Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Program
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program is a post-licensure (RN-BSN) education program designed for registered nurses with a previous associate degree or diploma, and current, unrestricted RN licensure, who wish to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in the professional field of nursing. This RN-BSN program includes coursework and behavioral objectives that focus on the development of the nurse's role as a global practitioner, researcher, and leader.
Role and Qualifications: The program is designed to develop the professional knowledge and skills of registered nurses and prepare them as generalists who are able to apply critical thinking, professional skills and knowledge to client outcomes and health care systems. The emphasis of this program is on meeting the healthcare needs of underserved populations.
Curriculum: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program has a 36-credit required course of study in-residence (32 credits of Nursing courses and 4 credits of General Education Courses). The required course of study fulfills only part of the 120-minimum-credit requirement for Bachelor of Science degree completion. The required nursing and general education courses have been combined to enable students to complete the program in 3 Semesters of full-time study (12 or more credits per semester) based on the number of core requirements completed. Students could transfer up to 84 credits of previous, relevant course work. The curriculum is based on a three-semester duration (6 mini-sessions) and builds on previous knowledge foundations of biological, physical, social and nursing sciences in conjunction with liberal arts components to enhance the development of a well-rounded, caring, professional nurse. Each theoretical course is designed to take place in a hybrid, executive style course delivery format with having both flexible on-line sessions and live on-campus classes held during one 4-day weekend per month (Thursday–Sunday) for a duration of 2 months in each session. Students may take less classes and extend their program according to their personal needs and ability. The goal is the student’s success in completing the program.
Cohorts are selected three times per year during our Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Applicants selected for the program are required to attend a two-day mandatory orientation at the start of each cohort. The required course of study includes a capstone course that synthesizes baccalaureate student learning outcomes. The only clinical course required to complete in this program is Public, Community and Global Health Nursing since it is necessary for students to be eligible for the Public Health Nursing Certificate through the California Board of Registered Nursing. No other clinical requirements are necessary. For priority consideration of admission into the MSN/FNP program, students must complete the RN-BSN program in good academic standing and with an overall GPA of 3.0.
The RN-BSN program provides two accelerated pathways to a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree for both working professional nurses who currently hold an active and unrestricted RN license (Post-Licensure), and pre-licensure nursing students who have already completed their 2nd semester in an Associate Degree in Nursing community college program (Concurrent).
Pre-Licensure students must submit evidence of a RN license before taking the Public, Community and Global Health Nursing course within their 2nd Semester at CDU in order to continue on with the post-licensure segment of their RN-BSN. Students would otherwise need to apply for an Academic Leave of Absence until they successfully complete the NCLEX and obtain a RN license.