Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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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.

Mission 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 application process. Applicants must be eligible for both, the university and the program, in order to be admitted.

  1. Apply to the university (if a transfer or prior baccalaureate student)
    Complete all university transfer requirements.
    Complete university application through Cal State 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. Applicants may apply to the Nursing program up to two (2) times. The program accepts transfers, current SJSU students, and post baccalaureates (2nd bachelor's). See Application Procedures and Deadlines for instructions on how to complete the applications.


Freshman cannot be admitted to SJSU as a nursing major. Instead, they can be admitted as Undeclared/Pre-Nursing or to an alternate major. The Undeclared/Pre-Nursing designation does not guarantee admission into the nursing major. Students must work closely with Undeclared/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. Prior degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution and accepted by the university to be eligible. Post baccalaureates must complete the nursing program requirements (prerequisite courses, corequisite 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. Due to impaction, the university does not admit postbaccalaureate students to other majors. If a student is not selected by the nursing department, they are not eligible for any other major.

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)
  • 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)

Course Articulation

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 must complete a Nursing Prerequisite Substitution Form. The new form is completed with DocuSign. The form is available to the public, it is not limited to SJSU students.

Please follow these steps to complete the form:

  1. Click on the link to open the DocuSign. Enter your Full Name and Email Address. 
  2. Complete all required fields. An incomplete form will not be approved.
  3. You must include the course description from the school you attended as an attachment. 
  4. Click FINISH to submit the DocuSign. You will receive a copy of it by email once it has been reviewed.
  5. Include the final copy (with approval or denial) in the documents section of the NursingCAS application. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online courses, including lab, taken during Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 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

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.

The nursing department recommends to take the TEAS in-person (if possible), but will accept remote TEAS until further notice. Please visit the testing office website to register for a test date. Applicants may take the TEAS exam at other locations, check for other locations offered through the ATI Testing official website. The nursing department accepts PSI and Non-PSI testing sites.  

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 Procedures and Deadlines).

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). 

Writing Skills Test (WST)

The Writing Skills Test is not required for admission. The WST was suspended due to COVID-19

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Application Procedures and Deadlines

There is a dual application process for the BSN program. Applicants must complete both applications to be considered. If you are a current SJSU student, you do not need to reapply to the university, only complete the Nursing application. Please read the following information carefully.

1. University application 

Apply to the university on Cal State Apply. (Requires a fee, waivers available through Cal State Apply).

  • Transfer students may apply for fall semesters only. Transfer students will select the major Pre-Nursing/Undeclared      
  • Post baccalaureate students will select Seeking Second Bachelor’s Degree in the extended profile section. Then, select the major Nursing.

Follow these steps to complete all of the admission requirements.

University Application Deadlines

  • Applying for Spring 2022: Closed
  • Applying for Fall 2022: October 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021

2. Nursing Application 

Apply to the BSN program on NursingCAS. (Requires a fee, waivers available through NursingCAS).

Transcripts: Official transcripts must be requested through NursingCAS. Follow these instructions for submitting official transcripts directly to NursingCAS.

Please note transcripts are not shared with the university. Check your MySJSU account for transcript requests from the university.

Follow the NursingCAS application instructions for help with completing the application. 

Applicants must report all previous college coursework and 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 Prerequisite 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 Spring 2022: closed
  • Applying for Fall 2022: application open January 20, 2022 to February 15, 2022

Acceptance to the Program

As a reminder, there is a dual application process for the BSN program. An applicant is fully admitted when they are accepted by the university and the Nursing 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 2022: Late November 2021
  • Fall 2022: Late April 2022

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 2021). 

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 here (Passcode: R2p9VC4#).

After attending a group session or viewing the recording, prospective students can schedule individual advising sessions with a nursing advisor during the fall and spring semesters. The nursing advisors can only assist students with the nursing application requirements. They do not provide General Education information. All appointments for fall 2021 are full. Advising will resume in late January 2022. Please contact the nursing office for general questions.  

Current SJSU students can receive advising from the student success centers. Students that are interested in applying for the Undeclared, Pre-Nursing (UPN) track, please visit the CHHS Student Success Center for more information. UPN students can receive additional advising through CHHS Student Success Center for assistance with GE advising.

Changing Your Major

Current SJSU students interested in changing their major to the Pre-Nursing/Undeclared track must meet with an advisor in the CHHS Student Success Center for more information. 

SJSU students in other majors do not have to change their majors to Pre-Nursing or Nursing to take nursing prerequisite courses. Due to impaction, the university limits the number of students admitted to the Pre-Nursing track. Most students stay in their current major while completing nursing prerequisite coursework. Students do not need to be a Nursing major to be eligible to apply. The application is open to all majors. If admitted to the nursing program, the department will switch your major to Nursing after being admitted.

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*

Current Student Resources


CNA Application

Please read the instructions before submitting the application to the nursing office. For more information, please visit the California Public Health Department's website.

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

  • TVFSON's website is under construction! Please contact us directly for the most up-to-date information.
  • The Spring 2022 NursingCAS application is now open! See application deadlines and procedures for details.
  • 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)