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    CSU East Bay
  Feb 24, 2018
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Pre-Licensure Option, B.S.

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Major Requirements (B.S.)

Pre-Licensure Option

The Pre-Licensure option consists of two years of pre-nursing requirements and eight quarters of nursing courses. Nine quarters, however, are frequently needed to complete all nursing courses because of general education requirements and clinical space limitations. The prerequisite courses may be completed at Cal State East Bay or by taking equivalent courses at another college or university. Nursing courses have concurrent laboratories on campus and in local hospitals and community settings. Expenses for clinical courses include the purchase of uniforms, stethoscopes, malpractice insurance, personal health insurance, laboratory equipment, course syllabi, and so forth.

The Pre-Licensure option program is accredited by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing (Tel: 916-322-3350) and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Tel: 202-887-6791). Upon completion of the Nursing major, the student is qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and apply for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.


Students must take eight specific prerequisite courses to be eligible for admission to the Pre-Licensure option. Courses must be completed by the end of fall quarter of the preceding year for the student to be eligible for admission to the nursing program in the following fall quarter.

Students who plan to use transfer courses to satisfy prerequisite requirements must have equivalencies determined by the Cal State East Bay Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.


Because Nursing has been designated as an impacted program by the Board of Trustees, a special admission procedure has been instituted to assure that all students have an opportunity to be considered for admission to the Nursing major for fall quarter. General information on the program, admission criteria and application procedures may be obtained from the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences. To be considered for admission to the Clinical Nursing courses, students must complete two application forms:

  1. The “CSU Application for Admission” and
  2. The “Nursing Supplemental Application.”

Both applications must be filed in November for admission in the fall quarter of the following academic year. Students must also take the “Test of Essential Academic Skills.” To be eligible for admission, the student must have a 3.00 GPA in the following:

1. Eight prerequisite courses, and

2. Four prerequisite science courses

Four prerequisite science courses. “C-” grades are not acceptable in the prerequisites that include:

One of the following:

One course in Critical Thinking such as:


Licensed Vocational Nurses, Medical Corps members, and other health-care personnel wishing to gain admission to more advanced clinical nursing courses must seek advisement from the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences prior to applying to the program.

Curricular Requirements

The Pre-Licensure option consists of 141 units; the B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.

One course in Critical Thinking such as:

III. Nursing Courses (86 units)

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.

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