CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO
SCHOOL OF NURSING
Procedures for Application and Admission for New Statewide Criteria - 6 Semester Track
Area A requirements:
•English 1 (GE Area A2)
•Oral Communication (GE Area A1)
•Critical Thinking (GE Area A3)
•Quantitative Reasoning (Statistics Preferred) (GE Area B4)
•Anatomy with a lab
•Physiology with a lab
•Microbiology with a lab
•Organic chemistry with a lab (if students have a good background in chemistry from high school,
they may take our Chem 28 without Chem 27 as a prerequisite). If not, or if chemistry is old,
they should take Chem 27 first.
At the time of application, at least two courses from Area A and two sciences must be completed with
grades of C- or better. The remaining courses must be in progress, and must be completed before entering
the nursing program. The cumulative GPA for all college level work must be a minimum of 2.5; a
minimum 2.5 GPA is required for all prerequisite courses completed at the time of admission. In
addition to completion of prerequisites, supplemental admission criteria will be used to select students.
•GPA in 4 completed prerequisites (at least two Area A courses and two sciences)
•Scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (or SAT Verbal or ACT English)
•Points for foreign language proficiency in priority languages
•Points for health-related experiences
•Points for economic and/or environmental disadvantage
•Points for permanent residence in our rural service
Concurrent with the first semester of the nursing program, or earlier, the followingcorequisites will be
taken. They must be completed with grades of C- or better to progress into the second semester of the
program, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained to progress into thesecond
semester of the nursing program.
Child or Human Development
Introduction to Psychology
Before the third semester of the nursing major: Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to
Students may take these courses at a community college prior to transferring. If these are completed
before starting nursing, students can complete the upper division theme requirements and any other GE at
Chico, along with the first nursing course.
Because of a long history of having many more applicants than can be accommodated, the CSU, Chico
School of Nursing is impacted, and uses selection criteria to determine admissions. A minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Priority is given to California residents, and to California veterans
who have been discharged within the last 4 years with submission of a DD Form 214 with the
supplemental nursing application. Transfer students and students already enrolled at CSU, Chico are
eligible for application, and will be selected using the point system below.
100 points total are possible (60% grades, 20% TEAS, 20% other)
•Grade point average in the four completed prerequisites (2 science, 2 Area A courses). If more
than 2 courses have been completed in science or Area A, the best grades will be used to calculate
admission points. (60% )
oTwo science grades (weighted double; multiply each grade by 5)
oTwo Area A course grades (multiple each grade by 2.5)
If more than four courses are completed, we will take the best four grades. Grade point
Grade points Science grade points (x 5) Area A grade points (x 2.5)
A = 4.0 20.00 10.00
A- = 3.7 18.50 9.25
B+ = 3.3 16.50 8.25
B = 3.0 15.00 7.50
B- = 2.7 13.50 6.75
C+ = 2.3 11.50 5.75
C = 2.0 10.00 5.00
C- = 1.7 8.50 4.25
If a course has been taken more than once, all grades will be calculated in the GPA points for that
Examples of GPA calculations for four ‘A’ grades:
Anatomy A = 4.0 x 5 = 20 points
Chemistry A = 4.0 x 5 = 20 points
English A = 4.0 x 2.5 = 10 points
Speech A = 4.0 x 2.5 = 10 points
Total Possible = 60 points
•Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Scores or ACT English or SAT verbal—(20%)
All CSU nursing programs that use test scores will use the TEAS. Chico will also
continue to use SAT Verbal or ACT English for students who already have those scores.
However, other schools which require the TEAS are not likely to accept the SAT/ACT
scores, so you will need the TEAS if applying at other programs. We will give the
student points for the highest score achieved, if they have taken more than one test.
A. Foreign language proficiency—up to 3 points possible
-- Fluency in priority languages will be given the highest awards. Priority languages
include: Spanish, Southeast Asian languages, Pilipino/Tagalog, East Indian languages,
California Indian languages, Japanese, Chinese, and American Sign Language. Attach
verification of your proficiency level, in the form of a written reference from a language
teacher, or a professional member of your community who is fluent in the language. The
reference should indicate your ability to converse with native speakers at a normal
conversational level. (3 points possible)
-- Intermediate level proficiency in a priority language (see list above) verified by college
transcripts (at least two years of a foreign language), by high school transcripts (at least
three years), or by written verification of a language teacher or professional member of
the community who is fluent in the language. (2 points possible)
-- Non-priority languages (those not listed above) will be considered (1-2 points possible).
Proficiency should be documented as in the categories above.
B. Health-related experience—up to 6 points
-- 1-2 points. Less than six months’ training; minimum 60 hours experience. (Examples:
hospital volunteer, Certified nurse’s aide, ward clerk, lab tech, EMT I).
-- 3-4 points. Six months to one year formal training in a health-related field. (Examples:
Military corpsman, EMT II).
-- 5-6 points. More than one year formal training; appropriate licensure or certification.
(Examples: Respiratory Therapist, paramedic, psychiatric technician, Licensed
Verification will be based on student narrative describing education and experience; letter of
reference from employer or supervisor; applicable transcripts; copy of applicable license or
certification. Determination of point awards will be by the Nursing Admissions Committee.
C. Biographical, Educational Background and Leadership/Community Service
-- Economic disadvantage—up to 3 points. Welfare status, parental occupation at the lower
socio-economic level, children working to upport family, evidence of financial hardship
requiring student to work more than 20 hours per week. Verification required in the form
of a narrative statement by applicant and reference letter from social worker, financial aid
counselor, college counselor, or family pastor.
-- Environmental disadvantage—up to 3 points. Evidence of academic potential despite
substandard secondary education preparation (low ranking of school in statewide testing);
disadvantaged community environment (residence in migrant camp, reservation, or inner
city ghetto; distressed family situations. Verification required in the form of a narrative
statement of applicant and reference letter from high school or college counselor, family
pastor, or social worker.
-- Permanent rural residence in underserved counties—up to 2 points. Butte, Colusa, Del
Norte, Glenn, Lassen, Mendocino, Lake, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra,
Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba.
-- Leadership/community service—up to 3 points. Student will describe experience, and
provide documentation, such as a reference letter(s).