There are two ways to get your Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. If you are just starting out and do not have a Registered Nursing License, apply for the BSN program. If you already have your RN license before applying or will receive your RN License while working towards your BSN, apply for the RN-BSN program.

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There is a dual-application process for each program.

  1. You must apply to become a SJSU student. See the Admissions Website for more information and deadlines on the SJSU Application. Contact SJSU Admission directly regarding this application. 
  2. Apply to the BSN or RN-BSN Program via NursingCAS. Information on the NursingCAS application is below.


Both the BSN and RN-BSN program require a NursingCAS application. Review admission requirements for the BSN program and the RN-BSN program prior to applying.

Follow the instructions on the NursingCAS application carefully. All previous college coursework must be reported on this application regardless of relevance to the program.

For general assistance with the NursingCAS application, contact the NursingCAS Applicant Help Center.

Submitting Transcripts to NursingCAS

Official transcripts are required from each institution attended and reported on your NursingCAS application. Transcripts must be ordered through NursingCAS. For assistance, please review the instructions on NursingCAS. 

Transcripts turned in to NursingCAS are not shared with SJSU Admissions!


For applicants who are not already a Registered Nurse or in an ADN program.

All requirements will be listed in detail on the NursingCAS application. Documents that you will be expected to submit with your application include the following:

  • Provide a copy of your valid California Driver's License
  • Provide a copy of your valid U.S. Passport OR U.S. Birth Certificate OR Permanent Residency Card (green card)
  • Provide a copy of the official TEAS exam score (only first page showing overall score is needed)
  • Provide a signed copy of the Functional Competencies form [pdf] 
  • If applicable, submit the Healthcare Experience form (see below)

BSN Healthcare Experience

Applicants with previous healthcare experience may receive a small increase in points towards their total nursing application score. 

Previous experience must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • a minimum of 100 hours completed within 3 years of the application deadline
  • experience must include hands-on interaction with human clients
  • does not include time spent in a classroom or clinicals for a training course
  • proof of employment or volunteer experience required

Complete both sections of the Healthcare Experience Form and submit it to your NursingCAS application. Incomplete forms and missing supporting documents will result in your healthcare experience not being considered.


For applicants who already have a California RN license who wish to earn their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) or applicants currently in an ADN program who will earn a California RN license while in the program. 

Applicants for the RN-BSN program will need to upload the following documents to their NursingCAS application: 

  • Provide a copy of your valid California Driver's License
  • Provide a copy of your valid U.S. Passport OR U.S. Birth Certificate OR Permanent Residency Card (green card)
  • Provide a signed copy of the Functional Compentencies form [pdf]
  • Submit a copy of your active RN License.
    • If you plan to obtain your license after starting the program, submit proof of your scheduled NCLEX exam that will result in you receiving your license prior to the start of the second semester of the program. Please note, students will not move on to the second semester of the program without their RN License.

Military and DACA/AB540 Applicant Forms

NursingCAS Deadlines

NursingCAS is based on Eastern Standard Time (EST). It is strongly advised to submit your application 24 hours prior to the deadline to ensure everything submits successfully. An application fee is due at the time of submission. 

Deadlines for SJSU via the Cal State Application are different and separate from the NursingCAS application.

BSN Spring 2025

August 16th, 2024 - September 16th, 2024

Only current SJSU students and post-baccalaureate students may apply for spring terms. 

BSN Fall 2025

January 15th, 2025 - February 14th, 2025

Only current SJSU students and transfer students may apply for spring terms. 

RN-BSN Fall 2025

January 15th, 2025 - March 3rd, 2025

Acceptance to the Program

Acceptance notifications from the university and the nursing department are sent separately and at different times. 

The nursing department will notify applicants via email. For Fall terms, you can expect an email by late April. For Spring terms, you can expect an email by late November. 

Acceptance into the nursing program is conditional until an applicant completes and clears a drug screening and Health Statement clearance process (fee required); instructions will be provided after conditional acceptance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Drug screening requirements that are consistent with the California Board of Nursing guidelines for safe nursing practices. Applicants must also be admitted to the university; being accepted by one office (SJSU Admission or School of Nursing) doesn't equate to admittion from the other. There is a non-refundable fee for the New Student Workshop.


SJSU Tuition

Tuition and fees are calculated based on enrollment units and residency. For complete details, please visit the Bursar's website.

Program Related Fees

Upon admission to the BSN program, students will be expected to pay additional fees on top of SJSU tuition to cover miscellaneous expenses. These fees include Health Documents Tracker, Kaplan learning, N95 Mask Fit Testing, uniforms, etc. 

Funding Support

All accepted students are encouraged to exfplore scholarship and other opportunities for financial support. This list can servce as a tool to help begin a scholarship search; it should not be considered comprehensive - rather, a jumping off point to begin a search.