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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.

BSN Graduate Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), the graduate will have the following competencies:

  1. Integrate knowledge, skills and values from the liberal arts, sciences, humanities and nursing theories to provide holistic, competent and safe care; and to serve as advocates for individuals, families, communities within a multicultural society; and to promote social justice by demonstrating an ability to:
  2. Accurately assess, diagnose, plan, intervene and evaluate evidence-based, ethical nursing practice, in caring for individuals, families, communities and populations from diverse backgrounds, across the life-span  and in continuum of health care environments; integrate and apply knowledge related to wellness, health promotion, acute and chronic illnesses, disease management, end-of-life care management; incorporate current and future psychomotor and technical skills into other nursing responsibilities and apply them in diverse context of health care delivery; and conduct self in a  professional manner.
  3. Use effective organizational and systems leadership skills, quality improvement skills, patient and safety measures and communication skills with all members of the health care team to improve patient care outcomes.
  4. Implement scholarship for evidence based practice by identifying practice issues, appraisal and integration of evidence and evaluation of outcomes.
  5. Use information management and patient care technology to support nursing and delivery of patient centered care.
  6. Articulate the broader context of health care delivery, including how patient care services are organized, financed and how reimbursement is structured;  how regulatory agencies determine the scope of nursing practice; how health policies are developed and changed; how that process can be influenced through efforts of nurses, other health professionals and advocacy groups; and the advocacy role of the nurse for the vulnerable populations with the goal of promoting social justice.
  7. Develop collaborative relationships with other members of the healthcare team by working dependently, independently and interdependently to deliver evidence-based patient-centered care to individuals, families, and communities.
  8. Provide health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the life span, including helping individuals, families, groups , communities, and populations to prepare for and minimize adverse health-related consequences of emergencies, and mass casualty disasters.

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 wellbeing 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.

Roadmap for LBCC-CSULB BSN Track


Traditional Basic Semester/Trimester Brochure, Application and Instructions

Pathway ADN to BSN Brochure, Application and Instructions

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