Admission Requirements

Application process

Admissions and Deadline Information

Costs of Attendance


Prospective RN-BSN students must meet both CSUDH's University admission requirements and the School of Nursing admission requirements.

School of Nursing Admission RequirementsUniversity Admission Requirements
  • Active, unencumbered, unrestricted, California RN license with no probation or disciplinary action, pending or imposed or transcripts denoting applicant will graduate from a regionally accredited ADN program prior to starting the BSN.
  • Completion of the Nursing Program Prerequisite courses, including Golden Four, before applying.
    • It is recommended the applicant obtain GE Certification from a community college prior to admission.
  • Eligible for University admissions. (see table to the right)
  • Must be a resident in a state in which the School of Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills is permitted to deliver online education.*

*At this time, CSUDH only offers online education to residents of California.

  • 60 or more transferable college units (70 semester units/105 quarter units maximum accepted from community colleges and 96 units from a four-year institution)
  • College GPA of at least 2.0. However, applicants with a Bachelor's degree in another major are considered 2nd baccalaureate students.
  • Golden Four basic general education requirements:
    • Oral Communication (CSU GE A.1)
    • Written Communication (CSU GE A.2)
    • Critical Thinking (CSU GE A.3)
    • Statistics - inferential and descriptive (CSU GE B.4)*

*Any B4 math is required for University admission, however, the SON requires Statistics.

Nursing Program Prerequisite and University Golden Four CoursesCSU GE-Breadth Area
• Oral communication A1
• Written communication A2
• Critical thinking A3
• Statistics (inferential and descriptive) B4
• College Chemistry: general, inorganic, organic or integrated (with associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken) †B1, B3
• Human anatomy (with required lab)B2, B3
• Human physiology (with required lab)B2, B3
• Microbiology (with required lab)B2, B3

† Chemistry must be at least 3 units. If the institution where you choose to complete Chemistry offers a lab component, then both lecture and lab are required. Statistics must include inferential and descriptive statistics and may be upper or lower division.  


  • Submit a University Admission Application at:
  • Request Official transcripts sent to CSUDH Admissions. Please contact your institution(s) for transcript delivery instructions. Official transcripts can be ordered through the registrar's office at your high school or college(s). 
  • Memorize your CSUDH Student ID#. This will be provided by Admissions and Records.
  • The nursing major code for CSU Dominguez Hills is #12031.
  • The cost to apply is $70. 
  • Bookmark and familiarize yourself with the School of Nursing website.
  • Returning BSN students (undergraduate and post-baccalaureates) must apply to the University to complete their degrees.

Admissions and Deadline Information

The School of Nursing admits students twice a year (Fall and Spring)
TermCalStateApply Application submission period (Dates may be modified based on University needs)
RN-BSN Undergraduates
FallOctober 1 - November 30
SpringAugust 1- November 1
RN-BSN Post-baccalaureates (2nd bachelor's degree students)
FallOctober 1 - June 1
SpringAugust 1 - November 1

At any time, you may check your application status by calling (310) 243-3645 or via MyCSUDH. Because the application process takes about six to eight weeks, it is strongly suggested that you check your application status three to four weeks after submission to ensure that your materials are being processed. 

Costs of Attendance

  • Students are fully responsible for meeting all payment deadlines. You will not receive a bill. Failure to make payment in full or establish a payment plan by the deadline may result in disenrollment from courses.
  • Account balances are viewable under the Finance section of your Student Center or via ToroPay located in the Launchpad of your MyCSUDH.

The tuition and fees below are approximations.  To see specifics, please refer to: Term Specific Registration Fees breakdown

StatusUGRDPBAC (2nd bachelors)
Part-Time (1-6 units)$2068 per semester$2585 per semester
Full-Time (7 units+)$3274 per semester$3991 per semester
  • Undergraduate student fees vary based on 0-6 units or more than 6 units.
  • Post-baccalaureate (2nd bachelors) students pay graduate-level fees.


How do I know if my Chemistry or Statistics course is acceptable?

Any college-level Chemistry course which is transferrable to the CSU is acceptable for our program.  If the Chemistry course has a corresponding lab, then the lab must also be taken. However, if the Chemistry course does not have a corresponding lab, then no lab is necessary.

Statistics may be lower or upper-division but must include inferential and descriptive statistics.

Advanced Placement credit is accepted for both Chemistry and Statistics.  Official College Board scores must be submitted to Admissions for credit.

Do I have to have my RN license before starting the RN-BSN program?

No*.  Applicants do not need to have their RN license before starting the RN-BSN program.  Applicants must have graduated from their ADN program before starting the RN-BSN program but students may start the program while waiting to take NCLEX for the first time.  Please note, students must have an active, unencumbered, unrestricted CA RN license with no probation or disciplinary action, pending or imposed, prior to entering any clinical courses. It is the student's responsibility to immediately report in writing any change in licensure status to the Director of the School of Nursing.

*This applies to applicants who will be taking the NCLEX for the first time.  Those who have previously been licensed or have attempted the NCLEX but have not passed, will be required to have an active, unencumbered, unrestricted CA RN license with no probation or disciplinary action, pending or imposed at the time they apply, to be considered for admission.

How long does the RN-BSN program take?

The RN-BSN program is not cohorted.  Therefore, time to degree is dependent on how many courses a student takes per semester and how many semesters a student takes to complete all the courses in their degree.  Students must attend the RN-BSN program for at least 2 semesters.  We have example study plans on the Curriculum page which will help students plan their time to degree.

Students may request BSN advisement by emailing

Is the RN-BSN program entirely online?

Our program is delivered asynchronously online via Canvas with two exceptions:

  • BSN 423 (Community-based Nursing Role Performance) has 90 clinical hours to be completed at a public health/community health facility.  
  • BSN 381 (Health Assessment Skills Seminar) takes place over the course of two days via zoom.