School of Nursing


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Chico State accept internationally educated nurses into the nursing classes?
 Yes we do accept internationally educated nurses into nursing classes. We will begin accepting applications in late fall for the summer 2023 Obstetrics and Medical-Surgical courses, specifically designed for internationally-trained nurses.

Q: What if I am not a citizen or permanent resident?
Students with an  F-1 or J-1 visa, may enroll in our courses with permission from her or his institution issuing the I-20 (F) or DS-2019 (J). You will need to provide written permission from where you are currently enrolled for concurrent enrollment and optional practical training.

Q: Which courses are available at Chico State?
 We offer Obstetrics and Medical-Surgical programs.

Q: How much does it cost to attend?
 Tuition is approximately $4500 for the obstetrics program and $5500 for the medical-surgical program. The cost will be determined for other coursework at a future date. 

Q: Are there additional charges?
A: Yes, miscellaneous charges may be incurred for uniforms, insurance, CPR course, drug screen, background check, immunizations, etc.

Q: Is financial aid available for internationally educated nurses? 
 Unfortunately, financial aid is not available. 

Q: How much does it cost to apply?
A: The application fee is $100. This is non-refundable. If you are selected for an interview, there is a $200 assessment fee. Additionally, you will be required to purchase ATI testing materials at the direction of the School of Nursing.

Q: Is a personal interview required?
A: Yes. Prior to acceptance in the program, a personal interview, a medication dosage test and a skills assessment will be required.

Q: If I am accepted, when do classes start?
The online theory courses begin in early June. Clinical placement dates are TBA, and will require 2-3 days on site per week for three weeks over the summer.

Q: How long do you keep applications?
 Applications are kept for two calendar years from date of initial receipt.

Q: How will I know if I’m accepted?
 You will be contacted by email by the School of Nursing.

Q: What if I have deficiencies in both OB and medical-surgical? Can I take both?
Yes, nurses needing remediation in both areas may take the two programs concurrently. Clinical placements will be scheduled to accommodate those completing both programs.