Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Program

The four-semester (15 month) Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Program is highly structured and intended for students that have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to apply to U.S. nursing and physician assistant schools. Students wishing to apply to other health profession schools with similar prerequisites are also welcome. The program is suitable for those taking prerequisite courses for the first time, those retaking prerequisite courses, and those taking a combination of first-time and retaken prerequisites. These prerequisites consist of a combination of science, math and social science courses. Participants are also welcome to choose among the many science and public health electives offered in the Formal Post-Bac Program.

A sample curriculum is posted below. Students must complete 30 units of coursework (which includes the two colloquiua) to satisfy certificate requirements. Up to 15 units may be able to be transferred from past coursework. Students enroll in special sessions through the College of Extended Learning.

Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Curriculum
Semester Summer I Fall I




Courses (Units)

Total Units 11-14 Units 8-13 Units
Semester Spring I Summer II




Courses (Units)

Total Units 8-16 Units 2-7 Units



The program will cost $600 per unit for core classes (health profession school prerequisite science and math courses) and electives. As an incentive for optional classes, discussion sections cost $200 per unit ($200 total) and Colloquia cost $100 per unit ($200 total). There is no difference in costs for in-state and out-of-state residents.

Financial aid is available in the form of subsidized and non-subsidized federal loans and unsubsidized private loans. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application as soon as possible and officially forward a copy to SF State's Financial Aid Office.

Please note: Federal policy limits the financial aid available to post-bacs. At present, because the Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Program confers a certificate and not a degree, students are only able to receive federal financial aid for one year (three continuous semesters), starting when the student joins the program. Thereafter, students can still get financial aid through private loans and scholarships. Students facing this issue can also work part-time while taking classes part-time.