School of Nursing

Pre-Nursing Information


BSN Program Eligibility & Admission

Acceptance to the University does not mean acceptance into the basic nursing program, nor does it provide priority for admission to the School of Nursing.

Pre-Nursing is a designation indicating interest in the nursing major and links you to corresponding with the Pre-Nursing Advisor.

Due to program impaction, for admission to the Basic BSN program, the School of Nursing assesses students using a points-based system, where the top 40 students with the most points are offered seats. An alternate list is kept of the remaining candidates based on ranking, and is drawn from when seat declines occur.

To be eligible to apply for the Basic BSN program, students must first meet the minimum admission criteria, as listed in the "Admission Criteria, Points Distribution and Instructions" document linked below. Be sure to carefully review this information. 

To learn more about our Basic BSN program regarding program impaction, local preference, applying as a post-baccalaureate, rewards for military service and much more, please visit the links below.


How to Apply

To apply for the basic BSN program, two separate applications are required. One for admission to the university through CSU Cal State Apply, and a supplemental nursing program application through NursingCAS, once all program eligibility requirements are met.

The CSU Cal State Apply and NursingCAS applications are separate systems and have their own processes and timelines. For further information, click on this link: How to Apply.(opens in new window)

IMPORTANT! Transfer students must submit their official transcripts (and AP scores, if applicable) to CSU, Chico Office of Admissions and NursingCAS. Currently enrolled Chico State students must also request their CSU, Chico transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS, in addition to any transcripts for college courses taken outside Chico State University.


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 a variety of resources available.

Admissions(opens in new window) – for residency questions, University application questions, University student status, and general information about Chico State.

Advising:

University Advising - for general education questions and information about majors.

College of 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 the 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

These virtual sessions are a review of the admission criteria, point system, and application processes for the basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as they pertain to currently enrolled Chico State students. Attendees will be allowed time for questions. Open to all class levels.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 4:00-5:15 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 3:30-4:45 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 2:00-3:15 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

Monday, March 4, 2024 from 2:30-3:45 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

CSU, Chico Pre-Nursing Virtual Group Advising Sessions for Potential Transfer Students

These virtual sessions are a review of the admission criteria, point system, and application processes for the basic BSN program as they pertain to potential transfer students and those seeking a second bachelor's degree in nursing. Attendees will be allowed time for questions.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 from 5:00-6:15 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 5:00-6:15 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 5:00-6:15 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 5:00-6:15 pm.
Please use the Meeting Registration link to register for this session.

CSU, Chico Pre-Nursing Group Advising Sessions for Potential Freshman 

These online sessions via Zoom are for potential new freshmen interested in learning about Chico State’s basic BSN program requirements and how to apply to the nursing program.

TBD



Pre-Nursing Advising Drop-in Hours

  • Drop-in hours for the Pre-Nursing Advisor will be first-come, first-served, at Trinity Hall, Room 120
  • Drop-in times are 20 minutes per student. If more time is needed, additional time with the advisor can be scheduled for a later date.
  • Sign-up at the door, Trinity 120. Then take a seat in the gallery. The advisor will call for you.

Drop-in hours will resume on Monday, August 21

  • Monday–Thursday
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Friday
    • By appointment only

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. 

Click link below for schedule.

Nursing Club Peer Navigator Information(opens in new window)