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Pre-Licensure FAQ

Please read these before submitting an application

  1. If I am a transfer student, is the application process any different?
    Transfer students must apply to the university by November 30. Then, apply to the Nursing department by February 28th. You will not be notified from the University admissions and Records until after admissions decisions have been finalized in the Nursing Department (late March).
  2. What are the requirements to apply?
    Minimum overall college GPA of 3.0, Completion of the following prerequisite college level courses with a grade of B or better: integrated chemistry with lab (Chem105), human anatomy with lab (Bio 220), human physiology with lab (Bio 224), microbiology with lab (Bio 240), Statistics (Math 165), English composition (Eng 101) Critical thinking (Phil 101) and Speech (Hum 200), or equivalents (A maximum of 1 science and 1 non-science prerequisite may be in progress by the nursing supplemental due date. All lower division GE requirements must be completed prior to beginning BSN course work), A minimum rawscore of 78% of your total score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills(see instructions to pre-licensure application), Essay (see essay directions on Nursing Supplemental application)Completion of state approved coursework leading to a CNA(Certified Nurse assistant) credential in CA. CNA certification is required to be active prior to beginning BSN coursework in Fall, not at time of application.
  3. How do I apply? Both Applications must be completed.
      1. nursingCAS.org
        1. NursingCAS FAQ's
      2. CalState.edu
  4. Where do I send my Official transcripts?
    1. SSU Admissions & Records
    2. NursingCAS - see academic portion for instructions & address
  5. What fees are associated with application?
      1. SSU (transfer students)
      2. NursingCAS(once application is submitted)
      3. Mail check or money order to the Nursing Dept.(address listed on application)
  6. Do I need to send transcripts to the Nursing Dept.?

      No, nothing gets sent to the Nursing Dept. except the processing fee.

