FAQs

About the Program
Application
Entrance Exam
Transfer Students
After Applying to the BSN Program
Financial Information
International Students

 

About the Program

What is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program?
The purpose of the baccalaureate program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is to provide a curriculum that will broaden the theoretical knowledge base of the learner in preparation for an entry-level professional nursing practice and possibility of graduate nursing study. If you currently have a non-nursing bachelor's degree and are looking to transition into nursing, please consider the EL MSN program.

How long is the entire program?
4 years, 4 1/2 years, or 5 years depending on completion of prerequisite courses and other degree requirements. 

Am I required to attend an Information Session?
We highly recommend you RSVP to attend an information session as we discuss pertinent details of the program and clarify admission guidelines, prerequisite courses, financial aid, etc.

Is this program accredited?
The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has approved the program. CBU is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at California Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

Are you on a semester or quarter system?
CBU has three semesters: fall, spring, and summer. The BSN program only has classes during the spring and fall semesters.

How much does the program cost?
In addition to the tuition costs, there is a nursing program fee per semester. Please refer to the Tuition and Fees page for specific costs. Additional expenses will be required to maintain clinical clearance. This amount does not include room, board or textbooks. 

Does admission as a pre-nursing student guarantee acceptance to the BSN program?
No, pre-nursing students must apply to the College of Nursing and meet the other admissions criteria for consideration.

When do classes start for the BSN program?
Classes start in the spring semester (January) and the fall semester (September) of each year. 

Once I complete the prerequisites and other degree requirements, how long is the nursing program?
The nursing program is 6 semesters for a total of 3 years. Nursing classes are in session September through April; classes are not offered during the summer semester.

When do you schedule classes and clinical hours?
The BSN classes are offered weekdays with possible weekend, evening, and early morning clinical hours. Students are expected to be available as schedules vary each semester. 

Do you have an accelerated BSN program?
We do not have an accelerated baccalaureate program at this time.

Do you offer the program part-time or online?
Currently the program is only offered full-time; we do not offer an online option.

If I meet all of the requirements will I be accepted to the program?
We have more qualified students than spaces available in the BSN program. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program. 

What is the College of Nursing's reputation in the community?
The College of Nursing has an excellent reputation in the community as does the university. We anticipate our graduates will be actively recruited by local and state health care providers. CBU is the first four-year regionally and nationally accredited university in the County of Riverside to be approved for such a program.

What is the program's NCLEX pass rate?
A high percentage of our students pass the NCLEX exam on the first attempt. The most current BSN program pass rates can be found on the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) website: http://www.rn.ca.gov/education/passrates.shtml

Will I be required to complete clinical rotation hours as part of the program?
Yes, all BSN students are required to participate in clinical practicum hours as mandated by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The CBU College of Nursing meets or exceeds all clinical hour requirements.

Can I work while I am in the BSN program?
Applicants are advised that the program requires a very intensive, full-time commitment. It is recommended that you dedicate an adequate amount of time to studying before deciding to work while preparing for licensure.

When will I become a nurse?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will prepare for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed as a registered nurse.

How will this degree prepare me to better serve patients?
Studies show BSN and Master's prepared nurses are more likely to demonstrate professional behaviors important to patient safety including:

  • better clinical judgment
  • critical thinking skills and problem solving
  • performance of complex functions
  • effective communication
  • early detection of complications and problems in care

Which clinical affiliations do you work with? (partial list)
To ensure students receive a variety of clinical experiences, rotations will take place at various hospitals and health care facilities as assigned. 

Currently we have clinical partnerships with Corona Regional Medical Center (CRMC); Kaiser Permanente - Fontana, Riverside, Lakeview, Moreno Valley; Loma Linda Veterans Administration (LLVA); Parkview Community Hospital; Patton State Hospital; Riverside Community Hospital (RCH); Riverside County Mental Health In-patient Services; Riverside County Public Health Department; Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC); San Bernardino County Public Health Department; Arrowhead Regional Medical Center; Ballard Rehab Hospital; Desert Valley Hospital; Eisenhower Medical Center; Menifee Valley Medical Center; Redlands Community Hospital; Saint Mary's Medical Center; San Antonio Hospital; Riverside Medical Clinic; and San Bernardino Community Hospital.

