Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

BS - Nursing

San José State University -to- Skyline College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents


SEE THE SCHOOL OF NURSING'S WEB SITE for regular nursing applicants (We have a separate RN-to-BSN application process): for detailed information and updates about minimal grades for the 8 prerequisites, which are a part of the impaction criteria for eligibility for applying to the nursing major. Passing the writing skills test (WST) and minimal scores on the TEAS test by ATI, are also required. The minimum score for the TEAS test is 75 (on version V of the TEAS test) and regardless of the version of the TEAS exam, it can be taken a maximum of two times. Files are reviewed twice a year with specified posted deadlines. Monthly 2-hour group advising sessions are strongly recommended and dates/times are posted on the School's web site,, under "advising" and "prospective students". All materials in the BS information packet should be reviewed from the web page prior to attending group advising. The WST should be taken approximately 4-5 months prior to applying to the nursing major (see All students must clear background check within 1 week, once accepted into program.

Please Note: A change in prerequisites occurred for students applying to the School of Nursing after 2012. This includes minimum GPAs in certain areas, to be eligible to apply. It also means that the School of Nursing's prerequisite courses will be in alignment with other CSU campuses offering nursing as a major. Check with the School of Nursing's web site frequently regarding the anticipated changes. The student must apply to the university, as well as the School of Nursing for admission.

Students must maintain a minimum grade of "C" or better or "Credit" in all preparation/prerequisite courses for the nursing major.

Prerequisites (Preparation) for the Major:

COMM 020 Public SpeakingComm 110 Public Speaking
ENGL 001A Composition IEngl 100 Composition
Engl 105 Intensive Composition
CSU GE Area A-2: Written Communication: Any certified CSU GE course approved for Written Communication.

WST Prerequisite:

Once the following prerequisite is completed (earning a grade of C or better), students should contact to register for the WST exam at SJSU. Upper division transfer students should pass the WST prior to their first semester at SJSU to prevent delays in registering for upper division courses.
CSU GE Area A-3: Critical Thinking: Any certified CSU GE course approved for Critical Thinking
2nd English Composition/Critical Thinking Equivalent Transfer CoursePHIL 109 Critical Thinking and Writing
Any course approved for the IGETC 1B Critical Thinking/English Composition area would be recommended to meet this requirement.
Complete one of the following courses:
Chemistry for Nursing Equivalent Transfer CourseNo Current Equivalent
CHEM 030A Introductory ChemistryChem 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences
Complete one of the following courses:
BIOL 065 Human AnatomyNo Current Equivalent
BIOL 065O Human Anatomy
(or approved equivalent transfer course)
Biol 250 Human Anatomy
BIOL 066 Human PhysiologyBiol 260 Introduction to Physiology
MICR 020 General BacteriologyBiol 240 General Microbiology
Complete one of the following courses:
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMath 200 Probability and Statistics
UNVS 015C Statway C: Statistics-Concepts & Methods
Please note: A course that articulates to UNVS 015C may be used in "lieu of" the statistics course required by this major through Summer 2016. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better.
No Current Equivalent
A passing score on the WST (completed at least 2 months prior to application deadline).
A minimum passing score on the ATI "TEAS" test

Support for the Major:

CHAD 070 Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyPSYC 200 Developmental Psychology
NUFS 008 Nutrition for the Health ProfessionsNo Current Equivalent
PSYC 001 General PsychologyPsyc 100 General Psychology


Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility. Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. These requirements are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.