**Note that this information is subject to change.  Please revisit this website often and read the information carefully.

About the LVN-BSN Pathway

The LVN-BSN pathway of the Pre-Licensure Program is offered to any applicant with an extensive medical knowledge and/or experience in the following field: License Vocational Nurse (LVN).

This pathway is open to those who would like to further their education and obtain the baccalaureate degree in Science of Nursing. Upon completion of the LVN-BSN pathway, the student is qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and apply for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.


The following steps are required to become eligible for the LVN-BSN pathway. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

  1. Unencumbered, unrestricted Licensure as a Vocational Nurse in California. Submit proof to Nursing Office by November 30.
  2. Submit official transcripts to the CSUEB Admissions Office by Feb. 14.The Nursing department does NOT require separate transcripts.
  3. Complete all required prerequisites by the Fall term in which you apply. No grades below C are acceptable (a grade of C- is not acceptable). You must have a prerequisite GPA of at least 3.00** in the following:
    • ALL EIGHT prerequisite courses combined, and
    • Just the FOUR prerequisite science courses
  4. Meet all University Admission requirements by University deadline or continued enrollment in good standing at CSUEB.
  5. Submit Official TEAS Score to Nursing Department by February 14.  If taken at CSUEB, scores are automatically forwarded.

**CSUEB Nursing does NOT consider +/- grades in GPA calculations.   For example, on the NURSING application, a grade of A+/A/A- earns 4 GPA points, B+/B/B- earns 3 GPA points, and C+/C earns 2 GPA points.

*MILITARY CANDIDATES* - Contact our office for information about military consideration.

Read our BROCHURE about program requirements.

The LVN-BSN pathway of the Pre-Licensure Program is a full-time, day-time program that can be completed in two and one half years.


To be considered for admission to the LVN-BSN pathway, students must complete two online applications:

  1. The CSUEB Application for Admission.
  2. The LVN-BSN supplemental application.

The CSUEB Nursing supplemental application is only available between October 1 and November 30.

Applications OPEN October 1 at NOON and CLOSE November 30 at NOON.

Once the application is available, please click nursing application link (below) to fill out and submit between October 1 and November 30.


Once the application is available, and you correctly submit it by the deadline, you can click the nursing application link (below) to edit it until February 17.




All official transcripts, from every college or university attended (outside of CSUEB), are due only to the CSUEB Admissions Office, NOT the Nursing Department.

Do NOT send any transcripts to the Nursing Department.

All nursing prerequisites must be complete by the end of the Fall term in which you apply, one year before the program begins.

FOR NURSING APPLICANTS ONLY: to remain eligible for Nursing Program consideration, nursing candidates must meet the earlier document deadline of February 14, rather than the document deadline posted on the main University website.

The CSUEB Admissions Office must receive all required admission documents, not just transcripts, by required dates. **Postmarked documents do not count as received.**

If preferred by the student, official transcripts in sealed envelopes may be hand-delivered to the Enrollment Information Center on the Hayward campus or Academic Services Center on the Concord campus.

Nursing students already done with prerequisites are encouraged to send their transcripts to the CSUEB Admissions Office as early as possible.

If you are using an AP exam score to satisfy the English or Statistics prerequisite, please also send CSUEB Admissions an official copy of your AP score report by February 14.

Check your myCSUEB account for updates on whether or not your documents were received.


  1. (OPTIONAL) Health Care Worker Application: If you work or have worked in the health care industry, you may qualify for additional admission points. Your work must be paid (not volunteer) and for the equivalent of six months full-time or one year 50% time involving direct patient care.
  2. (OPTIONAL) Language Proficiency Application: If you are proficient in a language other than English, you may qualify for additional admission points. Your non-English language skill must be certified and you must also score no lower than the 50th percentile on the "English" and "Reading"; sections of the TEAS.
  3. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores:
    Please register at to take the TEAS. When you register, ATI Testing will issue a registration number that looks like this: A12345678 (it starts with the letter "A" followed by eight digits). Write this registration number on a paper and bring it with you on the test date. You will be required to insert this number on your answer sheet on the day of the test. If you do not insert this number on your answer sheet, your test will not be scored. Once the registration number has been issued, you can use it for every TEAS you take.

To view available dates and times to take the TEAS at CSUEB, please visit: If you want to request testing accommodations because of a disability, contact the Accessibility Services at (510) 885-3868.

The Testing Office at CSUEB offers Version 5 of the TEAS exam.