Do you offer an LVN to RN program?
Yes, a limited number of units may be substituted from a WASC accredited LVN program for BSN courses however all BSN prerequisites must be met. 

I'm a LVN, can I apply to the BSN program?
Yes, you can apply to the university as a pre-nursing student in preparation for the BSN program.

How will I know if my LVN courses transfer to CBU?
Once you are accepted and enrolled as a CBU nursing student, you will receive an official transcript review by the Program Director. All course syllabi will need to be provided with your BSN application packet.

 

Application

When are the application periods to the College of Nursing?
We accept students to the BSN program for the fall and spring semesters. Please refer to the Important Dates page for a most updated list of deadlines and application workshops.

How do I apply to the BSN program? 
You can access a step-by-step process of how to apply to the BSN program here.

I applied for admission to the nursing program but I did not get in. Can I reapply?
Yes, applicants may apply to the BSN program if he/she has previously applied. The CBU CON recommends that all applicants have a back-up plan for a major and to consider the EL MSN program if not accepted to the BSN program after applying twice. However, there is no limit to the amount of times you may apply to the program.

Can I reuse my application that I submitted through NursingCAS for the next application period?
Yes. You can use the same NursingCAS application. Here's how:

Step 1: Log on to your application
Step 2: Click "Add Programs"
Step 3: Search for CBU's BSN program and click the "+"
Step 4: Add and update any information (coursework/grades for prereq's, volunteer experience, etc.)
Step 5: You will need to fill out the "Program Materials" section again. This includes attaching any documents that are required. Note: You do not need a new Release & Waiver or Conduct Clearance, but you will need to re-upload it to the new app.

Do I have to resubmit all of the documents again?
The documents that will need to be updated are transcripts if you had work in progress when you previously applied. You will also need to fill out a new conduct clearance form from universities other than CBU if you were enrolled after submitting the prior application. For the additional documents that have not changed, you can just re-upload the documents to your new application.

How many students do you accept per year for the BSN program?
We accept 96 students in the fall and 96 students in the spring for a total of 192 per year. 

Do I have to be accepted to the university before I apply for the nursing program?
Yes, applicants must first apply and be accepted to CBU as an undergraduate pre-nursing student. Upon acceptance to the university, students may either complete prerequisites and other degree requirements at CBU prior to applying to the BSN program or if all requirements are met, apply directly to the BSN program using the online application and program specific requirements.

Am I eligible to apply for the next application cycle?
Please refer to the Admission Process page. You may apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • received acceptance to the university as a pre-nursing student;
  • completed prerequisites or will complete them by the stated deadline;
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 at the end of the Fall or Summer semesters, respective to when you are applying: Fall completed by Fall, Spring completed by Summer.

I have some questions about the application. What should I do?
Every application period we offer the BSN Applicant Workshop to assist students with the completion of the application process, review the timeline, and discuss interview format. Please check the Important Dates page to see when these workshops will be held.

What can I do to better my chances of getting in?
CBU's College of Nursing uses Holistic Review to evaluate applications to the Nursing program. Holistic Review incorporates the following elements: Experiences, Attributes, and Metrics. To position yourself as a competitive applicant, the goal is to be strong in each of the three areas. Here are some things to think about with each category:

  • Experiences
    • Exposure to healthcare- volunteer at a hospital, shadow nurses, conduct informational interviews, work in a local clinic, obtain licences or certifications
    • Community Enrichment- volunteer in your community (church, school, etc.)
    • Honors/Awards- any honors (leadership opportunities) or awards that you have received in the last 3 years
  • Attributes
    • Thorough and descriptive personal statement
    • Solid references
    • Interview (if applicable)
  • Metrics
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Science GPA (from all attempts of science prereqs)
    • PAX exam score
    • It is beneficial to your application if you did not repeat science courses

How do I know if I am a competitive applicant?
Click here to see some prior acceptance statistics. 

