Frequently Asked Questions


What is the tuition cost of the ASBSN Program?

The program tuition is $40,000. The tuition will be split into three payment plans—generally at the start of the program, midway through the program, and at the end of the program.

The tuition does not include lecture/course materials, books, uniforms, health insurance, travel or living expenses. Learn more on our Tuition & Financial Aid page

Where do I find information for application to the program?

Please visit our pages on How to Apply and Program Eligibility

How is the grade point average (GPA) determined for admission to the program?

There are three different GPA criteria that we use for our application scoring.  Each GPA will need a minimum of 3.00 to apply to the program:

  • Overall GPA – based on all your coursework at the college level and above, includes bachelor’s degree and any coursework taken thereafter
  • Science GPA – based on only the four science pre-requisites we require
  • Non-science GPA – based on only the six science pre-requisites we require

View the pre-requisite list on the (ASBSN) Program Roadmap

How many times can I repeat a pre-requisite course?

There is no limit in the number of repeats allowed for the pre-requisite requirement. However, please note that only the first pre-requisite repeat in the science and non-science category will be considered in the application scoring. Additional or further repeats will not be considered (will not cover the original grade).

Who can help review my transcripts prior to applying to the program?

The ASBSN Program does not provide pre-admission advising (review of transcript or courses). The official evaluation is conducted when you apply to the program; this is a part of the application fee. In other words, to determine whether you are eligible for the ASBSN Program, you must apply to the program.

View Program Eligibility, for tools and guidance that will help determine if the course you took at your institution satisfy our pre-requisite requirement. 

Is there an expiration date for pre-requisites I have taken?

We do not have an expiration date/year for pre-requisite course works.

How important is the TEAS Test score? How many times can I take the TEAS Test?

The TEAS Score is a part of our scoring criteria, so you will want your TEAS Test Score to be as strong as possible. The higher you can score on your TEAS, the more points you will earn for your application scoring. 

There is no limit in the number of repeats allowed for the TEAS Test. However, please note that we will only consider the first three attempts of the TEAS Test for the application scoring. 

How competitive is admission to the ASBSN program?

The ASBSN program is an impacted program like many nursing programs. Below is the admission statistic of our recent admits, including the average scores of the Top 40 students admitted to our program. 

Spring 2022 Admission

Number of Applications:

194 (40 seats available)

Average Overall GPA:


Average Science Pre-requite GPA:


Average Non-Science Pre-requite GPA:


Average ATI TEAS:


Spring 2021 Admission

Number of Applications:

207 (40 seats available)

Average Overall GPA:


Average Science Pre-requite GPA:


Average Non-Science Pre-requite GPA:


Average ATI TEAS:


Spring 2020 Admission

Number of Applications:

155 (40 seats available)

Average Overall GPA:


Average Science Pre-requite GPA:


Average Non-Science Pre-requite GPA:


Average ATI TEAS:


Can I still apply to the program with in-progress pre-requisite coursework?

No, we require that all our program requirements (includes pre-requisite courses) are completed by the application deadline.

Does the ASBSN Program have a Fall admission?

The ASBSN Program only admits once a year and that is during the Spring semester only.

What if I am an alternate (on the waitlist)?

Traditionally we have had to go to the alternate list. Students apply to multiple programs and often accept the nursing program closest to their home. The waitlist does not roll over to the next admission. The waitlist is only active from the time when admission decisions are sent out and to the first or second week of the new program starting.

How are classes scheduled during the program?

The ASBSN Program operates on a session system, there are six-sessions throughout the program (each session is 10 weeks). The days of the week and time that you will attend class will vary each session. Above all, classes are generally scheduled three to five days a week, and may include a weekend day.

Where are the clinical rotations, what days of the week and do I have a choice of site locations?

The majority of clinical rotations are in the Stockton area.  However, in order to provide the best clinical experience, ASBSN students may need to travel to as far as Modesto or Sacramento.

Additionally, each year students spend one weekend at Children’s Hospital (Madera) as part of the pediatric rotation. Clinical days will vary each session and will include weekends and/or evenings. Students are assigned to clinical sites.

Will an arrest such as a DUI affect my clinical experience?

Generally, students do not encounter problems at assigned clinical sites, we cannot guarantee clinical placement. In addition, sometimes students do encounter a longer wait time to take the NCLEX test for the California Registered Nurse license; most students are given the opportunity to take the NCLEX exam after the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) reviews the records. Occasionally, students have been given probationary licenses for a period of time.

The BRN website usually provides detailed information about the review process and the documentation required at the time of NCLEX application.

Should I work during this program?

We strongly recommend that you do not work during program sessions.  This is an accelerated program; the program’s constant class schedule changes each session— including workload generally prohibits time to work.

Does this program qualify for financial aid?

Financial Aid is available for this program to qualified applicants in the form of student loans. Students are eligible for up to $12,500 in federal student loans per academic year, based on eligibility. This means that students are eligible for a maximum of $25,000 in federal loans for this program since it runs through a second year (17 months). If you plan to use Financial Aid to pay for part or all of this program, you need to apply for FAFSA.

Where is the program located?

The program is held at the Stockton Campus. Students who are admitted to the ASBSN Program will start and complete their nursing degree at the Stanislaus State Stockton Campus.

Is there a specific modality requirement for the pre-requisite requirements?

No, we accept all teaching modality and/or delivery of instructions. All pre-requisites can be taken in-person, fully online, hybrid, or others.

I am an international student, will my foreign courses satisfy the pre-requisite requirements? 

Unfortunately, courses taken outside the U.S (internationally) cannot satisfy our pre-requisite requirements. Our university does not have course articulation agreement with foreign institutions, therefore, we cannot accept pre-requisite courses taken outside the U.S.

International students who are interested in our program must take pre-requisite courses from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S to satisfy our pre-requisite requirement.

On other note, international students has an extra requirement for admission. They are required to take the TOEFL Exam for proficiency in spoken and written English with the following minimum TOEFL scores: 550 for the paper-based examination, and 80 on the internet-based examination. International students are only exempted from the TOEFL Exam if they have completed a college degree during their time in the U.S.