The College of Health and Human Services Pre-Health Program provides support to students exploring careers in health and human services professions with academic advising and career exploration.  The Pre-Health Program allows students interested in Nursing, Kinesiology-Exercise Science, Health Science-Community Health and Social Work to explore these majors and career pathways. The Pre-Health Program, a three-semester program is for first time freshmen and will blend in all lower division general education. Students in the Pre-Health Program will enroll in HHS 18: Career Pathways in Health and Human Services in their first semester and HHS 100T: Career Exploration in Health and Human Services in their second semester to assist in the exploration process.  During the second semester, an academic counselor will work with students to identify a major appropriate to their career path based on their career exploration.

If a student would like to continue in the Nursing track, beginning in their third semester, students apply to continue the last prerequisites. Students must meet a minimum of a 3.0 Pre-Requisite and Cumulative GPA in order to apply to continue to take the prerequisite courses. Each semester, students are evaluated for meeting the minimums to continue in the program. Once the following requirements are met, students may apply for admission to the Nursing program. 

  • All 8 Prerequisites are completed
  • A minimum prerequisite and Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • TEAS test passed with a 75% or higher

More information on Pre-Health is available here: https://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/acdc/pre-health.html

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The degree requires a minimum of 120 semester units, and the nursing curriculum sequence covers five semesters.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the California Public Health Nurse Certificate. The Bachelor in Science in Nursing degree program at California State University, Fresno is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

High school students preparing for a career in nursing should take biology, chemistry, and additional college preparatory courses required for CSU admissions.

There are two categories of nursing applicants:

Basic Applicants - Students without prior nursing education. In order to be considered eligible to apply to the nursing program, BSN applicants must be an admitted transfer student, or currently enrolled Pre-Health student at California State University, Fresno, or on an approved leave of absence from California State University, Fresno.

All applicants must submit a Nursing Supplemental Application to the School of Nursing via NursingCAS and the CSU application to the University through Cal State Apply within the appropriate admissions cycles.  Transfer applicants who are admitted to the University, but not to the School of Nursing will have their majors changed to their secondary option. Second Bachelors students who are not admitted to the program will also not be admitted to the University. 

The program is on impacted status (the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the nursing major is very competitive; there is no waiting list. Admission selection is based on meeting the minimum requirements to apply and review of top candidates by prerequisite GPA. If not selected, and you are an incoming transfer student your major will be changed to your secondary option and you will not be allowed to apply again until you have graduated from that major and reapplied as a second bachelors student. If you are a continuing Pre-Nursing student prior to Fall 2020 or if you are a new Pre-Health student starting Fall 2020 and forward you may reapply and will compete with the entire new applicant pool if not selected.

Note: Preference will be given to U.S. military veterans who meet minimum requirements for admission and submit a DD214 showing an honorable discharge prior to date application is submitted. Remaining applicants will be ranked by prerequisite GPA and admitted as enrollment quotas allow.

Advanced Placement - Students with prior nursing education, including LVNs and RNs.

Prerequisite Courses

The following eight prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the nursing program.  Students taking these courses at a community college please view equivalent courses at your college or visit ASSIST.

  • GE Area A1 - Oral Communication ( COMM 3,7, or 8) (3 units)
  • GE Area A2 - English Composition (ENGL 10 or ENGL 5B) (3 units)
  • GE Area A3 - Critical Thinking (SOC 3 preferred) (3 units)
  • GE Area B4 - Statistics (MATH 11 or PH 92) (3 units)
  • GE Area B1 & B3 - CHEM 3A - Introduction to Chemistry (4 units)
  • GE Area B2 - BIOL 20 - Microbiology (BIOL 20) (4 units)
  • BIOL 67A - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 units)
  • BIOL 67B - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 units)

Total (28 units)


  • Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum C grade - CR/NC grades are not acceptable.
  • For questions about Advanced Placement credits, please contact FSNursingAdmissions@mail.fresnostate.edu
  • A minimum GPA of a 3.0 is required in the eight prerequisite courses to apply to the nursing program.

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