Pre-Licensure BSN


SHIFT Nursing: Dr. Anna Valdez in anti-racism documentary:Everybody’s Work,” is a documentary on nurses who are leading antiracism work. Produced by SHIFT Nursing with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Pre-Licensure Information Session: Pre-Licensure Information Session (Passcode: KJ+y3Tab) and PowerPoint August

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.

Veteran Policy: Information on the awarding of course credit for previous education or other acquired knowledge, including military education and experience

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)
    • Application period from October 1 - November 30. NO LATE APPLICATIONS.
    • Send official transcripts to SSU. Must include Fall grades. Due January 24.
  2. Pre-licensure Supplemental Application - ALL APPLICANTS
    • Apply online at (fee required)
    • Application period from September 1 - January 24 (9:00 p.m. PST; NursingCAS is on the East Coast
    • 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. Department of Nursing Application Fee (non-refundable): Click here to pay online or contact to discuss an alternative payment method. Payment is due January 24.