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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Advising Sheet

Nursing B.S.: Pre-licensure Track

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Wendy Mattew PhD, RN, PHN, CHSE Prelicensure Program Director, School of Nursing Assistant Director

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

View information for the School of Nursing , including Learning Outcomes for the School and its programs.

View the degree program Roadmap, which provide recommended advising maps to complete the degree program. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.

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-RN 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 Undergraduate Admission  section of this catalog, or inquire at Admissions & Outreach.). Nursing-bound students will indicate “Nursing (Pre-Nursing)” when applying. 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.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) and successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from program director.

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 School of Nursing  has no jurisdiction over such decisions.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Pre-licensure Track

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 August. Only completed applications will be accepted. Nursing applications are submitted through the admissions 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 on the School of Nursing webpage.

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 program admission.

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 (TEAS) 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 one science and one non-science prerequisite course 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. Completion of any of the following pre-requisite courses on the Stan State campus: Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Statistics (2 points each)
    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 (see the website for algorithm)
    4. Bilingual:  0-5 points (see application for proficiency certificate)
    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. Applicants with military service are also given priority if two students score the same.

Program Learning Outcomes

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree will:

  1. Integrate the knowledge, theories, and methods of a variety of disciplines to inform decision-making. (AACN Essential 1)
  2. Participate in the process of inquiry, analysis, and information literacy to promote quality care and patient safety. (AACN Essential 2)
  3. Apply leadership concepts, abilities, and decision-making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings. (AACN Essential 2)
  4. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care. (AACN Essential 3)
  5. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. (AACN Essential 4)
  6. Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends. (AACN Essential 5)
  7. Use inter- and intra-professional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care. (AACN Essential 6)
  8. Assess health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in order to provide comprehensive care to diverse populations. (AACN Essential 7)
  9. Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct. (AACN Essential 8)
  10. Foster professional growth and development through the pursuit of lifelong learning and professional engagement, towards an understanding of the ambiguity and unpredictability of the world and its effect on the healthcare system. (AACN Essentials 8 and 9)
  11. Implement holistic, patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical and nursing management across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings. (AACN Essential 9)


1. Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

A student must comply with all University regulations and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Units and Residency  (minimum of 120 units: 40 units of upper division coursework and 30 semester units at Stanislaus State. At least 24 of these 30 units must be earned in upper-division courses, at least 12 must be in the major, and at least 9 must be applicable to General Education-Breadth requirements)
  2. Grade Point Average  (minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better)
  3. General Education  (minimum of 49 units)
  4. Upper Division Writing Proficiency  (minimum of 3 units)
    - Writing Proficiency (WP) Course (may double count in the major)
  5. United States Constitution and California State and Local Government  (minimum of 3 units)
  6. Multicultural Requirement  (minimum of 3 units) (may double count with General Education requirements or in the major)

Subsequently all students must submit an application for graduation and receive approval from the major advisor, department chair, and Director of Academic Advising. For more information see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .

2. Complete the major of 59 units. All courses are taken for a letter grade.

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

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

Prerequisites or Equivalents

  1. ENGL 1001 , ENGL 1002 , ENGL 1003 , ENGL 1005 , ENGL 1006 , or ENGL 1007  

  2. ZOOL 2235  

  3. ZOOL 2250  

  4. CHEM 2100  or CHEM 3010  

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

  6. COMM 2000  or COMM 2005  or COMM 2110  

  7. MATH 1600  or MATH 1602  

  8. MBIO 2010 , MBIO 3010 , or MBIO 3032 



(12 units of the required General Education units)

Continuance in the Nursing Major

Successful completion of the previous session (semester) is required to move into the successive session. A failure of any course in a session does not allow the student to progress to the next session on the ASBSN or PL roadmap.

With approval, a student may repeat a nursing course once. If class enrollment is limited, priority will be granted to students according to the School of Nursing Progression Policy. 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 or unprofessional 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 and Student Code of Conduct Policy for current information.

Additional Program Requirements

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 American Heart Association 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 RN 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

Wendy Mattew PhD, RN, PHN, CHSE 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. LVN-BSN students who are accepted are admitted to an existing cohort in the pre-licensure program. LVN-BSN students are admitted on a space available basis.

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