Application Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for both first-time freshman and transfer students who want to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

160 students are selected for the BSN program annually, 80 students for the fall semester that starts in September, and 80 students are selected for the spring semester that starts in January.

Selection is made through holistic admission, and includes a combination of metrics, attributes, and experiences. Students can showcase their personal and academic achievements through many aspects of the application, such as the cumulative GPA, science GPA , RN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX) score, letters of recommendation, experience, community enrichment, and passion and understanding of the profession. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 college/university is required to have by the application deadline. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. CBU students with a minimum of one full-time semester completed prior to the application period are considered for admission prior to considering students enrolled in their first semester at CBU or transfer students.

We have more applicants for the BSN program than we have spaces available and we are very selective. We consider students who are enrolled or have completed units at CBU and then we will consider transfer students. 

LVN's licensed in the State of California may be accepted into the program based on transfer of credit on a space available basis. A 30-unit LVN option is available on a space and course available basis. 


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)
  • RN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)
  • Overall Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better by the application deadline.*
  • Submission of a College of Nursing online application through NursingCAS
  • A successful interview with the BSN admissions committee
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)
  • RN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)
  • Overall Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better by the application deadline.*
  • Submission of a College of Nursing online application through NursingCAS
  • A successful interview with the BSN admissions committee
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.


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.

Step 3. Register for the Pre-Admission Exam (PAX) and start studying! (Recommended study guide can be obtained electronically through the NLN website.) Note: You do not need to take the PAX prior to submitting your application, but you do need to take it prior to the final application deadline. Only students applying to CBU's Nursing program are allowed to take the PAX at CBU. 

Step 4. Request for transcripts to be sent from every college or university attended, excluding CBU, to NursingCAS. You do not need to send CBU transcripts to NursingCAS. 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.

Step 6. Gather and upload required documents to your NursingCAS application.

Conduct Clearance Form:

  • Complete a Conduct Clearance form for most recent college/university attended with the exception of CBU. CBU students do not need to fill out a conduct clearance form, because the CON will obtain this information independently. All other institutions will complete and return the form to the applicant so you may upload this form to the documents section. This form must be uploaded prior to the deadline so it is recommended that you begin this process early.

Release & Waiver:

  • This form must be notarized. A notary public is a person who you take this form to. They work in banks, postal stores, and AAA. They will verify your identity with a government issued ID and then stamp your form or attach an additional form to it. You may use any official notary public to notarize this form. This form is used to request information from colleges & universities (not High School) you have attended as well as health information for clinical clearances. You will attach a copy of this form to each of your Conduct Clearance Forms that you send to institutions. This gives other institutions permission to disclose private information. Some intuitions may not require this form to complete the conduct clearance form. You will need to check with institutions on their requirements for completing this form. All applicants must upload a completed notarized form.

Personal Statement: This is no longer a requirement for the BSN application. Please answer the essay questions listed on the NursingCAS application.

Step 7. 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."

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 attend one of our Application Workshops. 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)


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 April–August (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)