Pre-Licensure Program

Overview

Group of nursing students practicing their skills

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.  Priority goes to current Cal State East Bay students, first-time local transfer students without a bachelor's degree, and military. The earliest you can apply is during your second or third year of college (not first year students).  

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


Information below relates to the spring 2023/fall 2023 admission cycle only.  Criteria for future admission cycles may change.  Please note changes related to priority admission. Please review often and read carefully. 


TEAS Exams are not being offered on the Cal State East Bay campus until further notice. 

APPLYING TO THE PRE-LICENSURE PROGRAM

 

****Print this Application Checklist  to help you keep track of requirements and due dates.**

Read the Pre-Licensure Admission Brochure.


  Attend a virtual Information Session, offered monthly.


Complete a Self-Evaluation to see if you are ready to apply.


Find out the Cost of the Nursing Program (same tuition and fees as the university).



FALL ADMISSION PREREQUISITES DEADLINE - HAYWARD CAMPUS 

All final prerequisite grades and official transcripts must be received by JANUARY 31 (after the fall nursing application is submitted).  Prerequisite courses are not considered for fall admission if still in progress after January 31 or proof of final grades on official transcripts are not received by January 31. 

Science prerequisites must be within seven years at time of application.

SPRING ADMISSION PREREQUISITES DEADLINE - CONCORD CAMPUS 

All final prerequisite grades and official transcripts must be received by AUGUST 31 (when the spring nursing application is submitted).  Prerequisite courses are not considered for spring admission if still in progress after August 31 or proof of final grades on official transcripts are not received by August 31.

Science prerequisites must be within seven years at 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 

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 Application 



SECOND 

Submit Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores with the nursing application.

TO REMAIN ELIGIBLE:

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

Students admitted BY CAMPUS.

Fall Admission = Hayward Campus
Spring Admission = Concord Campus 

Deadlines and General Information about UPCOMING FALL / SPRING ADMISSION.

To find out more about the Nursing application process, please join us at one of our monthly information sessions.  Nursing Pre-Admission Advisors are available at these sessions and we allow time for individual questions.  The sessions typically last 1-2 hours.

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 are in-person at participating local hospitals or community partner organizations.  Community Engagement courses are in local neighborhoods.
Information below relates to Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 admission cycle.  Criteria and categories for future admission cycles may change. 

 

FIRST STEPS OF ADMISSION PROCESS

  1. Sort applicants into priority groups first.
  2. Applicants with priority status are reviewed.
  3. Priority applicants that meet minimum requirements are awarded points for admission criteria.
  4. Those with highest point totals are offered admission.

Priority lists, point scales and individual point totals are kept confidential within the department.


PRIORITY GROUPS

Cal State East Bay Nursing gives priority admission to the following three applicant groups, all considered equally:

  • Cal State East Bay Students currently attending full-time for at least two semesters
  • Local Admission Area first time transfer students with majority of units from public community colleges in one of these six counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano
  • Current Military or Veterans with honorable discharge - submit DD214 with application


Applicants
that do not receive priority status are not likely to be admitted due to the high volume of applications.  Applicants from these groups do not receive priority status:

  • Second bachelor candidates
  • Transfer applicants that earned a majority of units from schools outside the local admission area or other CSU, UC, private or out of state colleges and universities

 

POINT CATEGORIES

REQUIRED CATEGORIES

After sorting applicants into priority groups, these three required categories are most important in our admission decisions

  1. Minimum 3.00 Prerequisite GPA (based on submitted grades)   
    • If you have anywhere between a 3.60 – 4.00 prerequisite GPA, you will earn maximum points for this category
  2. Minimum 70% TEAS Exam overall score 
    • Minimum 65% English and Reading subsections also
    • If you meet minimum subsection scores and earn anywhere between 80% - 100% for overall TEAS score, you will earn maximum points for this category.
  3. Personal Statement (a few short-answer questions)  - final step in review process


OPTIONAL CATEGORIES

Candidates offered admission generally have at least one of these point categories in addition to competitive GPA/TEAS.

  1. Health and Community Related Experience (paid or unpaid) 
  2. Second Language Skills - speaking / reading proficiency in a language other than English

 

If you are in a priority student group with high GPA/TEAS, but do not have at least one of the optional point categories, you probably won't be admitted due to the high number of applicants and the competitive process.  

