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).
Admission Under Impaction
To be eligible for admission to the Basic Nursing Program, applicants must meet university admission requirements. Eligible applicants may be students who began at CSULB as freshmen or lower and upper division transfer students. (Nursing is one of few campus programs that may accept lower-division transfer applicants.) All applicants must meet the supplemental admission criteria described below:
The following Natural Sciences prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher and a combined grade point average of 3.0 or better: Human Anatomy (CSULB BIOL 208 or equivalent including lecture and lab with 4 semester units minimum); Human Physiology (CSULB BIOL 207 or equivalent including lecture and lab with 4 semester units minimum); Microbiology (CSULB MICR 200 or equivalent including lecture and lab with 4 semester units minimum); Chemistry (CSULB CHEM 140 or equivalent including at least 5 semester units or 5 unit integrated chemistry course with lab).
The following CSU General Education prerequisite courses (or equivalents) must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher, a combined grade point average of 3.0 or better, and a minimum of 3 semester units or equivalent in each course: Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.
Candidates must complete a General Assessment Test and should contact the school to learn how to take the General Assessment Test. In reviewing applications, a personal profile is developed for each applicant based on GPA in pre-requisite courses and the General Assessment Test. The largest weight in the profile is derived from pre-requisite science course GPA, with typical grade point averages for these courses being 3.25 or higher and no grades below a "C." Candidates with the highest profile scores are selected for admission. It is anticipated that about seventy two (72) students will be admitted each Fall and Spring semesters from hundreds of applicants.
Natural Science Prerequisites:
Prerequisite General Education Courses:
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.
Registered Nurse Applicants are required to apply for admission to the University and do the following:
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.
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. 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.