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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 in 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. Classes are offered at the CSU Channel Islands Campus through Extended University.


  • Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120

Program Format 

  • Program starts every Fall semester (late August).
  • Students will enter the program in a cohort group no larger than 35 students. 
  • The course load each 16 week semester term will require between 6-9 units.
  • RN-BSN Track II program is 22 months in length. 
  • The schedule requires year-round commitment with 3 breaks (4 weeks off) and including one summer semester during the first year.
  • While classes are generally scheduled Fridays, community agencies may require two days during 2 terms to fulfill theory and clinical requirements. 

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Requirements for Admission

-Application Period for both University and Nursing Program application

  • March 1st - April 30th 
  • Please visit Ready to Apply for instructions on how to apply. 

 -Prerequisite Courses

Complete all nursing major prerequisites 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 Organic, Inorganic, or General Chemistry with associated labs)
  • COMM 101 Public Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 105 Composition Rhetoric (3)
  • Statistics
  • Completion of critical thinking requirement 

Course Equivalency Chart (PDF, 79.5 KB) for VCCCD colleges, Santa Barbara City College, and College of the Canyons.

-RN License and ADN Degree 

  • Have or be eligible to acquire a valid California RN license. 

  • Be a graduate of a BRN approved pre-licensure associate degree program from an accredited educational institution.

-Grade Point Average 

  • An overall GPA 2.5 or greater in prerequisite nursing courses with no grade lower than a C.

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Application Process 

Submit University and Nursing Application (Simultaneously- March 1st to April 30th):

Step 1: CSU Channel Islands Admissions Application: Apply online at www.calstate.edu/apply ($55 Application Fee), Select Major: RN-BSN

Step 2: Nursing Program Application: Apply online at Nursing Application

Submit the following REQUIRED documents (Due no later than April 30th):

  • Copy of RN License Card 
  • Two Letters of recommendation (professional or educational); one from a nursing professor of your current nursing program 
  • Resume 
  • Two sets of Official Transcripts from every college/university attended 

Please submit all supporting application documents to the Extended University Office at the address listed below: 

                                                 CSU Channel Islands 
                                                 Extended University 
                                                 Sage Hall 2109
                                                 One University Drive 
                                                 Camarillo, CA 93012 

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Program Requirements for Admitted Students

  • Physical Exam
  • Proof of Immunity to Rubella, Mumps, Rubeola, Hepatitis B, Varicella
  • Current CPR - C certification CPR for  Health Care Provider or CPR for the professional/rescuer
  • Drug screen
  • Criminal background check paid for by the student and through an agency approved by the nursing department.
  • Evidence of physical and emotional health throughout the program
  • TB test or titer

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

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

Summary of Units:


Preparatory Courses


Nursing Courses from Community College


Upper Division Major


Additional Supporting, GE and other Graduation
requirements (Dependent upon GE certification)


Total Units


*Students will complete 79 units at the Community College of which 70 units are transferable. As a result, the Nursing course total indicates 27 units, however, 36 units of subject matter credit will be granted.

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

Prerequisite Courses (28 Units)

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. COMM 101 Public Speaking (3 Units)

4. Choose:

  • ENGL 105 Composition and Rhetoric I (3) or
  • ENGL 206 Composition and Rhetoric II (3)

5. Choose:

  • BIOL 203 Quantitative Methods for Biology (3) or
  • MATH 202 Biostatistics (3)

6. Completion of Critical Thinking course, GE: A3 (3 Units)


Preparatory Coursework (6 Units)

1. Social Perspectives (3 Units)

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

2. Psychology (3 Units)

  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)


Upper Division Nursing (31.5 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 (2)
  • NRS 401 Advanced Clinical Assessment Laboratory (1)
  • 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 (2.5)


Additional Supporting, General Education and other Graduation Requirements (27.5 Units) 

1. Upper Division Supporting Courses (6 Units)

  • ANTH 443 Medical Anthropology (3) or
  • NRS 348 Healthy Aging (3)

2. Upper Division GE (3 Units)

  • NRS 342 Complementary and Alternative Health (3)

3. Other GE Courses (9 Units)

  • 3 units Language Requirement, GE: C3A
  • 3 units each in GE: C1 and C2

4. American Institutions (6 Units)

5. Free Electives (Completed at CI) (3.5 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.

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Contact Information:

Nursing Department
E: nursing@csuci.edu

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