General Questions

I took my prerequisites at a community college or university in another part of the state.  How do I know if these meet your requirements?  If you went to a California public or private college, please look at to check your courses against SSU. If the courses are not listed, email with a course description.

What is the TEAS Exam? The Test of Essential Academic Skills is a standardized, multiple choice exam for students applying for nursing school in the USA.

Where can I take the TEAS exam? You can find another site by exploring the ATI website at and registering for TEAS with PSI or calling 1-800-667-7531. See instructions on how to register on pre-nursing resources

Can I retake the TEAS exam? Yes. You can take the exam for our school as many times as you want or need. We will only look at your highest score. Other schools policies may differ.

If I have a Bachelors degree already, will I be able to get through the nursing program faster? No. The Pre Licensure BSN program is two years from admission.

Can I meet with an instructor/ advisor to go over the courses I need to get admitted? The Pre Nursing advisor does not meet with students individually.  Please try to attend one of our information sessions with the advisor. You can find these dates listed on our website.

I am a foreign student. Can I be licensed as a California RN? CABRN Now Requires SSN to apply for NCLEX. Effective on April 26, 2010 California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) will no longer accept applications that do not contain a U.S. Social Security Number. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a U.S. social security number.
For those applicants who have failed the exam and want to re-apply; CABRN will not accept re-application without U.S Social Security Number.
If your application was sent prior to April 26, 2010 or if you are already eligible, this does not apply to you.

Do veterans get extra points towards admission? Veterans are given 5 points towards admission

What is the Local Service Area(extra 15 points)? We award 15 points to transfer students from our surrounding community colleges (Marin, Solano, Napa, Mendocino and Santa Rosa).

How do you prove residency in the surrounding counties? You must complete 6 out of 8 pre-requisites at the local community colleges.

How long is the program? The Pre Licensure BSN program is two years from admission

How many people do you admit? We admit 24 students once a year beginning in the fall.

How many applicants do you receive each year? We receive approximately 300 applications.

Do you have a waiting list? No.  We use an alternate list from the day our decisions are made until the day school starts.  

What is a CNA?  CertifiedNursing Assistant. This requirement does not need to be completed by the application deadline. You will need to be certified/licensed before you would start the program if admitted.

How do I get a CAN license? Local community colleges offer courses, as well as local chapters of the Red Cross.  To verify that you have an active CNA license go to 

If I have other health care experience such as an EMT I or II, Paramedic, military medical service, or volunteer hours do I need a CNA? How do I challenge this requirement?
See the CNA Skills Checklist on the resources page under potential students for alist of required skills. If you feel that you have the skills and would like to take the equivalency exam, see How to Complete Your Equivalency Application (located at the bottom of page). You wil be challenging the Board to take the exam without taking the course.