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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing B.S.: RN to BSN Track

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Carolyn T. Martin, R.N., Ph.D., R.N.-B.S.N. Assitant Director

Office: Science 1 - 209E  Phone: (209) 664-6591

View information for the School of Nursing , including Learning Objectives for the School and its programs.

RN to BSN Track Admission Requirements for Upper-Division Nursing Major

Students seeking to enter the program must have

  1. A current license as a Registered Nurse in California,
  2. Completed 60 semester units of baccalaureate-level transferable college credit,
  3. Completed an AD or Diploma in nursing with a minimum of 30 semester units of nursing coursework, with a grade of C or better in each course,
  4. Completed at least half of the University’s General Education breadth requirements, including college-level English composition, mathematics, and critical thinking, with a grade of C or better,
  5. Completed an Introduction to Statistics course with a grade of C or better,
  6. Gained admission to the University with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or better, and
  7. Gained admission to the School of Nursing by submitting a supplemental Nursing Application.

Registered nurses not in the nursing program may take the following with consent of instructor or School director:

Additional Information

In addition to the 26 or 27 units in the nursing major, the School of Nursing will allow up to 15 upper division units of validated credit for equivalent nursing course work completed in preparation for nursing licensure. Validation of these units will be allowed, by challenge, upon successful completion of:

Note:  See School of Nursing for validation process.

View the degree program Roadmap, which provides a recommended advising map to complete the degree program in four years. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.


1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

(51 units)

Click here to view General Education requirements. 

2. Complete the major of 26 or 27 upper-division units.

NURS 4240 must be taken CR/NC.  All other courses must be taken for a letter grade.

3. Complete 9 upper-division units which meet the upper-division General Education requirements.

Completion of a minor is not required.

4. All prerequisite courses to enter the Nursing program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

The Major - RN to BSN Track

(26 or 27 units)

Note: Must be a registered nurse to take these courses.

Continuance in the Nursing Major (all tracks)

With approval, a student may repeat a nursing course once. If class enrollment is limited, priority will be given to students who maintain regular progress in the program. An undergraduate student earning less than a C- in two nursing courses is subject to dismissal. Students repeating nursing courses must earn grades of C– (73%) or better to remain in the program and may not progress until these have been successfully completed. (See Nursing Student Handbook for additional information.)

A student whose pattern of behavior is found to be unsafe may be terminated from a clinical practicum at any time during the semester and receive a non-passing grade for the course. The consequence of unsafe practice may result in expulsion from the program. See Nursing Student Handbook for current information.

Program Requirements for RN to BSN and Pre-licensure BSN Tracks

From the time a student enters the program and until graduation, the student must have the following:

  • Physical examination verified on the Health Evaluation Form
  • Continuous Health Insurance
  • Current CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Annual two-step TB skin test or X-ray, with evidence of freedom from tuberculosis
  • Measles, Rubella, HBV, Varicella, Tdap and flu vaccination, or proof of immunity
  • Current California RN license (for RN to BSN track only)
  • Background check
  • Drug screening

In addition, some agencies may have additional requirements such as fingerprinting and clearance from the Department of Justice. See the Nursing Student Handbook for additional information on other liability and health requirements.

The University reserves the right to limit the enrollment of students in the nursing major to available space and clinical facilities.

Licensed Vocational Nurses

LVNs seeking an upgrade to BSN or LVN 30-unit option should visit the Web site or contact the School of Nursing regarding options.

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