*PLEASE NOTE* Our program limits our consideration of TEAS scores to the first two attempts. The highest composite score will be considered. CSUEB accepts any version of the TEAS exam from any year. Study guides are available at the CSUEB Bookstore (510-885-3507) and at the online store on the ATI website -

The Nursing and Health Sciences Department can retrieve any TEAS test score taken at CSUEB. If the TEAS test is taken elsewhere, the candidate must request and send an official report of test scores from ATI Testing. A photocopy or printout of test scores from the website is not official.

The Nursing Department must receive official TEAS scores by February 14.


  1. For the CSUEB Nursing application, repeating prerequisite courses within 7 years of each other results in a deduction of 5 points per repeat from the total application points.
  2. Check with your campus what the guidelines and policies are for repeating a course that earned at least a 'C' grade (Academic Renewal).
  3. For the CSUEB Nursing application, the higher grade is always considered for a repeated course, even if the student's own campus uses a different formula to calculate overall/cumulative GPA for repeated courses.


To mitigate impacted program status through Supplemental Application admission criteria, the policy of the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences (approved May 1, 2003) is to admit qualified candidates in Fall Quarter with admission priority ranking as follows:

  1. Military who have met minimum prerequisite qualifications, currently serve or were honorably discharged or released from active service, and are residents of California as defined for fee purposes
  2. California residents who have met minimum prerequisite qualifications and are ranked according to screening criteria (includes those seeking second baccalaureates)
  3. Non-California residents who have met minimum prerequisite qualifications and are ranked according to screening criteria (includes those seeking second baccalaureates)

Applicants are awarded admission points based on the criteria listed below. Applicants with higher point totals have the best chance for admission.

  • 50 points - for prerequisite GPA (based on submitted grades). Each repetition of a prerequisite course within a 7-year period will result in a deduction of 5 points.
  • 40 points - for TEAS (Adjusted Individual Total Score)
  • 10 points - for CSUEB native students (current students who were first-time freshman at time of university admission) that took ALL FOUR nursing SCIENCE prerequisites at CSUEB. ***Effective for Fall 2013 admission and beyond.
  • 5 points - for speaking and writing proficiency in English and one other language. Applicant must provide a voucher for non-English language and score minimum 50th percentile on the English and Reading sections of the TEAS.
  • 5 points - for the equivalent of at least 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time paid employment in a health care setting providing direct patient care.


All offers of conditional admission to the nursing program AND notices of placement on the Waitlist are sent via email by Spring Term (last week of May). Please check your CSUEB email often.

**If you receive a letter welcoming you to the Pre-Nursing Program prior to receiving a Nursing Program admit letter, please keep in mind this is an offer of admission to the University only.

WAITLIST: Remaining eligible candidates are placed in ranked order on a Waitlist according to accumulated admission points. If a candidate on the Waitlist does not gain entry into the program and wishes to be considered for the following year, a new application must be submitted.

In case of equal POINTS ranking, tie-breakers will be 1) English and Reading scores on TEAS Test, then 2) cumulative GPA in all baccalaureate level coursework, then 3) residency status.

WHAT IF YOU THINK THERE'S AN ERROR?  Notify the Nursing Admissions Coordinator at within 15 calendar days of receipt of the notification.  Write a thorough explanation why you believe an error occurred.  Provide written documentation to support your claim upon request.


  1. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening - must be clear for entry into program
  2. Attend one-day Nursing Orientation in late July (estimated)

Failure to complete above will prevent you from being admitted to the Nursing Program.


Students with special studies or experiences may already have achieved the objectives of certain courses and may petition to receive credit after a portfolio and transcript review. Students can petition for credit, for prior learning, for the following classes only:

  • Nurs 2022 (2) - Level I Nursing Skills
  • Nurs 2031 (2) - Care of Adults Practicum
  • Nurs 2042 (1) - Level I Nursing Skills II

After admission to the LVN-BSN pathway, the applicant must contact the department to make an appointment with an advisor. Each applicant's previous education and work experience will be individually assessed to design an optimal learning program.

Credit by examination is also possible for other Nursing coursework based on portfolio and transcript review. Proper steps to take this petition action would be as followed:

  • Students interested in the challenge must notify the department no later than 2 weeks prior to the first day of class. To receive credit under this plan, the student must register for the class the quarter in which it is listed in the catalog.
  • A petition for credit by examination is obtained from the Nursing Office. The examination will be administered within the first two weeks of the quarter.
  • If the exam is passed, the grade and Credit By Examination will be indicated on the student's permanent record.
  • If the student fails the examination, the student must complete the course to receive credit.


The nursing major requires lower division and upper division coursework. Students enter the LVN-BSN pathway in Fall Quarter each year after having completed eight prerequisite courses.

All prerequisites must be completed by the end of FALL (when a candidate applies) to be eligible for the Nursing program beginning the FOLLOWING FALL academic year.

