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Undergraduate Programs

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


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 School of Nursing;
  • 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:

  • Take the following:
    • CHEM 140 General, Organic, and Biochemistry (5)
  • Take one of the following:
    • PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics (4)
    • EDP 419 Educational Statistics (3)
  • Take all of the following:
    • NRSG 305 Pathophysiology for Nurses (3)
    • NRSG 309 Dimensions of Professional Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 312 Health Assessment (3)
    • NRSG 400 Health Care Delivery Systems (3)
    • NRSG 402 Community Health Nursing (7)
    • NRSG 450 Nursing Research (3)
    • NRSG 451 Nursing Leadership and Management (2)
  • Take 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)

Course of Study

A specific combination of general education, prerequisites, nursing and elective courses totaling 135 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.