Post Licensure BSN Track

Collaborative Nursing Education Continuum Model (CNECM)

CNECM Program Updates



ADN students in the first fall semester, an “early start” to upper division Nursing coursework toward the BSN.  

1. In good standing in partner ADN program’s Santa Rosa JC, College of Marin, Napa Valley College, Solano Community College, or Mendocino College

2. Meet both Sonoma State University and Nursing Department Admission Criteria  

See SSU-ADN Road Map


 First Summer Term  
Between 1st & 2nd Year of ADN Program
NURS 312 (4 units)

Second Summer Term
Following ADN Graduation
NURS 313 (4 units)

Fall Semester         
11 units

Spring Semester   
11 units
 May graduation

*UDGE coursework varies with students

* Post Licensure BSN Degree Completion Time Limits


Application on NursingCAS (fee required)

* CNECM Lower Division GE Checklist


Summer start

Traditional Post- Licensure tract is not admitting students

University (SSU) Transfer Admission Criteria specific to BSN

  • Minimum of 60 semester units of college-transferable credit with at least a 3.0 overall GPA; maximum of 70 units of approved transfer credit from community college level coursework is allowed to count toward baccalaureate degree.
  • 30 units should meet Sonoma State University General Education (GE) requirements for transfer including the following also required as CSU Systemwide Nursing Program Admission Prerequisites (CSU Executive Order 1084, Attachment A)
    • ALL of GE Area A (Speech/Oral Communication, English Composition/Written Communication, and Critical Thinking)
    • ALL of GE Area B (Physical Science, Biological Science, and Quantitative Reasoning/Math).  
          The CSU quantitative reasoning/math requirement, Area B4, is satisfied by a course beyond Intermediate Algebra which is required for the ADN.  Statistics is required for the BSN and meets the CSU B4 requirement. 
          The CSU General Education Requirements for Area B (except Area B4 Math/Statistics) are usually met by the prerequisite science courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing (chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology). 
          Note that the prerequisite requirement for chemistry is a general, inorganic, organic or integrated chemistry (with associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken).      
  • 30 units must be credit for lower-division nursing course work (nursing coursework at California community college programs meets and exceeds this requirement).
  • Second baccalaureate applicants must meet the CSU Systemwide Nursing Program Admission Prerequisites listed above, however, may have one course in Area A (such as Critical Thinking) met with the existing baccalaureate degree.


Department of Nursing Admission Criteria

The SSU BSN Program is on official CSU Impacted Status and, in addition to university admission criteria, the following admission criteria for the Post-Licensure BSN Program Track (TPOST and CPOST) are in effect.  Current ADN students interested applying to the CNECM must also meet all of the following requirements.

  • Minimum of 60 semester units of college-transferable credit with a minimum 3.0 overall cumulative CSU transferableGPA; a maximum of 70 units from community college level coursework is allowed
  • Current unencumbered California licensure as a Registered Nurse (or anticipated graduation from a California ADN program PRIOR to matriculation to SSU Post-Licensure BSN program)
  • Integrated chemistry (CHEM 105) with a grade of B- or better (any chemistry taken as prerequisite to the ADN program is acceptable for the BSN, however, if not taken at college level, it would not meet the GE Area B1 Physical Science requirement).
  • Completion of the following prerequisite college level courses with a combined GPA of 2.75 or better; integrated chemistry with lab (Chem 105), human anatomy with lab (Bio 224), human physiology with lab (Bio 220), microbiology with lab (Bio 240), English composition (Eng 101), critical thinking (Phil 101), and speech (Hum 200), or equivalents.
  • Completion of statistics (Math 165) with a B or better

o  Human anatomy and physiology within the past 10 years or documented direct patient care nursing experience within the past two years. - Waived if admitted into an ADN program
o  Preference for admission will be given to applicants with the fewest number of lower division GE requirements outstanding at the time of  matriculation.  GE Certification or IGETC certification is recommended for applicants with ADN’s from outside of service area community colleges.
o  Preference for admission to the program  will be given to applicants residing in SSU service area counties (Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino), currently enrolled or recent graduates of service area community colleges.
o  Complete Nursing Supplemental and University applications must be submitted by November 30, 2018
o  Admission to SSU.