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Cbu Nursing Admissions Essays

Admission Process

BSN Program Information:

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for both first-time freshman and transfer students who want to earn a bachelors degree in Nursing.

One hundred sixty students are selected for the BSN program annually, eighty students for the fall semester that starts in September, and eighty students are selected for the spring semester that starts in January.

Selection is made through holistic admission, and includes a combination of metrics, attributes, and experiences. Students can showcase their personal and academic achievements through many aspects of the application, such as the cumulative GPA, science GPA , RN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX) score, letters of recommendation, experience, community enrichment, and passion and understanding of the profession. A minimum overall 2.70 college/university GPA is required on a 4-point scale. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. CBU students with a minimum of one full-time semester completed prior to the application period are considered for admission prior to considering students enrolled in their first semester at CBU or transfer students.

We have more applicants for the BSN program than we have spaces available and we are very selective. We consider students who are enrolled or have completed units at CBU and then we will consider transfer students. 

LVN's licensed in the State of California may be accepted into the program based on transfer of credit on a space available basis. A 30-unit LVN option is available on a space and course available basis. 

Admission Requirements

Fall 2018 MSN Application Period:

This application is currently open. Please visit NursingCAS to apply. 

Application Requirements

Applicants must complete and submit the following

  1. Online Graduate Nursing Program application via
  2. An interview with the College of Nursing may be required.
  3. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative or last 60 semester/90 quarter units)
  5. Official sealed transcripts from all universities/colleges attended sent directly to:
      1. California Baptist University
        College of Nursing
        8432 Magnolia Ave.
        Riverside, CA 92504
  6. Two recommendations completed electronically through NursingCAS. Recommendations must be from sources who can personally attest to the candidate's potential for scholarly and professional success: one personal, one academic, and one employer. Family members may not complete recommendations.
  7. Comprehensive essay that includes the following:
      • Purpose for entering the program
      • Significant events and influences that have affected your approach to life
      • Long-term professional goals
      • Reasons for choosing to study at CBU
  8. Professional resume that includes current clinical practice
  9. California Registered Nurse (RN) license required by the end of the second semester

Upon acceptance by the College of Nursing additional items will be requested for placement in clinical.