College of Extended Learning
Dean: Dr. Alex Hwu
College of Science and Engineering
Dean: Dr. Carmen Domingo
Pre-Nursing Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
The goal of the Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Certificate Program (PNPBCP) is to guide participants through the entire preparation and application process as competitive applicants to graduate nursing, physician assistant, and similar schools. The Program is suited for students who need to take nursing school prerequisites for the first time or retake such courses to be competitive in the admission process for health professional schools. Yearly cohorts of approximately 30 students will take nursing school prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, communication, as well as auxiliary coursework in the form of discussion sections, and a Health Professions Colloquium. Optional preliminary and/or more advanced coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, public health, nutrition and/or psychology will be available as needed. The program begins in the early summer and runs continuously for three-four semesters, and is supervised by a Leadership Team that includes the Program’s Director and Co-Director. The Leadership Team writes a comprehensive Committee Letter that may be submitted with the student’s nursing school application. Federal and/or private loans may be available to program participants.
Admissions Requirements and Application Process
- Applicants must have graduated from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a baccalaureate or higher degree and a GPA of 2.5 or above for their most recent 60-semester units (90 quarter units) of coursework. However, because of the limited number of students that can be accommodated by the Program, applicants with higher GPAs will have an advantage in being admitted.
- Applicants must apply through Cal State Apply; instructions can be found at http://prehealth.sfsu.edu/how-to-apply. Official transcripts from all colleges and two letters of recommendation are also required. Admissions decisions are made by the PHPCP and PNPBCP and admission offers are issued by the SF State Division of Graduate Studies.
- Students whose primary language is not English must earn a minimum score of 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based version.
|Start Semester||Cal State Apply Application Open||Application Deadline|
|Summer||October 1 – February 1||February 1|
|Fall||October 1 – May 1||May 1|
|Spring||August 1 – October 1||October 1|