Nursing (Prelicensure)

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

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/Pre-licensure BSN 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.

Development of alternate major plans in the event the student is not admitted into the Nursing major.

Admitted Nursing majors will fulfill GE Upper-Division D upon successful completion of NURS 522 and NURS 530.

When should I first meet with my major department? Pre-Nursing and other freshman who are interested in the Pre-licensure BSN (Nursing) major are encouraged to see advisors in the CHSS Student Resource Center in HSS 254.
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 into the major.
Where can I find information about major advising? The School of Nursing doesn't have advisors for Pre-Nursing students.  Instead, group format advising occurs by way of in-person and online information sessions.  Dates, locations, etc. are published on the School of Nursing website:
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite 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 School of Nursing.

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.]


UD-D (Social Sciences; AERM, SJ): NURS 522 AND 530.

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? It's 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 seek academic advisement 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.

School of Nursing administration assign students to specific sections of the above coruses.  Students therefor register for (Nursing) classes after attending the mandatory School of Nursing 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 admited into the Pre-licensure nursing major to be eligable for enrollment in School of Nursing courses.
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 admited into the Pre-licensure nursing major to be eligable for enrollment in School of Nursing 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?

The current recommendation is for Pre-Nursing Freshman to follow the Nursing major roadmap attached and published here:

[A2 ENG 114 OR ENG 104;
B4 Quantitative Reasoning;
A1 Oral Communication OR A3 Critical Thinking;
BIO 210+211 OR CHEM 101+102; 
Area C1 Arts, C2 Humanities, C3 Humanities Literature, D2 US History AND/OR D3 US/CA/Local Government]

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

We have heard there are sometimes bottlenecks when it comes to getting into the science prerequisites; primarily Anatomy & Physiology as students from the Biology Dept., Pre-Nursing and other health-related programs on campus are vying for a space in these courses.

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.

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

The School of Nursing will accept AP credit in English to satisfy the Written Communication prerequisite and Statistics to meet the Statistics prerequisite.  In both cases, the student must have been granted academic credit on their transcript in accordinace with university poicy.

College of Health & Social Sciences Student Resource Center (SRC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students with College of Health and Social Sciences majors, pre-majors and minors.

Services offered: Academic planning (GE, DARs, DPR and major), freshman transitioning support, impacted major consultation, academic probation advising, general life/support counseling, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), resume and cover letter help

Phone: (415) 405-3740
Location: HSS 254