  7. Do you have a recency requirement on any of the prerequisite courses?
  8. Can I still apply if I am a second Bachelors student?
    **** UPDATE: 2nd Bachelors students will need to apply to the University as well as the Nursing department. The Universities Deadline is November 30th and the Nursing Dept. supplemental application through NursingCAS has a deadline is February 28th. *******
  9. I am an undeclared major and I can’t get into the Prerequisite courses to apply to the Nursing program. What do I do?
    The prerequisite courses are restricted for Pre-Nursing majors.  These classes typically fill up every semester. It is very difficult to get into one of these courses as an undeclared major. If you are unable to get into one or more of the required prerequisite courses, you may want to consider taking these courses at another campus. You can also look for an online course.
  10. How can I declare Pre Nursing as my major?
    Beginning in Fall 2010, students admitted as "undeclared" or as a major other than "prenursing" will not be able to request and receive a change of major to pre nursing. Only students admitted to the university prior to Fall 2010 will be considered for a change of major to the pre nursing category.
  11. I took my prerequisites at a community college or university in another part of the state.  How do I know if these meet your requirements?
    If you went to a California public or private college, please look at www.assist.org to check your courses against SSU. If the courses are not listed, contact the Nursing department with a course description.
  12. Can I have outstanding prerequisites when I apply?
    You may have no more than 1 science and 1 non science prerequisite course outstanding at the time of application. All outstanding coursework must be completed by August 1st of the Fall you will start your BSN coursework.
  13. How can I establish California Residency?
    Please read this information regarding determining California Residency
  14. What is the TEAS?
    **NEWEST VERSION ONLY *** No Longer accepting TEAS V. The TEAS is the “Test of Essential Academic Skills” used by CSU nursing programs as an admission criteria.  You can find more information at atitesting.com. Results must be received in the nursing dept. by application deadline of February 28th.
  15. Where can I take the TEAS exam?
    SSU will no longer offer an opportunity to take the exam on campus.  Nearly every nursing school requires this exam. You can find another site by exploring the ATI website at atitesting.com and registering for TEAS with PSI or calling 1-800-667-7531. See instructions on how to register on pre-nursing resources
  16. What score do I need to get on the TEAS Exam for SSU Nursing department?
    We require a minimum overall score of 78% on your Adjusted Individual Total Score. Scoring criteria listed on pre-licensure
  17. Can I retake the TEAS exam?
    Yes. You can take the exam for our school as many time as you want or need. We will only look at your highest score. Other schools policies may differ.
  18. Can I include my scores in my application? UPDATED 9/16
    TEAS score will also be loaded under the academic history section on NursingCAS (Official score sheet will be required in program materials as well). * If score is not entered, points will not be calculated towards application. We DO NOT require official test scores sent from ATI to the nursing dept.
  19. What is a CNA? 
    Certified Nursing Assistant. This requirement does not need to be completed by the application deadline. You will need to be certified/licensed before you would start the program if admitted.
  20. Where can I get this certification?
    Local community colleges offer courses, as well as local chapters of the Red Cross. To apply to the nursing dept. you are not required to have your CNA at the time of application, however a plan to complete the certification test and be certified/licensed before nursing course work begins in the fall. To verify that you have an active CNA license go to http://cvl.cdph.ca.gov/SearchPage.aspx
  21. If I have other health care experience such as an EMT I or II, Paramedic, military medical service, or volunteer hours do I need a CNA?
    It depends on the skills you have acquired.  We have an approved curriculum and you must demonstrate you meet the CNA skills requirements (PDF).
  22. How are Admissions decided?
    Admission to the Nursing Program is based on a 100 point system.  There are 5 sections of your application: Pre-requisite GPA, Overall GPA, Essays, the TEAS Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills) and Local Service Area(location your pre-requsites are completed). See Admissions Criteria
  23. How is my GPA converted to points? 
    We take your pre-requisite GPA and your overall GPA and multiply them each by 6.25 to get a maximum of 25 points.
  24. How many people do you admit?
    We admit 24 students once a year beginning in the fall. We receive approximately 200 applications.
  25. Do you have a waiting list?
    No.  We use an alternate list from the day our decisions are made until the day school starts.  On the first day of school our Alternate list is thrown out and everyone on the list still interested needs to re-apply for the next year.
  26. When are applications available?
    University Applications are available October 1 through November 30 at Calstate.edu Apply early! 
    Department applications will be available on NursingCAS.org starting January 1st with a deadline of February 28th at 9pm PST, since NursingCAS is on the East Coast. 
  27. When are admissions decisions final?
    We try to get admissions decisions completed in April.  All admission notifications will be sent via email. University transfer students will be notified of their university admission status after the Nursing department notifies all admits.
  28. What is the Local Service Area(extra 15 points)?
    We award 15 points to SSU students and transfer students from Sonoma and surrounding counties (Marin, Solano, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties).
  29. How do you prove residency in the surrounding counties?
    We will verify your residency by your most recent transcripts.
  30. How long is the program?
    The Pre Licensure BSN program is two years from admission. 
  31. If I have a Bachelors degree already, will I be able to get through the nursing program faster?
    No. You must complete the nursing curriculum for licensure to qualify to test and receive an RN license.  
  32. Can I meet with an instructor/ advisor to go over the courses I need to get admitted?
    The Pre Nursing advisor does not meet with students individually.  Please try to attend one of our information sessions with the advisor. You can find these dates listed on our website.
  33. I am a foreign student. Can I be licensed as a California RN?
    CABRN Now Requires SSN to apply for NCLEX. Effective on April 26, 2010 California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) will no longer accept applications that do not contain a U.S. Social Security Number. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a U.S. social security number.
    For those applicants who have failed the exam and want to re-apply; CABRN will not accept re-application without U.S Social Security Number.
    If your application was sent prior to April 26, 2010 or if you are already eligible, this does not apply to you.
  34. Why do veterans get an extra 10 points towards admission?

Veterans are given 10 points towards admission if they meet the minimum eligiblity requirements, have DD214 papers showing honorable discharge and have a minumum of a 3.0 GPA.

Sonoma State University (SSU) is located one hour north of San Francisco, in the heart of California’s wine country. Sonoma State is a small university and many classes have fewer than 40 students enrolled. The University offers 45 bachelors degree level majors and 15 masters degree level majors.