 

Entrance Exam

What is the TEAS exam?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a four-option, multiple choice, computer based exam. There are 170 questions and test-takers are given 209 minutes to complete the exam. Please see the ATI website for more information: https://www.atitesting.com/teas/teas-exam

What content is included in the exam?
Testing areas include: Reading, Math, Science, English, and Language

Where can I take the TEAS exam?
We will no longer be administering the entrance exam on CBU’s Campus. ATI TEAS has partnered with PSI testing centers for test administration, and there are many locations in Southern California. For information on how to create an ATI account, as well as how to check dates, times, and locations for the TEAS, please visit the application requirements page.

When is the exam offered?
Through the PSI testing centers, there are many dates and times* that you can take the TEAS. For information on how to create an ATI account, as well as how to check dates, times, and locations for the TEAS, please visit the application requirements page.

How do I register for the TEAS?
First you will need to create an ATI account. Then you will need to register for a date and time through PSI. For detailed instructions on creating and ATI account and registering for the exam, please visit the application requirements page.

I cannot find "California Baptist University" as one of the listed schools. 
Our school is listed on the ATI registration portal as "CA Baptist U." For additional instructions and assistance with creating your ATI account, please see the specific instructions given on the application requirements page.

When would you recommend taking the exam?
We would recommend taking 4-6 weeks to study for the exam using the ATI resources, but you can take the TEAS exam at any point between now and the application deadline.

I took the PAX in July/August. Will you still accept my score?
For the Fall 2019 application cycle only, we will accept your PAX score from July/August 2018. In future application cycles we will only accept the TEAS score.

How much does it cost?
The exam will cost $115* when taken through a PSI testing center.

How is the TEAS scored?
The total score is an adjusted percent correct score which ranges from 0.0% to 100%. It is an equated score generated by the information from the entire set of 150 scored questions. Equated scores are adjusted to account for possible differences in difficulty across questions.

What is the minimum score?
The minimum score for the TEAS that CBU will accept is a 60.

How many times can I take the TEAS in one application cycle?
You can take the TEAS up to 3 times in one application cycle. We will take the highest score and apply it to your nursing application.

Which score will you look at if I take the TEAS multiple times?
We will look at the highest score of the attempts for which we receive score reports.

What is the latest exam date that will be accepted?
The TEAS exam needs to be completed by the application deadline for the cycle in which you are applying.

How long is my exam score good for (does it expire)?
We can use your TEAS exam score for one year (2 BSN cycles, 1 EL MSN cycle). After that, you will need to re-take the exam.

If I took the TEAS previously, will you accept my score?
If you have taken the TEAS within one year of the application deadline (since February 16, 2018), then we will accept your TEAS results. You can order a score report through ATI, and have it sent to CBU.

Is there a recommended study guide for the TEAS?
Yes, ATI has produced several resources for TEAS exam preparation. Please see this webpage for more information.

*Dates, times, locations, and cost of the exam are all subject to change. For the most updated information, please log in to your ATI account and select the options you are interested in.

Transfer Students

Do you accept students who have not taken any prerequisites at CBU?
We do have a "CBU Residency" policy, which states that students must be in progress or have completed 12 units at the time of applying to gain priority admission. Once all "CBU resident" student applications have been considered, we will then evaluate applications for students who have not established residency. Due to the competitiveness of our application cycles, we are able to accept very few students who have not established CBU residency, if any.

How do I know which classes will transfer from another college or university?
For a list of equivalent courses from other community colleges, please see the articulation agreements

What if I am a transfer student and I have completed all of my prerequisites?
There may still be general education requirements you may take at CBU. Talk with your Academic Advisor to explore some options. You may also consider one the many Health Science minors offered through the College of Allied Health to enhance your education. 

