Pre-Licensure BSN


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Pre-licensure Infosession: 9/22/2022 Infosession Recording & PowerPoint
Pre-licensure Application: September 1 - January 24    

Basic Four-Year Baccalaureate Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers the pre-licensure option for individuals with no previous nursing background. This is a four-year program See Sample Four-Year Plan. The first two years of the program consist of pre-nursing prerequisites and general education requirements.

Upon completion of the pre-nursing prerequisites and general education, the student may apply for admission to the nursing major. See the scoring sheet for Admission Criteria.

The nursing curriculum provides the student with classroom and clinical instruction in basic nursing skills, medical-surgical, home health, critical care, mental health, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, community health, research, and leadership and management, culminating with a senior clinical study in an area of the student's interest. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX (RN licensure exam) and will have earned the bachelor's of science in nursing degree. NCLEX-RN pass rates for Sonoma State and other schools can be found online.

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Pre-Licensure Nursing Program Application Process 

There are TWO APPLICATIONS AND THREE FEES to the application process. You must complete all parts.

  1. CSU Undergraduate Application - non SSU students ONLY
    • Apply online at (fee required) Opens Oct. 1st -Nov 30th - NO LATE APPLICATIONS
    • Send official transcripts to SSU. Must include Fall grades. Due Jan. 24th.
  2. Pre-licensure Supplemental Application - (fee required) - ALL APPLICANTS
    • Application period from September 1st - January 24th (9 p.m. PST) - Beginning 2022 Application Cycle
    • Send official transcripts to NursingCAS (see academic portion for instructions and address). Must include Fall grades. Send 6 weeks prior to deadline for processing
  3. Mail $60 non-refundable application fee, made payable to SSU Nursing and sent to address below. Due by application deadline.

Department of Nursing
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928