School of Nursing - CSU, Chico

Prospective Pre-Nursing Students

Congratulations! You've decided to be part of an exciting and rewarding career. The field of nursing is one that offers job diversity with thousands of positions available in hospitals, physician offices and clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health, public health, occupational health, and more.

By choosing to participate in the baccalaureate nursing degree program at CSU, Chico you will find that the curriculum is comprehensive and the program will prepare you for positions both in the hospital and in community settings. Many employers favor the BSN degree, and you will be prepared for advancement opportunities and be well on the road to your advanced degree when you're ready.

As you progress through the nursing curriculum, you can explore many aspects of nursing. Discover what it's like to become a critical care nurse, an ob/gyn nurse, a psychiatric nurse, or a nurse in other specialty areas.

As you begin the challenging pre-nursing curriculum, study hard and get good grades so you will be competitive as you apply for acceptance into the nursing program.

Important Links

The pre-nursing advisor conducts Advising Sessions throughout the semester.

Test required: The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is the test used as one component of the selection process. Students may take any version, any number of times, and at any location. CSU, Chico School of Nursing offers the TEAS twice each semester.

See the Financial Aid & Scholarship page for information on cost of attendance at CSU, Chico.

Applicant Statistics



Eligible applications received

Cut-off points for initial acceptance
(out of 100 possible points

Number admitted
from the
alternate list

Spring 2012




Fall 2012




Spring 2013 - Applications were only accepted from six No. Calif. community colleges* and CSU, Chico




Fall 2013




Spring 2014




Fall 2014




*Butte College (Oroville), Feather River College (Quincy), Lassen College (Susanville), College of the Siskiyous (Weed), Shasta College (Redding), and Yuba College (Marysville)

Curriculum Overview

Education for the practice of professional nursing demands a substantial foundation in the behavioral and biological sciences. The School of Nursing is part of a statewide initiative that has standardized the pre-nursing curriculum within the California State University System. This criteria is outlined in our "Admission Requirements."

The nursing component includes lectures, laboratory, and clinical courses.The nursing courses include coursework relevant to professional practice, delivery of nursing care, systems for care delivery, and leadership skill development appropriate to current dynamic and diverse health care settings. Clinical courses, offered in both hospital settings and the community, provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practice.

At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) for entry into practice. Students are also eligible to apply for a California Public Health Nursing Certificate.