Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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About the BSN Program
-Eligibility and Prerequisites
-Application Deadlines and Procedures
Degree Requirements
Student Resources
Announcements & Current Events

I liked how [the] program emphasized different aspects of nursing, such as evidence-based research, cultural competence, and [the] importance of self-care as a nurse." - BSN student, 2019

About the BSN Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program is a full-time program for candidates new to nursing. The program prepares individuals for professional nursing practice in a variety of institutional and community settings, as well as for continuing education, graduate study, and roles as nurse leaders. Extended campus facilities include a wide variety of community healthcare agencies for clinical experience. The School of Nursing has integrated extensive simulation labs which provide an enhanced learning experience.

Overview of the Program

  • Open to California residents who are not registered nurses 
  • Is full-time, occuring over five (5) semesters/twenty-three (23) months
  • Clinical hours earned through variety of settings: hospitals, community clinics, long term care, home care, and community health agencies
  • Upon completion of the program, students are prepared and eligible to take the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN)
  • Graduates are eligible for Public Health Nursing certification in California upon licensure as a Registered Nurse

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing at San Jose State University is  accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( This program is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses. Please see the Professional Licensure and Disclosure information.

Misson of the BSN Program

To prepare students in professional nursing practice to work as staff nurses in the following areas: maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, and public/community health nursing. Our students will be well-equipped to adapt to changing healthcare needs and environments, and to serve society through civic engagement and lifelong learning.

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The Bachelor's of Science in Nursing is an impacted major, which imposes supplemental criteria that all students must meet. The impaction criteria have changed as of Summer 2020 due to COVID-19. All future students are advised to read the BSN Information Packet and Advising Slides (both available in the Resources section) for detailed information of the program and application process. 

To be admitted to the program, there is a dual admission process:

  1. Apply to the university (if a transfer or prior baccalaureate student)
    Complete all university transfer requirements.
    Complete university application through CalState Apply by deadline (requires a fee).
  2. Apply to the nursing program
    Complete all nursing prerequisites and the TEAS exam prior to applying (No courses can be in progress during application period).
    Complete nursing program application through NursingCAS by deadline (requires a fee).

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students that are brand new to nursing may apply. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. DACA students need to complete an additional form; please contact the nursing department for more information. 


Freshman cannot be admitted to SJSU as a nursing major. Instead, they can be admitted as Pre-Nursing, Undeclared or to an alternate major. The Pre-Nursing, Undeclared designation does not guarantee admission into the nursing major. Students must work closely with Pre-Nursing advisors regarding schedule planning for prerequisite coursework. Ideally, students will apply to the nursing major during the sophomore year.

Postbaccalaureates (Second Bachelor's Degree)

Students that are seeking a second bachelor's degree may apply. Post baccalaureates must complete the nursing program requirements (prerequisite courses and the TEAS exam). Students must also be CSU eligible and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last sixty (60) units in order to be eligible. 

Military Members [pdf]

Beginning January 1, 2017, U.S. military veterans may receive priority selection for the nursing program. This includes those who have completed active duty, have an honorable discharge (DD214), and meet the minimum program and university requirements. Two spaces will be held per application cycle. After these two spaces are filled, other applicants with prior service will be considered and ranked with others in the regular selection process.

Prerequisite Courses

To be eligible for admission, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 for all eight (8) prerequisite courses combined (see BS Info Packet for details: available in the Resources section). The following courses must be completed prior to applying, with a “C” grade or better:

  • BIOL 65 Human Anatomy* (4 units)
  • BIOL 66 Human Physiology* (5 units)
  • MICR 20 General Bacteriology* (5 units)
  • ENGL 1A Composition (3 units)
  • STAT 95 Elementary Statistics (3 units)
  • CHEM 30A Intro to Chemistry-Inorganic (3 units)
    (or general chemistry equivalent)
  • COMM 20/COMM 96PS Public Speaking (3 units)
  • CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking Course (3 units)

*BIOL 65, BIOL 66, MICR 20 must be completed within five (5) years of nursing application deadline. Courses may be repeated only once for academic forgiveness or recency requirements to achieve a minimum “C” grade. If a combined “Anatomy & Physiology” course is taken, all courses in the sequence should be taken at the same campus.

The following corequisite courses are recommended to be completed prior to applying, but may be in progress during the semester an applicant completes the nursing application. A minimum “C” grade or better is required:

  • PSYC 1 Introduction to Psychology (3 units)
  • CHAD 70 Lifespan Development in the 21st Century (3 units)
    (development birth to death)
  • NUFS 8 Nutrition for Health Professionals (3 units)

All prerequisite courses taken at campuses other than SJSU must be approved as equivalent. Applicants can check for course equivalencies for California public colleges and universities through the university’s articulation website. Another resource is

For courses that do not appear on either articulation websites, applicants will need to complete a nursing substitution form [pdf], which must be submitted (accompanied by course descriptions) to the nursing undergraduate coordinator for approval before completing the nursing application. The signed form will be included in the nursing application. For more information, please see Advising Slides (found in Resources).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online courses, including lab, taken during shelter-in-place are acceptable. The grades received for these courses must be a "C" or better.

Credit/No Credit Courses

The department strongly recommends receiving a letter grade for prerequisite courses, only letter grades are calculated in the prerequisite GPA. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, prerequisite courses with CR/NC grades during Spring 2020 semesters will be accepted. A course with a CR grade will not be included in the prerequisite calculation.

