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Welcome to the Department of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN Admission Information Page

Please note that the Pre-licensure BS in Nursing is an impacted program.  As an impacted, highly competitive program, admission to the Pre-licensure BS in Nursing major is a 2 step process.  All prospective pre-licensure nursing students must first apply to CSUSB during the Fall CSUSB application period of October 1 to November 30 and be accepted as a Pre-Nursing major.  Only Pre-Nursing students are eligible to apply to the Pre-licensure BS in Nursing major using the online application found on this page. It is important that all requirements of this two-step process are met.  Please contact  with any questions.

Spring 2021 Pre-Licensure BSN Application Instructions

The open application period for Spring 2021 is now closed.
Fall 2021 open application period dates will be posted on this webpage as soon as the dates are available.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Courses

2021-2022 Application Periods
Term of Admission (Term in which first nursing courses are taken) Application Online Filing Period Begins Application Deadline TEAS Testing Dates (Max 2 times) (Effective 7/16/2020)
Fall 2021 (SBC & PDC) January 4, 2021 February 5, 2021 Jan 6, 2020 to Feb 1, 2021
Spring 2022 (SBC & PDC) June 7, 2021 July 9, 2021 Jun 8, 2020 to July 5, 2021
Fall 2022 (SBC & PDC) January 3, 2022 February 4, 2022 Jan 6, 2021 to Jan 31, 2022

As of May 5, 2020  the Department of Nursing (DON) is no longer accepting paper application or transcripts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The DON is going to fully digital application process starting with the Spring 2021 admissions cycle.  All future applications and supporting materials must be entered electronically (there will be a link available when the application period begins). 

Requirements for admission to the BSN program are:

  1. *Acceptance into CSUSB as a Pre-Nursing Student
  2. *Completed, online pre-licensure BSN application per link (link available above)
  3. *Required Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA per official transcripts/PAWS
    • Overall Cumulative GPA of 3.5 of greater
    • The DON will accept credit/no-credit grades for prerequisite courses, but encourages applicants to receive letter grades for all prerequisite classes. If a Credit grade is received for a prerequisite course, this will be considered similar to an AP credit course which has no value in calculating GPA's.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on Completed required prerequisite courses including at least 2 of the 4 prerequisite science courses AND at least 2 of the 4 prerequisite non-science courses, with a minimum grade of C required in every course. The prerequisite GPA is calculated using the first earned grade of each prerequisite.
    • The following 8 prerequisite support courses are required for admission:
      • Prerequisite science courses:
        • BIOL 2200 Microbiology for Allied Health Majors (4) [Quarter Equivalent: BIOL 220 Principles of Microbiology (5)]
        • BIOL 2230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health Majors (4) [Quarter Equivalent: BIOL 223 Human Physiology and Anatomy I (5)]
        • BIOL 2240 Human Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health Majors (4) [Quarter Equivalent: BIOL 224 Human Physiology and Anatomy II (5)]
        • CHEM 2070 Fundamentals of General, Organic & Biochemistry (5). Effective Fall 2021, the quarter course CHEM 205 or CHEM 215 must be combined with CHEM 2060 as a substitution for CHEM 2070.
      • Prerequisite non-science courses:
        • Course that fulfills GE Category A2 Written Communication (3) [Quarter Equivalent: English: 107, 104A, 104B, or 106 (4)]
        • Course that fulfills GE Category A3 Critical Thinking (3) [Quarter Equivalent: Critical Thinking: Comm 180, Hon 104A, Math 180, Phil 105, Phil 200, Psyc 105, or Soc 180 (4)]
        • Course that fulfills GE Category A1 Oral Communication (3) [Quarter Equivalent: Comm 120 or Hon 104C (4)]
        • Math 1201 Introduction to Statistical Thinking (3) [Quarter Equivalent: Math 165, Statistics (4)]
      • # Pre-requisite courses with AP Credit will be accepted but will not impact GPA.
      • PSYC 2201 is not a required prerequisite course to the program but is a prerequisite course for each of the first semester nursing courses (NURS 2602, NURS 2821, NURS 3016). PSYC 2201 should be taken as soon as possible after PSYC 1100 and before taking NURS 2601, NURS 2821, and NURS 3016.
  4. *Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)  
    • A minimum score of 70% on the most recent version of the Assessment Technologies Institute
    • ATI TEAS is to be taken within 12 months of the application period to the nursing program.
    • Effective 7/16/2020: A maximum of two ATI attempts will be allowed in the 12 months prior to the application period. Should a student attempt the TEAS more than one time in the 12 months prior to the application period, the higher of the first two scores in the 12 months will be considered. Effective class of Fall 2021.
    • Official ATI TEAS results are to be submitted to the Department of Nursing. At the time of testing, applicants should order a copy of their ATI Individual Performance Profile (IPP) transcript. This copy is to be sent directly from ATI to CSUSB Department of Nursing. 
    • ATI has started offering remote proctoring TEAS. Please go to for more information.
  5. *Attendance at CSUSB Nursing Information Session (Information Sessions)
  6. *California Residency per requirements for Admission to CSU Impacted Programs (CSUSB Impaction Information)
  7. Additional consideration and preference is given to:
    1. Residents of the CSUSB local area. 
      • See the CSUSB website for the University’s definition of its local area (CSUSB-FAQs)
    2. Applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.
    3. Applicants who are bilingual
      • Bilingual proficiency is to be documented in one of the following ways:
        1. Completion of three (3) years of one foreign language in high school course work with a grade of C or higher in each course as reflected on an official high school transcript.
        2. Completion of the equivalent of a college/university intermediate level foreign language course, such as a 1112 (Quarter Equivalent: 103) foreign language course at CSUSB, with a grade of C or higher.
        3. Successful completion of a CSUSB World Languages & Literatures challenge exam (Placement and Challenge Exams Information). Students must be admitted to the university, have a Coyote ID, and have a Coyote email in order to take the exam. Requirements, Fee, and Exceptions for the exam are at the discretion of the Language Dept.
        4. California State Seal of Biliteracy.
      • Students should direct questions to the Department of Nursing Office.

