Nursing (Prelicensure)

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Pre NURSING Handout (SRC pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

Entry into the School of Nursing (SoN)/Pre-licensure BSN (Nursing) major is by application ideally during sophomore (and on occasion junior) year.  The Pre-nursing designation does not guarantee entry into the Nursing major. 

Continuing students who’ve earned 96-units or more may not apply to the Nursing major.

It is highly recommended to develop alternate major plans in the event the student is not admitted into the Nursing major.

When should I first meet with my major department? Pre-nursing and first year students interested in the Pre-licensure BSN (Nursing) major are encouraged to see advisors in at the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) in ADM 211.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students are assigned a Nursing faculty advisor after being admitted. 
Where can I find information about major advising? The School of Nursing does not have advisors for Pre-nursing students.  Instead, group format information session occurs by way of in-person and online.  Dates, locations, etc. are published on the School of Nursing website
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me to use as a guide? No, we do not have a major planning sheet.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes?

Students must complete all 5 prerequisite courses prior to admission to the Nursing Prelicensure program with a minimum grade of C.  The GPA of the 5 prerequisite courses must be 3.0 or higher. 

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The 5 prerequisite courses are:

1) BIO 210+211 General Microbiology and Public Health and lab or its equivalent,

2) CHEM 101+102 Survey of Chemistry and lab or its equivalent, 

3) BIO 212+213 Principles of Human Physiology and lab or its equivalent,

4) BIO 220 Principles of Human Anatomy or its equivalent, and

5) MATH 124 Elementary Statistics or its equivalent.

What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full?

Pre-nursing students who are unable to get a space in prerequisite courses sometimes complete the course at a community college to remain on-track for submitting an application to the SoN.

Once admitted into the Nursing major, students are guaranteed a space in their theory, practicum and lab courses.

Does this major have GE courses that are met in major?

[These courses are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.]

Yes. Area B2 (Life Science) is satisfied upon completion of either BIOL 210 and BIOL 212, or BIOL 210 and BIOL 220, and once admitted into nursing program UD-D and SF State Studies: AERM, SJ with NURS 522 and 530.

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

It is important for Pre-nursing and other freshman who are interested in the Pre-licensure BSN (Nursing) major to visit the School of Nursing website, attend informational sessions and as a first year student seek academic advisement at the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) in ADM 211, whereas continuing students should seek advising at the Student Resource Center (SRC) in HSS 254 to assist with development of alternate major plans.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

Transfer nursing majors enroll in the semester 1 Pre-licensure BSN courses:

NURS 311, NURS 312GW, NURS 314 and NURS 315.

The SoN administration assign students to specific sections of the above courses.  Students therefore register for nursing classes after attending the mandatory SoN orientation; usually late July for Fall admits and early December for Spring admits.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Students must have formally applied and been admitted into the Pre-licensure Nursing program to be eligible for enrollment in SoN courses.

NURS 311 Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Nursing majors; concurrent enrollment in NURS 310, NURS 312GW, NURS 314, and NURS 315.

NURS 312GW Prerequisites: Restricted to Nursing majors; GE Area A2; concurrent enrollment in NURS 310, NURS 311, NURS 314, and NURS 315.

NURS 314 Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Nursing major; concurrent enrollment in NURS 315 and all first-semester Nursing courses.

NURS 315 Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Nursing major; concurrent enrollment in NURS 311, NURS 312GW, NURS 314.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Students must have formally applied and been admitted into the Pre-licensure Nursing major to be eligible for enrollment in SoN courses.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Pre-nursing freshmen should follow the Nursing major roadmap.

1)  BIO 210+211 OR CHEM 101+102 (Meets GE Area B1 and B3); and/or

2)  MATH 124, PSY 171, or ISED 160 (Meets GE Area B4/QR); and/or

3)  ENG 114 (Meets GE Area A2) OR ENG 104; and/or

4)  Oral Communication (Meets GE Area A1) OR any Critical Thinking course (Meets GE Area A3); and/or

5) GE Area C1 Arts, GE Area C2 Humanities, GE Area D2 US History AND/OR GE D3 US/CA/Local Government.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

We have heard there are sometimes challenges enrolling into bottleneck courses when it comes to getting into the science prerequisites, primarily Anatomy (BIO 220) & Physiology (BIO 212+213) as students from the Biology department, Pre-nursing and other health-related programs on campus are also trying to enroll into these courses too.

We’ve also heard anecdotal reports of students taking these classes at community colleges due to the inability to enroll in them here at SF State.

MATH 124/PSY 171/ISED 160 Prerequisites: Category I or II placement for QR/Math, or if Category III/IV placement for QR/Math students must also concurrently enroll into Math 123.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

The SoN will accept AP English to satisfy the A2/Written Communication I prerequisite and AP Statistics to meet the B4/Statistics prerequisite.  In both cases, the student must have been granted academic credit on their transfer credit report in accordance with university policy and a verification letter from an advisor must be submitted along with nursing application.  

AP English Language and Composition with a passing score of 3 or better will satisfy ENG 114.

AP English Literature and Composition with a passing score of 3 or better will satisfy ENG 114/Written English I requirement. 

AP Statistics (only if took exam in 2018-2019) with a passing score of 4 or better will satisfy MATH 124. 

IB Language A: Language and Literature HL (English) with a score of 4 or better will satisfy ENG 114.

IB Language A: Literature HL (English) with a score of 4 or better will satisfy ENG 114.



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