Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

Requirements (180 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

RN to BSN (Program Code: RNBS)

The RN to BSN program is  hybrid-online administered through the Palm Desert Campus. Students meet once a month at PDC for each Nursing course and participate online for the rest of each quarter.

Department Regulations

  1. Admission requirements
    1. A grade point average of 3.0 or better in prerequisite support courses listed below;
    2. A grade point average of 3.0 or better in the A.D.N. program or diploma program;
    3. Submission of an active California Registered Nurse (RN) License;
    4. Submission of RN screening form and all transcripts;
    5. Application to CSUSB with second set of transcripts;
    6. Students who are close to these standards may be admissible upon remediation.
  2. This program assumes all lower-division general education requirements have been met. The IGETC is valuable, but not required. Some lower division general education courses can be completed while the B.S. in Nursing program is in progress, but this will extend time to graduation.
  3. Sixteen units of upper-division General Education courses are required (see General Education Program for further information).
  4. Students may transfer in a maximum of 105 lower-division coursework units towards the major.
  5. Students may need to take additional units at CSUSB to satisfy the 180-unit requirement.
  6. NURS 310 is the prerequisite course for all courses required in the B.S. in Nursing program.
  7. Prior to participating in the program, RN students must provide proof of immunity to certain infectious diseases, personal health insurance, workers compensation (as required by certain clinical agencies), a valid California driver's license and access to an automobile covered by appropriate automobile insurance. Also required are a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card, a background check, and other immunizations. The specifics of requirements may change, contact the Department of Nursing for additional requirements.
Prerequisite Support Courses (36)
BIOL 220Principles of Microbiology5
BIOL 223Human Physiology and Anatomy I5
BIOL 224Human Physiology and Anatomy II5
CHEM 205Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry5
COMM 120Oral Communication4
MATH 165Introductory Statistics and Hypothesis Testing4
One critical thinking course that satisfies category A4 in the General Education Program4
Freshman Composition (GE). Four units chosen from:4
Stretch Composition III
Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students
Accelerated Stretch Composition II
Accelerated Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students
Advanced First-Year Composition
Support courses which may be taken after admission to the Nursing major (8)
PSYC 201Developmental Psychology4
One integrative capstone course that meets the multicultural/gender requirement in the general education program4
First QuarterUnits
NURS 341AProfessional Writing: Introduction2
NSCI 306Expository Writing for the Natural Sciences4
NURS 343The Nurse as a Researcher4
NURS 350Nursing Theories4
Second Quarter
NURS 344The Nurse as a Leader4
NURS 345The Nurse as an Advocate: Family Concepts4
NURS 352The Nurse as a Teacher4
Must choose one course from the General Education Capstone categories of B5, C5, or D54
Third Quarter
NURS 341BProfessional Writing: Project Identification2
NURS 346The Nurse as a Member of the Community4
NURS 347The Nurse as a Member of the Community: Activity4
NURS 353Global Nursing4
Fourth Quarter
NURS 341CProfessional Writing: Study Design2
NURS 443The Nurse as a Counselor4
NURS 444Nurse as Expert Clinician4
Must choose one course from the General Education Capstone categories of B5, C5, or D5 in a category not taken previously4
Fifth Quarter
NURS 341DProfessional Writing: Project Completion2
NURS 445The Nurse as a Change Agent4
NURS 375 or 595DCooperative Education4
Must choose one course from the General Education Capstone categories of B5, C5, or D5 in a category not taken previously4
Sixth Quarter
NURS 494Senior Seminar4
NURS 446The Nurse as a Mentor: Activity6
NURS 483The Nurse as a Lifelong Learner: Advanced Practice Models4
 Total Units: 90