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Pre-Licensure Program

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Who Can Apply?

This BSN program is for students brand new to nursing, who do not have an RN license.  LVN students can apply to this program.  Admission is highly competitive.  The earliest you can apply is during your sophomore or junior year of college (not freshman). 

MILITARY CANDIDATES or transfer students from another Nursing program - See Credit for Previous Education / Experience

*Note that information is subject to change. Please review often and read carefully.*

APPLYING TO THE PRE-LICENSURE PROGRAM


HOW TO START THE PROCESS


****Print this Application Checklist and read our brochure (being updated at the moment) to help you keep track of requirements and due dates.****


   

FALL ADMISSION PREREQUISITES DEADLINE - HAYWARD CAMPUS 

All prerequisite courses must be complete by the end of FALL term when you apply, science prerequisites must be within 7 years of time of application.


SPRING ADMISSION PREREQUISITES DEADLINE - CONCORD CAMPUS 

All prerequisite courses must be complete by the end of SPRING term before you apply, science prerequisites must be within 7 years of time of application.

All prerequisite courses must have a "C" or better. A "C" or "C+" grade (or better) is acceptable, as long as the 3.00 minimum GPA requirement is still met. A "C-" grade, however, is too low, and is not acceptable.



FIRST STEP

IF YOU MEET 3.00 GPA / PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS


Submit TWO applications:

1. Cal State East Bay University Application (if a transfer student)
2. Cal State East Bay NURSING Supplemental Application for Pre-Licensure/LVN program



SECOND STEP

Take and submit scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

TO REMAIN ELIGIBLE:

Minimum 70% overall score required for TEAS -and-
Minimum 65% required for English and Reading sections

Applicants earn admission points based on criteria listed below. Applicants with highest point totals are offered admission. Individual point scales and applicant point totals are kept confidential within the department.  


REQUIRED

  • 3.00 Prerequisite GPA (based on submitted grades) up to 50 points  
  • TEAS Exam score (Adjusted Individual Total Score)  up to 35 points 

OPTIONAL

  • Second language skills - speaking / reading proficiency in language other than English  5 points
  • Health-related experience (paid or unpaid) up to 15 points
  • Cal State East Bay students that took all four Nursing science prerequisites as first attempt at Cal State East Bay  15 points
Beginning Fall 2018/Spring 2019, students will be admitted BY CAMPUS.

See Deadlines and General Information about UPCOMING FALL / SPRING ADMISSION.
The Cal State East Bay Pre-Licensure Program is a full-time, day-time program that can be completed in two and one half years (five terms).  Lecture courses are in-person or hybrid.  Clinical courses take place at participating local hospitals or community partner organizations.

The LVN-BSN Pathway is part of the Pre-Licensure Program.  Students apply to the Pre-Licensure Program following the regular application process.  It is offered to any applicant with extensive medical knowledge and/or experience in the following field:  Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). 

Students graduate from this program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree and are eligible to take the RN license exam.


CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS NURSING COURSES

Students with special studies or experiences may already have achieved the objectives of certain courses and may petition to receive credit after a portfolio and transcript review.  Students can petition for prior learning credit, for the following classes only:

  • Nurs 2022 (2 units) - Level I Nursing Skills
  • Nurs 2031 (2 units) - Care of Adults Practicum
  • Nurs 2042 (1 unit) - Level I Nursing Skills II

 

If admitted to the Pre-Licensure Program (LVN pathway), the applicant must make an appointment with an advisor. Each applicant’s previous education and work experience will be individually assessed to design an optimal learning program.  

Credit by examination is possible for other Nursing coursework based on portfolio and transcript review.  Proper steps to take this petition action are:

  1. Students interested in the challenge must notify the department no later than 2 weeks prior to the first day of class.  To receive credit under this plan, the student must register for the class the quarter in which it is listed in the catalog.
  2. A petition for credit by examination is obtained from the Nursing Office.  The examination will be administered within the first two weeks of the term. 
  3. If the exam is passed, the grade and Credit By Examination will be indicated on the student’s permanent record. 
  4. If the student fails the examination, the student must complete the course to receive credit.

GPA REQUIREMENT - up to 50 points


To be eligible for admission, you must have a 3.00 average prerequisite GPA in the following:

  • ALL EIGHT prerequisite courses combined, and
  • Just the FOUR science prerequisite courses


Cal State East Bay Nursing applies +/- grades in Nursing Prerequisite GPA calculations.

