BSN Traditional Program

Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing program at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA). The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved the undergraduate program and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). There is only one application process a year for a Fall admittance.


Students working in nursing lab

Our traditional full-time program is over a three-year period. The Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing is an impacted, demanding, full-time program, and is not compatible with a heavy outside workload. The program combines general education with theoretical and clinical nursing courses. Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and will be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Courses are offered on variable days and times and will involve travel to clinical sites in the Los Angeles County.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Traditional Program

1.  The Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing is highly competitive, with only 70 slots available for the roughly 700 students who apply each year. To stand out, applicants should demonstrate academic excellence (cumulative and prerequisite GPA), strong performance on the TEAS exam, and relevant experience through; volunteer/work experience in healthcare or military service. Local students may also receive some preference in admissions (local preference).
2.  Local preference for Cal State LA Pre-Nursing Applicants, Transfer Applicants, and Military Applicants:
•  Cal State LA students receive local preference. The student’s major must be “pre-nursing” at Cal State LA.
•  Transfer Students: As a commitment to the local community and social upward mobility, transfer students are given local preference for attending specific community colleges. You can check the university admissions and recruitment website to see if your community college is on the list: 
•  Military Students: As a commitment to provide access to veterans, Cal State LA gives ‘Local Preference’ to all military veterans regardless of their school of origin. This Veterans category includes active-duty, reservists, and National Guard.  

3.  Second baccalaureate students and LVNs may also apply to the BSN (Traditional) Program.

The Nursing major is an impacted program that requires students to meet supplemental admission criteria to be accepted into the major. All students who wish to be accepted into the BS nursing major must submit an application to the School of Nursing. Applications open from October to January of each academic year.

Applicants to the Nursing major are screened competitively based on the following indicators:
•  Test of Essential Academic Skills exam score (TEAS)
•  Cumulative & Pre-requisite GPA (3.25 minimum to apply, 3.60 is considered competitive)
•  Volunteer or work experience in healthcare (strongly recommended).

Before you apply, please make a note of the following application criteria updates effective Fall 2024:
1.  Applicants can only apply once to the BSN (Traditional) program.
2.  TEAS scores must be 70 percent (80 + considered competitive) on each of the four subtest areas (Reading, Math, Science, and English). They must be completed within two years of the Nursing CAS application deadline (for example, to apply for Fall 2025 admission the TEAS exam must have been taken between January 1, 2023, to January 1, 2025) NOTE: There is no limit on how many times an applicant can take the TEAS exam, and there is no minimum timeframe required between exam re-take dates.
3.  “B” or better must be achieved in all pre-requisite courses.
4.  A minimum grade of “B” on the first attempt is required for all pre-requisites and courses have no expiration
Note: If a science course consists of a lecture and a separate lab, the lecture and the lab grades will be averaged and must average to a B or higher.

Applications open on October 1st, 2024, for Fall 2025 admission.

Applicants must apply (s) by each deadline: 

1.  CSU Apply (University Application): November 30, 2024

2.  NursingCAS (Nursing Application): January 3, 2025, no later than 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Before you apply, review the appropriate links below:




BSN Application Eligibility Form

Military Admission Policy:

As a commitment to provide access to veterans, Cal State LA gives ‘Local Preference’ to all military veterans regardless of their school of origin.  This Veterans category includes active-duty, reservists, and National Guard.

Recognition of Military education and experiences:

Theory and clinical practice requirements of the nursing curriculum will be adjusted, as appropriate, in recognition of nursing student military education and experiences.  This can be accomplished through an individualized process by meeting with the Primary Academic Nursing Undergraduate Advisor for evaluating and granting equivalency credit that meets same course student outcomes and competency standards.  Credit may be obtained through equivalence, challenge examinations, and other methods of assessment.

LVN to RN 30 unit plan of study:

LVNs wishing to become licensed as an RN must complete 30-semester units of assigned courses in order to be eligible to take the NCLEX RN exam. Pre-requisite courses (12 of the 30 units) include Human Anatomy (4 units), Human Physiology (4 units), and Microbiology (4 units). The credits of these courses can be counted towards a BSN degree.

Students interested in this plan of study should contact the Undergraduate Chair of PACSON:

Dr. Stacey Warner [email protected]


Applicants and prospective students please contact, Jennifer Romero [email protected] .