School of Nursing

Admission Policies & Information

Local Preference 

CA Residency: Applications from California residents and students eligible to pay in-state tuition are considered prior to any non-resident applications.

Local preference: Three local points are given to applicants from the CSU Chico admission area as well as applicants from the Cal Poly Humboldt admission area. Priority is given to students who graduated high school, or completed 30 or more units in any of the following counties:

  • Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Northern Mendocino (north of Ukiah), Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba
  • Additionally, Sierra College (coursework completed through Tahoe-Truckee and Nevada County Campuses only)

CSU, Chico Student Preference: Applicants who have completed 30 units at CSU, Chico at the time of application will be awarded three local preference points.

Applicants meeting both preference criteria will be awared six points total. 

Provisional Acceptance

Acceptance into the nursing program is provisional until final transcripts are reviewed for minimum GPA requirements. Applicants accepting admission must pass a background check and drug screen (including cannabis) consistent with California Board of Registered Nursing guidelines. Testing positive for cannabis will result in the loss of your admission. You will need to re-apply.

Program Info

Impaction Status

We admit 40 students each fall and spring semester but receive many more applicants than can be accommodated, thus making the Basic BSN program impacted. A supplemental application and point system is used to rank qualified applicants for admission. Applicants must meet minimum eligibility requirements before completing the supplemental NursingCAS application.  

Post Baccalaureates 

Students who already have a Bachelor's degree may apply for the Basic BSN program. Post baccalaureate students do not need to repeat general education courses from their prior degree. Currently enrolled Chico State students who are graduating the same semester in which they are applying for a second Bachelor's degree in nursing, must re-apply to the university in addition to completing the supplemental NursingCAS application.

Military Service Rewarded

Veterans with previous medical/corpsman experience may be eligible to receive additional points on their supplemental nursing applications. For information about receiving academic credit, please visit  Ex-Military Students

Licensing Disclosure

Admission into programs leading to licensure does not guarantee that students will obtain a license. Licensure requirements are set by agencies not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure requirements. Information concerning licensure requirements are available from California State University, Chico, School of Nursing Director, Trinity Hall Room 121, Chico, CA 95929-0200, 530-898-5891.

LVN Placement and LVN Option

Applicants who hold LVN licenses may qualify for advanced placement upon admission to our on-campus BSN nursing program. LVNs may also choose an LVN 30-unit option, which meets the requirements for taking the RN licensing examination in California but does not lead to a BSN degree.

LVN applicants must apply to the University during the first month of the initial filing period (November for the following fall semester and August for the following spring semester). A supplemental nursing application must be submitted by March 1 (for Fall semesters) or by October 1 (for Spring semesters). Special selection criteria are used to determine which students will be admitted