SDSU BSN School of Nursing Admissions Information and Tips

SDSU, also known as San Diego State University, is part of the CSU (California State University) system and is publicly funded. The university has a School of Nursing that has programs for bachelor’s, RN to BSN, and master’s level nursing program. Although students are strongly encouraged to complete the nursing curriculum full time, it’s possible to complete it as a part-time student with the help of an undergraduate adviser.

In general, SDSU wants its prenursing students to be well rounded, but perform at the highest possible level academically. The admissions department uses a point system with a maximum of 90 points. Of the 90 points, 75 points are dedicated to academic performance. The remaining points are given for volunteer healthcare work and healthcare employment involving clinical work. To get admitted to SDSU’s School of Nursing, candidates should concentrate on their studies, but use any free time to get healthcare employment or volunteer work.


SDSU School of Nursing Admissions Statistics

Admissions occurs once a year between October 1st and November 30th of each year. Students need to apply for admissions to BOTH SDSU (via the CSU application) and the SDSU School of Nursing in two separate admissions processes. You have to be admitted to both in order to enter the nursing program.

Approximately 600 to 1,000 students apply to the program each year. The School of Nursing admits approximately 180 students. Students who begin at SDSU as a freshman can complete the entire BSN program in four and a half years. Unfortunately, SDSU cannot guarantee this time frame for future students due to the California budget and economic crisis.

SDSU Pre-Nursing Prerequisite Course Requirements

The following courses need to be completed with the minimum grades indicated in order to apply to the SDSU BSN Nursing program.

BIO 261 – Physiology with Lab (4 units. Grade of (B-) or Better)
BIO 212 – Human Anatomy with Lab (4 units. Grade of  (B-) or Better)
BIO 210 – Microbiology with Lab (4 units. Grade of  (B-) or Better)
CHEM 102 – Organic Chemistry (5 units. Grade of (B-) or Better)
PSY 101 – Psychology (3 units. Grade of (C) or Better)
SOC 101 – Sociology (3 units. Grade of (C) or Better)
COM 103 – Oral Communication (3 units. Grade of (C) or Better)

The overall GPA for all of the above courses must be above 2.5.  None of these courses may be taken on a Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit basis.  None of these courses may be repeated more than once. Courses over seven years old may be retaken for grade forgiveness purposes.

Up to 30 points are assigned for the GPA of the above prerequisite courses. Another 30 points are assigned for the cumulative college GPA for all courses. The SDSU School of Nursing GPA point scale used is this:

  • GPA 3.96 – 4.00 is assigned 30 points
  • GPA 3.85 – 3.95 is assigned 28 points.
  • GPA 3.74 – 3.84 is assigned 26 points.
  • GPA 3.63 – 3.73 is assigned 24 points.
  • GPA 3.52 – 3.62 is assigned 22 points.
  • GPA 3.41 – 3.51 is assigned 20 points.
  • GPA 3.30 – 3.40 is assigned 18 points.
  • GPA 3.19 – 3.29 is assigned 16 points.
  • GPA 3.08 – 3.18 is assigned 14 points.
  • GPA 2.97 – 3.07 is assigned 12 points.
  • GPA 2.86 – 2.96 is assigned 10 points.
  • GPA 2.75 – 2.85 is assigned 8 points.
  • GPA 2.64 – 2.74 is assigned 6 points.
  • GPA 2.53 – 2.63 is assigned 4 points.
  • GPA 2.50 -2.52 is assigned 2 points.

A maximum of 60 points are possible from the GPA alone. Remember there is 90 point maximum, so the majority of your points will come from your GPA, especially for those in pre-nursing courses since they count in both the prerequisite and cumulative GPAs.

TEAS Score and SDSU School of Nursing Admissions

SDSU requires candidates to take the TEAS test. It may be taken no more than three times. The highest score is used for admissions purposes. The following is the point scale for TEAS score. A minimum score of 75 is required in order to be eligible for admissions.

Adjusted TEAS score of 97 – 100 is awarded 15 points.
Adjusted TEAS score of 93 – 96 is awarded 14 points.
Adjusted TEAS score of 89 – 92 is awarded 13 points
Adjusted TEAS score of 85 – 88 is awarded 12 points.
Adjusted TEAS score of 81 – 84 is awarded 11 points.
Adjusted TEAS score of 75 – 80 is awarded 10 points.
Adjusted TEAS score ofBelow 75 is awarded zero points and does not qualify for nursing school admissions.

Every applicant will have at least ten points, so the difference between first and last is only five points. Students should try to do the best on this test, but it’s not as critical as the GPA.

Healthcare Related Employment for Admissions to SDSU School of Nursing

Extra points are given to candidates who have work experience in the following professions:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
  • Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Military Experience as a designated Corpsman
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Psychiatric Technician

Other healthcare employment may apply as long as it includes clinical contact with patients. Proof must be included on agency letterhead. 10 points are awarded for 1000 hours of work experience.


Volunteer Experience and SDSU School of Nursing Admissions

100 hours of volunteer work at an acute, long-term care, or clinic setting involving direct patient access will result in another 5 points being awarded. This work can be performed during the high school years or later. Proof must be provided on agency letterhead. Hours may be accumulated from multiple sources.

NOTE: Applicants may get points for volunteer experience or healthcare related employment, but NOT BOTH. Candidates need to specify which option to choose if they have both.

Tips for Getting into SDSU School of Nursing

The point scale heavily favors GPA performance in prerequisite nursing courses, since they’re counted twice in the distribution of points for GPA. It’s very important to get high grades in the prerequisite courses. The TEAS test is important but it’s not a game changer for most people since the difference between best and worst student is only five points whereas the difference is 56 points (28 points for each GPA scale). Finally, all applicants should do their best to get the easy five points for healthcare related volunteer work. This can easily be accomplished during summer breaks. All hospitals like to get free volunteer work from students. It’s far easier to get healthcare volunteer work than to get paid healthcare employment, especially in this economy.