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NOTE: Application deadline for FALL 2024 programs is May 1st, 2024

Eligibility and Prerequisites

We look forward to receiving your application!

Admission to the Nursing Specialty Advanced Certificate Program in any of the three courses (wound, ostomy, foot and nail) requires the applicant to be:

  • A registered nurse (RN) with a nursing-major Baccalaureate Degree or higher (BSN, MSN, DNP, or PhD)

-- Or --

  • A registered nurse (RN) with a Bachelor's Degree in another field, and
  • One year of RN clinical nursing experience following RN licensure, and 
  • Current clinical nursing experience or completion of a nurse refresher course or a clinical performance examination within five years prior to application

How to Apply

FALL 2024 APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN: Application deadline for Fall 2024 programs has been extended to May 1st, 2024

  • Wound Care
  • Ostomy Care
  • Foot and Nail Care


Application Window for Spring 2024: August 1 - November 1

  • Wound Care
  • Ostomy Care


Apply early, as it takes time to request and receive official transcripts from academic institutions.

The application process has three main steps:

      1. Create an Application in Cal State Apply
      2. Program Specific Documents
      3. Official Transcripts

Step 1: Create an application in Cal State Apply

Cal State Apply is the application portal for the entire California State University (CSU) system, for multiple start terms.

  • From the main page, scroll down toward the bottom and select the term in which you wish to enroll (via a dropdown menu next to a red Apply button).
  • During the process of creating your account, you will be asked to indicate your degree goal/type
    • --> select "second bachelor’s degree and beyond and certificate."
  • After being directed to the Find Program or Add Program page, type "San Jose" in the "Filters" search bar to narrow your search (example image below). This will bring up the "San Jose Extension" section, in which you will find the “Wound and Ostomy Nursing Specialty Advanced Certificate” (this is the program through which you will apply for any of the specialty certification programs: Wound Care, Ostomy Care, and/or Foot & Nail Care).

Screenshot of Cal State Apply, using Filters search field for narrowed search results. Two red arrows indicate the search box and the narrowed search results.

Find additional help with the Graduate application process on the Admissions' Office page for Graduate programs.

Having techincal issues with Cal State Apply? Contact their customer service team at 857-304-2087 for assistance.

Step 2: Program Specific Documents

The following additional application documents for the School of Nursing must be uploaded to the Cal State Apply website during the application process:

Screenshot of the Cal State Apply applicat's dashboard

Step 3: Official Transcripts submission (after submitting initial application via CalStateApply)

After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email from the Graduate Admission Office confirming receipt of your application. This email will include step-by-step instructions for setting up your SJSU account and monitoring the status of your application. 

After Program Acceptance

If accepted into one or more of the three Care programs, some additional steps will be required.

Program Specific Application Fee

All three of the specialty certification Care programs require a $100.00 application fee (in addition to the Cal State Apply submission fee), which must be paid via Transact before the beginning of the program.

Background Check

Clinical agencies require that all students have cleared a criminal background check and a negative urine drug screen prior to starting clinical. RN students are responsible for obtaining the required background check and urine drug screen upon notification of acceptance. Information on how to obtain background check and urine drug screen will be described on the notification of acceptance.

If you plan on taking your wound and/or practicum in Santa Cruz, Bakersfield, or at your own employment facility, please check with us first before obtaining background check, urine drug screen, and other tests.

Pre-Clinical Documents

Several documents, along with further instructions, will be indicated during acceptance communication. These will need to be uploaded to CastleBranch before the first day of class.


Questions Regarding the Program

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Phone: (408) 924-3183