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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing B.S.: Pre-licensure Track

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Marla Seacrist, RN., Ph.D. Prelicensure Assistant Director

Office: Science I - 229F Phone: (209) 667-3253

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Pre-licensure BSN Track (Basic Nursing)

The School offers a Pre-licensure nursing track leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam after graduation.

Incoming freshmen should have taken high school chemistry with a lab, biology with a lab, and at least three years of college prep math. Transfer students need to adhere to the CSU transfer policies. (See transfer requirements in the Admission section of this catalog, or inquire at Enrollment Services.). Nursing-bound students should list “Pre-Nursing” as the university major. This does not, however, guarantee a seat in the Pre-licensure track.

It is an impacted program with supplemental criterion for permission to enroll in the program and is competitive.

Note: When applying for licensure in California, the applicant is required to obtain clearance from the Department of Justice and to report any misdemeanor or felony conviction(s) to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Some convictions may result in denial of licensure. The BRN determines cases individually and the Department of Nursing has no jurisdiction over such decisions.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Pre-licensure Nursing Major

Prerequisites or Equivalent for the Pre-licensure Track

1.  ENGL 1001 , ENGL 1002 , ENGL 1005 , or ENGL 1007 



3.  ZOOL 2250 

4.  CHEM 2100 
     CHEM 3010 

5.  ENGL 2000 , PHIL 2000 , PHIL 2005 , PHIL 2100  or COMM 2300 

6.  COMM 2110  or COMM 2000  

7.  MATH 1600  

8.  MBIO 2010 
     MBIO 3010   and MBIO 3032  


MBIO 2010 is only offered summer term. (Subject to change.)

Additional Information

Non-Stanislaus State students seeking admission to the Nursing Pre-licensure Program must submit an application for admission to the University during the priority admission application filing period. (See the Admission section in this catalog for priority filing period and sources of application forms.)

Students need to be admitted to the University before their nursing program application will be considered. The application period for fall admission to the nursing program is December 1st - January 15th; spring admission application period is the month of September. Only completed applications will be accepted. Nursing applications are submitted to the cashiers office. Official transcripts for all prerequisite and/or general education courses taken at colleges or universities must accompany the application, including Stanislaus State transcripts. Applications are available online.

A minimum of two science prerequisites and two non-science prerequisites must be completed at the time of application to the program. Remaining prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of the nursing application. Evidence of completion or work in progress is required for the application. For selected applicants, a final grade of C or better in an outstanding course is required to enter the program. All prerequisites must be completed before the first day of school.

This is an impacted program and supplemental criteria are used for the selection of students. Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite science courses, a GPA of 3.0 in other prerequisite courses, and complete the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills V with a minimum score of 70%. ATI TEAS may be taken a maximum of three times.  The highest score of the first three attempts will be used.  No more than two prerequisite courses may be repeated once.

Applicants are ranked according to the following formula:

  • Overall GPA:  5-25 points
  • Overall Science Prerequisite:  5-25 points
  • Overall Non-Science Prerequisite: 5-25 points
  • ATI-TEAS of Academic Skills:  5-25 points
  • Up to 25 points can be earned for the following:
    1. Continuing Stanislaus State student with last 9 units completed on campus:  10 points
    2. Permanent residency in the Stanislaus State service region (Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tuolumne counties):  5 points
    3. Health care experience:  0-5 points
    4. Bilingual:  0-5 points
  • Criteria subject to change; see Nursing website.

Note: California residents are given preference over out-of-state and international students as long as the program is on impacted status.

Requirements — Pre-licensure BSN Track

1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

(51 units minimum including transferable General Education units)

2. Complete the major of 58 units. All courses are taken for a letter grade.

3. Complete 9 upper-division units which meet the upper-division General Education requirements

(6 units are designated as co-requisites in the nursing program.)

4. All prerequisite courses to enter the Pre-licensure track must be completed with a C or better.

Corequisites — Pre-licensure BSN Track

(12 units of the required General Education units)

Continuance in the Nursing Major (all tracks)

With approval, a student may repeat a nursing course once. If class enrollment is limited, priority will be given to students who maintain regular progress in the program. An undergraduate student earning less than a C- in two nursing courses is subject to dismissal. Students repeating nursing courses must earn grades of C– (73%) or better to remain in the program and may not progress until these have been successfully completed. (See Nursing Student Handbook for additional information.)

A student whose pattern of behavior is found to be unsafe may be terminated from a clinical practicum at any time during the semester and receive a non-passing grade for the course. The consequence of unsafe practice may result in expulsion from the program. See Nursing Student Handbook for current information.

Program Requirements for ADN to BSN and Pre-licensure BSN Tracks

From the time a student enters the program and until graduation, the student must have the following:

  • Physical examination verified on the Health Evaluation Form
  • Continuous Health Insurance
  • Current CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Initial two-step then annual TB skin test or X-ray, with evidence of freedom from tuberculosis
  • Influenza annually
  • Measles, Rubella, HBV, Varicella, Tdap and flu vaccination, or proof of immunity
  • Current California RN license (for ADN to BSN track only)
  • Background check
  • Drug screening

In addition, some agencies may have additional requirements such as fingerprinting and clearance from the Department of Justice. See the Nursing Student Handbook for additional information on other liability and health requirements.

The University reserves the right to limit the enrollment of students in the nursing major to available space and clinical facilities.

Licensed Vocational Nurses

Marla Marek, RN, Ph.D., LVN Assistant Director

Office: Science I - 229F  Phone: (209) 667-3253

LVNs seeking an upgrade to BSN or LVN 30-unit option should visit the Web site or contact the School of Nursing regarding options.

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