School of Nursing

Pre-Nursing Information

BSN Program Eligibility & Admission

  • To be eligible to apply for the BSN Program, students must meet all of our admission criteria, as listed in "Admission Criteria and Instruction" Information.
  • 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. 

The School of Nursing assesses students using a points-based system, where the top 50 students with the most points will be offered interviews to make the final selection for 40 seats; keeping an alternate list of the remaining candidates based on ranking.

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. 

Advising & Peer Support

To meet your needs, the University has variety of resources available.

Academic Advising  – for general education questions and information about majors available

Admissions – for residency questions, University application questions, University student status, and general information about Chico State

Natural Sciences Advising – for questions regarding transfer courses including prerequisites and corequisites, and changes of major.

Pre-Nursing Advising – for questions specific to the nursing program and application process. Students must attend a group advising session prior to contacting pre-nursing advisor with specific questions

Pre-Nursing Advising Dates

The pre-nursing advisor offers group advising sessions for freshman, continuing students, and transfer students.  

CSU, Chico Pre-Nursing Group Advising Session for Currently Enrolled Chico State Students

Send a request to for meeting access instructions. Please include your full name, CSUC ID, and whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    • Time: 10:00-10:50 AM
    • Location: Zoom meeting using your Chico State email
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    • Time: 4:00-5:15 PM
    • Location: Zoom meeting using your Chico State email

CSU, Chico Pre-Nursing Group Advising Session for Transfer Students

Email a request to for meeting access instructions. Please include your full name, the college(s) attending/attended, and whether in-state or out-of-state.

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2021
    • Time: 4:00- 5:30 PM
    • Location: Zoom Meeting

CSU, Chico Pre-Nursing Group Advising Session for Potential Freshman - Fall 2022

Email a request to for meeting access instructions. Please include your full name, the high school you are attending, and the town/city in which the high school is located.
  • Friday, October 1, 2021
    • Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
    • Location: Zoom Meeting

Pre-Nursing Advising Drop-in Hours

  • This is a time to check-in and ask quick questions.
  • Students who have attended a Pre-Nursing Advising session will be able to request a passcode and allowed into the waiting room for drop-in hours.
  • Drop in hours for the Pre-Nursing Advisor will be first-come, first-served, via Zoom waiting room.
  • Thirty-minute appointments with the Pre-Nursing Advisor will be scheduled on Fridays, unless schedules conflict. Then another day of the week can be arranged.
  • Drop-in times are 15 minutes per student. If more time is needed, additional time with the advisor can be scheduled for a later date.
Julie Garnett's Zoom Pre-Nursing Drop-In Hour (15-Minute sessions per student)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (9/28-11/9)
    • 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Wednesdays (9/29-11/10)
    • 4:00-5:00 PM

Peer Navigators

We encourage prospective students to visit a Peer Navigator in the gallery in Trinity Hall. Peer Navigators are current nursing students in the Chico State Nursing Club who volunteer to answer questions about the nursing program and the application process. They are available on a drop-in basis. 

Nursing Club Peer Navigator Information(opens in new window)