Nursing, R.N.-B.S.N. - Continuing & Global Education


School of Nursing

Nursing, R.N.-B.S.N. - Continuing & Global Education

The California State University, Fresno, School of Nursing offers opportunity for advanced placement in the baccalaureate program for applicants who have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and hold a Registered Nurse (RN) license. The curriculum is designed to emphasize theory-based practice in nursing and provide the foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Individuals holding an RN degree can benefit from earning a BSN degree to:

  • facilitate career advancement
  • apply for public health nurse certification
  • prepare for admission to a school nurse, clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN-to-BSN program is offered by the School of Nursing faculty incooperation with the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Division of Continuing and Global Education.Some courses are delivered via computer-based learning modalities and some held at the practice site.Students progress toward their degree as a cohort, taking 18 months to complete degree requirements.
Admission criteria for the Global RN to BSN program is the same as those of the on-campus RN-to-BSNprogram. Students must be admitted to the California State University, Fresno, Office of Undergraduate Studiesand have a California registered nurse license. In addition, applicants must have current malpractice insurance,and current CPR certification.

Applicants must complete a School of Nursing application and a university application. Students are selectedthrough evaluation of academic performance and work experience. California State University, Fresno hasbeen authorized to admit upper division transfer students, who are qualified but lack the required generaleducation requirements in critical thinking or math and quantitative reasoning, on a case- by-case basis to ournursing program. All program units are taken through the Division of Continuing and Global Education.Students are not required to take any portion of their coursework on the California State University, Fresno campus.

Note: Program is pending final approval from the Chancellor's Office.

1. Requirements 
Major requirements (21 units)

NURS 135, NURS 136, NURS 141, NURS 141LS, NURS 145, NURS 151, NURS 152, NURS 156

NCLEX Credit (20 units)

Prerequisite requirements (28 units)
See prerequisites listed under Admission to the RN-BSN Program. (19 units may be applied to G.E.)

Additional course requirements (12 units)
PHIL 20 (C2) or PHIL 120 (IC); SOC 3 (A3); PSYCH 10 (D3); MATH 11 or PH 92 (B4)

2.General Education requirements (48 units)

3.Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing

4.Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5.Total (120 units)*

*G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

If SOC 3 is not taken, then SOC 1 or ANTH 2 can be completed.

Per Executive Order 1084 "one unit of academic credit for every unit of the required pre-licensure community collegenursing course credits" (not transferred to California State University, Fresno) may be applied "toward thebaccalaureate nursing degree" (maximum of 30 semester units) "through the NCLEX provision."

All California State University, Fresno graduation requirements must be met (e.g., Upper-Division Writing Requirement or course, lower- and upper-division GE coursework). 


For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.


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