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BSN Post-Bac Applicants

BSN Post-Bac Admission Requirements & Application Process

Post Bac applicants are those who have completed a baccalaureate degree in another field.

Post-Bac Admission Requirements

Post-Bac Application Process

Post-Bac Admission Requirements

  1. Post-Bac applicants must attend a CSUSB Nursing Information Session during valid Information Session dates application period you are applying to. Please refer to the table on the BSN Admissions page for valid dates. (Upcoming Information Sessions).
  2. Maximum number of applications submitted to the PL-BSN program is no more than 3 attempts starting with the Spring 2025 application cycle.

    • Once this limit has been reached, the student will no longer be eligible to apply to the PL-BSN program, and any submitted applications will  automatically be denied. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and equal opportunity for all applicants.

    • If an application is withdrawn before the end of an application cycle, it will not be counted towards an applicant’s number of attempts.

  3. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 

    • A minimum score of 70% on the most recent version of the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)

    • All TEAS must be taken during valid TEAS Testing Dates of the application period you are applying to. Please refer to the table on BSN Admissions page for valid dates.

    • A maximum of two ATI TEAS attempts will be allowed for consideration. The higher of the first two scores taken during the valid testing dates will be considered.

    • Official ATI TEAS results are to be submitted to the Department of Nursing by the application deadlines. After testing, applicants should request for a copy of their ATI Individual Performance Profile (IPP) transcript to be sent to the Department of Nursing. This copy is to be sent directly from ATI to CSUSB Department of Nursing.

      • On ATI website, select to send results to: CA State SB BSN or CA State PDC

    • In addition to having current TEAS test results sent to the department, students must upload their TEAS Transcript Report with the online BSN application. This report will show all proctored and practice attempts. Please see here for an example of what this report looks like: Example TEAS Transcript Report.

    • The Department of Nursing accepts both remote proctored and in person proctored TEAS exams.

    • Please go to TEAS Exam Information for more information.

  4. The GPA requirement includes both overall and prerequisite courses.

    • Overall Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater

      • This GPA is calculated using ALL completed college course work.

    • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or greater

      • This GPA is calculated using the first earned letter grade of each prerequisite course.

  5. 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.

    • Prerequisite science courses:

      • Course that is considered equivalent to BIOL 2200 Microbiology for Allied Health Majors (4 units).

      • Course that is considered equivalent to BIOL 2230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health Majors (4 units).

      • Course that is considered equivalent to BIOL 2240 Human Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health Majors (4 units).

      • Course that is considered equivalent to CHEM 2070 Fundamentals of General, Organic & Biochemistry (5 units).

    • Prerequisite non-science courses:

      • Course that fulfills GE Category A2 Written Communication (3 units).

      • Course that fulfills GE Category A3 Critical Thinking (3 units).

      • Course that fulfills GE Category A1 Oral Communication (3 units).

      • Course that is considered equivalent to Math 1201 Introduction to Statistical Thinking (3 units).

    • PSYC 2201 is not a required prerequisite course to be considered to the program, however it is a prerequisite course for each of the first semester nursing courses (NURS 2602, NURS 2821, NURS 3016). A course equivalent to PSYC 2201 should be taken as soon as possible after PSYC 1100 and before taking NURS 2601, NURS 2821, and NURS 3016.

      • Your grade for PSYC 2201 will be used in the cumulative GPA calculation, NOT in the prerequisite GPA calculation.

  6. Additional consideration and preference is given to:

    • Residents of the CSUSB local area.

      • See the CSUSB website for the University’s definition of its local area (CSUSB-FAQs)

    • Applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.

    • Applicants who are bilingual.

      • Bilingual proficiency is to be documented in one of the following ways:

        • 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.

        • Completion of the equivalent of a college/university intermediate level foreign language course.

        • California State Seal of Biliteracy.

        • Students should direct questions to the Department of Nursing Office.

Post-Bac Application Process

  1. Post-Bac applicants start the application process by submitting complete and current transcripts prior or during the Department of Nursing application period (see valid dates on the BSN Admissions page). Applicants are to submit unofficial transcripts to the Department of Nursing (send to 
  2. Upon receipt of all college transcripts by the department of nursing, the applicant’s transcripts will be evaluated.
  3. Post-baccalaureate applicants will be eligible for consideration only if pre-approved according to department guidelines, including cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, and TEAS.
  4. Applicants are notified of conditional BSN admission or of denial by email, starting the late March for Fall term applicants, and starting late September for Spring term applicants.

    • Admitted students have 5 working days from date of notification letter to respond indicating acceptance or declination of admission.

    • If a Post-Bac applicant is accepted into the Pre-licensure BSN program, the applicant then will be given an invitational code to officially apply to CSUSB. 

    • 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)