Department of Nursing


Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Impacted Status Admission Policies


Impacted status may be granted to academic degree programs where the number of applicants to the program exceeds the number of qualified applicants that can be accepted.  Applicants to impacted programs are subject to criteria in addition to those required for admission to the University.


CSUB’s nursing program is an impacted program.  CSUB Department of Nursing requires those seeking entry to the program to file a separate application to the nursing department.  There is a non-refundable $25.00 application fee for applying to the nursing program.  This application fee does not apply to students currently attending CSUB.


Prior to applying to CSUB’s nursing program, applicants must:             

  1. Apply to and be accepted to Cal State University, Bakersfield (CSUB).
  2. Have transfer courses evaluated by the University’s Admissions Department evaluators (part of the University’s application process).  The Department of Nursing will evaluate prerequisite class equivalencies only after an application is submitted to the nursing program.
  3. Have completed at least 5 of the 8 prerequisites by January 15, 2007.
  4. Submit their application to CSUB’s Department of Nursing between Monday, January 15, 2007 and Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
  5. Finish all 8 prerequisites by June 15, 2007.  No work completed in the summer of 2007 will be considered or accepted.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Impacted Status Admission Policies



Ø      Prerequisite courses may not be repeated more than one time for a passing grade. A grade of “C-" or below is considered by the Department of Nursing to be a failing grade. Students that fail the same prerequisite class twice are ineligible for entry into the program. Students that fail three different prerequisite classes are ineligible for entry into the program.  Repeat courses are limited to two different prerequisite courses. For each prerequisite that was failed and is repeated, one point will be deducted.

Ø      Five prerequisite classes can be repeated once for a higher grade.  The most recent grade is the grade that the nursing department will use to calculate prerequisite GPA.  If the applicant opts to repeat a class for a better grade and the initial grade for that class was a passing grade (“C” or better), no points will be deducted for the repeat.

Ø      Students may withdraw completely from one term without incurring a penalty. Beyond that, prerequisite class withdrawals are limited to no more than three classes.  Students withdrawing from more than three prerequisite courses will not be eligible for the program. One point will be deducted for withdrawal from prerequisite classes.  Withdrawals that occurred ten or more years prior to the application filing period will be disregarded.

Ø      “All applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principle language of instruction must present a score of 550 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL)”.  The computer based TOEFL score is 213 or better. (CSUB 2005-2007 catalog, p. 25)  Upon entry into the nursing program, all students will be expected to complete the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).  If not completed on or before entry, the student will not be eligible to continue in the nursing program cycle.







Department of Nursing


Students are ranked on primary and secondary criteria.  Those applicants with the highest point total will be offered a seat in the upcoming class or will be placed on a wait list for the class entering in fall 2007.


Primary Criteria and point values:

Ø      Qualified applicants will have a 2.80 GPA or better for the eight prerequisite classes. Applicants will earn additional points for GPAs of 3.00 and higher.

·        2.80-2.99 = 1 point

·        3.00-3.25 = 2 points

·        3.26-3.50 = 4 points

·        3.51-3.75 = 6 points

·        3.76-4.00 = 8 points


Ø      Qualified applicants will have a 2.80 GPA or better in the math and science classes listed below.

·        Bio 250 (Human Anatomy)

·        Bio 255/256 (Human Physiology)

·        Bio 260 (Microbiology)

·        Chem 150 (General Chemistry) or Chem 203 (Organic Chemistry) or combined Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

·        Math 140 (Introduction to Statistics)


Ø      California residents = + 1 point


Total Points Available in the Primary Criteria = 9


Secondary Criteria and point values:

Secondary criteria will be used in cases where two applicants’ point totals are equal and a decision regarding acceptance must be made between the two candidates.

Ø      Veteran Status = +2 points.

Ø      Educationally disadvantaged: Little or no parental, family or support group education beyond elementary and secondary school, first generation college student, low socioeconomic level of school population, low ranking of school in statewide test, no higher education counseling. = +2 points.

Ø      Economically disadvantaged: must fit with the definitions published by the US Bureau of the Census.  If declaring oneself economically disadvantaged, the applicant must meet the formula for low-income populations (attachment 1), = + 2 points.

Ø      Regional preference for residents of Tulare, Kings, Kern, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles counties = + 1 point.

Ø      Documented volunteer or work experience in a multicultural health related setting 64 hours prior to filing an application to the nursing program, = + 1 point.

Ø      Can document community service or additional volunteer time of 16 hours per month during the six months prior to filing an application to the nursing program, = + 1 point.


Total Points Available in the Secondary Criteria = 9