Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Bridge Program

The RN to BSN program is for students who are Registered Nurses who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing OR for students who are participating in a collaborative program from an affiliated community college who wish to earn a B.S. in Nursing.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must:

  1. Document achievement of IGETC certification. Please note the prerequisite support courses listed below satisfy specific IGETC certification areas.
  2. Designate the pathway of the RN to BSN program track to which admission is being requested (i.e., collaborative or post-associate-degree).
  3. Meet the requirements of the desired pathway.
    1. Collaborative pathway - current enrollment and good standing in an Associate of Science in Nursing degree program at a collaborating community college.
    2. Post-associate-degree pathway - completion of an Associate of Science in Nursing degree and an active California RN license.
  4. Earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in all required prerequisite courses. 
Prerequisite Support Courses (29)
BIOL 2200Microbiology for Allied Health Majors4
BIOL 2230Human Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health Majors4
BIOL 2240Human Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health Majors4
CHEM 2070Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biochemistry5
MATH 1201Introduction to Statistical Thinking3
Course that fulfills the GE A1 Oral Communication requirement3
Course that fulfills the GE A2 Written Communication requirement3
Course that fulfills the GE A3 Critical Thinking requirement3
Total Units29

Requirements (95 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.S. in Nursing RN to BSN Bridge

(Program Code: RNBS)

Admitted students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better on all courses required for the major.

Admitted students may transfer in lower-division General Education courses, prerequisite support courses, and acceptable Associate Degree nursing courses, for a maximum of 70 semester units. 

  • 16 units of completed Associate of Science in Nursing coursework will be transferred in and applied to the major.

An additional 20 upper division academic units will be awarded to admitted students who are licensed Registered Nurses and have earned an Associate of Science in Nursing, for completed Nursing courses that were not included in the transferred units and for demonstrating nursing knowledge sufficient to pass the National Council of Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Detailed distribution of units in the RN to BSN (Bridge) program is as follows:

  • Units for courses that may be transferred to CSUSB (total of 45 units):
    • 29 units of prerequisite support courses, many of which will also meet lower-division GE requirements
    • 16 units of completed Associate of Science in Nursing courses
  • Units awarded to licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) (total of 20 units)
    • 20 upper-division units for demonstration of knowledge required to pass the NCLEX-RN
  • Units for courses that must be taken at CSUSB:
    • 27 units of upper-division nursing courses, which also meet requirements for 3 units UD GE B5 and 3 units UD GE D4, as well as the upper-division WI designation
    • 3 units of upper-division GE courses to meet UD GE C4 requirement

Foundational Courses/Credits

Prerequisite Support Courses (29)29
Associate of Science in Nursing Courses (16)16
Credit for RN Licensure (20)20
Total Units65

CSUSB Core Courses

NURS 3010Role Transition to Professional Nursing Practice3
NURS 3026Health Assessment RN3
NURS 3100Pathophysiology and Pharmacology4
NURS 3610Patient Education, Health Promotion and Care Coordination3
NURS 4222Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 4510Community/Public Health Promotion3
NURS 4512Community/Public Health Promotion Practicum3
NURS 4610Nursing Leadership3
NURS 4612Nursing Leadership Practicum2
One GE course that meets the upper division GE-C requirement3
Total Units30

Note: Three required upper division nursing courses double-count toward upper division GE requirements for nursing majors ONLY. Those courses are NURS 3010 for the UD writing requirement, NURS 4222 for the UD Scientific Inquiry (Category B) requirement, and NURS 4510 for the UD Social Science (Category D) requirement. 

After graduation, students are eligible to apply for a public health nurse certificate from the California Board of Registered Nursing.