RN to BSN Track II Nursing Major (22 Month Program)

Prospective Students: Please be aware requirements are subject to change.Continue to check the Nursing website for the most up to date information

Program Description 

This RN to BSN track is designed for the practicing nurse who has completed a nursing program in a community college and is seeking a Bachelor of Science Nursing. These students have passed the NCLEX examination, have a nursing license to practice in California, and will still be required to meet the 45 units of mandatory lower division GE courses either by transferable course work or certification of general education requirements by previous academic institutions. An additional 9 units of upper division general education courses will be required to total 54 units. 
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Graduation Requirements
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RN to BSN Track II Nursing Major:
  1. Application: Apply to both the University & the Nursing Department  (May 1-July 1)

  2. Prerequisite Courses:Complete all nursing major prerequisite courses or their equivalents:
    • BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    • BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    • BIOL 217 Medical Microbiology (4)
    • CHEM 110 Chemistry of Life (4) or college level General Chemistry with lab (RN-BSN only)
    • COMM 101 Public Speaking (3)
    • ENGL 105 Composition Rhetoric (3)
    • Statistics
    • Completion of critical thinking requirement 
      • Update on Chemistry Pre-Requisite: effective no later than Fall 2014, our program will accept general, inorganic, organic, integrated chemistry, or chemistry of life  (with associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken)
  3. License: Have or be eligible to acquire a valid California RN license.
  4. Degree: Be a graduate of a BRN approved pre-licensure associate degree program from an accredited educational institution.
  5. Insurance/Health Clearance: Students in the nursing program are required to have malpractice insurance, demonstrate a sufficient immunization record consistent with that required of clinical placement in local health care agencies and supply evidence of a physical examination in the last year.  In order to be placed in clinical setting, students will be required to be screened for drug use and successfully pass a criminal background check.
  6. Grade Point Average: An overall G.P.A. of 2.0 or greater in the prerequisite nursing courses with no grade lower than a C.  

Required Prerequisite/Preparatory Nursing Courses for the RN to BSN Student

Student will be required to complete the following courses or their equivalents

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RN to BSN Track II (120-138 Units)

Upper Division Nursing (34 Units)

  • NRS 306 Pathophysiology (3)
  • NRS 310 Professional Role Transition  for the Transfer Student (3)
  • NRS 311 Professional Role Transition  for the RN (2)
  • NRS 350 Nursing Research (3)
  • NRS 352 Health Promotion and Patient Education Strategies (3)
  • NRS 401 Advanced Clinical Assessment Laboratory (2)
  • NRS 420 Nursing Care of the Complex Client Across the Continuum (3)
  • NRS 421 Nursing Care of the Complex Client Across the Continuum Laboratory (3)
  • NRS 452 Community Health Nursing (3)
  • NRS 453 Community Health Nursing Laboratory (3)
  • NRS 460 Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues (3)
  • NRS 461 Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues Laboratory (3)

1. Biology (12 units)

  • BIOL 210 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIOL 217 Medical Microbiology 217 (4)

2. Chemistry (4 units)

  • CHEM 110 Chemistry of Life (4)

3. Nutrition (2 units)**

  • NRS 260 Nutrition for Therapeutics and Health (2)

4. Mathematics/Statistics (3 units)

  • Any General Education Category B3

5. Anthropology/Sociology (3 units)

  • ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology (3)
    SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)

6. Psychology (6 units)

  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3)**
**Not required if content was integrated in nursing courses

Required Supporting and Other GE Requirements 15 - 27 units

  • ANTH 443 Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Healing (3)
  • BIOL 432 Principles of Epidemiology and Environmental Health (3)
  • GE Elective - 3 units
  • Recommend NRS / PSY 348 if ANTH 102 is completed
  • Recommend NRS / PSY 342 if SOC 100 is completed
  • Other GE courses  - 1- 12 units
  • 3 units Language requirement (if not completed)
  • 3 units each in GE B4, C1 & C2 (if student is not GE certified)
  • 1 unit of NRS 497, Directed Study (if needed)
  • American Institutions - 6 units
Criteria for program continuance for both tracks are as follows:
  • Nursing majors must attain grades of C or better in all required nursing and non-nursing courses. Required nursing courses for which the student earns less than a grade of C may be repeated once with instructor consent but only on a space available basis.
  • Students in the nursing major must maintain good academic standing. Students on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in a nursing course until the probation has been removed.

Contact Information:

RN - BSN Program Chair Barbara Thorpe, RN, EdD
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