Pre-Licensure FAQ

Please read these before submitting an application

  1. If I am a transfer student, is the application process any different?
    Transfer students must apply to the university by November 30. Then, apply to the Nursing department by February 28th. You will not be notified from the University admissions and Records until after admissions decisions have been finalized in the Nursing Department (late March).
  2. What are the requirements to apply?
    Minimum overall college GPA of 3.0, Completion of the following prerequisite college level courses with a grade of B or better: integrated chemistry with lab (Chem105), human anatomy with lab (Bio 220), human physiology with lab (Bio 224), microbiology with lab (Bio 240), Statistics (Math 165), English composition (Eng 101) Critical thinking (Phil 101) and Speech (Hum 200), or equivalents (A maximum of 1 science and 1 non-science prerequisite may be in progress by the nursing supplemental due date. All lower division GE requirements must be completed prior to beginning BSN course work), A minimum rawscore of 78% of your total score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills(see instructions to pre-licesnure application), Essay (see essay directions on Nursing Supplemental application)Completion of state approved coursework leading to a CNA(Certified Nurse assistant) credential in CA. CNA certification is required prior to beginning BSN coursework in Fall, not at time of application.
  3. Do you have a recency requirement on any of the prerequisite courses?
    No
  4. Can I still apply if I am a second Bachelors student?
    2nd Bachelors students will need to apply to the Nursing department first by February 28th. Then, if you are admitted to the Nursing program, you will need to file a paper application with admissions and records in April. Do not apply to the University first, as the University is not accepting 2nd Bachelor students.
  5. I am an undeclared major and I can’t get into the Prerequisite courses to apply to the Nursing program. What do I do?
    The prerequisite courses are restricted for Pre-Nursing majors.  These classes typically fill up every semester. It is very difficult to get into one of these courses as an undeclared major. If you are unable to get into one or more of the required prerequisite courses, you may want to consider taking these courses at another campus. You can also look for an online course.
  6. How can I declare Pre Nursing as my major?
    Beginning in Fall 2010, students admitted as "undeclared" or as a major other than "prenursing" will not be able to request and receive a change of major to pre nursing. Only students admitted to the university prior to Fall 2010 will be considered for a change of major to the pre nursing category.
  7. I took my prerequisites at a community college or university in another part of the state.  How do I know if these meet your requirements?
    If you went to a California public or private college, please look at www.assist.org to check your courses against SSU. If the courses are not listed, contact the Nursing department with a course description.
  8. Can I have outstanding prerequisites when I apply?
    You may have no more than 1 science and 1 non science prerequisite course outstanding at the time of application. All outstanding coursework must be completed by August 1st of the Fall you will start your BSN coursework.
  9. How can I establish California Residency?
    Please read this information regarding determining California Residency
  10. What is the TEAS?
    The TEAS is the “Test of Essential Academic Skills” used by CSU nursing programs as an admission criteria.  You can find more information at atitesting.com
  11. Where can I take the TEAS exam?
    SSU will offer one opportunity to take the exam on campus.  Nearly every nursing school requires this exam, so if you cannot take the test here, you can take it elsewhere and have your scores sent here. You can find another site by exploring the ATI website at atitesting.com or calling 1-800-667-7531.
  12. What score do I need to get on the TEAS Exam for SSU Nursing department?
    We require a minimum overall score of 78% on your Adjusted Individual Total Score.
  13. Can I retake the exam?
    Yes. You can take the exam for our school as many time as you want or need. We will only look at your highest score. Other schools policies may differ.
  14. Can I include my scores in my application?
    We only accept official test scores sent from ATI to the nursing dept.. If you take the exam at SSU, we will automatically get your scores. If you take the test elsewhere, you will need to login to ATI to notify them to send us official scores.
  15. What is a CNA? 
    Certified Nursing Assistant
  16. Where can I get this certification?
    Local community colleges offer courses, as well as local chapters of the Red Cross. To apply to the nursing dept. you are not required to have your CNA at the time of application, however a plan to have it completed before nursing course work begins in the fall.
  17. If I have other health care experience such as an EMT I or II, Paramedic, military medical service, or volunteer hours do I need a CNA?
    It depends on the skills you have acquired.  We have an approved curriculum and you must demonstrate you meet the CNA skills requirements (PDF).
  18. How are Admissions decided?
    Admission to the Nursing Program is based on a 100 point system.  There are 4 sections of your application: Science GPA, Overall GPA, Essays and the TEAS Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills). See Instructions for Pre-licesnure BSN Application.
  19. How is my GPA converted to points? 
    We take your science GPA and your overall GPA and multiply them each by 6.25 up to a maximum of 25 points.
  20. How many people do you admit?
    We admit 24 students once a year beginning in the fall. We receive approximately 200 applications.
  21. Do you have a waiting list?
    No.  We use an alternate list from the day our decisions are made until the day school starts.  On the first day of school our Alternate list is thrown out and everyone on the list still interested needs to reapply for the next year.
  22. When are applications available?
    University Applications are available October 1 through November 30 at csumentor.edu. Apply early! 
    Department applications will be available to download from our website from December through February. Applications are due February 28. Postmarked applications with the deadline date will be accepted. Second Bachelors students, please wait to apply to the University until you receive admission notification from the Nursing Department.
  23. When are admissions decisions final?
    We try to get admissions decisions completed in April.  All admission notifications will be sent via email. University transfer students will be notified of their university admission status after the Nursing department notifies all admits.
  24. Do you give extra points to SSU students?
    Yes, we award 15 points to SSU students, and transfer students from Sonoma and surrounding counties (Marin, Solano, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties).
  25. How do you prove residency in the surrounding counties?
    We will verify your residency by your most recent transcripts.
  26. How long is the program?
    The Pre Licensure BSN program is four years.  Two years of prerequisites and general education and two years of nursing course and upper division general education.
  27. If I have a Bachelors degree already, will I be able to get through the program faster?
    No. You must complete the curriculum for licensure to qualify to test and receive an RN license.  
  28. Can I meet with an instructor/ advisor to go over the courses I need to get admitted?
    The Pre Nursing advisor does not meet with students individually.  Please try to attend one of our information sessions with the advisor. You can find these dates listed on our website.
  29. I am a foreign student. Can I be licensed as a California RN?
    CABRN Now Requires SSN to apply for NCLEX. Effective on April 26, 2010 California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) will no longer accept applications that do not contain a U.S. Social Security Number. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a U.S. social security number.
    For those applicants who have failed the exam and want to re-apply; CABRN will not accept re-application without U.S Social Security Number.
    If your application was sent prior to April 26, 2010 or if you are already eligible, this does not apply to you.