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

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Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Advising Sheet

Sherry L. Roper, Ph.D., BSN, RN to BSN and Online RN to BSN Track Program Director
Office: Science 1 - #209F Phone: (209) 664-6526

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

View the degree program Roadmap, which provide recommended advising maps to complete the degree program. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.

RN to BSN students who apply and are admitted to the on-campus track will be blended with an existing cohort in the Prelicensure program and be required to attend classes in a traditional classroom setting. RN to BSN students are admitted to the face-to-face program on a space available basis.

Applicants who apply and are accepted into the online RN to BSN program will take classes in 8-week blocks fully online.

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. Active, unrestricted, California RN license with no disciplinary action pending or imposed,
  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 2.00 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 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree will:

  1. Integrate the knowledge, theories, and methods of a variety of disciplines to inform decision-making. (AACN Essential 1)
  2. Participate in the process of inquiry, analysis, and information literacy to promote quality care and patient safety. (AACN Essential 2)
  3. Apply leadership concepts, abilities, and decision-making in the provision of high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, and the oversight and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings. (AACN Essential 2)
  4. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care. (AACN Essential 3)
  5. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. (AACN Essential 4)
  6. Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends. (AACN Essential 5)
  7. Use inter- and intra-professional communication and collaborative skills to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care. (AACN Essential 6)
  8. Assess health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, and practices of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in order to provide comprehensive care to diverse populations. (AACN Essential 7)
  9. Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct. (AACN Essential 8)
  10. Foster professional growth and development through the pursuit of lifelong learning and professional engagement, towards an understanding of the ambiguity and unpredictability of the world and its effect on the healthcare system. (AACN Essentials 8 and 9)
  11. Implement holistic, patient-centered care that reflects an understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical and nursing management across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings. (AACN Essential 9)


1. Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

A student must comply with all University regulations and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Units and Residency  (minimum of 120 units: 40 units of upper division coursework and 30 semester units at Stanislaus State. At least 24 of these 30 units must be earned in upper-division courses, at least 12 must be in the major, and at least 9 must be applicable to General Education-Breadth requirements)
  2. Grade Point Average  (minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better)
  3. General Education  (minimum of 49 units)
  4. Upper Division Writing Proficiency  (minimum of 3 units)
    - Writing Proficiency (WP) Course (may double count in the major)
  5. United States Constitution and California State and Local Government  (minimum of 3 units)
  6. Multicultural Requirement  (minimum of 3 units) (may double count with General Education requirements or in the major)

Subsequently all students must submit an application for graduation and receive approval from the major advisor, department chair, and Director of Academic Advising. For more information see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .

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

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

Completion of a minor is not required.

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 2005  or COMM 2110  

  7. MATH 1600  or MATH 1602  

  8. MBIO 2010 , MBIO 3010 , or MBIO 3032 


The Major

(26 units)

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

Continuance in the Nursing Major

Successful completion of the previous session (semester) is required to move into the successive session. A failure of any course in a session does not allow the student to progress to the next session on the ASBSN or PL roadmap.

With approval, a student may repeat a nursing course once. If class enrollment is limited, priority will be granted to students according to the School of Nursing Progression Policy. 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 or unprofessional 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 and Student Code of Conduct Policy 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 American Heart Association 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 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.

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