PREREQUISITES

  1. Human Anatomy/Physiology I with lab (Biol 2010 or 270)
  2. Human Anatomy/Physiology II with lab (Biol 2020 or 271)
  3. Introduction to Microbiology with lab (Biol 2025 or 230)
  4. Chemistry with lab (Chem 1610 or 161)
    Integrated Chemistry (preferred) OR
    Inorganic/General Chemistry OR
    Organic Biochemistry
  5. Written Communication/English Composition (Engl 1001 or 102),
    first year college level course, GE Area A2 (or AP Exam)
  6. Public Speech or Interpersonal (Comm 1000/4 or 100/4), GE Area A1
  7. Statistics (Stat 1000 or 100), GE Area B4 (or AP Exam)
  8. Critical Thinking/Logic, GE Area A3


If you are a Cal State East Bay student, follow the NURSING DEGREE ROADMAP  for a suggested prerequisite course sequence and list of associated classes.

All prerequisite courses taken at campuses other than Cal State East Bay must be approved as equivalent. Candidates can check on www.assist.org for course equivalencies between California public colleges and universities.  For international, out-of-state, or private campuses, another resource to view equivalencies is TES.


Email nursing@csueastbay.edu for information on prerequisites that do not appear on either of the the above eqiuvalency websites.


RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC COURSES


SCIENCE PREREQUISITES HAVE A RECENCY REQUIREMENT OF 7 YEARS FROM THE DATE OF APPLICATION.


If you complete a combined "Anatomy & Physiology I" course, you must take PART II from the same campus. If you take a single-topic "Anatomy" course at any campus, you may take a single-topic "Physiology" course from any other campus.


The critical thinking prerequisite can only be satisfied by a specific logic-based class, with reference to inductive/deductive reasoning and/or evaluation of fallacies.


A higher level math course, such as Calculus or Trigonometry, CANNOT substitute for the statistics prerequisite.


Complete a separate course for each requirement - there is no "double-counting" requirements such as taking one class to meet both English composition and critical thinking.


Prerequisite courses that overlap with GE requirements are not waived for second bachelor degree candidates.

 


CREDIT/ NO CREDIT COURSES

ONE non-science prerequisite may be taken credit/no credit. All science prerequisites must be taken for a letter grade.



AP EXAM CREDIT

Our office accepts an AP Exam score of 3 or higher as a substitute for the following courses, as shown in table below:

Equivalency Table
Nursing courseAP Exam equivalent
English composition (prerequisite) English Language or English Literature
Statistics
(prerequisite)
Statistics
General Psychology (major requirement) Psychology


An approved AP Exam score will not be factored into the prerequisite or major GPA formula. To meet Nursing program application guidelines, send an official AP Exam score report to Cal State East Bay Admissions and upload an unofficial copy to NursingCAS as proof of the score by FEBRUARY 1 (for Fall admission) or SEPTEMBER 15 (for Spring Admission). If a student earns AP credit for English and/or Statistics, that student may NOT take any additional non-science prerequisites for credit/no credit.



POLICY FOR REPEATING PREREQUISITE COURSES:

  1. For the Cal State East Bay Nursing application, ONE science prerequisite repeat is allowed without penalty. Each additional science prerequisite repeat for a higher grade results in a 3 point deduction from the total application points. Non-science prerequisite repeats are allowed without penalty, and do not earn any point deductions, regardless of number of repeats.
  2. Cal State East Bay students are allowed ONE retake of a science prerequisite at a community college, if the first attempt of all four science prerequisites was at Cal State East Bay initially.
  3. Check with your campus what the guidelines and policies are for repeating a course that earned at least a 'C' grade (Academic Renewal).
  4. For the Cal State East Bay Nursing application, the higher grade is always considered for a repeated course, even if the student's own campus uses a different formula to calculate overall/cumulative GPA for repeated courses.
  5. Earning a "W" in a prerequisite course and then taking it again to earn a grade does not count as a retake for Cal State East Bay Nursing.  The course that earned a "W" is disregarded during the Nursing application process and does not factor into any Nursing application GPA calculations.

TWO ONLINE APPLICATIONS

FALL NURSING DEADLINE:  OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 30 
SPRING NURSING DEADLINE:  AUGUST 15 - SEPTEMBER 15

Submit applications approximately a year in advance.  Submit both applications at the same time and wait to hear back from both Nursing and the general Admissions Office at Cal State East Bay independently of the other.


APPLICATION #1

Cal State East Bay UNIVERSITY application  (requires a fee)

Please choose Undeclared - Interest in Nursing 
See University Admission Deadlines for Fall and Spring admission each year

This application is evaluated separately by the Cal State East Bay Admissions Office. Follow university deadlines for admission requirements. If the University denies you, this overrides any Nursing Program admission offers.


