California State University, San Bernardino Nursing School Review

California State University-San Bernardino (CSUSB) started as a three-building campus in 1960. When it first opened its doors it was known as San Bernardino-Riverside State College. Within three years it was renamed California State College at San Bernardino and later in 1984 as California State University-San Bernardino. It prides itself for being a ‘young, vibrant’ university and its record enrollment numbers is evidence that students find the school just as thrilling.

The Department of Nursing offers three programs to students that wish to undertake professional roles in nursing. Depending on the program, classes are held at either the campus at San Bernardino or Palm Desert Campus. The programs currently being offered are:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Admission is twice yearly to this program. All pre-requisite courses for the Fall and Winter admission must be completed by the end of the Spring and Summer term respectively. There are 9 pre-requisite courses and a grade “C” or higher on all is required to enter the program. The pre-requisite courses are: 

  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Freshman English
  • Oral Communication
  • One Critical thinking course from specific options
  • One math course from specific options
  • General Chemistry
  • Human Biochemistry

 All applicants must take and pass the ATI-TEAS pre-admission examination with the required scores established by the university. Classes are held at San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campus.


Only students with a California Registered Nurse license that is current and unrestricted will be considered for application. These applicants must hold an associate degree in nursing (ADN) with the minimum required GPA to meet the entry requirements. In addition to this, they must present proof of employment. Experience for one year in direct patient care or any other area in the heath care field is essential. This is a two year program that can be completed in four semesters. Classes are held at both locations with the Palm Desert Campus offering distance learning.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Masters program provides an advanced setting for studies to obtain their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in any of the following areas below. Only students with a registered nurse license (RN) that have a BSN or BS in a related field can apply to the master’s program. They must also present proof of competency and have the required GPA to enter the program. This is hybrid program.

1)     Population-Based MSN: In this course students can select a population of focus. Throughout the program they will be trained about the vital aspects of leadership to better prepare them for leadership roles in the health care sector. They will be able to use this knowledge to establish health care systems directed to the population of choice. With skills in management and leadership, they will ensure that the health care system guarantees easy access, is effective and uses resources in a cost-effective manner.

2)     Academic Nursing Education: This program is specifically designed for advanced practice nurses that are keen on delivering classes geared towards population health education and health education programming. They will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to teach at community colleges and four-year universities.

3)     School Nursing Concentration: Students that complete this program will be awarded two distinctions: a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a School Nurse Credential. The program adheres to the requirements established by the California State.

4)     Advanced Public/ Community Health: Students interested in this program will need to get the necessary guidance from their advisor regarding the National Board Certification in public/community health nursing. The course is covered in 59-67 units totaling 510 hours.

Admission Requirements for High School Graduates

CSUSB guarantees admission to its generic, undergraduate Nursing major if high school graduates demonstrate exceptional academic performance. This is only applicable if students have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in academic courses, rank among the best 10% of their graduating class and have SAT or ACT scores of 1100 or 26 respectively. The option is open to eligible students prior to completion of one term/year in college.

Students that intend to enter CSUSB in Fall must take the ATI TEAS admission test by the Fall admission deadline. Successful completion of the 9 pre-requisite courses with a grade C or better by the end of the Spring quarter is mandatory for those that intend to enter the Fall program and graduate in Spring of the same year. 


California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino
CA 92407-2318
Tel: 909-537-5000

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