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BSN Track 1 Program at Cottage Health System (Goleta Satellite Campus)

Prospective Students: Please be aware requirements are subject to change. Continue to check the Nursing website for the most up to date information.

Program Description

In cooperation with Cottage Health System, the CSU Channel Islands (CI) Nursing program extends its generic (Track 1) program to a state-of-the-art classroom and simulation site in Goleta, CA. The program is designed for the entry-level pre-licensure student, using the cohort model of class scheduling, and is a full-time program extending 2.5 years of 7 semesters including summers. Potential students will be eligible for admission after they have completed the required nursing prerequisites, GE prerequisite courses and are General Education Certified at the Community College level or have a previous Baccalaureate degree. The program will admit students annually each spring. The supplemental criteria for admission will be utilized to determine admission to the program.

Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to take the Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and become a RN, as well as receive a California Public Health Certificate.

Graduation Requirements


The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at CSU Channel Islands is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

CCNE Accredited

  • State of California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Organization of Program

  • Cohort model
  • Admission once a year, every January
  • Location of classes: 5383 Hollister Avenue Suite 220, Goleta, CA 93111
  • Program length: 2.5 Years Including Summers

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Requirements for Admission

It is highly recommended that all lower division General Education (GE) courses and University Graduation requirements be completed prior to starting the Nursing Program.

More information about required lower division GE courses and University Graduation requirements can be found by consulting the CSU Channel Islands Catalog. https://catalog.csuci.edu/

  • *American Institution Requirements : 6 Units Total
    • POLS 150 American Political Institutions or POLS 316 State & Local Politics & Policy (3). AND choose one course, 3 Units: Hist 270, HIST 271, HIST 272, HIST 275, or HIST 350
  • *GE (Area 3A) Language (3)
  • *GE (Area B4) Computers & Information Tech (not needed if GE certified)
  • *GE (Area C1) Art (3)
  • *GE (Area C2) Literature (not needed if GE certified)

*Not required for post baccalaureate students.

-Have the following nursing prerequisite courses or their equivalent with a C or better:

  • BIOL 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 units with lab)
  • BIOL 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 units with lab)
  • BIOL 217 Medical Microbiology (4 units with lab)
  • CHEM 110 Chemistry of Life (4 units with lab)
    • Our program will accept general, organic, integrated chemistry, or chemistry of life (with associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken). Fundamental or Introductory level chemistry courses will NOT be accepted.
  • COMM 101 Public Speaking
  • ENG 105 Composition and Rhetoric
  • Completion of Critical Thinking course
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology OR ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • BIO 203 Quantitative Methods for Biology OR Math/Psy 202 Biostatistics (3 units)

View our Santa Barbara City College Equivalency Chart:
Program Prerequisite / SBCC course equivalency (PDF, 211 KB)

**Supplemental Criteria, Impact Status

Due to our Impaction rate (status is granted annually by the CSU Chancellor's Office) a supplemental criteria application will be required to determine admission.

For more information on the Supplemental Criteria for admission, please view our Cottage Supplemental Criteria (PDF, 368 KB)

TEAS Exam, required for all applicants

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam version VI results must be electronically sent to the Nursing Department during the Cottage Nursing Program's August application period.

*Note: TEAS Exams can only be taken twice in a calendar year and must have 30 days minimum between tests.

Please visit our TEAS Exam info web page for more information.

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Admission Process

Important Notice About Licensing and Credentialing (PDF, 616 KB)  

Applications for the CSU Channel Islands Cottage Health System (Goleta Satellite Campus) Nursing Program.

  1. Apply to CSU Channel Islands from August 1st to August 31st. (www.calstate.edu/apply) Declare major: BS at Cottage Health System.
  2. Apply to the Nursing Program through the NursingCAS between August 15th to September 15th.
  3. Submit Official Transcripts to CSU Channel Islands Admissions (Camarillo, CA) by the deadline of September 15th.
  4. Submit Official Transcripts and upload all  the supplemental documents into NursingCAS by the deadline of September 15th.


CSU Channel Islands Cottage Health System is processing applications to its nursing program through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. Visitwww.nursingcas.org to start an application or log into your existing account. Visit the Add Program page to select our nursing program and complete the steps to fill out and submit your application. If you need help with NursingCAS, visit the applicant help center or contact applicant support with questions.

Nursing CAS


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Insurance/Health Clearance:

Students in the nursing program are required to have a health record and immunizations consistent with that required of clinical placement in local health care agencies and supply evidence of a physical exam prior to being placed in a clinical setting. Students will also be required to successfully pass a drug screening and criminal background check.

Curriculum at Cottage Campus

Please view our Curriculum (PDF , 92.7 KB) for complete information.

Information Sessions

If interested in BSN at Cottage Health System (Goleta Satellite Campus), it is highly recommended to attend an information session.

Please visit Nursing Info Sessions page to RSVP a seat and for the most up to date Info Session schedule.
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Contact Information

To contact the Goleta Satellite Campus/Cottage Health System, please contact:


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