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Transfer to CSU for BSN?

ryan2kryan2k 5 replies7 threadsRegistered User New Member
This Fall, I will be going into my second year at UCD as a Global Disease Biology major. Recently I have been thinking about changing my career pathways and possibly join the pre-nursing track however UCD does not offer any BSNs. I know there are some schools near my hometown like SJSU, SFSU, Eastbay, that offer a nursing major but I am not sure if it's too late and difficult for me to transfer. What should I do in this situation?
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27657 replies152 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    There is no reason you cannot apply as a Transfer to a BSN program as long as you meet the transfer requirements. You could also complete your degree at UCD and then do a post bacc program.
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  • ryan2kryan2k 5 replies7 threadsRegistered User New Member
    edited August 9
    A question that concerns me a bit about transferring to a BSN program is the student priority. Is it true that CSUs prioritize high school and community college students before they accept any UC transfers? Thanks in advance
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27657 replies152 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
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    CSU’s would prioritize local CC transfer applicants based on the CSU local service area’s but that does not guarantee acceptance especially since all BSN programs at impacted at all the CSU’s.. HS students which would be Freshman applicants are not a consideration since they are in a different admission pool.
    If you have a competitive GPA, some hospital/nursing EC’s and will have all the transfer requirements completed by Spring prior to transfer, you will make a good candidate.

    Here is SDSU’s BSN program requirements for transfers:
    Minimum Admission Requirements

    Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Score: Minimum overall score requirement is 80%. The School of Nursing will accept Version 5 and 6 (ATI TEAS) for Fall 2018 admission. Please refer to the Admissions Criteria 80-point ranking system for further details and policies regarding attempts and scoring.
    SDSU Testing Services administers the TEAS six days per week. Registration information can be accessed on the Testing Services website.
    TEAS content information, study guides, etc. can be found on the ATI Testing website.
    Cumulative GPA: Minimum of 3.2
    Prerequisites:
    BIOL 261 – Human Physiology with Lab, 4 semester units (Minimum grade of B-)
    BIOL 212 – Human Anatomy with Lab, 4 semester units (Minimum grade of B-)
    BIOL 211/211L – Microbiology with Lab, 4 semester units (Minimum grade of B-)
    Chemistry (General, Organic, Inorganic, or Integrated with Lab) (Minimum grade of C)
    COMM 103/CCS111A/AFRAS 140 – Oral Communication (or any CSU GE Area A1) (Minimum grade of C)
    RWS 100/101 – Written Communication (or any CSU GE Area A2) (Minimum grade of C)
    RWS 200 – Critical Thinking (or any CSU GE Area A3) (Minimum grade of C)
    Statistics – STAT 119/STAT 250/PSY 280/SOC 201 (Minimum grade of C) Only one Statistics course is required for admission.
    The SDSU School of Nursing does not implement a recency policy for science prerequisite courses (i.e., coursework does not have to be recently completed within a specific timeframe).

    All 8 Nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Fall 2019 if applying for Fall 2020 admission. Nursing prerequisite courses may not be in progress in Spring 2020 if applying for Fall 2020 admission. Exceptions will not be granted under any circumstances.

    Additional Requirements for the Nursing Degree and RN License
    Students are required to complete Introductory Psychology (an AP Score of 3 or higher will suffice) and Developmental Psychology to satisfy the Nursing degree requirements and RN license requirements upon graduation. These courses are not prerequisites for admission and may be in progress during Spring 2020 or taken upon admission to SDSU.
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  • ryan2kryan2k 5 replies7 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I just wanted a clarification on when you said "CSU’s would prioritize local transfer applicants based on the CSU local service area’s but that does not guarantee acceptance especially since all BSN programs at impacted at all the CSU’s"

    For my situation as a Bay Area resident, CSU's such as SJSU, SFSU, East Bay would prioritize me as a transfer student? Thanks
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  • lkg4answerslkg4answers 1592 replies189 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 9
  • GumbymomGumbymom 27657 replies152 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    CC to CSU transfers will get priority if they attend a CC in the CSU local service area. Refer to the link posted by @lkg4answers in post #5. Getting priority does not translate into a guaranteed acceptance especially for impacted majors like Nursing. Priority is defined by each CSU. Some give GPA bumps like SJSU, many do not list how they give priority and some like SDSU do not give local priority for Nursing school applicants.