 

Fall 2022 Admission process - already started

Applicants earn admission 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.  

Information below relates to Fall 2022 cycle only.  Criteria and categories for future admission cycles may change.  See above for changes related to the admission process for spring 2023/fall 2023.

 ADMISSION CRITERIA

These three REQUIRED categories are most important in our admission decisions

  • Minimum 3.00 Prerequisite GPA (based on submitted grades) 
    • If you have anywhere between a 3.60 – 4.00 prerequisite GPA, you will earn maximum points for this category
  • Minimum 70% TEAS Exam overall score
    • Minimum 65% English and Reading subsections also
    • If you meet minimum subsection scores and earn anywhere between 80% - 100% for overall TEAS score, you will earn maximum points for this category.
  • Personal Statement (a few short-answer questions) 

 

Candidates can also receive points for these OPTIONAL categories.  Candidates offered admission tend to have at least one of these categories in addition to competitive GPA/TEAS.  Categories are listed in order from greatest to least amount of weight.

  • Health and Community Related Experience (paid or unpaid)  
  • Military Service
  • Cal State East Bay students that take all four nursing science prerequisites at Cal State East Bay
  • Local Admission Area  (transfer students that completed majority of units at community colleges in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Solano County) 
  • Second Language Skills - speaking / reading proficiency in a language other than English

Once an applicant is identified as a priority applicant, here’s what happens next. 

  1. Confirm priority applicants meet minimum 3.00 for all eight prerequisites (based on self-reported and automated GPA calculations), verify official TEAS scores were received and are above 70% overall and above 65% in Reading and English subsections

  2. Deny applicants if TEAS or GPA is below minimum or if scores were not received

  3. Add in optional point categories

  4. Identify top tier applicants by point rankings and move them to the next stage of review

  5. Deny applicants that earned lower points and did not make it to the top tier of applicant pool

  6. Confirm science prerequisite GPA is above 3.00, confirm transcripts received on time, verify all prerequisites listed on application meet nursing program requirements, re-check final GPA and all point categories

  7. Review and assign points for personal statement

  8. Assign tie-break points if necessary

  9. Send email offers of admission, waitlist, denial for all remaining candidates

GPA REQUIREMENT 


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


A competitive GPA is 3.60 for all eight prerequisites combined. If you have anywhere between a 3.60 - 4.00 prerequisite GPA, you will earn maximum points for this category.


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

PREREQUISITES

  1. Human Anatomy/Physiology I with lab (Biol 270)
  2. Human Anatomy/Physiology II with lab (Biol 271)
  3. Introduction to Clinical Microbiology with lab (Biol 230)
  4. Chemistry for Health Sciences with lab (Chem 161 or 165) OR
    General Chemistry 1 (Chem 111) OR
    Survey of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230 or 331)
  5. Accelerated College Writing (Engl 102), GE Area A2 (or AP / IB Exam)
  6. Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (Comm 100 or 104), GE Area A1
  7. Elements of Statistics and Probability (Stat 100 or 110) (or AP Exam)
  8. Workshop in Critical Thinking (Phil 100), GE Area A3

All prerequisite courses are listed above with the Cal State East Bay name and course number.
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.

Candidates can check on TES for course equivalencies nationwide.

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. 



ADDITIONAL CLASSES

The Nursing Department highly recommends completing these two additional classes before starting the Nursing program.  They provide relevant background knowledge and a strong foundation for first-year Nursing courses, and are also Nursing major requirements.  It is not necessary to complete them before submitting a Nursing application.

Class #1
General Psychology / Introduction to Psychology  (Psyc 100)
(Lifespan Psychology does not count for this requirement)

Class #2 - Choose only one from this list
Introduction to Anthropology (Anth 100) OR
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Anth 130) OR
Introduction to Sociology (Soc 100)

CHECK IF YOU HAVE ALL THE PREREQUISITES


SCIENCE PREREQUISITES HAVE A RECENCY REQUIREMENT OF SEVEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF APPLICATION.  Check if your science course meets recency requirements.

*Due to COVID-19 related cancellation of spring 2021/fall 2021 admission cycles, we extended the recency requirement for one additional year for spring 2022/fall 2022 admission cycles only.

