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
  • Current RN licensure in the United States or transcripts noting you are in the last term of the program.
  • Completion of the Nursing Program Prerequisite courses including the Golden Four GE Courses:
    • It is recommended that you obtain GE Certification from a community college prior to admission.
  • Eligible for University admissions.
  • 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 and Statistics Pre-Requisites
Some community colleges offer online Chemistry and Statistics courses that are qualified for BSN program admission:

Coastline Community College offers several online chemistry courses that meet our requirements (Chem 110, C180A & C185B, C220 & C 225. Coastline offers Statistics online: Math C160. See the current Coastline Community College catalog at Coastline Community College's website.

Shasta Community College also offers an online integrated chemistry course (CHEM 26).

Shasta also offers Statistics: Math 14. Information is at Shasta's website.

Application Process

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 - July 15
SpringAugust 1 - November 1
  • Bookmark and familiarize yourself with the School of Nursing website.
  • Submit a University Admission Application at CalStateApply. (Video Tutorial on How to ApplyCal State Applicant Help Center
  • Submit Official (sealed) transcripts to CSUDH Admissions and Records.
  • 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 $55.00. 

Admissions and Deadline Information

Application Checklist for Transfer Students
Important Dates You Should Know

An official transcript is required from each college or university attended. Send transcripts directly to Admissions and Records, NOT to Nursing. Additionally, request a copy to be sent directly to yourself for your personal portfolio. Transcripts should be ordered at least 4 weeks prior to the respective deadline date, and it is strongly suggested that prior schools send all transcripts directly to you so can forward them to CSUDH Admissions and Records office directly. Transcripts are “official” as long as they are not opened.

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. Contact the University Advising Center at should you have questions regarding G.E. courses. Be sure to indicate that you are a Nursing student, as there are some Nursing courses that count toward G.E. units.

Open University Application Instructions*

The School of Nursing (SON) will begin taking Spring 2020 semester applications for Open U* on Sunday, December 1st, 2019.

  • The Open U form is a fillable form and will be accessible at on December 1st, 2019
  • Be sure to include the reason you are applying for the course(s)
    • MSN Pathway
    • Admitted to RN-BSN program for Fall and want to take courses prior to official start
    • Prerequisite for a program at another Cal State
    • School Nurse or Public Health Certificate
  • Completed application are submitted to the SON by uploading to

*Please note:  This information does not apply to matriculated students.  Matriculated students need to register for classes through the student portal at

College Roadmaps

CSUDH School of Nursing has collaboratively worked with community colleges in the surrounding area to help the transfer process to be seamless.

View the Roadmap for LA Harbor College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF].

View the Roadmap for El Camino College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF].

View the Roadmap for LAPC ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]

View the Roadmap for LA Southwest College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]

View the Roadmap for Fresno Community College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]

View the Roadmap for College of the Canyons ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]