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BSN Admissions

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.

Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

The BSN Application process differs for post-bacc students. Please review the “Additional Information for Post-Baccalaureate and Transfer Applicants” section at the end of this webpage regarding admissions.

Spring 2023 Pre-Licensure BSN Application

Application Period: Monday June 13, 2022 - Friday July 15, 2022, 5pm (PST)

The Spring 2023 Pre-Licensure BSN application period is now closed.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Courses

2022-2023 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) Valid Info Session Dates
Fall 2022 (SBC & PDC) January 3, 2022 February 4, 2022 January 6, 2021 to January 31, 2022 January 3, 2021 to January 3, 2022
Spring 2023 (SBC & PDC) June 13, 2022 July 15, 2022 June 13, 2021 to July 11, 2022 June 13, 2021 to June 13, 2022
Fall 2023 (SBC & PDC) January 3, 2023 February 3, 2023 January 3, 2022 to January 30, 2023 January 3, 2022 to January 3, 2023

As of May 5, 2020  the Department of Nursing (DON) is no longer accepting paper application or transcripts.  The DON is accepting digital application process starting with the Spring 2021 admissions cycle.  All future applications and supporting materials must be entered electronically during the appropriate application cycle.   Active link will be provided during applications cycle.

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 (will become available during application period)
    Example BSN Application
  3. *All past and current post-secondary transcripts must be submitted and on file with CSUSB at the time of application deadline.
    • Evidence of completion of all 8 prerequisites is an expectation for consideration of admission.
    • If a prerequisite course is in progress and/or not yet completed, applicant must notify Department of Nursing. Evidence of planned completion must be submitted to by the application deadline (i.e, enrollment verification).
  4. *Required Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA per official transcripts/PAWS
    • Overall Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or 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.
  5. *Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)  
    • A minimum score of 70% on the most recent version of the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)
    • 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 TEAS 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 by the application deadlines. 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. 
    • In addition to current TEAS test results students should ensure that the Department of Nursing has copies of all past and present TEAS results and submitted by application deadlines.

    • ATI has started offering remote proctoring TEAS. Please go to for more information.

  6. *Attendance at CSUSB Nursing Information Session within 12 months of the application period. Please see dates above (Information Sessions)
  7. *California Residency per requirements for Admission to CSU Impacted Programs (CSUSB Impaction Information)
  8. 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. California State Seal of Biliteracy.
      • Students should direct questions to the Department of Nursing Office.

*Requirements 1 to 7 above must be met for an application to be considered
** Post-Baccalaureate students only: Please review the “Additional Information for Post-Baccalaureate and Transfer Applicants” section at the end of this webpage regarding prerequisite courses.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must first apply to CSUSB before applying to the BSN Pre-licensure program.  Only students who have been accepted to CSUSB as a pre-nursing student will be considered admission to BSN program. Enrollment in CSUSB is an expectation for acceptance and enrollment in the BSN program. Admissions Information
  2. CSUSB pre-licensure program is an impacted program. Only students admitted to the university as a pre-nursing student will be eligible for consideration and acceptance into the nursing pre-licensure program, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and preparation for licensure as an RN.  Students cannot submit a change of major to Pre-Nursing / Nursing once they have been admitted to the university under a different major.
  3. Prospective applicants must attend a Department of Nursing Information Session before submitting application materials (Info Session Dates & Times).
    • Multiple Info sessions are offered prior to the application filing period.
    • Interested and prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an Info Session early in the year prior to the online application filing period when space is more readily available and to learn the application requirements and processes.

Review and Consideration of Coursework

Only completed coursework is accepted and reviewed for credit.

Fall 2022 Applicants

If admitted to the Fall term, final transcripts showing all completed prerequisites must be submitted to by July 1.

Spring 2023 Applicants

New and repeated applicants must be sure that up to date transcripts are on file with the university. If admitted to the Spring term, final transcripts must be submitted to by January 3 for Spring term.

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 the end of March for Fall term applicants, and around mid-September 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 maintain current enrollment as a CSUSB student and 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.  A new application must be submitted.  Applicant is responsible for insuring that the DON has received all current documents. 

Additional Information for Post-Baccalaureate and Transfer Applicants

Transfer Applicants

CSUSB pre-licensure BSN 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 BSN 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.

Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bac) Applicants

Applicants with a completed baccalaureate degree who are seeking admission to the Department of Nursing Pre-licensure BSN program follow a different process than students seeking a first baccalaureate degree.  

  1. Post-Bac applicants must have completed all 8 prerequisite courses and PSYC 2201 with a C or higher grade prior to applying to the program.  Applicants must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, or higher, at time of application.
  2. Post-Bac applicants start the application process by submitting complete and current transcripts prior or during the Department of Nursing application period (see dates above). Applicants are to submit unofficial transcripts to the Department of Nursing (send to 
  3. Applicants must submit a current TEAS exam result. The TEAS exam must be completed during the times frames as listed above and submitted by application deadlines.
  4. Post-Bac applicants must attend a current information session.  The info sign up link and dates are found above.
  5. Upon receipt of all college transcripts by the department of nursing, the applicant’s transcripts will be evaluated.
  6. Post-baccalaureate applicants will be eligible for consideration only if pre-approved according to department guidelines, including cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, and TEAS.
  7. If a Post-Baccalaureate applicant is accepted into the Pre-licensure BSN program, the applicant then will be given an invitational code to apply to CSUSB.  

Please contact BEFORE the next application cycle opens to receive additional information on the application process.