Pre-Health (First Time Freshman) 

The College of Health and Human Services Pre-Health Program provides support to First Time Freshman 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

BSN Program Admission Policies & Procedures (Pre Health-Fall 2020 and forward, Continuing Pre-Nursing- Prior to Fall 2020, Transfer Students, Second Bachelor Students) 

Fresno State's BSN 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. Applicants must reapply each time and compete with the entire applicant pool if not selected.  A 3.75 Pre-Requisite GPA is the historical competitive GPA for the program. Please take this into consideration when applying. 

Due to COVID-19 and the changes to instruction and grading at Fresno State for the Spring 2020 semester the School of Nursing has made the following decisions for Spring 2020 semester in relation to Nursing admissions policies. 

1. Credit/No Credit grading will be allowed for all Pre-Requisite courses taken only in the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 semesters.

2. Science classes (Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology 1&2) changed to Online Versions for Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 will be accepted for Admission purposes.  

3. Starting again in Spring 2021 and forward all Pre-Requisite courses must be letter grades and CR/NC will not be accepted except for classes taken in Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020. 


FALL 2021 NURSINGCAS APPLICATION DATES: The supplimental application will be open on the following dates for the following groups of students

BSN UNDERGRADUATE: February 1st-28th

BSN SECOND BACHELOR'S: February 1st-28th 

RN-BSN UNDERGRADUATE: February 1st-March 5th

RN-BSN SECOND BACHELOR'S: February 1st-March 5th

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Courses

GE Requirement


Oral Communication (COMM 3, 7, or 8) A1 3
Written Communication (ENGL 5B or 10) A2 3
 Critical Thinking (SOC 3 preferred) A3 3
Statistics (MATH 11 or PH 92 preferred) B4 3
General Chemistry  (CHEM 3A) B1 & B3 4
Introductory Microbiology  (BIOL 20) B2 4
Anatomy & Physiology I  (BIOL 67A)*   4
Anatomy & Physiology II  (BIOL 67B)*              4

*Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses taken at the Community Colleges will be accepted.  Verify courses through

Prerequisite Course Policy and Information

  • Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum 'C' grade
  • CR/NC grades are NOT accepted. Excluding Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (Credit/No Credit grading will be allowed for all Pre-Requisite courses taken only in the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters at Fresno State).
  • Students are able to repeat one failed prerequisite within the eight prerequisite courses.
  • First course taken in each category with a grade of "C" or higher will be counted
  • Online, web-based, or distance learning science and laboratory courses taken at other institutions must be approved by the School of Nursing
  • All Pre-Requisite courses must be completed before the application deadline each cycle with grades posted on transcripts.  
  • A 3.75 GPA in the Pre-Requisistes is the historical competitive GPA. Please take this into considersation when applying.

Application Process

All Pre-Requisites courses must be completed the semester before application to the program. 


Current Fresno State Student


Prospective Fresno State Student


One application

*See Supplemental Application Information.     


Two applications

  • University Application
    • Cal State Apply
    • Filing period
      • October 1st - November 30th (Fall Applicants)
        • Transfer Students, Second Bachelors Student, Returning Students 
      • August 1st-August 31st (Spring Applicants) 
        • Second Bachelors Students 
  • Supplemental Application
    • NursingCAS
    • Filing period
      • See Supplemental Application Information

**Attention NON-Fresno State Students**

Unfortunately due to high volume, we cannot accommodate requests for evaluation of transcript(s) and/or GPA calculation during the application cycle

Supplemental Application Information

Fall Admission Cycle

(February 1-28)

Spring Admission Cycle

(July 1 - 31)

Open to ALL eligible applicants.(Transfer, 2nd Baccalaureate, Continuing Fresno State Pre-Health students, and Returning Students) 


  • Prerequisite courses must be completed the previous Fall.
  • TEAS must be completed by February 28th.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Open to all eligible continuing Fresno State Pre-Health student applicants and Second Baccalaureate students.

  • Prerequisite courses must be completed the Spring prior.
  • All course grades must be posted on transcripts at time of application deadline.                               
  • TEAS must be completed by July 31st.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

*NOTE: NursingCAS application deadline is before 8:59pm PST (11:59PM EST). 

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Effective Fall 2017

  • Maximum of two attempts to earn the required 75% or higher. Students will be allowed to take the TEAS beyond 2 attempts, only after 5 years have passed from the first attempt.
  • TEAS VI is only accepted.
    • TEAS V still accepted if taken prior to Fall 2017 with a score of 75% or higher.
  • Testing Services (559-278-2457, Family/Food Sciences 110)
  • Visit the TEAS website for more information:

Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Admissions

All students applying as a 2nd-Baccalaureate Nursing student must do the following:
  • Apply to the University through Cal State Apply
    • Fall Application filing period: October 1 - January 30th 
    •  Spring Application filing period: August 1st - August 31st 
  • Apply to School of Nursing Supplemental Application through NursingCAS
    • Application filing period: See Supplemental Application Information for Fall and Spring Admissions Cycle
*Note: Admissions to the University is dependent upon admissions to the School of Nursing's Bachelors of Nursing.

Veteran's Preference

  • Meet minimum eligibility.
  • May have two Pre-Requisites in progress at time of application 
  • May be eleigible for Spring Admissions Cycles on a case by case basis
  • Provide DD214 with an honorable discharge.


Nursing Admissions & University Policies


Nursing Admissions Policies

Nursing Admissions 

  • Transfer students must directly apply to Fresno State's BSN Program as a Nursing Major. (Fall Only)
    • Pre-Nursing is discontinued as of Fall 2019 and students will need to directly apply to the program
  • If a student is not admitted to the Nursing Program they will be admitted to their secondary choice.
  • If a students starts in their secondary choice they must graduate with that major and reapply as a second bachelors applicant. Once a students starts at the university they will not be allowed to apply to the Nursing Program. 
  • Incoming Freshman: Will apply as Pre-Health Majors and follow specific Pre-Health criteria to apply to the Nursing Program.



University Policies

Adding a Second Major

  • Students who wish to declare a second major must submit a plan approved by the department offering the second major which demonstrates that the new major can be completed within 144 units. Students may not add a second major after completing the requirement for their first major unless students have not exceeded 120 earned units at the time of declaration.

Changing a Major

  • Student requests to change a major must be approved by the department of the new major/option indicating that the student has been advised. If the student has 90 or more earned units, the request to the new department must be accompanied by a plan demonstrating that the new major can be completed within 144 units. If you are exceeding 144 units, the plan and request to change major or minor must be reviewed by Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Subject to approval. 



International Students / Coursework & Admissions Eligibility


International Coursework

No prerequisite courses taken at an international institution are accepted to fulfill the nursing admissions prerequisites. Equivalent prerequisite course and nursing additional requirements must be taken and/or repeated at domestic institution in the U.S.


For questions regarding the Nursing application, please contact the Nursing Admissions Office / CHHS ACDC at 559.278.5027 or via email at