California State University East Bay (CSUEB or Cal State East Bay) has a Bachelor of Science program in nursing for students who are seeking to gain their RN license. The campus is located a few miles south of Oakland, CA in the San Francisco Bay area. However, the nursing program is now impacted. Hundreds of applicants apply ever year for admission, so the competition is now fierce. Admission to the university does not constitute admission to the nursing program. Students must submit a separate application to the nursing department at the same time they seek university admissions.
CSU Second Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
Second bachelor’s degree students are welcome at Cal State East Bay. Most other CSU and UC schools do not allow for second baccalaureate status. In the Bay Area, SFSU’s Sequoia-Cañada College BSN program allows second bachelor’s degree, however the regular SFSU BSN does not. No other CSU nursing programs in the SF Bay area exist for second baccalaureate students due to severe state budget cuts for the state university system.
Cal State East Bay Nursing School Prerequisite Courses
The prerequisite courses for the nursing program at Cal State University East Bay are:
- 1 year of anatomy and physiology (can also be 1 semester of anatomy and 1 semester of physiology if both classes are from the same school)
- 1 semester of microbiology with lab
- 1 semester of inorganic chemistry with lab
- 1 semester of organic chemistry with lab
- 1 semester of public speaking
- 1 semester of expository writing
- 1 semester of statistics
- 1 semester of critical thinking
All nine of these courses must completed by the end of the fall term during which you are applying. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. A grade of C- is not acceptable. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in all three of the following categories:
- Overall GPA
- GPA in the nine prerequisite courses above
- GPA in the five science courses listed above
For example, if your GPA in the five science courses is a 2.7 (B- average). You will not be eligible for admissions.
Keep in mind that CSUEB nursing admissions will deduct five points from the application for each repeat of a prerequisite course within seven years of each other. However, the highest grade will count without regard to the home campus’ grading policy.
Applicants will also need to submit a Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score as well. Keep in mind that although Cal State East Bay will count the highest TEAS score, CSUEB nursing admissions will only consider the first two attempts.
CSUEB Nursing Admissions for Military Veterans and Workers in the Health Field
There are several factors that will give you extra points during the admissions process. They are difficult to earn, but those who have them will have a significant advantage.
- Military with honorable discharge
- Paid work in the health field with patient contact (6 months full time or 12 months at 50% time). Volunteer work does not count.
- Language proficiency in a language other than English
After all of the above have been considered, points are allocated by the following:
- GPA in prerequisite courses (50 points)
- TEAS score (40 points)
- Foreign language proficiency (5 points)
- Health field employment with patient contact (5 points)
- Repeat of prerequisite course (-5 points for each repeat)
First, students who are in the military will be considered. Then California residents will be considered. After that, out-of-state students will be considered with the lowest priority.
Pre-nursing students who were in the military should seriously consider applying to CSUEB since they will have a significant advantage over all other applicants.