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ADN/RN to BSN Programs

What are the ADN/RN to BSN Programs?

Bridge ADN to BSN and RN to BSN are cohort programs for individuals who are new or soon to graduate ADN students from a local Community College or individuals who hold their RN license and would like to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Program applicants are required to meet all pre-requisites and it is recommended that they be general education (GE) certified.

These programs begin each summer. All options for the ADN/RN to BSN program are run as a cohort model. Classes will be offered in 16 week terms over 12+ months with one month of breaks interspersed during holiday periods. Classes are offered at the CSU Channel Islands Campus through Extended University.

Which Program do I Choose?

If you are currently within your first year of your Associate's Degree in Nursing program, please choose the "Bridge ADN to BSN" program when applying to both the university as well as the nursing program. This option will allow you to attend your ADN and BSN programs concurrently so that the final result will be you obtaining your Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree.

If you currently hold your RN license or are within your final semester of your ADN program and preparing to sit for the NCLEX, please select the "RN to BSN" program when applying to both the university as well as the nursing program. There is an option to enroll in this program full or part-time, depending on your circumstantial needs.

Program Description

Nursing is the art and science of care for individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings. The discipline of nursing integrates the life, social and behavioral sciences with general education, nursing theory and clinical courses to produce a graduate capable of functioning autonomously as a member of a multidisciplinary team, managing and coordinating personnel, services, resources and data in addition to providing patient care.

The CSUCI graduate nurse seeks solutions to societal health needs and problems, understanding demographics and disparities in healthcare, ethical concerns and global perspectives in the practice of professional nursing at the generalist level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing features community, public health, leadership and management clinical experiences. The curriculum and experiences prepare graduates for evidence-based practice in public health, home health, extended care, case management, occupational health, nursing management, staff development, and nursing education and will provide preparation for graduate nursing education.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at CSU Channel Islands is accredited by the CCNE:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Washington, DC 20001
CCNE Accredited

  • Approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
  • Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

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Requirements for Admission

Application Period for both University and Nursing Program Application

  • University & Nursing Application Dates: February 1-March 31.
  • Please visit our website for information on how to apply

Prerequisite Courses:

  • 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 Organic, or General Chemistry with associated labs. NOTE: Fundamental and/or Introductory Chemistry courses will not be accepted.)
  • COMM 101 Public Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 105 Composition Rhetoric (3)
  • BIO 203 (Statistics)
  • Completion of Critical Thinking requirement

Educational Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited BRN approved pre-licensure ADN program.
  • Hold a current RN license.

Grade Point Average:

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or greater is required.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 or greater in the prerequisite nursing courses with no grade lower than a C is required.


  • Applicants must provide their resume with their nursing application.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Two letters of recommendation are required to apply. One from a nursing professor from your current/recent nursing program and one from a professional setting.


  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be provided with your nursing application.

*GE Certified

  • Students are advised to have their general education courses “GE certified” and stamped on their transcripts from the community college.

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Track II Program Information Guide

ADN/RN to BSN Track II Information (PDF, 1021 KB)

Application Process

Step 1: University Applications

"Summer Bridge" ADN to BSN Program

You must apply to CSU Channel Islands as an ADN-BSN "Summer Bridge" major. Applications are only accepted between December 1st, 2023 - March 31st, 2024

RN to BSN Programs (Full and Part-Time)

You must apply to CSU Channel Islands as a RN-BSN major. Applications are only accepted between December 1st 2023 - March 31st, 2024

*Please note that the Cal State application is listed under Fall 2023.
**Transcripts should be uploaded to your NursingCAS application only.

For admissions questions please contact the EU Admissions Specialist, Jingle:

Step 2: Nursing Program Application

Important Notice About Licensing and Credentialing (PDF, 616 KB)

CSUCI Nursing processes applications through NursingCAS, a centralized application service. All Track II Applications are covered by one NursingCAS application: ADN/RN to BSN. Visit www.NursingCAS.org to start an application or log into your existing account. Click on the "apply now" button and complete the steps to fill out and submit your application. If you need help with NursingCAS, visit the applicant help center or contact applicant support with questions. Also, visit our application assistance page.

NursingCAS Apply Now

Note: Applicants should not send any documents to CSUCI Nursing during the application period. All application documents are to be uploaded to your electronic application.

Due to the high amount of applications, the we cannot field calls or emails regarding whether or not your application materials have arrived. Please do not contact the Nursing Program for your updates on your application status.

Community College to ADN/RN-BSN Program Routes

Moorpark College (PDF, 208 KB)

Santa Barbara City College (PDF, 161 KB)

Ventura College (PDF, 205 KB)

Pierce College (PDF, 208 KB)

College of the Canyons (PDF, 205 KB)

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University Tuition

The ADN/RN to BSN programs are run through Extended University and therefore pay Extended University tuition. See details on the cost for these programs.

Contact Information:

For questions regarding this Nursing program, please email nursing@csuci.edu.

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