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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing B.S.

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

The Department of Nursing offers two tracks leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing: 1) the RN to BSN track and 2) the Pre-licensure nursing track. The RN to BSN track, designed to meet the needs of working registered nurses, is offered on a part-time or full-time basis on the Turlock campus and on the Stockton campus for part-time students with a cohort of 15 students. The Pre-licensure track is offered only on a full-time basis on the Turlock campus.

Baccalaureate nursing education is an integration of liberal education including the arts and humanities, and the social, physical, and biological sciences. It prepares graduates to practice as professional nurses in all nursing care settings and to continue in graduate study.

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 acceptable college-level chemistry course, equivalent to CHEM 1000, of at least 3 semester units with a grade of C or better,

7. Gained admission to the University with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better, and

8. Gained admission to the Department of Nursing.

Registered nurses not in the nursing program may take the following with consent of instructor or department chair.

Additional Information

In addition to the 26 or 27 units in the nursing major, the Nursing Department 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:


See Nursing Department for validation process.

Requirements — RN to BSN Track

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

(51 units minimum including transferable General Education units)

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.

6. Completed an acceptable college-level statistics course of at least 3 semester units with a grade of C or better,

Pre-licensure BSN Track (Basic Nursing)

The Department offers a Pre-licensure nursing track leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam after graduation.

Incoming freshmen should have taken high school chemistry with a lab, biology with a lab, and at least three years of college prep math. Transfer students need to adhere to the CSU transfer policies. (See transfer requirements in the Admission section of this catalog, or inquire at Enrollment Services.). Nursing-bound students should list “Pre-Nursing” as the university major. This does not, however, guarantee a seat in the Pre-licensure track.

It is an impacted program with supplemental criterion for permission to enroll in the program and is competitive.

Note: When applying for licensure in California, the applicant is required to obtain clearance from the Department of Justice and to report any misdemeanor or felony conviction(s) to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Some convictions may result in denial of licensure. The BRN determines cases individually and the Department of Nursing has no jurisdiction over such decisions.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Pre-licensure Nursing Major

Prerequisites or Equivalent for the Pre-licensure Track


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

Additional Information

Non-CSU Stanislaus students seeking admission to the Nursing Pre-licensure Program must submit an application for admission to the University during the priority admission application filing period, (See the Admission section in this catalog for priority filing period and sources of application forms.)

Students need to be admitted to the University in order to apply to the nursing program. The application period for fall admission to the nursing program is January 24th to February 28th; spring admission application period is September 17th to October 15th. Only completed applications will be accepted. Nursing applications are submitted directly to the Department of Nursing. Official transcripts for all prerequisite and/ or general education courses taken at colleges or universities must accompany the application, including CSU Stanislaus transcripts. Applications are available on-line and at the nursing office.

Half of the prerequisite courses must be completed at the time of application to the program, including at least two science prerequisites courses. Remaining prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of the nursing application. For fall entry, one course may be taken in the summer prior to entry. Evidence of completion or work in progress is required for the application. For selected applicants, a final grade of C or better in an outstanding course is required to enter the program. The nursing program starts the semester after students have completed the required prerequisites.

This is an impacted program and supplemental criteria are used for the selection of students. Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA of 2.75 in the prerequisite science courses, a GPA of 2.75 in other prerequisite courses, and complete the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills with a minimum score of 75%. ATI TEAS may be taken a maximum of three times.  No more than two prerequisite courses may be repeated once.

Applicants are ranked according to the following formula:

  • Overall GPA - 20%
  • Science Prerequisite GPA - 20%
  • Other Prerequisite GPA - 20%
  • ATI Test of Academic Skills - 20%
  • Up to 20% can be earned for the following:
    1. Continuing CSU Stanislaus student with last 10 units completed on campus
    2. California residency
    3. Permanent residency in Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tuolumne counties (the CSU Stanislaus service region)
    4. Health care experience
    5. Bilingual
  • Criteria subject to change; contact department.

Note: California residents are given preference over out-of-state and international students as long as the program is on impacted status.

Requirements — Pre-licensure BSN Track

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

(51 units minimum including transferable General Education units)

2. Complete the major of 63 units. All courses are taken for a letter grade.

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

(6 units are designated as co-requisites in the nursing program.)

4. All prerequisite courses to enter the Pre-licensure track must be completed with a C or better.

Corequisites — Pre-licensure BSN Track

(12 units of the required General Education units)

Continuance in the Nursing Major (both tracks)

Students must maintain a minimum grade of C– (73%) in courses constituting the nursing major. Students must have completed MATH 1600 Statistics, or an equivalent, with a grade of C or better for progression in the major, and as a prerequisite to NURS 3700 Introduction to Nursing Research.

With department 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. Only two nursing courses may be repeated. 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.

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:

  • Continuous Health Insurance
  • Current CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Annual TB skin test (some agencies require the two-step) or X-ray, with evidence of freedom from tuberculosis
  • Measles, Rubella, HBV, and Varicella 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 Nursing Department regarding options.

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