*Requirements 1 to 6 above must be met for an application to be considered

Application Process

Applicants must first be admitted to CSUSB before applying to the BSN Pre-licensure program. Refer to the CSUSB Admissions website for detailed information about the process of admission to the University. Information

All applicants must declare and be accepted as a pre-nursing major when applying to the University.

  1. CSUSB pre-licensure program is an impacted program. Only students who are admitted to the university as pre-nursing majors are eligible to apply to the pre-licensure program.
  2. A qualified student who is interested in nursing, but was not admitted as a pre-nursing student, should meet with the Chair of nursing to discuss application requirements.

Prospective applicants must attend a Department of Nursing Information Session before submitting application materials (Info Session Dates & Times).

Only completed coursework is accepted and reviewed for credit.

Fall 2020 Applicants

Final transcripts showing all prerequisites completed must be submitted to by July 1 for Fall term admission.

Spring 2021 Applicants

New and repeated applicants must be sure that up to date transcripts are on file with the university.

Transfer Courses

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to use available resources to find out whether courses taken at colleges and universities other than CSUSB will transfer as equivalent to required prerequisite courses.
  • If classes were taken at California public schools, check assist listings under the Nursing (BS) major, the department the class falls under, and CC/JC CSU GE-Breadth Certification Course sections.
  • Any transfer course not listed on must be evaluated by a CSUSB Admissions evaluator to determine whether it will be accepted for transfer to CSUSB.
  • If listings are unclear or other questions remain, contact the Office of the Registrar Contact-Us to consult with an evaluator.
    • Call or email to make an appointment

The applicant is responsible for submission of approval to the Department of Nursing by application deadlines.

For additional information, or for questions/concerns regarding the required pre-requisites, please email us at, or call the Nursing Department at (909) 537-5380 and leave a voicemail with your email address, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Additional Information for Applicants:

Applicants are notified of conditional BSN admission or of denial by email, around mid March for Fall term applicants, and September 1st for Spring term applicants. The notification letter will include a description of the conditions that must be met in order to register for their first nursing courses (see below). Admitted students have 5 working days from date of notification letter to respond indicating acceptance or declination of admission.

Admitted students will be permitted to register for and attend first-term nursing courses if and only if they have completed all prerequisite courses in accordance with the following academic requirements:

  • Cumulative overall GPA of 3.5
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses each with a grade of C or better.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater for prerequisite courses
  • All prerequisite courses for Fall semester admission must be completed by the end of the preceding CSUSB Spring term.
  • All prerequisite courses for Spring semester admission must be completed by the end of the previous CSUSB Fall term.
  • Final transcripts and grade reports:
    • must be submitted to by July 1 for Fall term.
    • must be submitted to by January 3 for Spring term.

Prior to starting classes, accepted students will be directed to present an acceptable criminal background check and health compliance as required by clinical agencies and will be expected to present a valid Social Security Number/Card (SSN), and California driver license. (Applicants are to contact the Department of Nursing office for questions or concerns.)

Attending the BSN program requires additional Prominent Costs (e.g, clinical and lab compliance checks and fees, clinical uniforms and materials, textbooks and learning/testing materials.

Applicants who have taken previous courses in nursing and/or health-related fields may qualify for course credit under the Credit by Examination policy (Credit by Examination)

Applicants who previously applied but were not accepted may apply to the following term.  Rolling over documents is no longer available, therefore a new application must be submitted per term.

Additional Information for Post-Bac and Transfer Applicants

CSUSB pre-licensure program is an impacted program. Only students who are admitted to the university as pre-nursing majors are eligible to apply to the pre-licensure program. Students who wish to transfer to CSUSB and apply to the CSUSB pre-licensure BSN program are expected to apply per Cal State Apply as a pre-nursing applicant during an open undergraduate CSUSB application period.

Students, holding a baccalaureate degree, without an RN license, who wish to apply to the CSUSB pre-licensure BSN program, are expected to apply per Cal State Apply as a post-bac pre-nursing applicant during an open undergraduate CSUSB application period. Post-bac applicants are encouraged to consult with the CSUSB Department of Nursing regarding admission processes and requirements.

Other students who wish to transfer into a nursing major are encouraged to consult with the admissions office of CSUSB.