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Explore our bachelor's degree program

Your pathway to a BSN begins with the Pre-Health Program!

The College of Health and Human Services Pre-Health Program provides support to students exploring careers in health and human services professions with academic advising and career exploration.  The Pre-Health Program allows students interested in Nursing, Kinesiology-Exercise Science, Health Science-Community Health and Social Work to explore these majors and career pathways. The Pre-Health Program, a three-semester program is for first time freshmen and will blend in all lower division general education. Students in the Pre-Health Program will enroll in HHS 18: Career Pathways in Health and Human Services in their first semester and HHS 100T: Career Exploration in Health and Human Services in their second semester to assist in the exploration process.  During the second semester, an academic counselor will work with students to identify a major appropriate to their career path based on their career exploration.

If a student would like to continue in the Nursing track, beginning in their third semester, students apply to continue the last prerequisites. Students must meet a minimum of a 3.0 Pre-Requisite and Cumulative GPA in order to apply to continue to take the prerequisite courses. Each semester, students are evaluated for meeting the minimums to continue in the program. Once the following requirements are met, students may apply for admission to the Nursing program. 

  • All 8 Prerequisites are completed
  • A minimum prerequisite and Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • TEAS test passed with a 75% or higher

More information on the Pre-Health Program is available here:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The degree requires a minimum of 120 semester units, and the nursing curriculum sequence covers five semesters. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the California Public Health Nurse Certificate. 

The nursing profession is unique, and new opportunities are constantly being developed as the profession grows and changes. Career opportunities in the field include: 

  • Hospitals and healthcare networks
  • Physican's offices
  • Home healthcare services
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Schools and educational facilities 
  • Correctional facilities
  • Flight or transportation services
  • Forensics

The Bachelor in Science in Nursing degree program at California State University, Fresno is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

There are two categories of nursing applicants:

Learn about our curriculum

The following eight prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the nursing program.  Students taking these courses at a community college please view equivalent courses at your college or visit ASSIST.

  • GE Area A1 - Oral Communication ( COMM 3,7, or 8) (3 units)
  • GE Area A2 - English Composition (ENGL 10 or ENGL 5B) (3 units)
  • GE Area A3 - Critical Thinking (SOC 3 preferred) (3 units)
  • GE Area B4 - Statistics (MATH 11 or PH 92) (3 units)
  • GE Area B1 & B3 - CHEM 3A - Introduction to Chemistry (4 units)
  • GE Area B2 - BIOL 20 - Microbiology (BIOL 20) (4 units)
  • BIOL 67A - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 units)
  • BIOL 67B - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 units)
    Total (28 units)

Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum  C grade - CR/NC  grades are not acceptable.

For questions about Advanced Placement credits, please contact

A minimum GPA of a 3.0 is required in the eight prerequisite courses to apply to the nursing program. In compliance with Federal Requirements for Posting Licensure and Certification Eligibility, please see the CSU Chancellor’s Office website.

High school students preparing for a career in nursing should take biology, chemistry, and additional college preparatory courses required for CSU admissions.

View full course listing and descriptions at the link:


Download BSN Program Flowchart

A note about the BSN Admissions

The program is on impacted status (the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the nursing major is very competitive; there is no waiting list. Admission selection is based on meeting the minimum requirements to apply and review of top candidates by prerequisite GPA. If not selected, and you are an incoming transfer student your major will be changed to your secondary option and you will not be allowed to apply again until you have graduated from that major and reapplied as a second bachelors student. If you are a continuing Pre-Nursing student prior to Fall 2020 or if you are a new Pre-Health student starting Fall 2020 and forward you may reapply and will compete with the entire new applicant pool if not selected..

To learn more about Fresno State's Nursing Admissions for the BSN program, please click here: Fresno State Nursing Admissions

Contact Us 

General BSN Admissions Questions

CHHS Advising and Career Development Center

Baccalaureate Program Coordinator:

Dr. Janine Spencer
McLane Hall 290