selected.

  1. Students will be ranked by grade point average in the prerequisites courses (prerequisites GPA).
  2. Preference will be given to U.S. military veterans who meet minimum requirements for admissions and who submit a DD214 showing an honorable discharge status prior to submission of application. Remaining applicants will be ranked by prerequisite GPA and admitted as enrollment quotas allow.

Application Filing Period

Fall admission: School of Nursing applications are available February 1-28; university applications are available October 1. Spring admission: School of Nursing applications are available July 1-31; university applications are available August 1. Dates are subject to change. Additional information and applications can be obtained online at or by calling nursing admissions at 559.278.5027.

The two program applications (both university and nursing) include additional instructions.

Note: Students who have been admitted to the major, have made no arrangements with the school, failed to attend the nursing orientation, and fail to attend the first day of class will be dropped administratively from the major and not considered for future admission.

International course credit and admission eligibility

No prerequisite courses taken at an international institution are accepted to fulfill the Nursing Admissions prerequisites. Equivalent prerequisite courses and nursing additional requirements must be taken and/or repeated at domestic institutions in the United States.

Leave of Absence from Nursing Program

  1. Request for university leave of absence:
    1. Students must also request a leave of absence (LOA) in writing from the chair of nursing. Students who do not request LOA will not be readmitted into the major.
    2. Leaves will be granted only for students who have completed at least one semester in the program and are in good standing.
  2. Request to return from leave of absence:
    1. Students must request in writing to be reinstated in the program specifying:
      • Date of LOA
      • Reason for LOA
      • Disposition of circumstances requiring the LOA
    2. Students will be notified in writing of requirements for returning to program, denial, or reinstatement.
    3. Requirement for return will include the following, based on the discretion of the chair of nursing:
      • Letters of recommendation from individuals such as counselors or physicians
    4. Students who receive written notice of reinstatement in the major return on a space-available basis and must receive permission from the school to enroll in classes.

Progression in the Major. Criteria for retention, progression, and graduation from the program include a minimum grade of C in each required course and each nursing course offered for a grade, and credit in courses offered for CR/NC grading only. Nursing and required courses may be repeated only once to achieve a C or credit grade. Any student who receives less than a C grade (or no credit) in two nursing courses will not be permitted to continue in the major. Refer to the Student Handbook, Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program, for complete progression and retention policies.

Expenses. Students must be prepared to incur any additional cost such as uniforms, malpractice insurance, health insurance, stethoscopes, course materials, lab fees, background check, drug screening, etc., and be responsible for transportation to clinical facilities. A current CPR certification, a physical examination, and specific immunizations are required.

In compliance with Federal Requirements for Posting Licensure and Certification Eligibility, please see the CSU Chancellor’s Office website.

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