Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at California State University San Bernardino is accredited by the Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

BSN Fall 2018 Application

The application deadlines for prelicensure BSN have been extended to April 4 for Fall 2018, and July 3 for Winter 2019.

These extensions have been made with respect to university holidays and non-working days.

BSN Fall 2018 Application

BSN Mailing Form

Program Description

The prelicensure BSN program at CSUSB prepares the graduate to take the national RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) and begin professional nursing practice.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing also prepares graduates for advanced nursing education required to enter advanced practice nursing roles.

Two cohorts are admitted annually to the San Bernardino campus, Fall and Winter. One cohort is admitted annually to the Palm Desert campus, Fall.

To find out more about the BSN program, see the Bulletin of Courses and the BSN Roadmap (all information subject to change).

Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Courses

Term of Admission

(Term in which first nursing courses are taken)

Application Filing Period Begins Application Deadline
Fall 2018 (SBC & PDC)
January 2, 2018
April 4, 2018*
Winter 2019 (SBC Only)
April 1, 2018
July 3, 2018*

*The application deadlines for prelicensure BSN have been extended to April 4 for Fall 2018, and July 3 for Winter 2019. These extensions have been made with respect to university holidays and non-working days.

Requirements for admission to the BSN program are:

  • A minimum score of 70% on the most recent version of the TEAS. Test credit is based on the "adjusted individual total score" percentage results.
  • An overall cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on completed prerequisite coursework, 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.

Additional consideration is given to proof of bilingual proficiency.

The following prerequisite support courses are required for admission:

  1. BIOL 220 Principles of Microbiology (5)
  2. BIOL 223 Human Physiology and Anatomy I (5)
  3. BIOL 224 Human Physiology and Anatomy II (5)
  4. CHEM 205 Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (5)
  5. English: 107, 104A, 104B, or 106 (4)
  6. Critical Thinking: Comm 180, Hon 104A, Math 180, Phil 105, Phil 200, Psyc 105, or Soc 180 (4)
  7. Comm 120 or Hon 104C (4)
  8. Math 165, Statistics (4)

Preference will be given to residents of San Bernardino and Riverside county residents, with County of Residence as defined by University Admissions.

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 in as equivalent to prerequisite courses.

  • Before investigating, if classes were taken at California public schools, check www.assist.org listings under the Nursing (BS) major, the department the class falls under, and CC/JC CSU GE-Breadth Certification Course sections.
  • If these listings are unclear or other questions remain, please contact the College of Natural Sciences Advising Center to consult with an academic advisor.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to initiate the process of course review/approval, follow through with appropriate departments, and obtain course equivalency verification and submit approval to the Nursing Department by the application deadline.

Application Process and Required Materials

Applicants must first be admitted to the university. Refer to the CSUSB Admissions website for detailed information about the process of admission to the university. (https://www.csusb.edu/admissions/apply-csusb)

All applicants must declare a pre-nursing major when applying to the university.

Undergraduate transfer and Post Baccalaureate students (e.g., second bachelor's degree) must submit a complete application to CSUSB on https://www.calstate.edu/apply , during an open undergraduate CSUSB application period.

Application for admission to the BSN program is the second step in the process of admission to the nursing program.

Admitted applicants must be California residents according to the requirements for admission to impacted CSU programs.

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

Required Application Materials:

  • Printed BSN application, available on this webpage during the application filing period.
  • Printed copy of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test results score sheet.
  • Printed copy of CSUSB PAWS report (expanded) or Official Transcripts from all universities attended along with approved substitutions if the courses are not matriculated on assist.org. Only completed coursework is accepted.
  • If appropriate, documentation of bilingual proficiency in one of the following ways:
    1. Completing 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. Completing 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. Submitting a letter of validation bilingual proficiency from clergy, colunteer or employment supervisor, school administrator, or instructor.
  • Only if mailing in one of more documents, complete and submit the additional form available on this webpage during the application filing period.

During filing periods, applicants must submit the items listed above 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, they 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 who have previously applied may roll-over documents that were previously submitted during the prior Nursing application filing period (up to one year only). Acceptable documents that can be rolled-over include: TEAS score sheets, proof of bilingual proficiency, and official transcripts. 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 submit official transcripts that include grades not listed on the previously submitted PAWS.

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 applicants, and September 1st for Winter 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

Additional Information for Applicants:

  • All pre-requisite classes for Fall admission must be completed completed by the end of the preceding Spring term.
  • All prerequisite classes for Winter admission must be completed by the end of the previous CSUSB Summer quarter.
  • Updated PAWS and grade reports must be submitted by July 1 for Fall term, and October 1 for Winter term.
  • If admitted, the program requires a valid Social Security Number/Card (SSN) and passing Background Checks that are conducted by certain clinical agencies.
  • Attending the BSN program requires additional prominent costs (e.g, uniforms, textbooks and learning products, required clinical items).
  • 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)

For additional information, or for questions/concerns regarding the required pre-reqs, 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.