Pre-Licensure Program

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.

The first two years of the program consist of Pre-Nursing science and general education requirements. Upon completion of the Pre-Nursing curriculum, the student may apply for admission to the Nursing major.

Pre-Nursing University Entrance Requirements: High School or College introductory level Biology and Chemistry with grades of B- or higher, overall GPA of 3.5 and a minimum eligibility index score of 3800 (SAT) or 916 (ACT). A Pre-Nursing major classification at SSU provides only priority registration in prerequisite science courses. There is no guarantee of admission to the nursing major based on pre-nursing designation.

Transfer students may apply to the major only after the first two years of prerequisites and general education is completed.  SSU does not accept transfers into pre-nursing.

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 & 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 a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. NCLEX-RN pass rates for Sonoma State and other schools can be found online.

Information on the awarding of course credit for prevision education or other acquire knowledge, including military education and experience

Application Process

There are two parts to the application process. You must complete both parts.

  1. CSU Undergraduate Application - except SSU students
  2. Pre-licensure Supplemental Application -
    • Applicaiton period from January 1 - February 28
  3. Mail $50.00 non-refundable application fee, made payable to SSU and sent to: Due by Feb 28th deadline

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

Entrance Requirements
(supplemental to University's entrance requirements)

Nursing: Minimum overall college GPA of 3.0, completion of all college level prerequisites (see nursing curriculum link above) with a grade of B- or better,(a maximum of one science and one non-science prerequisite may be in progress by the application due date). Completed essays (directions and questions will be provided on the application), evidence of Certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (not due at the time of applying but will need to be done before start of the program). See breakdown below:





College Nursing Prerequisite GPA (GPA * 6.25)



Overall College GPA (GPA * 6.25)



Essay (2 page limit)



Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

TEAS Score

90.5 or above





Below 77.9



Point Assignment for score

15 points

12 points

9 points

6 points

3 points

0 points

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