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Program Description

The CSU Channel Islands Bachelor of Science Generic Track I Nursing Program is designed for the entry level pre-licensure student and uses the cohort model of class scheduling requiring full time enrollment. Students move as a group through the designated Nursing courses in sequence. The time to complete the baccalaureate degree in Nursing is designed for four years of full time study (two years pre-Nursing + two years Nursing, after admission to the program. Please visit the bottom of the page for a 4-year Program Curriculum Roadmap). This Nursing BSN Generic Pre-Licensure program only admits in Fall semesters.


The baccalaureate degree program in Nursing at CSU Channel Islands is accredited by the CCNE:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

CCNE Accredited

Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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Requirements for Admission

Prerequisite Courses

Complete all Nursing major prerequisite courses or their equivalents with a grade of C or better:

Prerequisites may be in progress (IP) only during the semester the application is submitted (Fall 2023). Anticipated courses cannot be accepted.

  • BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIOL 217 Medical Microbiology (4)
  • CHEM 110 Chemistry of Life (4)
    (OR general or organic, with associated lab)
    Cannot accept any fundamental or introductory level chemistry courses
  • COMM 101 Public Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 105 Composition Rhetoric (3)
  • Bio Statistics B4 (Math Category)
  • Completion of critical thinking requirement

Additional assistance may be found at Assist. Search for individual courses rather than "Nursing" since Assist shows transferable courses within each major. The Nursing major on Assist.org contains Nursing specific courses, not prerequisites.

Repeating Prerequisites

We abide by each institution's Repeat/Grading Policy. Many schools have a "Forgiveness Policy" where repeated courses replace the previous attempt. Please research your school's policy to know if your repeated course will be forgiven or not.

Withdrawals are not taken into consideration. These will not weigh negatively on your application.

For courses repeated at multiple institutions we will abide by the CSUCI Repeat Policy.

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Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam version 6 or 7 must be electronically sent to the Nursing Department during the Nursing Program application period (TEAS exam dates will be offered at CSUCI in the Spring semester and Summer). You will also need to upload your results to your NursingCAS application. Please visit this page for our TEAS policy: TEAS exam info

*This exam must be completed prior to applying to the program. Applications cannot be submitted without the input of these scores.

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Incoming freshmen

Please be aware that freshmen are not eligible to apply for our program until all of the above requirements have been satisfied (8 prerequisite courses and TEAS). These requirements can take 1+ years to complete.

Current CSUCI students

Current CI students are required to complete the prerequisites noted above as well as the TEAS. You will not need to reapply to the university, so please skip to Step 2 of the Application Process. We highly encourage you to utilize our Application Assistance website for tips on what documents to submit and where/how.

Transfer students

Transfer students must have satisfied the above requirements in order to be eligible to apply (8 prerequisite courses and TEAS). Once the requirements have been satisfied please refer to our Application Process for the next steps to apply. We highly encourage you to utilize our Application Assistance website for tips on what documents to submit and where/how.


Individuals with previous bachelors degrees or higher are eligible to apply for our Nursing program. Please be aware that we do not offer an accelerated or special option for previous degrees. Our program is set at 3 years in duration regardless of previous education or experience. All above requirements must be satisfied prior to applying (8 prerequisite courses and TEAS). Once the requirements have been satisfied please refer to our Application Process for the next steps to apply. We highly encourage you to utilize our Application Assistance website for tips on what documents to submit and where/how.

Note to all applicants

Please be aware that our acceptance is strictly based on our Supplemental Criteria. We ask that you treat this criteria like a checklist. The only required items in our Supplemental Criteria are noted below. All other areas of the criteria are optional.

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Cumulative GPA
  • TEAS

Supplemental Criteria

Due to impaction status (granted by the CSU Chancellor's Office) a Supplemental Criteria point system will be used to determine admission. The Supplemental Criteria point value is internal information and is not disclosed to the public.

  • Student applicants will be ordered by rank according to the Supplemental Criteria for admission.
  • We ask that prospective students use the Supplemental Criteria as a checklist of items completed and a guide for completing your application.
  • Students must meet the minimum prerequisite courses, GPA requirements, and take TEAS exam to be eligible for admission to the BSN Generic Pre-Licensure program.

