College of Extended Learning
Dean: Guido Krickx
College of Science and Engineering
Dean: Keith Bowman
Health Professions Advising Committee
The goal of the Pre-Nursing Certificate Program is to guide participants through the entire preparation and application process as competitive applicants to graduate nursing schools. The Program is suited for students who need to take nursing school prerequisites for the first time or retake such courses in order to be competitive in the admission process for nursing school. Yearly cohorts of approximately 30 students will take nursing school prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, communication, as well as auxiliary course work in the form of discussion sections, and a Health Professions Colloquium. Optional preliminary and/or more advanced course work 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 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 students with documented financial need.
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 CSU Mentor and complete the supplementary application at http://prehealth.sfsu.edu/content/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||CSU Mentor Application Open||Supplemental Application & Materials Deadline|
|Summer||February 1 – March 1||March 1|
|Fall||October 1 – May 1||May 1|
|Spring||August 1 – October 1||October 1|