Prospective Student FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What courses are required to get into the nursing major?

Future NursesThe School of Nursing requires applicants to earn an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all college coursework. For admission specific attention will be paid to our 8 Pre-Nursing prerequisite courses: 1) English Reading and Composition, 2) Speech/Oral Communications, 3) Critical Thinking, 4) Mathematics, 5) General Chemistry, 6) Microbiology, 7) Human Anatomy, and 8) Human Physiology. All of these are lower division, CSU transferable General Education (G.E.) classes that may be taken at either community colleges or universities. All 4 science classes must have a lab component. All 8 courses must be completed prior to beginning the nursing major. Go to to check for equivalent courses at other colleges. For local area community colleges please view our equivalency chart.

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 3.65 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) the test 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 75% or higher score and are given three opportunities to do so, if you have any questions please contact the Pre-Nursing Advisor Crystal Bishop (

4. Is the nursing major impacted and what does that mean?

Yes, the nursing major is impacted (limited and competitive entry) because there are more students applying to the major than there are spaces available. At this time we are unable accept out-of-state or International applicants. Because of our impacted status, a nursing program application is required.Admission is grade based and we look strongly at the GPA in the prerequisite courses. To compute your "prerequisite GPA" click here.

5. When do I apply to the major?

For Spring entry into the nursing major , the filing period for nursing applications is August 1-31. Prerequisite courses must be completed by mid-August. On-line applications will be available August 1-31.

For Fall entry into the nursing major, the filing period for nursing applications is March 1-31. Prerequisite courses must be completed by December 20 prior to the program application. On-line application for Fall available March 1-31.

For new transfer students, entry into the Nursing major requires two applications: the University application, which is submitted on-line at and the Nursing (BSN) application. Freshman are admitted to Pre-Nursing only.

6. Can I complete a nursing degree in four years?

Most students take more than four years to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The nursing major is a six-semester (three-year) sequential program, with little opportunity to condense or "fast-track" the major. Most students take one and a half to two years to complete the prerequisite courses and lower division General Education courses before starting the major.

7. Who is my advisor and how do I meet with them?

Advising for current Fresno State Pre-Nursing students is available throughout the semester; call (559) 278-5027 or stop by McLane Hall, Room 194, and simply meet with the Pre-Nursing Advisor on a Walk-in basis throughout the day (mornings are generally the least busy). If your schedule does not allow for this students are welcome to email the Pre-Nursing Advisor at

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. 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)
  • Elementary statistics (HS 92, MATH 11, or any elementary statistics course)
  • Philosophy of ethics (PHIL 20 or 120, depending on your G.E. needs or choices)
  • Women/ethnic studies course
    • For 1998 and earlier catalogs: any course with a Women or Ethnic Studies prefix.
    • For 1999 and later catalogs: any G.E. Multicultural/International course

10. How do I register for classes?

Registration is done on the internet. If you applied to the University and do not yet have a Fresno State email address, go to to sign up for one. Once you have an email address, you can register online and then check your registration status.

Current Class Schedule

Always prepare a schedule and have alternate courses ready when you register.

11. Are scholarships available?

Consult the Fresno State Scholarship website. Additionally, the Nursing Department posts scholarship information including specific scholarships for students enrolled in the nursing major.

12. What is the Upper Division Writing Exam?

This is a graduation requirement to be met after you attain junior standing. See Upper Division Writing Exam (UDWE) in the Catalog or contact Testing Office in FFS Bldg, room 110, or phone 278-2457.

For further information contact Crystal Bishop.

13. Will I be eligible to take the registered nurse license examination?

Upon completion of the pre-licensure nursing curriculum, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

The NCLEX-RN is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level.

14. What is the current NCLEX-RN pass rate for Fresno State graduates?

The NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2011-2012 is 91.2%.

Fresno State's NCLEX-RN pass rates