Mar 01, 2021  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing B.S.: RN to BSN Track (Online)

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Carolyn T. Martin, R.N., Ph.D., R.N.-B.S.N. Assistant Director
Office: Science 1 - 209E  Phone: (209) 664-6591

Mary Jo Stanley, R.N. C.N.S., Ph.D. Online RN to BSN Track Program Director
Office: Science 1 - 231B  Phone: (209) 667-3891

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Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from program coordinator.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the RN to BSN Track

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 grade of C or better in each course,
  4. The prerequisites must be completed prior to admission as indicated below,
  5. Gained admission to the University with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or better, and
  6. Enrollment of coursework is contingent upon documentation of a physical exam and on passing a drug screening and a background check. 

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.


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.

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 ASBSN track must be completed with a C or better.

Prerequisites or Equivalents

  1. ENGL 1001 , ENGL 1002 , ENGL 1003 , ENGL 1005 , ENGL 1006 , or ENGL 1007  

  2. ZOOL 2235  

  3. ZOOL 2250  

  4. CHEM 2100  or CHEM 3010  

  5. ENGL 2000 , PHIL 2000 , PHIL 2005 , PHIL 2100 , or COMM 2300  

  6. COMM 2000  or COMM 2110  

  7. MATH 1600  

  8. MBIO 2010 , MBIO 3010 , or MBIO 3032 *

*MBIO 2010 is only offered summer term. (Subject to change.)

The Major

(26 or 27 units)

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

Continuance in the Nursing Major

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.

Additional Program Requirements

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
  • Initial two-step then annual TB skin test or X-ray, with evidence of freedom from tuberculosis
  • Influenza annually
  • Measles, Rubella, HBV, Varicella, Tdap and flu vaccination, or proof of immunity
  • Current California RN license (for ADN 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.

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