Nursing Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students with no prior experience in nursing may apply for the pre-licensure BSN option. They will spend the first two years of the program as Pre-Nursing majors, completing science and general education courses. After completing all of the Pre-Nursing requirements, students may then apply for acceptance into the Nursing major.

The prerequisites for Pre-Nursing are high school or college level Biology and Chemistry courses at a B or better, an overall GPA of 3.5, and an SAT score of 4000. The Nursing major requirements are: overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, a 3.0 or better in Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry classes, Certified Nurse Assistant certification, an essay, and an acceptable score on the TEAS exam.

The Nursing program at Sonoma State University is highly competitive, with only 24 students being admitted into the BSN program each fall semester.

Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN

The RN to BSN program is for post-licensure students (now called the Post-Licensure BSN Program). It is structured to allow students to transfer credits from their community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in order to meet degree requirements for the BSN. The curriculum will expand upon what the student has already learned and will result in successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.

The courses for the RN to BSN program are designed to be flexible and are offered either as a combination of classroom and online (hybrid format) or exclusively online.

Nurses that have graduated an ADN program and have completed all general education requirements before starting the RN to BSN program can complete the program in as little as two semesters at Sonoma State, if enrolled full time.

To apply for the RN to BSN program, students must have at least 60 hours of transfer credit with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 30 units of this should meet Sonoma State General Education requirements, including English Composition, Speech, Critical Thinking and Statistics. Another 30 units must be nursing courses. Students must also be currently licensed in California as an RN, have at least 3 credit hours of Chemistry with a C or higher, direct patient care experience within the last two years or Anatomy and Physiology taken within the last 10 years, and have been admitted to Sonoma State University.

Priority placement within the program will be given to students who live in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to BSN

Sonoma State University offers an LVN to BSN program in partnership with Indiana State University, in order to make sure that all California LVNs had access to a quality BSN program. Students take the program online from anywhere.

LVN 30 Unit Option

The LVN 30 Unit option is a state-mandated program that allows LVNs to become licensed as RNs. This program meets the requirements for LVNs to take the state RN licensing exam, although they will not earn a degree. Students seeking this option should be aware that spots are awarded when space is available, and there is no guarantee of placement.

Masters Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN program is for graduate level nurses who wish to influence the delivery and practice of health care. To apply to the program, students must have a BSN degree or other bachelors degree, be a licensed California RN, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last 60 credits, and have taken a statistics course at the college level.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The FNP option of the MSN program has an emphasis on an advanced level of primary care practice in a clinical setting. Applicants for this program must meet the MSN requirements above and have completed an upper-division physical assessments course (within the last three years), have completed a course in community health nursing, and preferably have two years experience as an RN.

Graduates are qualified to take the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) exam or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for national certification.

Sonoma State University also offers a post graduate certificate in FNP.

Leadership and Management

The Leadership and Management option of the MSN program has specialties in Administration, Education, and Clinical Nurse Leader. This course of study focuses on concepts of financial management, leadership and organization and research application and use. Students applying for this option must meet the same requirements as the generic MSN program listed above.

Direct Entry MSN Program

The Direct Entry MSN program is for non-RNs with bachelor’s degrees. This program requires 18 months of continuous study, online classes, and studying undergraduate and graduate coursework at the same time.

To apply, students must earn a 3.0 in the undergraduate courses of Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, and Human Growth and Development. Students must also become a certified CNA before starting the program.

Upon graduation, students will be awarded an MSN degree and be eligible to take the exam for RN licensing.

ADN to MSN Pathways Program

The ADN to MSN program is for licensed RNs in California with a bachelor’s degree or higher to earn their MSN degree and be eligible for the California Public Health Nurse Certification. Students who complete this program will earn an MSN degree, but not a BSN degree.

Students will be assessed based on their nursing practice and educational background to determine which courses are still required for the master’s option they wish to pursue. Students may attend classes full or part time.

To apply to the program, students must be currently licensed RNs in California or scheduled to graduate from an ADN program and be licensed prior to the fall admission to the ADN-MSN program. They must also be admitted conditionally to the University as a graduate student, hold a bachelor’s degree, have a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 units of coursework, and show they’ve completed a college level Statistics course and the Development Across the Lifespan course.


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