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.*
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.
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.
ONLY 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
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. Please note new categories.
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.
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:
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:
To be eligible for admission, you must have a 3.00 average prerequisite GPA in the following:
*NEW!* Cal State East Bay NURSING applies +/- grades in Nursing Prerequisite GPA calculations.
Cal State East Bay Nursing uses the same standard GPA calculations as the university. (Beginning Fall 2018 admission cycle)
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 email@example.com for information on prerequisites that do not appear on either of the the above eqiuvalency websites.
*NEW!* 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.
ONE non-science prerequisite may be taken credit/no credit. All science prerequisites must be taken for a letter grade.
Our office accepts an AP Exam score of 3 or higher as a substitute for the following courses, as shown in table below:
|Nursing course||AP Exam equivalent|
|English composition (prerequisite)||English Language or English Literature|
|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 14 (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.
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.
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, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 or Summer 2019
CAL STATE EAST BAY PRE-LICENSURE/LVN "NursingCAS" APPLICATION (requires a fee)
FALL Applications OPEN October 1 - November 30
SPRING Applications OPEN August 25 - 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!!
FOR FALL ADMISSION ONLY
Official transcripts for courses in progress Fall term are accepted up until the February 14 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 complete at schools you previously attended, please send to NursingCAS now.
*NEW!* Cal State East Bay requires BOTH of the following minimum scores to qualify:
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 elsewhere, order 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.
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.
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.
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:
More information will be provided soon on minimum scores for other versions of the TOEFL.
All applicants are required to answer all 3 questions on the from below and upload to the NursingCAS system. The application will be incomplete without the Personal Statement.
Once the nursing application is officially submitted, you cannot edit or update your personal statement.
Personal statement points are awarded up to 5 points each for the depth and relevance of responses to each of the 3 questions (up to 15 points maximum), plus an additional 5 points for grammar/writing skill.
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.
You may qualify for additional admission points if you work or have worked in the healthcare industry or have worked or volunteered in a community service role.
Submit to NursingCAS by deadline:
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
You may qualify for additional admission points if you complete all four science prerequisites at Cal State East Bay as a first attempt.
Submit a copy of your DD214 form or other official proof of military status to NursingCAS.
Submit a copy of your current LVN license to NursingCAS.
Cal State East Bay Nursing selects candidates on a merit-based points system. Applicants with highest point totals are offered admission.
All offers of conditional admission to the Nursing Program and Waitlist notices are sent via email by last week of May.
All offers of conditional admission to the Nursing Program and Waitlist notices are sent via email by last week of 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.
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.
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) residency status.
Notify Nursing Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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