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What an amazing time in your life to take the next step in your educational journey and nursing career.

This advancement in your career will bring opportunities for growth, leadership, and superior clinical practice. Applications are accepted year-round and all the information you need to apply can be found here.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through NursingCAS application system for all programs (MSN and FNP).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis prior to the deadline. Acceptance decisions are made within two weeks of your submissions of all required application materials. 

Deadlines & Start Terms

Program Start Term Priority Application Deadline
Associate's Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (ADN to MSN) Fall July 1
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN) Spring November 29
Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate (FNP) with less than 11 credits of transfer credits* Spring November 29
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate (FNP), 11 transfer units or Touro MSN alumnus* Summer April 25

*See Transfer Credits section below.

What You’ll Need

Instructions for Nursing CAS Application

All applications are submitted through the Central Application Service for Nursing (NursingCAS).

  1. Begin your NursingCAS application by selecting the correct term for your program, then click Apply.
  2. Login or create a NursingCAS account.
  3. Click on the "Add Program" tab, search for Touro University California, and then select your program.
  4. Click on the "My Application" tab, then complete the four sections of the NursingCAS application:
    • Personal Information
    • Academic History
    • Supporting Information
    • Program Materials
  5. When you've completed and reviewed your application, click the "Submit Application" tab and follow the instructions.

Letters of Recommendation

All letters of recommendation are submitted in NursingCAS - these come directly from the recommender.

  • MSN Program (ADN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs)
    • You'll need to submit two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a current or previous nursing supervisor and the second may be from any other source, excluding family members.
  • Post-Master's FNP Program
    • You'll need to submit three letters of recommendation from the following sources:
      • Current or previous nursing supervisor
      • Master’s or doctoral level RN (advanced practice nurse preferred)
      • Professional colleague (RN, NP, MD, DO, PA, or nursing faculty member)


Submit unofficial transcripts via NursingCAS for the institution that granted your required degree (ADN, BSN, MSN), as well as for any additional health-related degree programs and coursework following your degree. Transcripts must be uploaded as PDF documents in the Academic History section of the application.

***Beginning with applications submitted for the Summer 2024 start term, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended will be required as part of the application process through NursingCAS; applications will not be considered without them. Instructions for submitting transcripts may be found by visiting the NursingCAS Transcripts Help page.

Official transcripts are required upon admission.

Program Specific Requirements

ADN to MSN admission requirements

For our ADN to MSN program, you'll need:

  • An associate's degree in nursing from an institution accredited by an approved agency, as noted above.
  • A minimum of 72 semester units or 108 quarter units of degree-applicable coursework.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • A valid California registered nurse license is required before the start of your second semester in the program (January).

BSN to MSN admission requirements

For our BSN to MSN program, you'll need:

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an institution accredited by an approved agency, as noted above.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Post-Master's FNP Certificate admission requirements

For our FNP Graduate Certificate program, you'll need:

  • A master's degree in nursing from an institution accredited by an approved agency, as noted above.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all master's level coursework.
  • A valid and unencumbered California RN license.
  • A minimum of one year of full-time practice prior to the program start.

TUC Alumni Pathway FNP program requirements:

  • You’ll need an MSN degree from the TUC School of Nursing.
  • You’ll need a valid and unencumbered California RN license.
  • Letters of recommendation are not required.
  • Transcripts will not be required provided they are still available within your prior student file.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

We accept advanced placement credit as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. General Chemistry - 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g. Chem 101 - 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted.

Citizenship Requirement

Individuals who have met all application requirements and permanently reside in the United States at the time of application, inclusive of DACA recipients, are permitted to apply and matriculate at Touro University California. Currently, TUC does not accept international students.

Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is limited to US Citizens and US Permanent Residents. Candidates applying without US Citizenship or Permanent Residency are strongly encouraged to explore financing options before proceeding with the application process. Additional information may be viewed by visiting the Eligibility Requirements on the Financial Aid page.

Transferring to the Program

For the FNP certificate program, we will consider accepting up to 11 units of transfer credit for Advanced Physical Assessment (3 units), Advanced Pharmacology (3 units), Advanced Pathophysiology (3 units) and Epidemiology and Population Statistics (2 units). These courses must have been completed within the past five years and an official transcript must be uploaded in the documents section of the NursingCAS application.

Applicants who received their MSN at Touro California will be granted transfer credit for Advanced Physical Assessment (3 units), Advanced Pharmacology (3 units), Advanced Pathophysiology (3 units), and Epidemiology Population Statistics (2 units) and should apply for summer term start.

Institutional Accreditation Requirement

Touro University California will accept coursework and degrees from institutions accredited by one of the seven institutional accrediting agencies listed below:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC)

Applicants who have completed degrees and/or coursework outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a TUC approved agency to verify equivalency to those offered by institutions accredited by one of the accrediting agencies listed above. For a list of TUC approved evaluation agencies, please refer to the Graduates of Foreign Institutions section of this website.

Graduates of Foreign Institutions

Except in cases where the institution is accredited by one of the agencies approved by Touro University California, all coursework completed outside of the United States must be submitted for evaluation using one of the approved evaluation agencies.

Approved Evaluation Agency:

Evaluations must be sent directly from the evaluation service to; evaluations received from applicants will not be processed.

Transcript Evaluations Must Include:

  1. Course by course evaluation
  2. Number of semester units each course is worth
  3. Letter grade for each course
  4. Cumulative GPA
  5. Indication the degree earned is equivalent to a degree from a TUC approved accrediting body.

Background Checks

Incoming and current students may be required to submit to a background check before and/or during their enrollment at Touro University California. Facts uncovered as a result of a background check which could preclude licensure and/or practice in the profession may impact their ability to begin or continue their education at the University. Details are provided with the letter of acceptance.

Multiple Deposit Policy

Applicants to Touro University California (TUC) may also choose to apply to and submit seat deposits for other programs located within TUC or the greater Touro University System (TU). TUC applicants who have deposits at one or more TUC or other TU programs will be given until April 15th (for summer starts) or June 1st (for fall starts) to decide which program they wish to attend and will be required to withdraw from all other TUC/TU programs to which they have deposited. TUC applicants who are accepted and who submit seat deposits after April 15th (for summer starts) or June 1st (for fall starts) will be required to immediately withdraw from any other TUC/TU program(s) to which they have deposited.


Natalie Cvetic-Jones
School of Nursing Recruiter and Outreach Specialist

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