Prospective Student FAQs
Upon completion of the pre-licensure nursing curriculum, graduates will be eligible
to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What courses are required to get into the nursing major?
Students must have:
1) Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
2) Minimum score of 75% on the TEAS
3) Minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA [should be minimum 3.7 to be competitive]
GE Area A1 - Oral Communication
GE Area A2 - English Composition
GE Area A3 - Critical Thinking (SOC 3 recommended)
GE Area B4 - Math 11 or PH 92 - Statistics
GE Area B1 & B3 - CHEM 3A - Introduction to Chemistry
BIOL 64 - Human Anatomy
BIOL 65 - Human Physiology
GE Area B2 - BIOL 20 - Microbiology
Students taking these courses at a community college please view equivalent courses at your college or visit ASSIST.
2. Is there a minimum GPA I must earn in order to get in?
The minimum GPA required on our 8 Pre-Nursing prerequisite classes is 3.0. However in order to be competitive, recent successful applicants have earned a 3.7 or better. Students are no longer allowed to repeat a course to improve their GPA if they received a "C" or better. Additionally, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. For more detailed information, see the pre-nursing checklist of essential information.
3. Are there any other requirements for entrance?
Students are required to take the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) which ever is available at our campus Testing Center (559.278.2457) as well as many other sites throughout the state. Students must pass the test with a score of 75% or higher, and are given three opportunities to do so. For questions regarding TEAS, please contact the Pre-Nursing Advisor at 559.278.5027.
4. Is the TEAS hard? How can I improve my chances of getting at least a 75% passing score on the TEAS?
The TEAS is similar to your state standardized tests. A student knows how well or not they perform on these types of tests. They can judge how much they need to prepare for a certain section on the TEAS. A student should take the TEAS after completing all four science pre-requisites as these courses serve as good review for the science section on the test.
If you fail to obtain a 75%, allow a few weeks to at least one month to pass from your previous attempt before re-taking the test. Your thought process or ability to do better on the next attempt will not improve at all if you take the test again within days to a one or two weeks. Plan accordingly.
Start preparing at least one month early with a daily study schedule planned out.
Check out the Study Manual for the TEAS located at the first floor main circulation desk of the Henry Madden Library.
Purchase the Study Manual for the TEAS.
5. When do I apply to the major?
Fall Admission Cycle (March 1-31)
Open to All eligible applicants.
Prerequisite courses must be completed the previous Fall.
TEAS must be completed by March 31st.
Spring Admission Cycle (August 1-31)
Open ONLY to all eligible Fresno State student applicants. (Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled fulltime in courses at Fresno State for at least 1 semester. Eligible Post-Baccalaureate applicants are to have graduated from Fresno State).
Prerequisite courses must be completed the Summer prior.
TEAS must be completed by August 31st.
For new transfer students, entry into the Nursing major requires two applications:
The University application, which is submitted on-line at www.csumentor.eduand
The Nursing (BSN) application. Freshman are admitted to Pre-Nursing only.
Students applying for a second Bachelors in Nursing would need to submit the graduate application online at CSUMentor along with the Nursing (BSN) Application. All Nursing admissions criteria must be met prior to applying to the program and the university. *The CSUMentor application fee is nonrefundable. Therefore, please assure that you have met all of the criteria and application requirements prior to submitting your application for the desired application filing period.
6. How do I register for Nursing classes?
Registration is done on the internet. If you apply to the University and do not yet have a Fresno State email address, go to my.fresnostate.edu to sign up for one. Once you have an email address, you can register online and then check your registration status.
Always prepare a schedule and have alternate courses ready when you register.
7. What courses can I take before I start the nursing major?
The following courses, offered by other departments, are required in "Additional requirements to the nursing major". These courses are not required before beginning the nursing major, but may be taken prior to beginning the major:
Lifespan Development (CFS 38)
Nutrition & Health (NUTR 53)
Introductory/General Psychology (PSYCH 10)
Philosophy of ethics (PHIL 20 or 120, depending on your G.E. needs or choices)
Sociology (SOC 3)
8. What General Education (G.E.) courses should I take?
See the G.E. requirement sheet. For nursing majors only, Microbiology (Micro 20/Biol 20) satisfies the G.E. Area B2 requirement.
If you are uncertain of your catalog year or which G.E. courses to take schedule an appointment after admission is confirmed with Frank Castro our academic advisor for G.E. consultation and advising.
9. Do some of the 8 pre-nursing pre-requisite courses double count as lower division general education (G.E.) courses?
It is recommended that pre-nursing students wait to take a pre-requisite course and have it double count towards G.E. By doing so, a student saves time and avoids accumulating extra units that may later harm them with regards to obtaining sufficient financial aid. However, a student requiring 12 units to receive their full financial aid award should register in other G.E. courses to fulfill certain G.E. areas when pre-requisite courses are full/closed. In this situation, it is best not to wait to take a pre-requisite to try to double count it for G.E.
10. Are there certain G.E. areas where pre-nursing students do not need to take the courses listed?
Yes. For G.E. area B4, MATH 11 or PH 92 must be taken rather than any courses listed for area B4 on G.E. list. For G.E. area B2, pre-nursing students take Microbiology (BIOL 20) instead of the courses listed for that certain area. These are exceptions placed towards students hoping to apply to the Nursing program.
11. What if I am a freshman pre-nursing student wanting to start the pre-requisites right away, but I can't find any open pre-requisite courses?
All freshmen admitted to Fresno State register for their courses during their Dog Day over the summer prior to starting their fall semester at the university. It is important for all freshman pre-nursing students to remember that by this time, most classes are full/closed, including pre-nursing pre-requisites and nursing co-requisite courses. Students attending Dog Days register for classes that are still open or that they can waitlist for. Depending on your Dog Day, if there are no open pre-requisite or co-requisite courses, then consider enrolling in the following:
Classes to fulfill a minor (select a health-related minor; minors are more than 12 units to complete)
Classes to complete a certificate (certificates are only 12 units to complete)
Kinesiology Activity Courses (KAC) [1 unit sport/fitness classes similar to P.E. in high school]
Classes you are interested in and want to explore