For complete details on our Supplemental Criteria point system, please read Supplemental Criteria (PDF, 421KB).

Examples of Volunteer/Work experience

Acceptable work experience includes employment in fields such as: Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Respiratory Therapist (RT), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Medical Assistant (MA) or a Psychiatric Technician. Other work experience will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Local qualifying volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to: TLC Home Hospice (Loving Heart Hospice Foundation) and COPE Health Solutions Clinical Care Extender Internship (St. Johns Regional Medical Center, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital).

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Application Process for Fall 2024 Admission

Step 1: Apply to CSU Channel Islands

(Current CI students skip this step)

Apply to the University between October 1-November 30, 2023:

  • Complete the University Application.
  • Select a major.
    • First-time freshmen will typically select Pre-Nursing.
    • Transfer students must apply as Nursing majors and designate an alternate major should they not be admitted into Nursing.
    • Post-Baccalaureate students must select "BSN-Nursing (2nd Bachelor)".
  • Submit Transcripts from all colleges/universities (per deadlines set by the Admissions and Recruitment office). Please visit the CSUCI Admissions for complete instructions.

CSUCI Admissions has separate deadlines from CSUCI Nursing, which all applicants must be aware of and abide by. Please check the University Admissions page for all admissions deadlines, including application, transcript and other document submissions. Please be aware that documents are not shared between University Admissions and the Nursing Program.

Please do not contact the Nursing Program for information on Step 1 of the Application Process. The Nursing Program does not manage the University's application, requirements, or deadlines. Visit CSUCI Admissions for assistance.

Step 2: Apply to the Nursing Program

Important Notice About Licensing and Credentialing (PDF, 685KB)

Apply to the Nursing Program online: October 1, 2023 - November 30, 2023 (application closes at 11:59pm EST):

  • Complete the NursingCAS application.
    • Note: Applicants who will complete their degree after the application deadline are still eligible to apply but should not claim "previous degree" on their NursingCAS application. If you are in-progress towards your degree, you do not need to submit anything in the application document section for this criteria.
  • Upload the following documents to your NursingCAS application by November 30, 2023 (late documents will not be accepted).
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
      • Also required for current CI students. 
      • All prerequisite courses must be either completed or in-progress during the Fall 2024 semester. Anticipated prerequisites during Spring 2024 or later cannot be accepted.
        • Transcripts reflecting in-progress prerequisites must be provided with your application. 
        • Applicants who have in-progress prerequisite courses during Fall are required to submit additional official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended during Fall documenting your final grades. Please provide your updated official transcripts directly to NursingCAS as soon as your grades have posted.
    • TEAS exam scores (under the Documents tab of your application).
      • All attempts must be provided.
    • Supplemental Criteria.
      • Upload all documents that apply

CSUCI Nursing processes applications through NursingCAS, a centralized application service. Visit www.NursingCAS.org to start an application or log into your existing account. Click on the "apply now" button 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. Also, visit our application assistance page.

NursingCAS Apply Now

Note: Applicants should not send any documents to CSUCI Nursing during the application period. All application documents are to be uploaded to your electronic application.

Due to the high amount of applications, the we cannot field calls or emails regarding whether or not your application materials have arrived. Please do not contact the Nursing Program for your updates on your application status.

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Admitted Nursing Student Requirements

Insurance/Health Clearance

Students in the Nursing program are required to:

  • Have health insurance.
  • Provide proof of immunization record to meet requirements for clinical placement.
  • Pass a physical examination.

Background Check/Drug Screening

After admission, students will be required to obtain, at their own cost, a criminal background check and drug screen as required by clinical agencies where students are placed. Students must meet background check standards required by clinical agencies. Failure to meet such standards will result in inability to complete clinical course objectives and thus inability to complete the BSN program.


Students are expected to have reliable transportation for clinical rotations.

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4-Year Nursing Program Curriculum Roadmap

Roadmap Effective Fall 2023 (PDF, 221KB) (Subject to change.)

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