Candidates who are currently attending Cal State East Bay need not complete an application for university admission UNLESS they will graduate in another major before the term when they would BEGIN the Nursing Program. For example, if applying for Fall 2019 admission, Cal State East Bay students must fill out a Cal State East Bay university application if they will graduate Fall 2018, Spring 2019 or Summer 2019



APPLICATION #2

CAL STATE EAST BAY PRE-LICENSURE/LVN "NursingCAS" APPLICATION (requires a fee)  
FALL Applications OPEN October 1 - November 30 
SPRING Applications OPEN August 15 - September 15
CLOSES 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time


** This application is NOT for freshman - college-level coursework required before applying - see prerequisites.**

*This application may take several hours to complete - please plan ahead*

Some personal email accounts have filtered our Nursing Department emails into Spam folders. Please check your Spam folder regularly during the application process. We send important updates and reminders via email through the NursingCAS system and Cal State East Bay email system and we do not want you to miss these. Thank you!!

 

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FOR NURSING

FALL ADMISSION - DUE FEBRUARY 1 TO NursingCAS 

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE SEPTEMBER 15 TO NursingCAS  

(beginning Spring 2019)



  • All official transcripts, from every college or university attended including Cal State East Bay, are due to NursingCAS.

  • All official transcripts, from every college or university attended,except Cal State East Bay, are due to Cal State East Bay Admissions Office by published deadlines (if applying as a new transfer student)


FOR FALL ADMISSION ONLY

Official transcripts for courses in progress Fall term are accepted up until the February 1 deadline, even after the NURSING application deadline passes. We highly encourage you to send these to NursingCAS immediately after final Fall grades are posted, so your application can continue to move forward in our evaluation process. For any classes already completed at schools you previously attended, please send to NursingCAS now.



ALSO...IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Do NOT send any transcripts to the Nursing Program.

  • FOR HAYWARD FALL ADMISSION - all nursing prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Fall term in which you apply, one year before the program begins.

  • FOR CONCORD SPRING ADMISSION - all nursing prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring term before you apply, one year before the program begins.

  • FOR NURSING APPLICANTS ONLY: to remain eligible for Nursing Program consideration, nursing candidates must meet the document deadline of February 1, even if it is different than the document deadline posted on the main University website.

  • The Cal State East Bay Admissions Office and NursingCAS must receive all required admission documents, not just transcripts, by required dates. **Postmarked documents do not count as received.**

  • If preferred by the student, official transcripts for Cal State East Bay may be hand-delivered in sealed envelopes to the Enrollment Information Center on the Hayward campus or Academic Services Center on the Concord campus.

  • Nursing students already done with prerequisites are encouraged to send their transcripts to the Cal State East Bay Admissions Office and NursingCAS as early as possible.

  • If you are using an AP Exam score to satisfy the English or Statistics prerequisite, please also send Cal State East Bay Admissions Office an official copy of your AP Exam score report and upload an unofficial copy of your AP Exam score report to NursingCAS by February 1 (FALL) or September 15 (Spring).

  • Check your MyCSUEB or NursingCAS account for updates on whether or not your documents were received.

TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS (TEAS)
- up to 35 points

FALL ADMISSION - DUE NOVEMBER 30 - SEND DIRECTLY TO NURSING

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE SEPTEMBER 15 - SEND DIRECTLY TO NURSING
(Spring Admission for Nursing begins Spring 2019)



MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


Cal State East Bay requires BOTH of the following minimum scores to qualify:

  • minimum 70% overall TEAS score (Adjusted Total Individual Score)
  • minimum 65% English and Language Usage -AND- Reading sections 



Our program limits consideration of TEAS scores to the first three attempts, ANY version. The highest score (Adjusted Total Individual Score) will be considered. 



The Nursing Program automatically receives all official scores of TEAS tests taken at Cal State East Bay. 

If the TEAS test is taken elsewhereorder and send an official score report from ATI Testing (requires a fee). A photocopy or printout of test scores, or a scanned test score document uploaded to NursingCAS is not official.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR TEAS AT CAL STATE EAST BAY


The Testing Office at Cal State East Bay offers the ATI TEAS exam every month.


Study guides are available at the Cal State East Bay Bookstore (510-885-3507) and at the online store on the ATI website.


TEST DATES AND INSTRUCTIONS


To view information about the TEAS exam on Cal State East Bay campus and available dates and times to take the TEAS at Cal State East Bay, please visit the Testing Office TEAS webpage and TEAS Exam Dates and Student Charges web page. If you want to request testing accommodations related to a disability, contact Accessibility Services at (510) 885-3868.


To take the ATI TEAS exam, visit www.atitesting.com and 'Create an Account' to obtain an ATI Paper/Pencil ID number that looks like: A12345678 (it starts with the letter "A" followed by eight digits).  Print and bring your ID number on the day of the test.  Students are required to insert this number on their answer sheet.  This ID number is used for you to access your test score(s).