Will you evaluate my prerequisite courses taken at another college/university?
Once you have been accepted and confirm your attendance as a CBU pre-nursing student, you will receive an official transcript review from the University Registrar's Office prior to your initial registration. Due to this high volume of inquiries we cannot evaluate transcripts prior to acceptance to CBU. Please refer to the articulation agreements. If your school is not listed then we do not have an articulation agreement with this institution. 

What if I have already completed some coursework in another BSN program?
If you have completed nursing courses in a BSN program, it is possible that we can evaluate your courses and determine advanced placement in the Nursing program. You will need to complete the traditional application process and gain acceptance as one of the 80 in order to have your coursework evaluated.

What if I already have a non-nursing bachelor's degree?
You may consider our EL MSN program which is a graduate program designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree and are looking to transition into nurse leaders.

Is the SAT/ACT required?
The College of Nursing does not require either of these exams however you may need one of these exams for university admissions. Your university admissions counselor will let you know. 

Do I have to have hospital/health care experience before I can apply to the program?
Some exposure to hospital/health care settings is highly recommended. Interacting with patients and health care professionals is essential to creating a foundation that promotes the critical thinking and clinical decision-making necessary for the development and practice of fundamental nursing skills. However, we do not have a minimum requirement of practical experience.

 

After Applying to the BSN Program

How will I know if you received all of my BSN admission documents?
You will be able to track your documents via nursingCAS and you will be sent frequent e-mails from us through them.

How do you determine who is selected for the program?
The Nursing Admissions Committee uses a Holistic Review process which includes a balanced look at Metrics, Experience, and Attributes. 

Do you interview everyone who applies to the program?
Not all qualified applicants will be scheduled for an interview.


When are interviews scheduled if I am selected?
Within a few weeks of the application deadline you will be contacted via email to either schedule an interview if you are being considered for the program or an email denying your acceptance. 

When will I find out if I am accepted to the program?
Upon completion of a successful interview, final applicants will be selected and contacted through email by the end of March for a fall program applicant and by the end of October for a spring program applicant. 

Is there a waiting list?
We do not maintain a waiting list. 

Can I reapply if I am not accepted the first time I apply?
Yes, you can reapply during the next open application period via NursingCAS. Your application will be considered with all other new applicants. We highly recommend that an applicant not apply to the BSN program more than twice.

 

Financial Information

What is financial aid?
Financial aid is any funding a student receives through grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans to assist you in paying for college costs.

How do I apply for financial aid?
You must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for federal Student Aid) to the Department of Education for the appropriate academic year. This can be done on the official website.

What if I need assistance completing the FAFSA?
For tips on completing the FAFSA, please visit CBU's Financial Aid page.

What is your school code for FAFSA?
Our school code is 001125.

Do you offer scholarships, grants and loans?
Undergraduate students at CBU will find the widest range of financial aid available to them, including scholarships, awards and loans. There are also scholarships for nursing students that can be found here.

How do you determine who is eligible for scholarships?
Scholarships are based upon merit, achievement, anticipated achievement and other factors. Review the criteria for each scholarship for specific details.

Do you have a list of scholarships for nursing students?
Please click here for a list of scholarships for nursing students. We also recommend doing some research for additional options.

 

International Students

My bachelor's degree is from a foreign university. Do I have to get it evaluated? 
Yes. Prior to submitting an application to the College of Nursing, applicants must have all foreign transcripts evaluated by a Credential Evaluation Service to confirm their academic equivalency to educational standards of accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Please submit a copy of the evaluation report with your nursing application. 

Which credential evaluation service do you recommend?
International Education Research Foundation, Inc (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665, Culver City, CA 90231-3655
Office: 310-258-9451; Fax: 310-342-7086

I am a registered nurse with a degree from another country. Can I take a class at CBU to fulfill the requirements for RN licensure in California?
Currently CBU only allows nursing students who are accepted into the program to take classes. We do not offer any stand alone courses to individuals who are not in the program.

Where can I find more information about applying to CBU as an international student?
Please visit our International website.