I. Prerequisite courses for Admission

  • Human Anatomy/Physiology I  (BIOL 2010, 5 units)
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology II  (BIOL 2020, 5 units)
  • Introduction to Microbiology  (BIOL 2025, 5 units)
  • Inorganic Chemistry  (CHEM 1601, 4 units)  OR 
    Organic Biochemistry  (CHEM 1602, 4 units) OR 
    INTEGRATED Chemistry Class (Chem 1610, 6 units)
  • Written Communication/English Composition  (ENGL 1001, 4 units), GE Area A2
  • Oral Communication/Public Speech or Interpersonal  (COMM 1000 or 1004, 4 units), GE Area A1
  • Statistics  (STAT 1000, 5 units), GE Area B4
  • Critical Thinking/Logic  (4 units), GE Area A3


If you complete a combined "Anatomy & Physiology I" course, you must take PART II from the same campus. If you take a single-topic "Anatomy" course at any campus, you may take a single-topic "Physiology" course from any other campus.

Beginning with Fall 2014 admission, applicants are only required to take one chemistry course.

The critical thinking prerequisite can only be satisfied by a specific logic-based class, with reference to inductive/deductive reasoning and/or evaluation of fallacies.

A higher level math course, such as Calculus or Trigonometry, CANNOT substitute for the statistics prerequisite.

ONE non-science prerequisite may be taken credit/no credit.

Our office accepts an AP score of 3 or higher as a substitute for either the English or Statistics prerequisite.  AP Exam scores are interpreted in the GPA formula as equivalent to an A, B or C grade depending on the score. Send an official score report to CSUEB admissions as proof by the FEBRUARY 14 deadline.

II. Transferable courses

  • Nutrition (NURS 2010 or BIOL 3070) (4)
  • General Psychology (PSYC 1000) (5) AND
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000) (4) OR
    Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 1000) (4) OR
    Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1300) (4)

III. Required Major courses

Level I

  • NURS 2005 Clinical Pathophysiology (4)
  • NURS 2010 Principles of Nutrition & Medical Nutrition Therapy (4)
  • NURS 2015 Pharmacology (3)
  • NURS 2020 Introduction to Contemporary Nursing (4)
  • NURS 2021 Nursing Support of Community-Based Clients(2)
  • NURS 2022 Level I Nursing Skills I (2) **
  • NURS 2030 Nursing Care of Adults I (4)
  • NURS 2031 Care of Adults I Practicum (2) **
  • NURS 2032 Basic Physical Assessment (2)
  • NURS 2040 Nursing Care of Adults II (4)
  • NURS 2041 Care of Adults II Practicum (3)
  • NURS 2042 Level I Nursing Skills II (1)**
  • HIST 4710  History and Trends in Nursing (4)
  • HDEV 3800 Human Growth and Development (4)

Level II

  • NURS 3001 Level II Nursing Skills (1)
  • NURS 3002 Level II Nursing Skills II (1)
  • NURS 3003 Level II Nursing Skills III (1)
  • NURS 3201 Patients & Families with Complex Needs (4)
  • NURS 3202 Nursing Leadership (4)
  • NURS 3401 Legal Responsibilities of Health Care Providers (2)
  • NURS 3402 Nursing Care of Adults III (1)
  • NURS 3403 Nursing Care of Adults III Practice (2)
  • NURS 3404 Care of Childbearing Families (1)
  • NURS 3405 Childbearing Family Practice (2)
  • NURS 3406 Care of Clients with Psychiatric/Mental Health Needs (1)
  • NURS 3407 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practicum (2)
  • NURS 3408 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (1)
  • NURS 3409 Childbearing Family Practice (2)
  • NURS 3410 Nursing Care of Adults IV (1)
  • NURS 3411 Nursing Care of Adults IV Practice (2)
  • NURS 3412 Nursing Care of Elder Adults (1)
  • NURS 3413 Care of Elder Adults Practice (2)
  • NURS 3502 Continuum of Care (2)

Level III

  • NURS 4203 Research Utilization (2)
  • NURS 4207 Principles of Community Health Nursing (2)
  • NURS 4208 Practicum of Community Health Nursing (4)
  • NURS 4301 Preceptorship Seminar (2)
  • NURS 4302 Preceptorship Practicum (8)

** Classes that are subject to challenge

For questions or more information, please contact:

California State University, East Bay-Hayward Campus
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
(North Science 143)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: 510-885-3481
Fax: 510-885-2156

California State University, East Bay-Concord Campus
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
(Library Room 143)
4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Concord, CA 94521
Phone: 925-602-6753
Fax: 925-602-6367

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