BSN Admissions

Fall 2020 BSN Application

Opened January 2, 2020
Closes April 1, 2020

Spring 2021 BSN Application

Opens April 2, 2020
Closes July 1, 2020

Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Courses

Term of Admission
(Term in which first nursing courses are taken)
Application Filing Period BeginsApplication Deadline
Fall 2020 (SBC & PDC)January 2, 2020April 1, 2020
Spring 2021 (SBC Only)April 2, 2020July 1, 2020

Requirements for admission to the BSN program are:

  1. *Acceptance into CSUSB as a Pre-Nursing Student
  2. *Completed, printed 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
    • 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:
      • Pre-requisite science courses:
        • BIOL 220 Principles of Microbiology (5)
        • BIOL 223 Human Physiology and Anatomy I (5)
        • BIOL 224 Human Physiology and Anatomy II (5)
        • CHEM 205 Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (5)
      • Pre-requisite non-science courses:
        • English: 107, 104A, 104B, or 106 (4)
        • Critical Thinking: Comm 180, Hon 104A, Math 180, Phil 105, Phil 200, Psyc 105, or Soc 180 (4)
        • Comm 120 or Hon 104C (4)
        • Math 165, Statistics (4)
      • # Pre-requisite courses with AP Credit will be accepted but will not impact GPA.
  4. *Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)  
    • A minimum score of 70% on the most recent version of the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) TEAS . Test credit is based on the Total Score.
    • ATI TEAS is to be taken within 12 months of application to nursing program.
    • 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. 
  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 103 foreign language course at CSUSB, with a grade of C or higher.
        3. Successful completion of the CSUSB Language Department 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. (

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).

During a designated application period, applicants are to submit required application materials and current and up to date PAWS/Transcripts to the Nursing Department, either in-person (HP-215 on the San Bernardino campus or HS-120 on the Palm Desert Campus) or mailed. If mailed, materials must be addressed to:

CSUSB, ATTN: Nursing Dept., 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407
Mailed documents must be postmarked no later than the deadlines.

Applicants are to submit a printed copy of their current and up to date CSUSB PAWS report (expanded) and/or official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A list of all colleges attended and dates of attendance are to be submitted. Only completed coursework is accepted and reviewed for credit. Final transcripts showing all prerequisites completed must be submitted by July 1 for Fall term admission and December 20 for Spring term admission.

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 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, visit the Nursing Department (HP-215 on the San Bernardino campus or HS-120 on the Palm Desert Campus), or call the Nursing Department at (909) 537-5380.

Additional Information for Applicants:

Applicants are notified of conditional BSN admission or of denial by a letter via U.S Postal Service, no later than June 1st 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.
  • Updated PAWS, transcripts and grade reports:
    • must be submitted by July 1 for Fall term, and December 20 for Spring term.
    • must include grades not listed on the previously submitted PAWS.
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.  The applicant may roll-over selected, previously submitted documents if submitted less than one year earlier. Acceptable documents that can be rolled-over include: proof of bilingual proficiency, and official current transcripts. TEAS transcripts (results) may be rolled over if the exam was taken within one year of application and sent directly from ATI: to the CSUSB Department of Nursing. During the BSN filing period, it is the applicant's responsibility to inform the Nursing Department to roll-over documents, submit the current BSN application, and all other required materials.

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.