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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The baccalaureate program offers courses that prepare the student to become a professional nurse. Two distinct categories of students are eligible for admission: The traditional basic "semester/trimester student" who enters the University without having completed a first level nursing program, and the "registered nurse student," who having completed a course of study at the first level, desires further study to expand her or his nursing capabilities to the BSN professional level.

Though each category of student enters at different levels, the terminal objectives of the nursing program are the same for all groups. The "traditional student" upon completion of specific courses are eligible to take the examination for licensure to practice as a registered nurse. 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).

The purpose of the bachelor of science program in nursing is to prepare graduates to function as professional nurses in a variety of settings. Graduates are expected to have acquired foundations for continuing professional development.

The curriculum is formulated to help the student develop understanding of self and others, stimulate intellectual curiosity and to develop an ability to work with colleagues to identify and resolve the health problems of individuals and families in a changing society. The professional nurse, while able to assess and intervene where health deviations exist, is committed to the role of maintaining health and preventing illness in self and others.

Licensing, Certification and Employment Opportunities of our BSN Graduates

The BSN graduate of the CSULB School of Nursing will be eligible to obtain licensing and certification, and assume employment positions in any of the following areas:

  1. Be eligible to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing examination (National Council Licensing Examination—NCLEX) in the State of California.
  2. Be eligible to obtain the California Public health Nursing (PHN) certificate.
  3. Be able to function and provide evidence based, culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions (care) as a generalist professional RN in any of the following clinical settings, in any acute care hospitals:  medical, surgical, women’s health, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health neonatal nursery, adult/geriatric, and rehabilitation nursing.
  4. Be able to practice as an entry level critical care and neonatal intensive care units.
  5. Be able to practice as an entry level public health nurse and provide community focused care and promote the health and well being of the communities.
  6. Be able to assume first level nursing leadership positions as team leaders, care coordinators, and head nurses in any health care settings.
  7. Be eligible to apply to any graduate nursing schools to pursue advance nursing degrees.

CSULB School of Nursing NCLEX Exam Pass Rates

Student Categories

(All requirements contained on these pages are superceded by the official information published in the Course Catalog of the current academic year. To see an online copy, view this file or visit this official university page.)


We have established a new partnership with Long Beach Community College under the AB1295 legislation which allows qualified ADN students from LBCC to transfer into our ADN-BSN program.

LBCC Roadmap to CSULB

Cypress College - CSULB Roadmap
Traditional Basic Semester/Trimester Brochure, Application and Instructions

Pathway ADN to BSN Brochure, Application and Instructions

CSU Long Beach School of Nursing Compliance with SB 466

For further information about our BSN programs, contact: or 562-985-2201