School of Nursing - CSU, Chico

Application Instructions

Step 1.  Apply to CSU Chico - If you are not a student at CSU, Chico, you must first apply to the University (online through CSUMentor) during the initial filing period indicated below before applying to the School of Nursing (online through NursingCAS).

• Applying to CSU, Chico's School of Nursing for fall semester:  Apply to the university Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 the preceding year.
• Applying to CSU, Chico's School of Nursing for spring semester:  Apply to the university August 1 - 31 the preceding year.

Step 2.  Apply to CSU, Chico’s Nursing Program – In order to be considered for admission to the nursing program, you must complete the online application through NursingCAS. The deadline for the application and all documents is November 1 for entry in the spring semester and March 1 for entry in the fall semester.

Before you begin filling out the application... PLEASE review the guidelines below.

Because some sections of the application are marked “optional,” you must follow the guidelines below, which are specific to CSU, Chico.

Applications to the CSU, Chico nursing program for Fall 2014 are processed through NursingCAS, an online, centralized application service for nursing schools. NursingCAS processes your application, transcripts, and other supporting documents on behalf of the School of Nursing.  You must be currently enrolled or have applied for admission to the university before you can proceed with you NursingCAS application. 

Once you have read and understand the application process, go to and click on “Apply” to initiate your application. Click on “Create Account” and complete the required fields. You can view a short instructional video on how to complete a NursingCAS application here.

Note: Official transcripts from each college you attended must be mailed directly to NursingCAS. Read more in the paragraph below:

All official transcripts (even if you are currently enrolled at CSU Chico) must be mailed from each college registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS.  In order to expedite the processing, be sure to include this Transcript Request Form. Ask that each college send the official transcrips to the address below. In addition, be sure to include any transcripts that show “in progress” courses. Note: NursingCAS cannot process transcripts stamped with “Issued to Student.”

Mailing Address

Mailing Address for Certified Mail, UPS, or FedEx ONLY

P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

NursingCAS Transcript Department
311 Arsenal Street, Suite 15
Watertown, MA 02472

Important:  You will need to send a separate set of transcripts directly to CSU, Chico’s Office of Admissions for consideration for general admission to the university. Additionally, final transcripts will need to be sent to NursingCAS (and Chico State Office of Admissions) for any “in progress” coursework once you receive your final grade for those courses.

NursingCAS Application Checklist and CSU, Chico NursingCAS Requirements

Applicant Information Section

Biographic Information – Required

Personal Data – Required

Additional Information - Required. Click on “add a new entry.” Under “type” write “CSU Chico Student ID” and then input your CSU Mentor ID number that you received when you applied for admission to the university.

Parent and Family Information - Not Required unless requesting rural residency points.  See “Rural Residency” section below.

Background Information - Required

Education Section

High School - Transcripts not required unless you had three years of a foreign language in high school. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient.

Colleges Attended & College Degrees – Required

Coursework – Required (Be sure to have a copy of your transcript(s) on hand in order to complete this section. All college level course work (including in-progress course work) must be entered into the application in this section. There is a short, instructional video posted on NursingCAS on how to accurately complete this section. This will be the most time-consuming aspect of the application process.

If you would rather have NursingCAS staff enter your coursework data on your behalf, you have the option of paying an additional fee to use the Coursework Entry Service. Click here to learn more about the service. The data entered into this section is used to calculate GPAs in order to make admissions decisions. Learn more here.

Tests – Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) - Required
In this section, enter the date you took the TEAS and your overall score.

Note:  Students must achieve a minimum level of 80% (Adjusted Individual Total Score) on the test to be eligible to apply to CSU, Chico’s School of Nursing. 

All versions of the TEAS are acceptable.  The TEAS can be taken at any time, any number of times, and at any testing facility. If you take the TEAS at a location other than CSU, Chico, you need to inform ATI to e-mail your TEAS results to CSU, Chico School of Nursing.  (ATI knows the e-mail address to send it to).  If you took the TEAS at CSU, Chico, ATI will automatically e-mail us the results.

The results of the TEAS must be received by the School of Nursing by the application deadline date.  If applying to the School of Nursing for fall, the deadline date is March 1 of the same year; if applying to the Nursing School for spring, the deadline is November 1 of the prior year.

Additional Sections                              
Professional Experience - Not Required
In this section, please input your health-related work experience. Specifically, input any information regarding your CNA, LVN, RT, HHA, EMT I, EMT II/Paramedic certification, Corpsman certification, and/or if you have worked as a Certified Animal Health Tech, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, Hemodialysis Technician, EKG Technician, Lifeguard, Phlebotomist, Lab Tech, Vet Tech, Ward Clerk, or any other relevant experience. Or, list your volunteer experience of at least 60 hours.

