Undergraduate Programs

New Baccalaureate Admissions Process for Academic Year 2015-2016


About Applying to the School of Nursing

All prospective undergraduate students are expected to consider the application process to nursing school much like applying to other professional schools including medical, dental, or pharmacy.  Through the application process prospective students are beginning pursuit of a rewarding professional career rather than simply changing majors or transferring schools. Attention to detail and the ability to follow application instructions are required.  Aligned with the importance of the process, our Nursing Admissions Committee will consider applicants’ academic record, test scores (TEAS V), supplemental criteria, and for the first time this year there will be interviews.  Applicants will be notified in late January/early February if selected for an interview and will receive further detail at that time. In the meantime, thoroughly review the admissions process information below.  It is intended to help prospective students submit an accurate, timely, and complete application for admission. 


Admission to an undergraduate nursing program at SF State is a two-part process for transfer and second baccalaureate applicants. 


Part One -  Formal Application to San Francisco State University

Prospective students must apply for undergraduate admission to San Francisco State University by completing the CSU Mentor application. Complete details about this portion of the process is available on the the Future Students section of the main San Francisco State University web site: http://www.sfsu.edu/future/apply/apply.html  


SF State Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Outreach Services Office counselors are available to provide guidance for completing this portion of the application process. 


CSU Mentor Application Period

October 1 -  November 30, 2014


Part Two - School of Nursing Supplemental Application

The SF State School of Nursing is participating in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Centralized Application Service, NursingCAS 3.0, for the Fall 2015 entry admissions cycle.  This streamlined service is similar to the application model used by other health related professional schools and is completly electronic.  Prospective students who wish to apply for one of our undergraduate programs must use this service to complete the School of Nursing supplemental application process including submission of health related experience letters of verification, letters of recommendation, a set of official transcripts, and TEAS V results as needed per application instructions.


School of Nursing Undergraduate Supplemental Application Period

October 15, 2014 - December 15, 2014, 8:00pm Pacific Time

  • Please do not begin the School of Nursing supplemental application process prior to October 15th as NursingCAS 3.0 is not availalble until this date.
  • Return to this web page on or after October 15th for detailed Fall 2015 entry admissions process instructions and guidance.

Nursing Program Options


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • BSN (Pre-licensure): Designed for students without a nursing bachelor's degree who seek entry into the nursing profession.
  • RN-BSN: Designed for California RNs without a nursing baccalaureate degree.

Detailed information about these programs including program learning outcomes can be obtained by reviewing the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheets

Nursing program fact sheets are intended to serve as a quick, printable reference for prospective students.  These sheets contain program descriptions and admission criteria.  

Prerequisite Course Articulation Information

Course articulation information for nursing prerequisites taken at California community colleges, California State University campuses, and some University of California campuses can be obtained by visiting  www.assist.org.   

Prospective students who have attended a regionally accredited private university or a school outside of California can contact the School of Nursing to have a course reviewed to determine if it will satisfy prerequisite requirements.  This process can take up to two weeks.

Note: Transfer students who are seeking their first bachelor's degree must contact the SF State Student Outreach Services Office to have the written communication, oral communication, critical thinking,and quantitative reasoning (statistics), courses evaluated as these courses are also San Francisco State University admission requirements.

Attend an Information Session


Prospective undergraduate students are invited to attend an information session. The schedule of up-coming sessions will become available late September. Individuals who are unable to attend an in-person session can watch a previously recorded one on our web site.


View a Previously Recorded Information Session

Information session recordings are available for the benefit of those who were unable to attend or wish to review the content covered. These sessions are intended to complement our undergraduate program fact sheets and content provided in the SF State Bulletin.