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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Basic (code NRSGBS01) (135 units)

Admission Under Impaction

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria:

In order to be considered for admission to the Nursing major, students must complete a series of prerequisite courses: written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, mathematics, BIOL 207, BIOL 208, CHEM 140, and MICR 200. Each course must be completed with a "C" or better grade; when all prerequisites are completed the GPA for the prerequisite courses must be "B" or better (3.0 or better). Applicants to the nursing major are normally admitted by the time they reach junior standing. Applicants will only be considered if they will have less than 90 total baccalaureate units earned prior to the term of program entrance.

Degree Progress for Pre-Nursing Majors

Pre-Nursing majors must complete the following requirements within four semesters of being admitted as a Pre-Nursing major or declaring a Pre-Nursing major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the four semesters after Declaration of a Pre-Nursing major, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

At the end of the second semester, pre-nursing students must have a grade of "C" or better in general education certified written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and mathematics courses as well as a combined GPA of 3.0 or better in these prerequisite courses.

Pre-Nursing students with an ELM score that places them in MAPB 1 or MAPB 7 or MAPB 11 may petition for an additional semester.

At the end of the fourth semester, pre-nursing students must have a "C" grade or better in BIOL 207, BIOL 208, CHEM 140, and MICR 200 as well as a combined GPA of 3.0 or better in these prerequisite courses.

At the end of the fourth semester, Pre-Nursing students must apply to become Nursing majors. 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 prerequisite courses and the General Assessment Test. The largest weight in the profile is derived from the prerequisite 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:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 140 General, Organic, and Biochemistry (5)
  • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
  • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
  • MICR 200 General Microbiology for Health Professional (or equivalent) (4)

Prerequisite General Education Courses:

  • English Composition, Quantitative Reasoning, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking.

Support courses:

Take all of the following courses:

  • NUTR 339 Metabolic Functions of Nutrients (1)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)

Nursing Courses:

Take all of the following courses:

  • NRSG 200 Introduction to Nursing Health Care (6)
  • NRSG 202 Health Care Communication (2)
  • NRSG 250 Intermediate Nursing Health Care (6)
  • NRSG 260 Older Adult Health Care (4)
  • NRSG 302 Foundations of Clinical Pharmacology (2)
  • NRSG 305 Pathophysiology for Nurses (3)
  • NRSG 312 Health Assessment (3)
  • NRSG 331 Critical Care Nursing (5)
  • NRSG 341 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (6)
  • NRSG 353 Legal Aspects of Health Care (2)
  • NRSG 361 Child Health Care (7)
  • NRSG 372 Health Care of the Childbearing Family (6)
  • NRSG 400 Health Care Delivery Systems (3)
  • NRSG 402 Community Health Nursing (7)
  • NRSG 450 Nursing Research (3)
  • NRSG 451 Nursing Leadership and Managemen (2)
  • NRSG 458 NCLEX-RN Preparatory Course (1)

Select one of the following:

  • NRSG 452 Advanced Nursing in Critical Care (6)
  • NRSG 453 Adv Nursing in Maternal-Child Health (6)
  • NRSG 454 Advanced Medical, Surgical, Community, Mental Health Nursing (6)

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.