Be sure to upload and attach any documentation verifying this experience.

Note: Points are awarded based on either volunteer or health-related experience, not both.

References - Not Required (Submissions will not be reviewed.)

Personal Statement - Not Required (Submission will not be reviewed.)

Document Upload – Required

Any supporting verification documents pertaining to requirements must be signed and on business letterhead to be considered for admissions points. These documents must be uploaded in the Documents Upload section.

Note:  You cannot upload more than 5 documents. If you have more than 5 documents to upload, then please combine these documents into one upload.  However, do not combine documents of different criteria, i.e., do not mix “language” and “requirement to work” documents, etc.

Important:  Once uploaded, be sure to go to the “Designations” section and click on “Designated Schools.” You should see a link that says “California State University Chico” and a button, which says “complete.” Click on “complete.” You will then see - at the bottom of the page - a link to attach any uploaded documents.  If documents are not attached to the CSU Chico application, the admission committee cannot view them. Points will not be awarded if documents are not properly attached.

Foreign Language Proficiency:  Priority languages include: Spanish, Southeast Asian languages, Filipino/Tagalog, East Indian languages, California Indian languages, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and American Sign Language.

Fluency in priority languages will be given the highest points. Upload documentation of your fluency level, in the form of a verification letter from a language teacher. The verification letter should indicate your ability to converse with native speakers at a normal conversational level.

Intermediate level proficiency in a priority language (see list above) verified by unofficial college transcripts (at least two years of a foreign language), by unofficial high school transcripts (at least three years), or by written verification from a language teacher.

Non-priority languages (those not listed above) will be considered. Proficiency should be documented as in the categories above. 

Volunteer Experience OR Health Related Experience

If you have volunteer experience of at least 60 hours, upload a verification letter from your supervisor. Be sure the letter indicates the number of hours completed and your supervisor's name and contact information. Verification letters must be on company letterhead and signed.
OR, If you have Health Related Experience, upload a verification letter from your supervisor. Be sure the letter indicates the position you held and duration of employment. Verification letters must be on company letterhead and signed.

If you have formal education in a health care field, or license/certificate (such as CNA, LVN, RT) upload applicable transcripts, license or certificate.

Requirement to Work - Applicants who work 20 or more hours per week for a consecutive six-month period must submit a verification letter from the employer. The verification letter should include your name, position, place of employment, and hours worked per week. Letters must fully verify continuous employment for the six months. If there is any break in work hours, no points will be awarded.

Rural Residency - If you have indicated you are a permanent resident of Butte, Colusa, Del Notre, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Lake, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, or Yuba County, please click here to download the form, complete and upload it in the Document Upload section.

California Veteran Status - If you are a California veteran, a California resident with honorable discharge then upload a copy of your Member 2 or 4 of DD214.

Reminder:  After uploading documents, you must attach them to the CSU Chico application. See directions above.

Privacy Statement – Required

Designations - Required
In this section, you will select California State University Chico’s BSN program, search or scroll to find our school listing and click on the box underneath “apply, ” then “Submit.” If CSU Chico is the only school to which you apply through NursingCAS, then you will be charged $45. If it’s the second school to which you apply through NursingCAS, then you be will charged $30. Access FAQs on payment here.

Deadline - The deadline for the spring semester is November and the deadline for the fall semester is March 1. ALL required admissions materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Your application will not be considered until ALL elements listed above, "CSU, Chico NursingCAS Requirements,” are completed and submitted.

Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. All official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS by the applicable deadline in order for your application to be processed and verified for CSU, Chico School of Nursing to review.

Monitor the Status of Your Application:
The “My Messages” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school representative has sent to you. Please check “My Messages” to see if you have received any vital information about your application. Messages will be sent to the “My Messages” inbox and your personal email address with which you created your account.

Use the “Quick Status Menu” options to check to see your Transcript(s) or Payment(s) that have been received after you submit them. It is advised that you check to make sure all materials have been received prior to the deadline. To check to see which Designations you have selected (in other words, programs to which you have applied), click on the Designations option under the Quick Status menu. The GPA Calculations option under the Quick Status menu will display any GPA calculations NursingCAS has generated for you based on the coursework data you entered. Your application has been “verified” once your GPA Calculations are complete. Learn more about “verification.”

Contact and Help Information - For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS support via phone at 617-612-2880 Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time and via email at Or post questions to NursingCAS by following their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Detailed instructions and FAQs are available too. Instructional videos are posted on the NursingCAS YouTube channel.

For other questions, please contact:

CSU, Chico – School of Nursing

Thank you for your interest in the School of Nursing at CSU, Chico.

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