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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing B.S.: Accelerated Second Degree Option (ASBSN)*

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Carolyn Martin, PhD, RN, FNP & Mary Jo Stanley, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, Interim Program Directors

Office: Stockton Campus Phone: (209) 513-9412

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

The ASBSN option is designed for the student with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing who has completed all prerequisites; the accelerated option requires students to attend full-time for 17 months versus the traditional pre-licensure track  which requires 3 years of full-time study.

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 ASBSN Track

Students seeking to enter the program must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in a discipline other than nursing
  2. Completion of the 10 prerequisites
  3. Overall GPA of 3.0
  4. Science prerequisites GPA of 3.0
  5. Non-Science prerequisites GPA of 3.0
  6. Minimum test score of 70% (adjusted individual score) on the ATI TEAS V test
  7. International Students: Proficiency in spoken and written English with the following minimum TOEFL scores: 550 for the paper-based examination, 80 on Internet-based examination.

*Program Admission is contingent upon meeting minimum requirements listed and passing a physical exam, drug screening, and a background check.


1. Complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline other than Nursing (from an accredited institution).

2. Complete the following prerequisite or equivalent courses with a grade of C or better:

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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