California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA 93311
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California State University-Bakersfield is one of the fifty public 4-year colleges in California. The campus is located in an urban area, in Bakersfield.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 10,131 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,436 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,091 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 76%). Every year 41% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

California State University-Bakersfield's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $5,742, and fees were $1,405. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $17,622 and $1,405 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students10,131
Student to Faculty Ratio24:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

California State University - Bakersfield Nursing Department is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for the BSN program. The baccalaureate nursing program at CSUB is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Department of Nursing now offers a 3-year/9-quarter program.  Students accepted to this program will have summers off.  This program does replace the 21-month/7-quarter program that was previously offered by CSUB.

The curriculum also incorporates courses in nursing theory, research and teaching to add depth to the core courses. The course on advanced nursing roles is also designed to help with planning future career and to facilitate transition to the expanded professional opportunities opened up by a MSN degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the following prerequisites with a “C” or higher
  • Must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or greater in all Prerequisite and Math/Science Prerequisite
  • Course work (two separate GPAs will be evaluated).
  • Must be in good standing at the last college/university attended.
  • Must have no more than 5 general education courses outstanding or in-progress at the time the application is submitted.
  • Be admitted to California State University, Bakersfield.
  • Have an active California RN license.
  • Have a current CPR certification from the American Heart Association.
  • Must have a computer with internet access and a current email address.
  • Must have the ability to travel to Bakersfield for the pre-acceptance interview and to complete the on campus orientation, background check, and required clinical hours as assigned.
  • Have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) from an accredited college nursing program

Graduates from all tracks are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.

California State University - Bakersfield Nursing Department is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for the BSN program. The baccalaureate nursing program at CSUB is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

Nursing program is currently closed. No applications are being accepted at this time, and no classes will be offered for 2011-2012 or 2012-2013. A decision about the future of the MSN program will be made during the 2012-2013 academic year. BRN approval and CCNE accreditation for the MSN program have been voluntarily withdrawn due to the program's closure.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs have not been affected by the status of the MSN program. Applications for the Traditional BSN program and the RN to BSN Completion program will continue to be accepted as usual. The BSN program continues to enjoy BRN approval and CCNE accreditation.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
06/30/1970 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - 12/01/2010



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students$396/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students$396/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 -- -- $17,820
ADN 70 -- -- $27,720
BSN 125 -- -- $49,500
FNP 50 -- -- $19,800
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 92% of California State University-Bakersfield's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 66% $4,917
Other Federal Grant 7% $655
State Grant & Scholarships 66% $2,376
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 71% $5,529
Federal Student Loans 32% $5,068
Private Loans 1% $8,313


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$4,311
$30,001 to $48,000$4,994
$48,001 to $75,000$8,023
$75,001 to $110,000$12,830
Over $110,000$15,691

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
California State University-Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311

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