CONFIRM YOUR PREREQUISITES AND GPA with a Self-Evaluation form.  

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.


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

 

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC COURSES


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.

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 still accept CR (credit) on a transcript for a prerequisite course taken during spring 2020 or summer 2020.  Courses taken for CR (credit) during fall 2020, spring 2021 or summer 2021 will be evaluated case-by-case.  A class with a CR grade will not be included in the prerequisite GPA calculation.



AP EXAM CREDIT

Our office will accept an AP Exam score of 3 or higher to meet the requirements for the following courses, as shown in table below:

Equivalency Table
Nursing course AP 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 JANUARY 31 (for fall admission) or AUGUST 31 (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 within a seven-year time period is allowed without penalty. Each additional science prerequisite repeat for a higher grade within a seven-year time period  results in point deductions 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.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FOR NURSING

FALL ADMISSION - DUE JANUARY 31 TO NursingCAS 

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE AUGUST 31 TO NursingCAS  

 

  • 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)



ALSO...IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Do NOT send any transcripts to the Nursing Program.

  • FOR HAYWARD FALL ADMISSION - You can have prerequisite courses in progress during the fall term when you submit the application. (approximately a year in advance of when you want to begin the program).  Proof of final grades and official transcripts must be received by the application deadline.

  • FOR CONCORD SPRING ADMISSION - No in-progress prerequisites are considered after the application deadline. All final prerequisite grades and official transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline.

  • FOR NURSING APPLICANTS ONLY: to remain eligible for Nursing Program consideration, nursing candidates must meet nursing program document deadlines, even if they are 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.

  • Applicants 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 January 31 (FALL) or August 31 (Spring).

  • Check your MyCSUEB or NursingCAS account for updates on whether or not your documents were received.  MyCSUEB does not list any nursing-related missing documents or deadlines, only university-related documents.

TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS (TEAS)

FALL ADMISSION - DUE NOVEMBER 30 - SEND TO NURSING OFFICE (via ATI)

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE AUGUST 31 - SEND TO NURSING OFFICE (via ATI)


Cal State East Bay will accept an online or remote version of the TEAS exam to meet our admission criteria.



MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


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

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

 

A competitive overall TEAS score is 80%.  If you meet minimum subsection scores and earn anywhere between 80% - 100% for overall TEAS score, you will earn maximum points for this category.



Our program limits consideration of TEAS scores to the first three attempts, ANY version. The highest overall score will be considered. 

Cal State East Bay does not enforce a minimum time requirement between repeated TEAS tests.  If an applicant decides to take the TEAS again to raise a score, we encourage enough time between tests to study and improve, and do not encourage rushing to take the test again to meet a deadline.



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

If the TEAS test is taken elsewhere or is a remote versionorder 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.

TEAS AT CAL STATE EAST BAY - not currently being offered


If approved again, the Testing Office at Cal State East Bay offers the ATI TEAS exam every month.  Currently, no TEAS exams are being offered.


Study guides are available at the online store on the ATI website.

 

TOEFL or IELTS REQUIREMENTS

These tests are for students that have not attended schools where English is the principal language of instruction. Check to see whether this English proficiency test is required for university admission, or if you do not need to take it.  

 

If Cal State East Bay Office of Admissions requires TOEFL or IELTS as an entry requirement as proof of English Language Proficiency, the Nursing program will also review an applicant's TOEFL or IELTS score.  If the university does not require them, the Nursing program does not require them.

 

Either score must be within two years from the time of nursing application to be considered.

If a candidate meets TEAS exam minimum scores and minimum GPA requirements, but gets lower than TOEFL or IELTS minimum scores, the candidate is not eligible for admission to the Nursing program. 

Cal State East Bay Nursing has the following minimum TOEFL score to qualify, only if the university already requires the exam:

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


Cal State East Bay Nursing has the following minimum IELTS score to qualify, only if the university already requires the exam:

  • minimum 6.5 total score
  • minimum 7.0 on speaking portion

PERSONAL STATEMENT 

 

FALL ADMISSION - DUE NOVEMBER 30 - UPLOAD TO NursingCAS 

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE AUGUST 31 - UPLOAD TO NursingCAS 

 

All applicants are required to answer all questions on the form below and upload to the NursingCAS system once the application cycle opens.  There is a 300 word maximum response allowed for each question.  The application will be incomplete without the Personal Statement.  