This is a unique ID number for each candidate taking the TEAS test.  


Calculators: The ATI TEAS will allow for the use of a four function calculator.  For paper pencil version, students are responsible to bring their own permitted calculator.  For the online version, a calculator is embedded within the exam. 

 

TOEFL REQUIREMENTS

If Cal State East Bay office of admissions requires TOEFL as an entry requirement as proof of English Language Proficiency, the Nursing program will also review an applicant's TOEFL score.

Cal State East Bay requires the following minimum score to qualify, if an applicant takes this exam:

  • minimum 80 total score on internet-based exam
  • minimum 26 on speaking portion

More information will be provided soon on minimum scores for other versions of the TOEFL.


ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES (OPTIONAL) 


FALL ADMISSION - DUE  NOVEMBER 30 TO NursingCAS

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE SEPTEMBER 15 TO NursingCAS  

(beginning Spring 2019)


We strongly encourage applicants to explore life experiences beyond the academic setting.  Listed below are categories that may earn additional nursing application points.  Submit all forms and documents to NursingCAS only.




Health-Related Experience (Paid or Unpaid)

You may qualify for additional admission points if you have paid or unpaid experience.

  • up to 15 points
  • paid or volunteer experience accepted
  • minimum 75 hours required
  • must be within 3 years from time of application
  • can combine multiple experiences to meet minimum hour requirements
  • up to 5 points each can be earned for these three categories
    1.  length of time commitment / total number of hours
    2.  extent of multicultural community engagement
    3.  extent of direct patient care


Submit to NursingCAS by deadline:






Second Language Proficiency

You may qualify for additional admission points if you speak and read one of these languages at an intermediate level:  American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese (any dialect), Hindi, Persian (Farsi, Dari,Tajik), Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese

  • 5 points
  • must be verified ONLY by language instructor
  • language skills must be observed within the past year
  • only languages on list above approved for points
  • if you speak multiple languages, you can submit separate forms for each language, but you will still only earn a maximum of 5 points overall 


Submit: 




Cal State East Bay students

You may qualify for additional admission points if you complete all four science prerequisites at Cal State East Bay as a first attempt.

  • 15 points
  • must earn passing grades
  • one retake permitted under certain circumstances


Veterans or current members of the military

Submit a copy of your DD214 form or other official proof of military status to NursingCAS.

  • priority admission
  • contact our office for more information




LVN applicants

Submit a copy of your current LVN license to NursingCAS.

  • no additional points during application cycle for license alone
  • if admitted, option to challenge certain first year courses
  • may earn points through the work experience category


SELECTION OF STUDENTS FOR PRE-LICENSURE NURSING PROGRAM

Cal State East Bay Nursing selects candidates on a merit-based points system.  Applicants with highest point totals are offered admission.


NOTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY AND ADMISSION



FALL ADMISSION NOTIFICATION

All offers of conditional admission to the Nursing Program and Waitlist notices are sent via email by May.


SPRING ADMISSION NOTIFICATION

All offers of conditional admission to the Nursing Program and Waitlist notices are sent via email by November. 


**If you receive a letter or email welcoming you to Undeclared - Interest in Nursing prior to receiving a Nursing Program admit letter, please keep in mind this is an offer of admission to the university only.

WAITLIST

Remaining eligible candidates are placed in ranked order on a waitlist according to total admission points. If a candidate on the waitlist does not gain entry into the program and wishes to be considered for the following year or following term, a new application must be submitted.

WHAT IF THERE IS A TIE IN NUMBER OF POINTS?

In case of equal points ranking, tie-breakers will be 1) Science score on TEAS Exam, then 2) cumulative GPA in all Baccalaureate level coursework, then 3) California residency status.

WHAT IF YOU THINK THERE'S AN ERROR?

Notify Nursing Admissions at nursing@csueastbay.edu within 15 calendar days of receipt of the notification. Write a thorough explanation why you believe an error occurred. Provide written documentation to support your claim upon request.


MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS AFTER NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION

  1. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening - must be clear for entry into program
  2. Attend one-day Nursing Orientation in Late June (Fall Admission) or early December (Spring Admission)
  3. Attempt WST (Writing Skills Test) one time or confirm already satisfied before entry into Program.



ADDITIONAL REFERENCES TO HELP YOU PREPARE:


HEALTH DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS 
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these requirements and be ready to submit proof of them on short notice.  We provide exact deadlines and directions along with our offer of admission. Please do not submit any documents or proof to the Nursing Department until requested.  

ESTIMATED EXPENSES for orientation requirements, future courses and clinical rotations

Questions: email nursing@csueastbay.edu or call 510.885.3481
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