Nursing, School of

Undergraduate BSN Application and Admission Procedures

The application to the Undergraduate Nursing major is a 2-step application process.

Students interested in the nursing major should attend a 2 hour group advising session (usually offered monthly). Submit a University application to and official transcripts of all previous college work to the Office of Admissions and Records by the posted University deadlines. As of Fall 2010, the University has designated "undeclared pre-nursing" as an impacted major. Impaction criteria for the undeclared prenursing major are posted on the University web pages under Students are admitted as "cohort groups" once they have been formally admitted to the nursing major. (Note: the nursing major application process has supplemental impaction criteria in place.) Students must file a separate application to the nursing major ( listed under prospective students.

Prior to applying to the University, students should refer to The Valley Foundation School of Nursing website for information regarding advisement for entry into the major. Advising is available through individual or monthly group sessions. Refer to the nursing web site at for more detail, dates, times, and rooms for monthly group advising sessions. The application process for The Valley Foundation School of Nursing will be posted on the nursing website. All online applications include proof of admission to SJSU, or at least that you have begun the application process, a passing score on the Writing Skills Test, and a passing score on the TEAS test. Courses with designated "W" or "WB" are not considered for calculation purposes.

Nursing has been an impacted major since Spring 2005. Impaction imposes supplemental criteria that all students must meet. Pre-nursing students apply to the "undeclared pre-nursing" major, for consideration in the applicant pool. Students may apply to the nursing major twice maximum.

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing has biannual admission application periods - Spring and Fall. Supplemental criteria for eligibility for the applicant cohort pool include:

  1. Composite GPA of 3.2 in 5 prerequisite courses (BIOL 065, BIOL 066, MICRO 020, ENGL 001A, and STAT 095). All courses must be passed with a C or better.
  2. BIOL 065, BIOL 066, and MICRO 020 must be completed within 5 years of establishing eligibility and passed with a grade of "C" or better. If the course does not meet the 5-year. recency requirement the student will need to retake that course. The grade for any of these 3 courses taken within the 5 years will be used for calculation purposes. Courses may not be repeated, except for forgiveness when taken at the original school and this designation must appear on official transcripts. ("W" and "WB" grades are excluded).
  3. A minimum TEAS score of 78; version 6 of the TEAS. This exam may only be taken two times regardless of the version. (
  4. Composite GPA of 3.0 in CHEM 030A, COMM 020, and an Area A3 (critical thinking) course. All courses must be passed with a C or better. Options for acceptable area A3 courses are listed on the University's web site.
  5. A passing score on the Writing Skills Test (WST).

Impaction Scoring

Students meeting the above minimum criteria will be ranked according to an impaction score, calculated and weighted from the following two areas:

  1. GPA in composite of 5 prerequisite courses (BIOL 065, BIOL 066, MICRO 020, ENGL 001A, STAT 095). None of these courses may be repeated, and only the first grade will be included in the calculation. Exceptions: The second attempt was for "Grade Forgiveness" (also known as Academic Renewal) or meet the 5 year recency for BIOL 065, BIOL 066, and MICR 020.
  2. A minimum score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Test ( The TEAS is a test of English, reading comprehension, mathematics, and basic science. It is available through the SJSU Testing Center. Refer to The Valley Foundation School of Nursing's home page and the BS information packet (under prospective students) for further information. There is a fee. A Study and Review Guide is available for purchase online at to assist in preparation for the TEAS exam. Test administration dates (usually offered every 2 months) are posted under the University testing website. Check the testing website frequently for updates.

In order to join the applicant pool for The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, students must:

  1. Declare "undeclared pre-nursing" as a major (this designation has supplemental entry criteria; see Change of major forms are done through the main university advising office in the Student Success Center on 10th street.
  2. Complete the 8 required prerequisites courses with a grade of "C" or better. See minimum GPA under "impaction criteria."
  3. Pass the Writing Skills Test (WST) or approved equivalent (check the testing office website at for test dates, deadlines, and fees) prior baccalaureate students exempted from WST. Allow several months to do this, prior to applying to nursing.
  4. Pass the TEAS test, version 6, within 2 attempts and submit the score(s) to the online vendor for application to SJSU The Valley Foundation School of Nursing (NOTE: a minimum TEAS score of 78 is required for eligibility). The TEAS score is divided by 30 for calculation of impaction scores.
  5. United States citizenship or Green Card Permanent Resident (documentation required). "Dream Act" students need certain documentation. A California Drivers License (or picture ID from Drivers License bureau) is also required.
  6. Complete a required background check and drug clearance, using the School's vendor. Once the student is provisionally accepted into the nursing major, a clear background check and drug screen are required. More information on this content is on the School's web site under "Policies".
  7. Submit an application with documentation of 1 through 5 above. Documentation of completion of prerequisites is submitted during the online application process.
  8. Application to nursing and documentation deadlines for entry in Fall semester is Feb. 15. Application and documentation deadlines for entry in Spring semester is September 15. Specific clinical documentation will be required of all nursing students on admission to the major. Students may apply up to one month prior to these deadlines.

Please note that application requirements and prerequisite courses are subject to change. Interested students should check the nursing web site frequently for updates and changes. Monthly 2-hour group advising session does not require an appointment.

Co-requisite courses: There are 3 courses that must either be completed prior to entering nursing or within 1 year of entering the major. CHAD 070; PSYC 1; and HPRF/NURS 100W.

A student may only apply a maximum of two times to this program. If not admitted by then, the student should seek general University advising to change majors.