Nursing - R.N.-B.S.N.


School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program, RN-BSN (Post-licensure) Degree Requirements

1. 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 college nursing course credits" (not transferred to California State University, Fresno) may be applied "toward the baccalaureate 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, lower- and upper-division GE coursework).

Admission to the RN-BSN Program

Program applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Graduate from a BRN approved, regionally accredited ADN program. Must be in good standing at last university attended.
  2. Possess a current, active, and clear California RN license by the end of the first semester of the program.
  3. Admission is contingent upon completion of eight prerequisite courses (see below) with a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.0 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  4. Complete eight prerequisite courses (see below) with a minimum grade of C. CR/NC grades are not acceptable (excluding Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate).
  5. Admission to California State University, Fresno either before or during the term RN-BSN application is accepted.
  6. Submission of a completed RN-BSN application with official transcripts.

Policies and Procedures for Direct Transfer into the Nursing Major:

  1. Students must have completed at least two semesters or 12 semester units of nursing courses in the major (all other students must follow the admission procedures for basic or advanced placement majors).
  2. Students must submit all transcripts, course descriptions of nursing courses, and two letters of recommendation from their current school to be considered for transfer.
  3. Students must meet all California State University, Fresno criteria for admission and continuation in the major to be eligible for transfer.
  4. Students are admitted and placed in the major at the discretion of the chair of nursing.
  5. Transfer students who have written notification of acceptance into the program enter the major on a space-available basis and must receive school permission to enroll in classes.
  6. Applicant Deadline:  Fall Admission - February 1-28 and Spring Admission - July 1-31

Prerequisite Courses:

  1. G.E. Area A1 (COMM 3, COMM 7, or COMM 8) (3 units)
  2. G.E. Area A2 (ENGL 5B or  ENGL10) (3 units)
  3. G.E. Area A3* (SOC 3) preferred (3 units)
  4. G.E. Area B4* (MATH 11 or PH 92) preferred (3 units)
  5. Chemistry (CHEM 3A)  (4 units)
  6. Microbiology (BIOL 20) (4 units)
  7. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 67A)  (4 units)
  8. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 67B)  (4 units)
    Total (28 units)

* See G.E. list for approved courses.

Leave of Absence from Nursing Program

1. Request for university leave of absence:

a. Students must also request a leave of absence (LOA) in writing from the chair of nursing. Students who do not request LOA will not be readmitted into the major.

b. Leaves will be granted only for students who have completed at least one semester in the program and are in good standing.

2. Request to return from leave of absence:
a. Students must request in writing to be reinstated in the program specifying:

  • Date of LOA
  • Reason for LOA
  • Disposition of circumstances requiring the LOA

b. Students will be notified in writing of requirements for returning to program, denial, or reinstatement.

c. Requirement for return will include the following, based on the discretion of the chair of nursing:

  • Letters of recommendation from individuals such as counselors or physicians

d. Students who receive written notice of reinstatement in the major return on a space-available basis and must receive permission from the school to enroll in classes.

Progression in the Major. Criteria for retention, progression, and graduation from the program include a minimum grade of C in each required course and each nursing course offered for a grade, and credit in courses offered for CR/NC grading only. Nursing and required courses may be repeated only once to achieve a C or credit grade. Any student who receives less than a C grade (or no credit) in two nursing courses will not be permitted to continue in the major. Refer to the Student Handbook, Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program, for complete progression and retention policies.

Expenses. Students must be prepared to incur any additional cost such as uniforms, malpractice insurance, health insurance, stethoscopes, course materials, lab fees, background check, drug screening, etc., and be responsible for transportation to clinical facilities. A current CPR certification, a physical examination, and specific immunizations are required.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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Nursing student with patient

The School of Nursing offers a program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The degree requires a minimum of 120 semester units, and the nursing curriculum sequence covers five semesters.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the California Public Health Nurse Certificate. The program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and theCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

High school students preparing for a career in nursing should take biology, chemistry, and additional college preparatory courses required for CSU admission.

What You Can Earn

Public School Teacher
$52,085 (in our region)

Nurse Practitioner
$93,652 (in our region)

Registered Nurse
$68,040 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Nursing of the Childrearing Family
  • Concepts of Community Health Nursing
  • Health Appraisal

What You Can Learn

  • An understanding of the principles underlying the techniques, procedures, and activities required while caring for clients with common health conditions
  • A knowledge of health assessment, communication skills, and nursing procedures in the care of patients in the health care setting
  • The nurses' role as a teacher in the health care setting
  • The application of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in the community with individuals, families, and groups

About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004

FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Mailing Address:

School of Nursing
California State University, Fresno
2345 E. San Ramon M/S MH25
Fresno CA 93740-8031


McLane Hall Room 190

Phone: (559) 278-2041
FAX: (559) 278-6360