California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA 93311

Located in Bakersfield, California, California State University-Bakersfield is a public institution that offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

The institution is part of California State University that operates 10 campuses in Bakersfield, Camarillo, Chico, Carson, Hayward, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge.

The total number of students who applied in FALL 2016 was 8487 and 5756 students were accepted.

California State University-Bakersfield in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $5,472 and fees $1,385. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $16,632 and $1,385 respectively.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio24:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. RN to BSN
  2. BSN

    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.

  3. Masters degrees (MSN) Closed in 2012

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 95
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 15

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from California State University-Bakersfield

Southern California Medical College
3.43 miles away
Bakersfield Adult School
5.13 miles away
Bakersfield College
8.5 miles away
Tulare Adult School
61.34 miles away
Visalia Adult School
69.02 miles away
Antelope Valley College
69.73 miles away
Joseph's School of Nursing
70.52 miles away
High Desert Medical College
70.65 miles away
Career Care Institute - Lancaster
70.9 miles away
Hanford Adult School
74.77 miles away


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
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$4,216
30k to 48k$5,040
48k to 75k$8,178
75k to 110k$12,460
Over 110k$15,006
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $372.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $372.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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California State University-Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311

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