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RN to BSN Admissions

Applications are accepted throughout the calendar year. The application process to be followed is below. The next term of admission (term in which first nursing courses are taken) is planned for Fall 2020.

The Department of Nursing is now accepting applications for the RN-BSN program for Fall 2020.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Courses

Requirements for admission to the BSN program are:

  1. Proof of current California RN license before beginning of the second term of the RN-to-BSN program (COVID-19 conditional admission as a result of limited availability of NCLEX exam sites).
  2. Grade of C (2.0) or higher for each pre-requisite and other courses required for the major.
  3. Completion of pre-requisite courses before starting the RN to BSN program.
    Applicants may have required courses in progress, as long as the courses are completed before the student begins their first RN to BSN nursing course.

The following prerequisite support courses are required for admission:

  • Pre-requisite science courses:
    • BIOL 220 Principles of Microbiology (5)
    • BIOL 223 Human Physiology and Anatomy I (5)
    • BIOL 224 Human Physiology and Anatomy II (5)
    • CHEM 205 Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (5)
  • Pre-requisite non-science courses:
    • English: 107, 104A, 104B, 106 A, or 106 B (4)
    • Critical Thinking: Comm 180, Hon 104A, Math 180, Phil 105, Phil 200, Psyc 105, or Soc 180 (4)
    • Oral Communication: Comm 120 (4)
    • Math 165, Introductory Statistics and Hypothesis Testing (4)

Application Process

  1. Contact and submit UNOFFICIAL transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  2. Complete the RN to BSN application obtained from CSUSB Department of Nursing and e-mail to
  3. Apply to CSUSB via Cal State Apply using the invitation code received from the CSUSB Asmissions Department.

For more information, please see the roadmap below or attend an informational session at the San Bernardino or Palm Desert Campus.

RN to BSN Informational Sessions Schedule 



Degree Requirements

  1. The completion of the following upper division courses is required for graduation with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree:
    • NURS 3010 Role Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (3)
    • NURS 3026 Health Assessment RN (3)
    • NURS 3100 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (4)
    • NURS 3610 Strategies for Patient Education, Health Promotion, and Care Coordination (3)
    • NURS 4222 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3)
    • NURS 4510 Community/Public Health Promotion (3)
    • NURS 4512 Community/Public Health Promotion Practicum (3)
    • NURS 4610 Nursing Leadership (3)
    • NURS 4612 Nursing Leadership Practicum (3)
    • Upper-division GE (C) elective* (3)
        *This course must also meet the Multicultural/ Gender Upper Division GE requirement

 See link below for the typical RN to BSN Roadmap

  1.  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.


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