How to Apply

Admission to all California State University post-licensure ADN-to-BSN and ADN-to-MSN degree programs includes completion of an associate's degree in nursing and these eight prerequisites:

Nursing Program Prerequisite Course

CSU GE Breadth Area

1. Oral communication


2. Written communication


3. Critical thinking


4. Chemistry (general, integrated, inorganic or organic), with or without lab, as it is taught on the campus where the course was taken

B1, B3

5. Human anatomy (with required lab)

B2, B3

6. Human physiology (with required lab)

B2, B3

7. Microbiology (with required lab)

B2, B3

8. Statistics


Other admission requirements may apply and will vary by CSU campus. Courses are subject to change and completion of nursing program prerequisites does not guarantee admission to a CSU BSN degree program.

Transferr​ing to the CSU

If you've studied at another college and now want to attend the CSU, find out what you need to transfer to the campus and program you're interested in.

Help for Transfer Students

Cal State Apply

Cal State Apply is the application portal for all students applying to any of the CSU's 23 campuses, including those wishing to attend a nursing program. 

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