Prelicensure BSN Admissions Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure Track is designed for non-nurses who are interested in completing course requirements leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and attaining the Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification following licensure as a registered nurse.  Graduates of this track are prepared at the generalist level to assume the entry level registered nurse role at the point of care.  The registered nurse is responsible for the comprehensive clinical management of individuals, families and communities across the continuum of care in a variety of clinical settings, including virtual environments. The registered nurse designs and implements the plan of care and is accountable for improving clinical outcomes and care processes in a quality, cost effective manner, as a key member of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.

The Prelicensure BSN program utilizes a rolling admission process, which means that those who complete their applications first (verified NusingCAS application, including required materials), are considered for early interviews and admission decisions. Therefore, we encourage applicants to submit their applications early in order to be considered for early interviews and decisions. Because of our rolling admissions schedule, those who apply early in the admissions cycle are more likely to be interviewed than those who apply later.

The Prelicensure BSN requires that all applications must be received through the online Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) program. Applications are reviewed once VERIFIED by NursingCAS and all required documents have been submitted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm completion of the application by viewing their on-line NursingCAS application.

Admission Requirements:
The MMDSON BSN-Prelicensure program admits new undergraduate students twice each year into the Pre-Nursing Intent Phase (Fall & Summer semesters) or into the Nursing Direct Intent Phase (Fall & Spring semesters).

Pre-Nursing Intent of the Prelicensure BSN

Students with no prior baccalaureate degree will be accepted to CDU as a Pre-Nursing Intent Phase student, which will offer students the opportunity to complete general education requirements, including science and laboratory courses that are required by the BSN degree program.

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited secondary (high school) post-secondary schools attended
  • SAT/ACT test scores (recommended, not required)
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applies to Cumulative GPA
    • Applies to Science GPA
  • One letter of recommendation (academic/professional) -
    • Recommendations should address the following areas:

      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Evidence of Extracurricular Activities

Nursing Direct Intent Phase

Applicants for the Nursing Direct Intent phase must have completed general education requirements at the school where currently enrolled (CDU) or previously enrolled and the equivalent of all of the non-nursing preparation for the major courses as follows:

 

  • CHM 100 (General Chemistry)
  • ENG 111 (English Composition)
  • SOC 141 (Introduction to Sociology)
  • ENG 112 (Critical Thinking)
  • HIS 141 (U.S. History)
  • HUM231 (Humanities I)
  • COM 111 (Public Speaking)
  • MTH 126 (College Algebra)
  • BMS 310 L and 311 L (Human Anatomy & Human Physiology)
  • Psychology 141 (General Psychology)

The following courses must be in-progress when submitting your application for the Nursing Direct Intent Phase but must be completed with at least a “B” prior to enrollment in nursing courses.

  • BMS 320L (General Microbiology)
  • ART 131 (Health & Creative Arts)
  • POL 141 (U.S. Political Systems)
  • HUM232 (Humanities II)

*All pre-requisites can be completed at CDU. Students who are enrolled in the CDU Pre-Nursing Intent Phase are eligible to apply for the Nursing Direct Intent Phase after completing the planned courses in Year 1 (Please refer to Plan of Study). Students can apply by the end of Semester 3 in Year 1. Non-CDU students can transfer a maximum of 49 units for the “Nursing Direct Intent Phase.

The science prerequisite courses include chemistry w/lab, anatomy w/lab, physiology w/lab, and microbiology w/lab. Science prerequisite courses must be taken within (7) years of the submission of application.

*Due to being an impacted major, students in the Pre-Nursing Intent Phase may be denied acceptance into the Nursing Direct Intent Phase major if they do not meet the application requirements.

Application Requirements for the Nursing Direct Intent Phase:

  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applies to Cumulative GPA
    • Applies to Science GPA
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or better prior to matriculation. Science prerequisite courses must be taken within (7) years of the submission of application.
    • English (3 units)
    • Sociology (3 units)
    • Psychology (3 units)*
    • Nutrition (3 units)
    • Human Anatomy with lab (4 units)*
    • Human Physiology with lab (4 units)*
    • Microbiology with lab (4 units)*
    • Statistics (3 units)
    • Speech/ Communication (3 units)
    • **Please note CDU accepts semester units. Quarter units must be converted to equal semester units. This will ensure that you are meeting our unit requirement.
  • Official TEAS Admission Assessment Exam

    • Minimum of 75% overall cumulative and individual module score (includes module, submodule and subsection scores 75% minimum requirement)

      • No maximum limit on the number of attempts
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic/professional) -
    • Recommendations should address the following areas:

      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Interviews:
    • Selected applicants will be invited to continue the application process by participating in an in-person interview (selected applicants will be contacted by phone or email)
  • Background Check
    • All students will need to have a clear criminal background check within a month of being accepted into the program in order to start the program. While in the program a clear background check is required to progress through the program this will include live scan fingerprinting in addition to background checks. All students will also need to have a California ID or Driver’s license and a social security number.

 *Students enrolled in the Pre-Nursing Intent Phase of the BSN at CDU will need to complete the NursingCAS application for the Nursing Direct Intent Phase, but will be given priority consideration for admission (contingent upon successful completion of all academic work/test scores and related program requirements).

Transcripts

 Transcripts must be from a regionally accredited institution or evidence of a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree based on a foreign credential evaluation must be provided.

  For international students, we only accept evaluations from the following transcript evaluation organizations:

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairs will be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu or 323-357-3458

Application Review

Please note that while not required, the Prelicensure BSN Admissions Committee has identified the following value-added items which will be noticed and considered on an application:

  • Evidence of commitment to social justice, community wellness and healthcare needs of underserved populations.
  • First Generation College Students.
  • Applicants from Medically Underserved Areas
  • Applicants showing commitment to practice in medically underserved areas.

Admission Contingency:  If offered admission after being interviewed. Matriculation into the program will be contingent upon:

  • Completion of pending prerequisites by deadline
  • Pending prerequisite grade requirement of 3.0 minimum
  • Successful completion of background check and drug screen