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Nursing - Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

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 "basic student" who enters the University without having completed a first level nursing program, 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 "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).

The purpose of the bachelor's 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 issues of individuals and families in a changing society. The professional nurse, while problems able to assess and intervene where health deviations exist, is committed to the role of maintaining health and preventing illness in self and others.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Basic (code NRSGBS01) (129 units)

Admission Under Impaction

Freshman or transfer students interested in the basic nursing program should request the "pre-nursing major" when they apply for admission to the University. Upon acceptance to the NRSG 200 course, the department will submit a change of major to nursing for students accepted to the program. The number of applicants to nursing exceeds the number that can be admitted. For this reason, nursing applicants are subject to criteria in addition to those required for admission to the University.

To be eligible for admission to the Basic Nursing Program, applicants must meet university admission requirements as a freshman, upper division transfer student. In addition, Nursing is one of few campus programs that may accept lower-division transfer applicants. All applicants must meet the supplemental admission criteria described below:

Complete the following prerequisite courses:

Natural Sciences

Human Anatomy (BIOL 208) Lecture and Lab -
4 semester units minimum

Human Physiology (BIOL 207) Lecture and Lab -
4 semester units minimum

Microbiology (MICR 200) Lecture and Lab -
4 semester units minimum

CHEM 140 - 5 semester units minimum (or an equivalent 5 unit integrated chemistry course with lab)

Prerequisite General Education Courses
Minimum 3 semester unit course in each of the following:

All prerequisite course grades must be "C" or higher. To apply to the program the applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the Natural Sciences prerequisite courses, and, a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the General Education prerequisite courses.

In reviewing applications, a personal profile is developed for each applicant with points earned from:

GPA in the prerequisite science courses -
4 points maximum

GPA in the prerequisite general education courses -
2 points maximum

General Assessment Test (Minimum score 70th percentile) - 2 points maximum

Math Subscore on General Assessment Test - 2 points maximum

Candidates with the highest cumulative scores, based upon their personal profile, are selected for admission. It is anticipated that about ninety (90) students will be admitted each Fall and Spring semesters.

Further information regarding admission to program courses is available at group counseling sessions held in the department.

NOTE: Lab fees are charged for student supplies used throughout the nursing program.


Prerequisite Natural Science Prerequisites: CHEM 140, BIOL 207, 208, MICR 200, or equivalent.

Prerequisite General Education Courses: English Composition, Quantitative Reasoning, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking.

Support courses: BIOL 204, 304, NUTR 339, PSY 100, and SOC 100.

Nursing Courses: NRSG 200, 200L, 202, 250, 250L, 260, 260L, 310, 312, 312L, 331, 331L, 341, 341L, 353, 361, 361L, 371, 371L, 400, 402, 402L, 450, 451, 499 (1 unit) and one of the following: NRSG 452A and 453L or 452B and 454L or 452D and 456L.

Criminal background check, health insurance and malpractice insurance are required for clinical coursework.

To be recommended to the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to take the licensure exam as a Registered Nurse, students must successfully complete the RN Prelicensure Exit Assessment. The results of this assessment will not impact the conferring of the bachelor's degree.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Registered Nurse (code NRSGBS02) (120 units)

Admission Requirements

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;
4. Maintain malpractice and health insurance throughout clinical coursework and submit to a criminal background check;
5. Attend a group counseling session for RN students and complete the RN application form;
6. Submit official transcripts of any previous college work to the Nursing Department;
7. 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.


Support Courses: CHEM 140, BIOL 304, and an upper division statistics course (PSY 310 or EDP 419).
Nursing Courses: NRSG 309, 312, 312L, 400, 402, 402L, 450, 451 and one of the following: 452A and 453L or 452B and 454L or 452D and 456L.

Course of Study

A specific combination of general education, prerequisites, nursing and elective courses totaling 129 units for the basic program and 120 units for the R.N. program are required for graduation. All nursing courses in the nursing program must be taken in sequence. In general, the number assigned to each nursing course indicates where it occurs in the 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 Nursing Department. 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. The nursing sequence of courses requires a minimum of six semesters for the "basic student". A break in the sequence of nursing courses necessitates readmission on a space-available basis.


Nurse Practitioner Certificate (code NRSGCT01)

A Nurse Practitioner Certificate is awarded to students who complete 31 units of post-masters course work in one of four Nurse Practitioner specialty areas. Applications from students who hold a masters degree in nursing as a nurse practitioner will be reviewed individually.


1. Copies of transcripts of Baccalaureate in Nursing and Masters in Nursing degrees.
2. Copy of State of California RN licensure.
3. Three letters/checklists of references
4. Completion of the Department of Nursing Graduate Program Application.

Family Nurse Practitioner


Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 682, 682 A&B, 683, 683 A&B.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 684, 684 A&B, 685, 685 A&B.

Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner


Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 686, 686 A&B, 687, 687 A&B.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 688, 688 A&B, 689, 689 A&B.

Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner


Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, , 667, 667 A&B, 668, 668 A&B.


Health Services (School Nurse) Credential (code 600)

The Health Services (School Nurse) credential is required of registered nurses working in the California school system.


1. Copies of transcripts of Baccalaureate in Nursing and Masters in Nursing (with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner speciality) degrees;

2. Copy of State of California RN licensure and entitlement as a Nurse Pracitioner;

3. Three letters/checklists of reference;

4. Completion of the Department of Nursing Graduate Program Application.


Completion of the following with a grade of "B" or better: NRSG 680C and 680L; H SC 430; CD 373.

School Nurse Credential (code 600)

The Post-Baccalaureate School Nurse Services Credential Program consists of 24 units of specific coursework that prepare nurses who have completed a bachelor's degree in nursing to be effective providers of health care within the school setting. Students will develop practical and theoretical expertise in the field of school nursing. This allows them to initiate, coordinate, maintain and evaluate a comprehensive health program so that children's ability to learn in school is maximized. The Post-Baccalaureate School Nurse Services Credential Program at California State University, Long Beach was developed for nurses who seek only the credential.

Admission Requirements

1. Completion of Post-Baccalaureate Application for School Nurse Services Credential Program.
2. Official transcript of Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited university. Candidates must have aminimum overall GPA of 2.75 in their undergraduate program.
3. Copy of State of California Registered Nurse License and California Public Health Nursing Certificate.
4. Copy of current unexpired cardiopulmonary resuscitation card (adult, child, and infant) and copy of unexpired first aid card.
5. Basic Physical Assessment course completed within 5 years.
6. One-page written statement describing motivation and purpose for obtaining the Post-Baccalaureate School Nurse Service Credential.
7. Three letters of recommendation.


Completion of 24 units of course work with a grade of "B" or better:

Required: (18 units): NRSG 535, 536 and 536L, H SC 430, EDSP 350, C D 373

Elective: 6 units from the the following: FCS 409, EDP 432, H SC 427, H SC 460, C D 432