FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (ASBSN)

Where do I find information for application to the program?

If you haven’t already, check out the ASBSN Road Map guide which lists all prerequisite and application requirements.

*Please note that we do not accept applications through CSU Mentor.

How is the grade point average (GPA) determined for admission to the program?

There are 3 GPA’s that are calculated and each have to be at the minimum of 3.0 to apply to the program.  Overall GPA (Bachelor’s degree + any course work taken thereafter),  Science prerequisite GPA and Non-Science prerequisite GPA.  You can only retake one science and one non-science prerequisite.  If there are multiple retakes this may disqualify the applicant from applying to the program.

Who can help review my transcripts prior to applying to the program?

There is a transcript evaluator who comes to the Stockton Center twice a month.  You may call the enrollment service desk at the Stockton Center to schedule an appointment.  Enrollment Services:  (209) 467-5300.

Is there an expiration date for courses I have taken?

There is no expiration date on course work. 

How important is the TEAS Test score?

Regardless of which nursing program that you apply for, you will want your TEAS Test score to be as strong as possible.  We will accept your highest TEAS score from your first three test scores.  Any attempt after three will not be considered.  We strongly recommend studying for the test.

How competitive is admission to the ASBSN program?

The ASBSN program is an impacted program like many nursing programs.  On average we receive 80-90 applications for 30 spots. 

If I apply during the priority time period (February 1 through June 17) when is the deadline for my transcripts?

If you are completing courses or your degree for program prerequisites, the courses/degree will need to be completed and transcripts sent to the program by June 15th.  Transcripts for courses taken during spring semester may not arrive soon enough for our transcript evaluator and nursing team to review.

What if I am an alternate?

Traditionally we have had to go to the alternate list.  Students apply to multiple programs and often accept the nursing program closest to their home.

How are classes scheduled during the program?

Classes are scheduled within 10 week sessions at the Stockton Center.  Generally, classes are scheduled three to five days a week, and may include a weekend day.  There are two week breaks between sessions.  Scheduled class days will vary during the program.

Where are the clinical rotations, what days of the week and do I have a choice of site locations?

The majority of clinical rotations are in the Stockton area.  However, in order to provide the best clinical experience, ASBSN students may need to travel to as far as Modesto or Sacramento. Additionally, each year students spend one weekend at Children’s Hospital (Madera) as part of the pediatric rotation.

Clinical days will vary each semester and will include weekends and/or evenings.

Students are assigned to clinical sites; at times site accommodation may be made for special circumstances.

Will an arrest such as a DUI affect my clinical experience?

Generally, students do not encounter problems at assigned clinical sites.

Students do encounter a longer wait time to take the NCLEX test for the California Registered Nurse license; most students are given the opportunity to take the NCLEX exam after the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) reviews the records.  Occasionally, students have been given probationary licenses for a period of time.

The BRN website provides detailed information about the review process and the documentation required at the time of NCLEX application.

Should I work during this program?

We strongly recommend that you do not work during program sessions.  This is an accelerated program; the program workload generally prohibits time to work.

Does this program qualify for financial aid?

Qualifying for financial aid is different for each student and depends on whether you have had student loans previously (may not qualify as this is a second bachelors’ degree).  Make an appointment with the financial aid office at the Stockton campus before applying to determine your eligibility.