Oct 20, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog

Nursing, B.S.N. - 120 units

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Summary of Units:

Prerequisite Requirements 28
Lower Division Major Requirements 30
Upper Division Major Requirements 29
Supporting Requirements 12
Additional General Education and Graduation Requirements 21
Total Units 120

Track I of the nursing program uses the cohort model of class scheduling and requires full time enrollment. Students move as a group through the designated nursing courses in sequence. Courses are designed so that 200-level courses are prerequisite to 300-level nursing courses and so on.

Requirements for Admission

Application - Application for the program is a two-step process. For incoming freshman, apply to the University as a pre-nursing major during the application period (November) the year before intended enrollment. Upon completion of the prerequisite courses (or while the courses are still in progress for the spring semester), apply to the nursing program in February. For transfer students, apply to the University during the application period (November) and the nursing program the following February, the semester before you wish to be considered for admissions (all prerequisite courses must be either completed or in progress with a grade of C or better).

Prerequisite Courses - Specific courses are listed in the major below.

Grade Point Average - An overall GPA of 2.5 or greater in the prerequisite nursing courses with no grade lower than a C.

Eligibility - Pre-nursing majors must be accepted to the nursing major to be eligible for the lower division nursing courses.

Insurance/Health Clearance - Students in the nursing program are required to have health insurance, demonstrate a sufficient immunization record consistent with that required of clinical placement in local health care agencies and pass a physical examination.

Background Check/Drug Screening - Students must complete a criminal background check and drug screening prior to clinical placement.

Impaction Status - This status was granted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office and supplemental criteria for admission will be required.

Supplemental Criteria Include - GPA in pre-nursing core course requirements, overall cumulative GPA, English language proficiency, basic math proficiency, proficiency in a second language, previous education or work experience, residency in preferred geographic areas and current CI student. Also, high school participation in regional health science or bioscience academy or nursing pipeline program. Supplemental criteria is subject to revision.

Criteria for Program Continuance

  1. Nursing majors must attain grades of “C” or better in all required nursing and non-nursing courses. Required nursing courses for which the student earns less than a grade of C may be repeated once with instructor consent, but only on a space available basis.
  2. Students in the nursing major must maintain good academic standing. Students on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in a nursing course until the probation has been removed.

Prerequisite Requirements - 28 units

Completion of all nursing major prerequisite courses or their equivalents


  1. Suggested free electives: NRS 342  /PSY 342  , NRS 354  , NRS 356  /CHS 356  .
  2. For BS Nursing major only, both American Institutions courses are allowed to double-count with GE Area D.
  3. Second baccalaureate Nursing students will not need to complete GE Areas A-E and American Institutions Requirements.

Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must complete 120 units minimum (40 units must be upper division), including the following General Education (GE) and Graduation Requirements:

  • Additional lower division GE Area A-E requirements not met within the major
  • American Institutions Requirement
  • Language Requirement (C- or better grade)
  • Multicultural Perspectives (MP) Mission Pillar Requirement
  • Nine units of Upper Division General Education (UDGE) courses, one each in Areas UDGE-B, UDGE-C, and UDGE-D
  • Free electives as needed to meet minimum units for graduation

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