CSULA Nursing BSN School Admissions Info

CSULA, also known as Cal State LA or CSU Los Angeles, has a entry level Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing as well as an entry level Master’s program for well qualified students who have their bachelor’s degree in something other than nursing. Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree will need to apply to the MSN program since the BSN program will not accept second degree candidates for 2011.

Although admissions criteria listed below indicates bonus points for a previous degree, they will not apply in 2011 but may apply in the future.

Students need to apply to the university for general admission (due date for Fall admission is usually November 30th) if not already a student at CSULA. Check CSUmentor for the latest info on general university admissions. Students also need to submit a supplemental application to the nursing school, which is detailed below.

CSU Los Angeles Nursing School Prerequisite Course Requirements

All of the following courses need to be taken prior to beginning the nursing program:

  • 1 year of human anatomy and physiology with lab
  • 1 semester of inorganic chemistry
  • 1 semester of English composition
  • 1 semester of introductory psychology
  • 1 semester of critical thinking
  • 1 semester of public speech (*)
  • 1 semester of microbiology with lab (*)

The courses marked with (*) may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed by June 22, 2011. All other courses must be completed by March 23, 2011. Courses marked with (*) will not be counted in the prerequisite GPA for admission decisions.

No more than one course repetition will be counted if a grade less than a C is awarded. If a course is repeated, both attempts are averaged into the GPA. If a course with a grade of C or better is repeated, the repeat will not be counted.

Points for the prerequisite GPA are awarded as such:

  • 2.75 – 2.99 = 1 point
  • 3.00 – 3.19 = 2 point
  • 3.20 – 3.39 = 4 points
  • 3.40 – 3.59 = 6 points
  • 3.60 – 3.79 = 8 points
  • 3.80 – 4.00 = 10 points

Points for cumulative GPA are awarded as follows:

  • 2.75-2.99 = 0 points
  • 3.00 – 3.19 = 1 point
  • 3.20 – 3.39 = 2 points
  • 3.40 – 3.59 = 3 points
  • 3.60-3.79 = 4 points
  • 3.80-4.00 = 5 points

Cal State LA School of Nursing Admissions – TEAS Requirement

All students also need to take the ATI TEAS exam. All four sections must have a minimum of 40% percentile. For the Reading and Writing section, points will be awarded as follows:

  • 40-49 = 0 points
  • 50-59 = 1 point
  • 60-69 = 2 points
  • 70-79 = 3 points
  • 80-89 = 4 points
  • 90-99 = 5 points
  • 100 = 6 points

Maximum of 12 points for both Reading and Writing.

Additional points will be awarded as follows with a max of 4 points:

  • Previous bachelor’s degree = 4 points (no 2nd bachelor’s admissions in 2011)
  • Previous employment in healthcare (3 points) or volunteer work in healthcare (2 points for 100+ hours, 1 point for 50+ hours).

Healthcare work must involve patient related situation as LVN, respiratory therapist, CNA, etc.

Maximum number of points possible is 31 (30 for 2011).

For Fall 2009, a score of 24/31 with a prereqisite GPA of 3.9 was sufficient to gain admission. Those that can do very well on the reading and writing section of the TEAS exam with decent grades in the prerequisite courses will have an advantage in CSULA nursing school admissions.

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