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Nursing - 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 able to assess problems 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) (135 units)

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the Nursing (Basic), applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted. Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent(s), each with a minimum grade of "C": BIOL 207 and 208; MICR 200; CHEM 140 (not included in the Enrollment Plan). Applicants must submit a supplemental application to the department by February 1 for the fall semester or by September 15 for the spring semester. Applicants must complete a test that assesses ability for logical thinking and problem solving (offered by the department at the start of each semester) before their application will be considered. Each applicant must schedule a personal interview with a designated member of the nursing faculty. Applicants must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all Science and General Education pre-requisite courses. Applicants must complete the CSU General Education categories Quantitative Reasoning, Oral Communication, College Composition, and Critical Thinking using courses selected from a list provided by the CSULB Nursing Dept. (see The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis according to the faculty's judgment of their ability to succeed in the program.

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 304, 305, NUTR 339, PSY 100, and SOC 100.

Nursing Courses: NRSG 200, 200L, 202, 250, 250L, 260, 260L, 312, 312L, 331, 331L, 341, 341L, 353, 361, 361L, 372, 372L, 400, 402, 402L, 450, 451, 458 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 groups: 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.