    Some SJSU BSN information: http://www.sjsu.edu/nursing/docs/pdf_OCT 2018_BS Information packet_2018. reduced.pdf

    Local priority would not apply to you since you are transferring from a UC. As stated, UCI and UCLA do have BSN programs for Nursing.

    Here are some stats for UCI Nursing transfers:
    Admitted Student Profiles:

    Fall 2018 transfer applicants: 98
    Fall 2018 transfer admissions: 21 (21% admitted)
    Average cumulative GPA: 3.75
    Cumulative GPA range of admissions: 3.49 – 4.00

    UCLA Nursing Transfers:
    2018 Applicants: 164
    Admits: 11
    Acceptance Rate: 7%

    A UC to UC transfer might be easier in terms of course articulation but difficult in terms of low acceptance rates. I would research the many different options including the post bacc programs.

    https://prehealth.sfsu.edu/content/nursing-post-bac

    https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/administration/academic-and-student-affairs/academic-programs-innovations-and-faculty-development/Pages/find-a-nursing-program.aspx


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  • ryan2kryan2k 5 replies7 threadsRegistered User New Member
    thanks for all the references and advice i really appreciate it

    one more thing i would like to ask is would you recommend me to finish up my Fall quarter at UCD and then possibly withdraw to start at a CC for the Spring semester and continue on from there? Finish out my 2nd year at UCD? Etc?
    I am a bit unfamiliar with the road on transferring so any info helps. Thanks
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27657 replies152 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited August 10
    If you want possible local CC transfer CC priority, you need to start at the CC in the Fall and complete 30 seamster units by Spring. Also many CC advisors would be familiar with Nursing school admissions and could help you plan out the best schedule. The downside is that at least in my area of Southern CA, trying to get Nursing school pre-req’s at the CC’s is very difficult and can take longer than 1 year to complete them.
    If you are doing well at UCD, they have all the required courses needed for transfer, you have access to some Nursing related EC’s and have a competitive GPA, it might make more sense to stay put.
    I would contact your local CC and see what is possible at this point since it might be too late to apply for Fall semester.

    UCD does have a Fast track accelerated program for Nursing Entry so I would check this out also: https://health.ucdavis.edu/nursing/academics/mepn/why_mepn.html
    Applicant eligibility
    Q: Are applicants required to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing (B.S.N.) before enrolling in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing?
    A: No, this program is intended for those who obtained a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Applicants, however, are required to complete all program prerequisites and admission requirements to be eligible for the entry-level master’s-degree program. For a list of prerequisites please click here.

    Q: Can I apply with my degree still in progress?
    A: Yes, as long as your prerequisites are complete before you submit your application and your degree is complete before matriculation in June, you are eligible to apply.

    Q: Must applicants complete hospital or health care experience before they can apply to the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing?
    A: Some exposure to hospital or health-care settings is highly recommended, but not required.

    Q: Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to apply to this program?
    A: No standardized tests are required.
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  • lkg4answerslkg4answers 1592 replies189 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
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    You might go into the UC Davis Health Professions Advising and talk to someone there. They can look at your classes, grades, etc. and give you the best advice.
    https://hpa.ucdavis.edu/nursing

    In the nursing FAQ section on that website:
    Can I Just transfer from UC Davis to a school that has a B.S.N.?
    Theoretically, yes. Some schools, such as Sacramento State University, will accept transfer students into their four-year B.S.N. However, this usually requires you to complete many prerequisites before doing so. These programs are very impacted and it can be difficult to transfer.

    There are some great resources on the Health Professions Advising website.
    Accelerated BSN pre-reqs https://hpa.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk4121/files/inline-files/NursingABSN_PrerequisitesSheet_0.pdf

    Post Bac reqs: https://hpa.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk4121/files/inline-files/Post-Bac Advising Sheet.pdf

    If you continue at Davis you might look into UWP 104F A portion of the course includes writing a personal statement for health professions.

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  • lkg4answerslkg4answers 1592 replies189 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ryan2k wrote: »
    Recently I have been thinking about changing my career pathways and possibly join the pre-nursing track

    Re-reading your original post, it looks like you are thinking but aren't sure. If that is the case, as a parent, I would tell you to stay where you are, possibly change to a less rigorous pre-health major and research your options and pre-reqs before dropping out. For example, have you looked into Physician's Assistant, Public Health, or other professions listed here https://hpa.sf.ucdavis.edu/exploring-health-careers? Again, make an appointment to talk to the people in Health Professions Advising. They are really helpful.



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