This program is for brand new graduates from ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) schools at these six colleges: Chabot, Contra Costa, De Anza, Los Medanos, Merritt, Ohlone. A California RN license is required, earned the summer after graduating from your ADN school. Students can complete our program and achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Not a new graduate, or a new graduate from a different ADN school?
See our Post-Licensure Program instead.
Our department is aware of many unexpected changes to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) student experience due to individual health and safety considerations, remote learning and suspension of clinical experiences. For students already offered admission to our fall 2020 cohort, we have adjusted admission criteria for this incoming class. We are implementing a part-time (two-year) schedule only for the fall 2020 admit class and extended the due dates for ADN program completion and proof of RN license. Students already offered admission received an updated letter via email outlining this plan in more detail.
General updates to admission categories for future admission cycles:
Future admission cycles will also be offered only as a two-year curriculum (four semesters, part-time) until further notice.
Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) classes
Cal State East Bay Nursing strongly recommends a letter grade for nursing prerequisites, especially the science courses. Our program will still accept CR (credit) on a transcript for a prerequisite course taken during spring 2020 or summer 2020. A class with a CR grade will not be included in the prerequisite GPA calculation.
Online Lab Courses in Science Prerequisites
Cal State East Bay Nursing will accept online labs for science prerequisites beginning spring 2020 term, as long as it as an approved science and lab course.
For fall 2020 admits only, please see ROADMAP unique to your cohort.
Attend an INFORMATION SESSION at one of our campuses, offered monthly.
Complete a Self-Evaluation to see if you are ready to apply.
Be in the second year of an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) Program, on track to be a new graduate from the ADN program this academic year at one of these schools: Chabot College, Contra Costa College, De Anza College, Los Medanos College, Merritt College or Ohlone College
Be eligible to take the RN License Exam (NCLEX) during the upcoming summer. Have proof of an unrestricted, unencumbered California RN License by time of entry into program.
ONLY IF YOU MEET PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS / 3.00 GPA / PREREQUISITE DEADLINES
1. Cal State East Bay University Application (if a transfer student)
2. Cal State East Bay NURSING Application for Post-Licensure Program.
This is an online program except for one field experience course. The one course that requires in-person attendance is Community Health Practice.
Beginning with Fall 2020 admission (due to COVID-19) only a part-time two-year schedule is offered. Future admission cycles will be also be offered only as a two-year curriculum (four semesters, part-time) until further notice.
See BROCHURE for a full course schedule.
ALL EIGHT prerequisite courses combined, AND
Just the FOUR prerequisite science courses
Prerequisites are listed above with the Cal State East Bay name and course number. All prerequisite courses taken at campuses other than Cal State East Bay must be approved as equivalent. Candidates can check on TES for course equivalencies nationwide. Another resource is www.assist.org to check for equivalencies at California public colleges and universities.
Beginning spring 2020 term, Cal State East Bay Nursing will accept an online lab for a science prerequisite, as long as it is an approved science and lab course.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on prerequisites that do not appear on either of the listed equivalency websites.
All prerequisite courses must be complete by the end of SPRING term AFTER you apply.
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.
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.
During the timeframe of COVID-19, some exceptions apply. Cal State East Bay Nursing strongly recommends a letter grade for nursing prerequisites, especially the science courses. Our program will, however, still accept CR (credit) on a transcript for any prerequisite course taken during spring 2020 or summer 2020. A class with a CR grade will not be included in the prerequisite GPA calculation.
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 of the AP Exam score report to NursingCAS as proof of the score by the FEBRUARY 1 deadline. 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 of when you want to begin the program.
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 2022 admission, Cal State East Bay students must fill out a Cal State East Bay university application if they will graduate Fall 2021, Spring 2022 or Summer 2022.
**Some personal email accounts have filtered our Nursing Program 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 NURSING FALL ADMISSION ONLY: DUE FEBRUARY 1 and JULY 1 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).
*All official transcripts, from every college or university attended, including Cal State East Bay, are due to NursingCAS
Official transcripts for courses in progress fall term are accepted up until the February 1 deadline, even after the NursingCAS 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.
**MISSING TRANSCRIPT DEADLINES CAN RESULT IN AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION AND AUTOMATIC DENIAL.
Our program currently has plenty of space available.
Students in this program are notified of their admission status via email in April.
Candidates that submit an incomplete application or do not meet minimum GPA requirements may be notified of their admission status earlier than other candidates.
University admission offers for transfer students will not be released until the Nursing Program makes its admission decisions.
Notify NURSING Admissions at email@example.com 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.