School of Nursing

About the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is for people who want to become a bachelors-prepared registered nurse. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at California State University, Chico is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( in new window)).

The Basic BSN Program admits 40 students into the program every Spring and Fall semester. The Basic BSN Program is a five-semester program that takes place during the Spring (Jan - May) and Fall (Aug - Dec) semesters for a total program length of two and a half years.

Each semester has a mix of theory courses that are taught in-classroom, and clinical courses that are taught at medical facilities, like hospitals and the Rural Simulation Center(opens in new window) For a list of courses taught through the program, visit the University Catalog(opens in new window)

After completing the Basic BSN Program, students must pass the NCLEX test in order to be certified as a Registered Nurse (RN). For first-attempt NCLEX pass rates of all California nursing schools, visit the Board of Registered Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates(opens in new window) website.

CSU, Chico Basic BSN graduates will also be eligible to apply for a Public Health Nurse certificate upon graduation. 

BSN Program Eligibility

  • To be eligible to apply for the BSN Program, students must meet all of our admission criteria, as listed in Admission Criteria and TEAS Test Information (PDF).
  • Students must also take the TEAS Test. The CSU, Chico School of Nursing does not proctor the TEAS test. Visit ATI(opens in new window) for more information on the TEAS test. 
  • Students who already have a Bachelor's degree may apply for the Basic BSN Program. 

BSN Program Admission

The School of Nursing assesses students using a points-based system, where the top 40 students with the most points are offered seats in the program.

Before applying to the School of Nursing, all students should review our:

How to Apply

To apply for the program, you need to complete two separate applications. 

The CSU, Chico and NursingCAS applications are separate and have their own processes and deadlines. For specific deadlines, visit How to Apply(opens in new window).

Students MUST submit their official transcripts (and AP scores, if applicable) to BOTH Cal State Apply AND NursingCAS. 

BSN Program Tuition and Fees

This is a full-time program and students pay full-time tuition fees throughout the five semesters. For current Chico State tuition, visit Tuition & Registration Fees(opens in new window).

Students in the BSN program must pay added costs which include course fees, books, supplemental learning materials, scrubs, supplies, and costs associated with travel and meeting clinical requirements. A sample breakdown of expenses is being developed and will be posted to this web page soon.

More Information

If you have unanswered questions about the program, visit Frequently Asked Questions(opens in new window).

For specific questions and advising, visit Pre-Nurse Advising Sessions and Office Hours(opens in new window)