Once the nursing application is officially submitted, you cannot edit or update your personal statement, even if the application deadline is extended.

Personal statements are reviewed for depth and relevance of responses to each of the questions, maximum word count, and consideration of grammar/writing skill.

 


Personal Statement Directions


Personal Statement Form - Available for Download June 1 - January 1 -please check back later

DOWNLOAD and SAVE to your computer (Word Document).

  • Type directly into the form.
  • Do not include your name anywhere on the document.
  • Pay careful attention to maximum word count.
  • UPLOAD final version as PDF copy to NursingCAS before application deadline.  

 

The personal statement questions will focus on themes listed below. Once the form is available, it will show as an active link above.

  • The nursing profession - your pathway
  • The nursing profession - your future contributions
  • Inclusion and social justice in nursing
  • A personal challenge you experienced

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION CATEGORIES  -
Health and Community-Related Experience


FALL ADMISSION - DUE  NOVEMBER 30 - UPLOAD TO NursingCAS

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE AUGUST 31 - UPLOAD TO NursingCAS  


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

Listed below are instructions for the Fall 2022 admission cycle.  Check back for updates related to Spring 2023 admission.



Health and Community Related Experience (Paid or Unpaid)

You may qualify for additional admission points if you have an experience that contributes to the health or wellness of your community.  This category carries the greatest weight on the nursing application in comparison to the other optional point categories.

  • paid or unpaid experience accepted
  • minimum 75 hours required
  • must be within 3 years from time of application*
  • can combine multiple experiences to meet minimum hour requirements
  • can be online or virtual experiences reviewed case-by-case
  • points can be earned within these categories
1.  length of time commitment / total number of hours
2.  extent of multicultural community engagement
3.  type of health-related activity


Submit BOTH to NursingCAS by deadline:

  1. Health and Community Related Experience Form 
  2. Signed letter on company letterhead confirming your hours


Examples of community-related experiences:  volunteer at library, school, food bank, shelter, food pantry/soup kitchen, grassroots community organization, civic organization such as city youth commission, WIC, place of worship, tutoring, participating in a park/beach clean-up, K-12 teachers, veterinary clinic tech/staff

Examples of health-related experiences:  patient greeter, shadow healthcare professionals, hospital front desk, family support/navigator, patient transporter, international relief organizations, administrative role in healthcare organization, afterschool childcare program, childcare provider / nanny, swim lesson instructor, translation services, Health Educator, American Red Cross volunteer, Hospice, clinical hours from healthcare-related programs listed here or employment as CNA, EMT, LVN, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Chiropractic Assistant, Phlebotomist, Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, Speech Therapist, Social Worker, Caregiver

 

Health and Community Related Experience Forms and associated letters can be accepted up to one year only from date of first submission (if re-applying).

*Due to COVID-19 related cancellation of spring 2021/fall 2021 admission cycles, we extended the three year time limit for one additional year, for the spring 2022/fall 2022 admission cycles only. 

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION CATEGORIES  -
Second Language Proficiency


FALL ADMISSION - DUE  NOVEMBER 30 - UPLOAD TO NursingCAS

SPRING ADMISSION - DUE AUGUST 31 - UPLOAD TO NursingCAS  


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

Listed below are instructions for the Fall 2022 admission cycle only.  Check back for updates related to Spring 2023 admission.



Second Language Proficiency

You may qualify for additional admission points if you are proficient in both English and one other language.

