Nursing, B.S.N.


School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program Requirements

1. Major requirements (58 units)
NURS 10, NURS 10L, NURS 110, NURS 110A, NURS 110L, NURS 112, NURS 114, NURS 121, NURS 121L, NURS 124, NURS 131, NURS 131L, NURS 132, NURS 132L, NURS 140A, NURS 140L, NURS 141, NURS 141LS, NURS 142, NURS 145, NURS 150, NURS 150AL, NURS 151, NURS 155

Prerequisite requirements (28 units)
(See prerequisites listed under Eligibility to Apply to the Program. [19 units may be applied to G.E.])

Additional course requirements (15 units)
CFS 38; PHIL 20 or PHIL 120; PSYCH 10; NUTR 53. [12 total units may be applied to G.E.]

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5.Total (120 units)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. ANTH 116W is recommended for the upper-division writing requirement because it meets both the writing requirement and G.E. ID. If students choose a different writing course, they need to take a
separate G.E. ID course to meet G.E requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. Students must complete CFS 38 and NUTR 53 no later than the first semester of the nursing major.
  2. Please see for specific G.E. classes and recommended elective classes designated for nursing.
  3. Introduction to Psychology (PSYCH 10) and SOC 3 must be completed no later than the second semester of the nursing major.
  4. Major courses must be taken for a letter grade; CR/NC grading is not permitted in the nursing major.
  5. Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising every semester.
  6. All practicum courses (with suffix "AL" or "L") require a minimum of three hours of clinical work per unit of credit as a minimum to meet course objectives.

In compliance with Federal Requirements for Posting Licensure and Certification Eligibility, please see the CSU Chancellor’s Office website.

Policies and Procedures for B.S.N. Admission

Admission to the program is a two-step process: (1) admission to the university and (2) admission to the nursing major. For fall entry all prerequisites must be completed by the preceding fall semester and for spring entry all prerequisites must be completed by the preceding spring semester. Applicants must meet all criteria for admission to the university and to the nursing major.

Specific health criteria must be met. Students with recurrent infections or physical limitations who cannot meet clinical course objectives may be unable to satisfactorily complete the requirements for a B.S. in Nursing. Contact the Nursing Department regarding specific requirements.

Background Checks
All state Boards of Nursing require an individual to possess a professional license to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Students are advised to investigate all background requirements for RN licensure (e.g., criminal background checks, verification of employment eligibility, and verification of citizenship or immigration status). Likewise, clinical nursing courses require criminal background checks and drug screening for clinical placement and course enrollment.

Eligibility to Apply to the Program
Students must have an overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 Prior to applying to the Nursing Program, students must pass the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a score of 75%. Students receiving a score of less than 75% will be allowed to retake the exam once, but this must be done prior to their application. For TEAS information, see

The following eight prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the nursing program.

G.E. Area A1 (COMM 3, COMM 7, or COMM 8) (3 units)
G.E. Area A2 (ENGL 5B or ENGL 10) (3 units)
G.E. Area A3* (SOC 3) preferred (3 units)
G.E. Area B4* (MATH 11 or PH 92) preferred (3 units)
Chemistry (CHEM 3A)  (4 units)
Microbiology (BIOL 20) (4 units)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 67A)  (4 units)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 67B)  (4 units)
Total (28 units)

* See G.E. list for approved courses.

  • Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum C grade - CR/NC grades are not acceptable. (Excluding AP and IB credit)
  • A GPA of 3.0 is required in the eight prerequisite courses .
  • online, Web-based or distance learning science and laboratory courses taken at other institutions must be approved by the nursing admissions coordinator.

Selection Criteria
The program is on impacted status (the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the nursing major is very competitive; there is no waiting list. Applicants must reapply each time and compete with the entire applicant pool if not selected.

(a) Students will be ranked by grade point average in the prerequisites courses (prerequisites GPA).
(b) Preference will be given to U.S. military veterans who meet minimum requirements for admissions and who submit a DD214 showing an honorable discharge status prior to submission of application. Remaining applicants will be ranked by prerequisite GPA and admitted as enrollment quotas allow.

Application Filing Period
Fall admission: School of Nursing applications are available February 1-28; university applications are available October 1.

Spring admission: School of Nursing applications are available July 1-31; university applications are available August 1.

Dates are subject to change. Additional information and applications can be obtained online at or by calling nursing admissions at 559.278.5027.

The two program applications (both university and nursing) include additional instructions.

Note: Students who have been admitted to the major, have made no arrangements with the school, failed to attend the nursing orientation, and fail to attend the first day of class will be dropped administratively from the major and not considered for future admission.

International course credit and admission eligibility
No prerequisite courses taken at an international institution are accepted to fulfill the Nursing Admissions prerequisites. Equivalent prerequisite courses and nursing additional requirements must be taken and/or repeated at domestic institutions in the United States.

Leave of Absence from Nursing Program

1. Request for university leave of absence:

a. Students must also request a leave of absence (LOA) in writing from the chair of nursing. Students who do not request LOA will not be readmitted into the major.

b. Leaves will be granted only for students who have completed at least one semester in the program and are in good standing.

2. Request to return from leave of absence:
a. Students must request in writing to be reinstated in the program specifying:

  • Date of LOA
  • Reason for LOA
  • Disposition of circumstances requiring the LOA

b. Students will be notified in writing of requirements for returning to program, denial, or reinstatement.

c. Requirement for return will include the following, based on the discretion of the chair of nursing:

  • Letters of recommendation from individuals such as counselors or physicians

d. Students who receive written notice of reinstatement in the major return on a space-available basis and must receive permission from the school to enroll in classes.

Progression in the Major. Criteria for retention, progression, and graduation from the program include a minimum grade of C in each required course and each nursing course offered for a grade, and credit in courses offered for CR/NC grading only. Nursing and required courses may be repeated only once to achieve a C or credit grade. Any student who receives less than a C grade (or no credit) in two nursing courses will not be permitted to continue in the major. Refer to the Student Handbook, Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program, for complete progression and retention policies.

Expenses. Students must be prepared to incur any additional cost such as uniforms, malpractice insurance, health insurance, stethoscopes, course materials, lab fees, background check, drug screening, etc., and be responsible for transportation to clinical facilities. A current CPR certification, a physical examination, and specific immunizations are required.

In compliance with Federal Requirements for Posting Licensure and Certification Eligibility, please see the CSU Chancellor’s Office website.


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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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Nursing student with patient

The School of Nursing offers a program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The degree requires a minimum of 120 semester units, and the nursing curriculum sequence covers five semesters.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the California Public Health Nurse Certificate. The program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

High school students preparing for a career in nursing should take biology, chemistry, and additional college preparatory courses required for CSU admission.

What You Can Earn

Public School Teacher
$52,085 (in our region)

Nurse Practitioner
$93,652 (in our region)

Registered Nurse
$68,040 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Nursing of the Childrearing Family
  • Concepts of Community Health Nursing
  • Health Appraisal

What You Can Learn

  • An understanding of the principles underlying the techniques, procedures, and activities required while caring for clients with common health conditions
  • A knowledge of health assessment, communication skills, and nursing procedures in the care of patients in the health care setting
  • The nurses' role as a teacher in the health care setting
  • The application of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in the community with individuals, families, and groups

About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004

FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Mailing Address:

School of Nursing
California State University, Fresno
2345 E. San Ramon M/S MH25
Fresno CA 93740-8031


McLane Hall Room 190

Phone: (559) 278-2041
FAX: (559) 278-6360