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Prerequisites For Nursing Program


Specializes in Pre-nursing student at CSUB. Has 2 years experience.

Hi, I am a pre-nursing sophomore student at CSUB and I was thinking of applying to their program this year for Fall 2021. However, I'm not sure if I have a high chance of getting accepted to any nursing programs due to not having any work or volunteer experience. I've been trying to look for any volunteer work, but I live in a small town in California, so there hasn't been any luck in trying to find one especially now that we're in a pandemic. The minimum GPA at CSUB nursing program is a 3.20 for the prerequisite. My prereqs grades are:

  • Anatomy : B-
  • Physiology: currently taking now (fall 2020)
  • Microbiology: will take Spring 2021
  • Chemistry: A
  • Statistics: B-
  • Communications: A
  • English: B (took in hs dual enrollment)
  • Philosophy: B (took in hs dual enrollment)

Neo Soldier, BSN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

Do they require you to have work experience to get into their program? While it's nice to have you have to make sure they take it into (high) consideration. I would like to advise you to apply to other programs just in case. Nursing programs sometimes have fewer spots than those applying. If you could, consider out of state programs. I would also try community colleges. 

The pandemic is definitely a factor in regards to job availability, but it also depends on what type of job you're looking for (and your location). If you haven't considered it, I recommend jobs in healthcare: EMT, CNA/HHA and the like. These programs usually take 4-6 weeks to complete.


Specializes in Pre-nursing student at CSUB. Has 2 years experience.

It's not required to have work experience, but it would give me a higher chance of getting accepted. I'm planning to take a CNA program at a community college for Spring 2021. Also, I have a list of other nursing programs in California and I was thinking of applying to a nursing school in Chicago or in Arizona.