AP Exam Credit

The department accepts an AP exam score of 3 or higher as a substitute for the following courses:

  • English Composition
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology

If the AP scores cannot be identified on a transcript, please complete a nursing substitution form [pdf].

Policy for Repeating Prerequisite Courses

  • No course may be repeated, unless for academic forgiveness at the same school that a “C-” or below was received the first time. 
  • BIOL 65, BIOL 66, MICR 20 may be repeated only once for academic forgiveness or recency requirements.
  • Earning a “W” in a prerequisite course and repeating it to earn a grade does not count as a retake. The course that earned a “W” does not factor into any nursing application GPA calculations.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The SJSU testing office offers the Test of Essential Academic Skills version 6.0 for students applying to any nursing program, including SJSU. At this time, we are only accepting in-person TEAS exams. Please visit the testing office website to register for a test date. Applicants may take the TEAS exam at other locations. 

The nursing department requires a minimum score of 78% to be eligible for admission. A competitive overall TEAS score is 90%. The department will only consider the TEAS score of the first two attempts regardless of version. The highest overall score of the two attempts will be counted. Students do not need to send their TEAS score directly to the university. Students will upload their test score to the NursingCAS application (see Application Deadlines and Procedures).

The nursing department does not enforce a minimum time requirement between repeated TEAS tests. We encourage enough time between tests to study and improve. Study guides are available online at the ATI website.

For updates due to COVID-19, please refer to the Advising Slides (found in Resources). 

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Application Deadlines and Procedures

University application on CalState Apply

  • Freshman and Transfer students: select the major: Pre-Nursing, Undeclared
  • Postbaccalaureate students: first select Seeking Second Bachelor’s Degree in your extended profile. Then, select the major: Nursing

Once you have applied, you will receive further correspondence from the Admissions office. Please follow these steps to ensure you complete all of the admission requirements.

University Application Deadlines

  • Applying for Fall 2021: CalState application is now closed.
  • Applying for Spring 2022: Dates TBA

Nursing Application on NursingCAS

Transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS. Please follow their instructions for submitting official transcripts directly to NursingCAS. Please note these transcripts are not shared with the university. Students must complete the NursingCAS application by following the application instructions

Applicants are required to upload the following documents to the application:

  • scanned copy of the front and back of CA Driver’s License
  • scanned copy of U.S. Passport or U.S. Birth Certificate or Permanent Residency Card (Green Card)
  • Functional Competencies form [docx]
  • copy of page 1 of highest TEAS exam score
  • Nursing Substitution forms (if needed)
  • Postbaccalaureate students: upload a document that states you are a Postbaccalaureate, including your full name, name of school attended, and date of graduation

Nursing Application Deadlines

  • Applying for Fall 2021: application open January 10-February 15, 2021

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 by email. 

  • Spring 2021: Late November
  • Fall 2021: Late April

Acceptance into the nursing program is conditional until an applicant completes and clears a background check, drug screening, and Health Statement clearance process (fee required). NOTE: These background and drug screening requirements are consistent with the California Board of Nursing guidelines for safe nursing practices. For details, please see Advising Slides, or BSN Information Packet (found in Resources). Applicants must also be admitted to the university; being accepted by one office doesn't equate to being admissible from the other. There is a non-refundable fee for the New Student Workshop.


The tuition and campus fees for a full-time undergraduate student are $3,926 (fall 2020). 

Other additional program related costs include textbooks, uniforms, equipment, and learning materials.

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Degree Requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

The goal of the BSN program is to prepare students in professional nursing practice to work as staff nurses, to be well-equipped to adapt to changing healthcare needs and environments, and to serve society through civic engagement and lifelong learning. The expected Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) were developed based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Nursing Practice (2008) [pdf].

Curriculum & Roadmaps

Degree requirements can be found in the university’s catalog.
Prior baccalaureate students are exempt from completing the SJSU studies areas R & V requirement for graduation (students complete areas S and Z in nursing program). 


Future Students

Group advising is offered for students interested in applying to the program. Sessions are offered monthly during the fall and spring semesters. Not able to make a live info session? You can watch a recording of the latest info session on Youtube.
After attending a group session or viewing the recording, prospective students can schedule individual advising sessions with an advisor by completing this form.

Pre-Nursing, Undeclared SJSU students can receive additional advising through Academic Advising in the Student Services Center. SJSU students can also utilize the CHHS Student Success Center for assistance with GE advising and major prerequisites.

Current Nursing Students

Nursing students can schedule advising appointments by contacting a nursing advisor directly. For nursing advisor information, please contact the nursing department. 

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Student Resources

Future Students: Information & Forms

*Refer to the BSN Information Packet for detailed information*

Changing Your Major

Undeclared SJSU students that wish to change their major to Pre-Nursing, Undeclared should meet with an advisor in Academic Advising or the CHHS Student Success Center for more information.

Current Students: Information & Forms

Book List 


CNA Application

Please read the instructions before submitting the application to the nursing office. 

Public Health Nurse Certification

Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to apply for Public Health Nurse Certification upon graduating and passing the NCLEX. Please refer to the instructions to apply.

Health Requirement Information and Forms
SON Emergency Loan


School of Nursing Policies
Liability Insurance
Background & Drug Screening Policy
SJSU Policies

General SJSU Student Resources

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Announcements & Current Events

It is suggested to keep abreast of the University Calendar for university-wide events, dates, and deadlines. 

This investment in yourself is well worth the short-term sacrifice... I [appreciate] the terrific support and guidance I received from faculty and fellow alumni of this program."
Sharon Likely Sprague, DNP, MBA, RN, OCN (2019 Graduate)