2019 Admissions Requirements (2020 TBD)

To be considered for admission, a prospective student must submit a complete application with all required documentation during the application period.  All candidates are screened based on a qualitative assessment of academic skills, experience, and references by the admissions committee.  Some restrictions apply; please see the FNP Program Application for additional information.

Minimum eligibility requirements include:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited baccalaureate nursing program
  2. Have an overall baccalaureate GPA of at least 3.0
  3. Have completed the 3 prerequisite courses by the Spring Semester prior to starting the program (with a grade of a "C" or better)
    1. Pathophysiology
    2. Statistics
    3. Nursing Research
  4. Hold an active, unrestricted California RN license
  5. Have the equivalent of 2 years of full-time RN experience in the past 3 years
  6. Be eligible for admission to CSU Bakersfield as a graduate student
  7. Meet all CSUB Department of Nursing new graduate student requirements upon admission including Essential Functions


Fall 2019 Applications are now closed (You must apply to both CSUB and the Nursing Program to be eligible):

CSUB: Oct 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019

Nursing Program: Oct 1, 2018 - March 13, 2019

Notification of admissions decisions:    On or before June 1, 2019
Classes begin: August 2019
Graduation: May 2021