  • submit proof with one of options listed below
  • language skills must be observed within the past year
  • you must speak and read the second language at an intermediate level
  • if you speak multiple languages, you can submit separate forms for each language, but you can only earn up to the maximum point value for this category (no additional points for additional languages) 


Submit BOTH to NursingCAS by deadline: 

  1. Language Proficiency form * 
  2. Signed letter from a language instructor or individual with proof of bilingual certification (if not a language instructor, include the person's proof of bilingual certification along with the form and letter)

OR

  1. Proof of your own Bilingual Certification (see list below for examples of accepted certifications)


Types of Accepted Certifications:

  • Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD)
  • Seal of Biliteracy on high school transcripts or diploma
  • Federal Interagency Language Roundtable 
  • Defense Language Proficiency Test
  • Language Testing International https://www.languagetesting.com/  (Licensed by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) - Must earn the following in order to qualify
    • Speaking at Distinguished (by itself)  OR
    • Speaking and Reading at Distinguished, Superior, Advanced, or Intermediate High (any combination of these levels) on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale OR 3 or above on the ILR scale
    • Please note, not every language has an associated Reading test - please research carefully
  • Other certifications may be evaluated/reviewed on case-by-case basis


The Nursing Department Certification of Language Proficiency Form and associated letters can be accepted up to one year only from date of first submission (if re-applying).

*Due to COVID-19 related cancellation of spring 2021/fall 2021 admission cycles, we extended the three year time limit for one additional year, for the spring 2022/fall 2022 admission cycles only. 
 

The LVN-BSN Pathway is part of the Pre-Licensure Program. The pathway 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.  The pathway is five semesters long, the same length of time as the Pre-Licensure program.

LVN candidates apply to the Pre-Licensure Program following the regular competitive application process.  Please upload proof of LVN license to the NursingCAS application.

If you are an LVN and are admitted to the Pre-Licensure program, please read about  Credit for Previous Education / Experience.  You can request to take a challenge exam to show knowledge of certain first-year course topics, such as the introductory lab classes.  If you pass the challenge exam(s), it is possible to take fewer courses during your first semester, but it will not jump you ahead in the overall program.  You will still follow the assigned curriculum schedule for the rest of the program.

Our department is aware of many unexpected changes to the applicant experience due to COVID-19, especially related to individual health and safety considerations, availability of clinical opportunities,  remote learning and reduced access to volunteer experiences and TEAS exams.  Please read the following announcements that affect admission cycles:

General updates to admission categories:

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.  Courses taken for CR (credit) during fall 2020, spring 2021 or summer 2021 will be evaluated case-by-case.  A class with a CR grade will not be included in the prerequisite GPA calculation.

Online Lab Courses in Science Prerequisites

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. 

TEAS Exam

Cal State East Bay Nursing still requires the TEAS exam for upcoming admission cycles. Our program will accept a remote version of the TEAS exam. Go to the ATI website to search for TEAS exams that are offered remotely.   TEAS exams are not currently offered at Cal State East Bay until further notice.

Additional / Optional Categories

Personal statements, forms, required hours and deadlines remain the same. Online or phone experiences can be accepted as long as they meet program guidelines for contributing to the health or wellness of the community. Online clinical hours for CNA or EMT (or other certificate) programs may be accepted for health-related experience as long as they meet licensing requirements.  

Recency Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 related cancellation of the 2020-2021 year's application cycles, the seven year recency requirement for science prerequisites is extended for one year for the next application cycle only (spring 2022 and fall 2022 admission).  Community or health-related experience will be accepted for up to four years from time of application for the next application cycle only (spring 2022 and fall 2022 admission).  Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 admission cycles will return to the previous recency requirements.


SELECTION OF STUDENTS FOR PRE-LICENSURE NURSING PROGRAM

Up through the fall 2022 Admission cycle, Cal State East Bay Nursing selected candidates based entirely on a merit-based points system.  Students from different admission categories received additional points in addition to select academic and non-academic criteria.   Applicants with highest point totals are offered admission.  

Beginning spring 2023, Cal State East Bay will be using a combination of priority lists and a point-based system. Priority applicants are identified first and then points are assigned based on admission criteria.  See previous sections of this website for more detail.

Candidates that submit an incomplete application, are missing TEAS exam scores, or do not meet minimum GPA or TEAS requirements will be denied.  These applicants may be notified of their admission status earlier than other candidates.


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 April.   


SPRING ADMISSION NOTIFICATION

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


**University admission offers for transfer students will not be released until the Nursing Program makes its admission decisions.  

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.  If a candidate on the waitlist is not offered admission by a certain date close to the beginning of the term for which they applied, they are also denied by the university.

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 early June (fall admission) or early December (spring admission)
  3. University Writing Skills Requirement - how this is completed depends on year of admission - information will be shared separately if any action is needed before enrollment

 

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