Nov 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing - Registered Nurse, B.S.N.

(120 units)

This program prepares students to become professional nurses. Two distinct categories of students are eligible for admission: The “basic student” who enters the University without having completed a first level nursing program and the “registered nurse student” who, having completed the first level, desires further study to expand their nursing capabilities to the BSN professional level.

The “basic student” is eligible to take the examination for licensure to practice as a registered nurse upon completion of the program. All graduates are recommended for certification as a public health nurse in the State of California. The program is accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791).


Registered Nurse Applicants are required to apply for admission to the University and do the following:

  1. Hold a current license or be eligible for license to practice in California;
  2. Graduation from an Accredited Associate Degree program or evaluation of diploma program for equivalency by an Accredited Associate Degree program;
  3. Have 56 to 70 transferable units including statistics and chemistry (CHEM 140  preferred);
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all community college courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing
  5. Maintain malpractice and health insurance throughout clinical coursework and submit to a criminal background check;
  6. Attend a group counseling session for RN students and complete the RN application form;
  7. Submit official transcripts of any previous college work to the School of Nursing;
  8. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) either prior to admission or within the first semester in the program.

Graduates of diploma schools of nursing are urged to seek information/admission to a community college that offers the opportunity to earn academic credit for a diploma nursing program.


Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate statistics course suitable for general education math credit and a inorganic, organic, and/or biochemistry course (CHEM 140  or combined 5 units chemistry course is preferred).

Up to 21 units will be awarded by examination for demonstration of prior learning by passing the CA NCLEX Examination

Course of Study

A specific combination of general education, prerequisites, nursing and elective courses totaling 120 units for the basic program and the R.N. program are required for graduation. All nursing courses in the nursing program must be taken in sequence. Admission to the first course is by application which will be accepted upon successful attainment of the criteria listed above. The last date to file applications for each semester will be available in the School of Nursing. Progress in the nursing major requires that students maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all units attempted and attain a minimum of a “C” grade in each of the nursing courses as well as all required support courses. The student who earns less than a grade of “C” must repeat that course prior to being admitted to the next course in the nursing course sequence. A nursing course may be repeated one time. A break in the sequence of nursing courses necessitates readmission on a space-available basis.