SF State/Sequoia Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Cañada College

This Program is in the process to change name to Accelerated BSN Program and is expected to start in Summer 2019. Details will follow soon.

About the SF State/Sequoia BSN Program

The upper division SF State/Sequoia Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Cañada College (BSN) prepares students for entry level positions in professional nursing practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, community clinics, long term care, home care, and community health agencies. It also provides the basis for leadership and graduate education in nursing.  

The SF State/Sequoia BSN program was founded in 2004 as a four-way partnership among the Sequoia Health Care District, Sequoia Hospital, Cañada College, and San Francisco State University.  The goal of this partnership is to increase nursing enrollment to help address the nursing shortage, specifically the shortage affecting the San Francisco Bay Area and the southern portion of San Mateo County. The program provides 32 spaces each year for qualified students who seek a nursing bachelor of science degree. 

  • San Francisco State University provides the curriculum and faculty for the program.
  • The Sequoia Health Care District provides funding for this program on behalf of its’ local taxpayers. 
  • Sequoia Hospital provides most of the clinical placements for students in the program. In addition, the hospital foundation supports students with various scholarship opportunities.
  • Cañada College provides classroom space, facilities, and staff support. To obtain maps of the campus and general information on bookstore hours, library, parking, special events, programs and classes.

Additional information about SF State Nursing undergraduate programs, including the BSN curriculum plan and student learning outcomes, can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.  

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Freshman cannot be admitted to San Francisco State University as a nursing major.  They instead can be admitted as Pre-Nursing students or to an alternate major. Please note:

  • The Pre-Nursing designation does not guarantee admission into the nursing major.
  • These students must work closely with counselors in the university Undergraduate Advising Center or the College of Health and Social Sciences Student Resource Center regarding schedule planning for prerequisite coursework. It is important for freshman to seek advisement beginning their first semester to remain on track for submitting an application to the nursing major, ideally, during the fall semester of sophomore year.

Current SF State Students

SF State students who have earned 96 or more units may not apply to an impacted major.  The School of Nursing is complying with this policy. Please visit the university policy for details. We encourage students who are affected by the policy to graduate from the university under an alternate major and then apply to one of our entry level master's programs.

All prospective students must be admissible to SF State in accordance with existing criteria as stated in the “Undergraduate Admissions Requirements” section of the University Bulletin.

Supplemental Criteria

The following optional supplemental criteria will be considered for admission to the program.

  • Health related work or volunteer experience
  • Multicultural work or volunteer experience
  • Multi-linguistic fluency within health-relate or multicultural experiences
  • Live and/or work in the Sequoia Health Care District for at least two years. Must be documented with utility bill, mortgage or rent payment, etc.
    (See the Sequoia Health Care District web site for specific zip coded included in the district.)
  • Complete at least half of the required prerequisite classes/units within the San Mateo Community College District
    (Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline College)
  • Veteran or active duty military status

Eligibility Requirements

The following requirements must be met to be eligible to apply:

  • Residency
    Must be a California resident or be eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average
    Prerequisite GPA must be 3.0 or higher at the time of School of Nursing supplemental application.
  • Score 78 or higher on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) 

Please note:

Applicants for Fall 2017 and beyond must take the new version: ATI TEAS. We will no longer accept TEAS V.

Applicants are allowed to take TEAS three times total, regardless which version of the test. Both test versions measure basic essential skills in reading, math, science, English and language usage. The new version, ATI TEAS, has a greater emphasis on Anatomy and Physiology.TEAS result must be available and submitted at the time of application. For more information on TEAS V, including study materials and other testing locations, please visit ATI Testing.









  • Prerequisite Coursework
    At least seven of the eight prerequisite courses must be completed by the time of School of Nursing supplemental application submission

Course Title

SF State Course Number

Human Anatomy with Lab

 BIOL 220 (4 semester units)

Human Physiology with Lab 

 BIOL 212213

(4 semester units) 

*Survey of Chemistry with Lab   CHEM 101102 (4 semester units) 

General Microbiology with Lab 

 BIOL 210211 (4 semester units) 
Written Communication  (Please refer to SF State Bulletin
Oral Communication  (Please refer to SF State Bulletin
Critical Thinking  (Please refer to SF State Bulletin
Statistics   Math 124 (3 semester units)  

*This is an integrated course in which topics in general, organic and biochemistry are covered.   Courses in general, inorganic, or organic chemistry are also acceptable effective Fall 2014.

  1. A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses. A grade of C- is not acceptable.
  2. Please consult Assist to determine comparable or articulated coursework taken at California community colleges or CSUs. If the course in question was taken at a UC, a private university, or outside of California please contact the School of Nursing.
  3. Repeating a prerequisite course is acceptable and the higher grade will be used by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.
  4. Prospective students who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree and have a question about the written communication, oral communication, critical thinking or quantitative reasoning (statistics) courses should contact the SF State Student Outreach Services office.  These four courses are also university-wide Transfer Admissions requirements and must be evaluated by a university pre-admissions counselor.

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Courses required for RN licensure in California

While not required for admission, prospective students should be aware that the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires students to have completed a minimum of 16 semester units comprising natural sciences, behavioral, and social sciences. To complement the anatomy, physiology, and microbiology prerequisites, students should plan to complete a General Psychology or Developmental Psychology course prior to taking NURS 328 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum and any additional behavioral or social science course, as needed to fulfill the BRN's requirement.
Note: These courses may also satisfy GE requirements.

SF State Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

Second Year Composition ENG 214 or an equivalent community college course as listed on Assist is required prior to enrolling in the nursing GWAR course, NURS 312GW, offered semester one of the program.  All undergraduate nursing students must complete NURS 312 GWAR.

Pre-Licensure Course Credit By Examination

Applicants for credit by examination will be held to all existing BSN program requirements, including admission requirements, prerequisite courses, supporting courses, courses in the major, and graduation requirements. Information on the awarding of course credit for previous education or other acquired knowledge, including military education and experience can be found on Nursing Student Handbook.

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