Application Requirements

How to Apply
Who Can Apply
When to Apply
Entrance Exam

COVID-19 Related BSN Application Information

We have been receiving many questions regarding BSN application requirements and admission criteria as it relates to the unique landscape of this pandemic. Please see read the important information about the BSN application cycle below:

  • Online Labs: We will accept online labs taken in the Spring, Summer, Fall 2020, Spring, or Summer 2021 semesters.
  • TEAS Exam: Please refer to our Important Dates page for information regarding our new remote TEAS option.
  • Healthcare Experience: As always, we recommend using creativity when obtaining a level of exposure to healthcare environments. Although you may not be able to volunteer in certain facilities, we recommend conducting virtual interviews with healthcare professionals and seeking opportunities to volunteer at small clinics or other facilities that may need assistance.
  • Application Workshops: At this time, all application workshops will be conducted in a virtual format via Webex. You can refer to the Important Dates tab for those dates, and registration for the events will be available on June 1, 2021.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about the nursing admissions cycle, please e-mail asonke@calbaptist.edu and smillikan@calbaptist.edu

How to Apply

Step 1. Apply to California Baptist University as a Traditional Undergraduate student. All students will be pre-nursing majors prior to acceptance to the nursing program. Once you have received your official acceptance, proceed with the next steps.

Step 2. Begin your application via NursingCAS. Review this application workshop recording for assistance with filling out your application.

Step 3. Register for the entrance exam and start studying! Note: You do not need to take the exam prior to submitting your application, but you do need to take it prior to the final application deadline. You are required to send an official score report to CBU. When you register to take your TEAS exam, please indicate "CA Baptist U" as the institution to send your score report.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the TEAS.

Step 4. Request for transcripts to be sent from every college or university attended to NursingCAS, including CBU. You will need to download a NursingCAS transcript request form in addition to the request form specific to each college or university. 
The address that these transcripts can be sent to is:

NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center 
P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, MA 02471

Step 5. Send out two electronic recommendations through NursingCAS. Note: NursingCAS gives you the option of creating a deadline for your references--we recommend this deadline be 2 weeks prior to the application deadline. Here are some instructions and helpful tips for obtaining recommendations.

Step 6. Submit your completed NursingCAS application. Once this final step is complete, you should receive an e-mail letting you know that either your application is complete, or which documents you are missing. If you do not receive an e-mail, please check your spam folder and make NursingCAS an "approved sender."

Please note: We are no longer requiring the Conduct Clearance or Release and Waiver documents. In addition, we do not require a personal statement essay. Please answer the essay questions listed on the NursingCAS application.

All application requirements must be fulfilled by the intended application deadline. Updated application deadlines are available here. If you need additional assistance with your application, please view the Application Workshop Recording and consider attending one of our Application Workshop Discussion Groups. For technical support with your application, contact NursingCAS:

NursingCAS Customer Service: 
(617) 612–2880 
Hours: Monday–Thursday (9 a.m.–7 p.m. Eastern Time) 
Friday (9 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time)

 

Who Can Apply

Students with CBU Residency:**
  • Completion of the 5 Science and 5 non-Science prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher (see Course Requirements)
  • TEAS exam with a minimum score of 60
  • Overall Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better by the application deadline.*
  • Science GPA of 2.8 or better by the application deadline. (Science GPA is taken from the 5 science prerequisites: BIO153, BIO163, BIO205, CHE102, and CHE112. In calculating your science GPA, we use the most recently attempted grade, regardless if you failed or passed the first attempt.)
  • Submission of a College of Nursing online application through NursingCAS
Students without CBU Residency:**
  • Acceptance to the University as a Pre-Nursing student
  • Completion of the 5 Science and 5 non-Science prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher (see Course Requirements)
  • TEAS exam with a minimum score of 60
  • Overall Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better by the application deadline.*
  • Science GPA of 2.8 or better by the application deadline. (Science GPA is taken from the 5 science prerequisites: BIO153, BIO163, BIO205, CHE102, and CHE112. In calculating your science GPA, we use the most recently attempted grade, regardless if you failed or passed the first attempt.)
  • Submission of a College of Nursing online application through NursingCAS
Once Accepted as a BSN Student:
  • Background check clearance/drug screening
  • Health Clearance

* Meeting the minimum required GPA does not guarantee acceptance to the Nursing Program

**Note: Students who are in progress or have completed 12 or more units at CBU establish "CBU Residency" and will be considered for admission before students with who have not established CBU Residency.

 

When to Apply

Based on program start date:

Fall Cohort:

  • Application available from NovemberFebruary (see Important Dates)
  • All Prerequisites must be completed by end of Spring Semester or the Fall prior to the intended start date

Spring Cohort:

  • Application available from June–September (see Important Dates)
  • All Prerequisites must be completed by end of Fall semester prior to the intended start date
Based on completion of prerequisites:

Finish prerequisites in the fall: Apply for the following spring (January)

Finish prerequisites in the spring: Apply for the following fall (September)

Finish prerequisites in the summer: Apply for the following spring (January)

Entrance Exam: ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

About the TEAS:
  • Four-option, multiple choice, computer based exam.
  • 170 questions
  • 209 minutes to complete
  • More information
How to take the TEAS:
  1. Virtually proctored through ATI: Please see these instructions for step by step instructions to register for your TEAS through ATI.
  2. Virtually proctored through CBU: Please see our important dates page for the registration link and available dates. (TEAS dates only available during application cycles)
  3. In person at a PSI Testing Center: Please follow these instructions follow these instructions.
TEAS study resources and other important information:
  • ATI has provided some specific instructions on how to create your account (first step toward registering for the TEAS).
  • Although there are many study resources out there, we recommend utilizing the ATI study resources.
  • Minimum score accepted: 60
  • Maximum number of attempts: you can take the TEAS up to 3 times. There must be at least 30 days between each attempt.
  • We will take the highest score out of your three attempts.
  • We recommend studying for 4-6 weeks prior to taking the exam, but you can take the TEAS at any point prior to the application deadline for the cycle which you are applying.
  • You must take the TEAS within 1 year of the application deadline.

For more information, please see our list of frequently asked questions.