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

Department

Nursing

Sylvia Miller, Chair
McLane Hall, Room 190
559.278.2041
www.fresnostate.edu/nursing/

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Nursing, B.S.N.
BS in Nursing - R.N.-B.S.N.
BS in Nursing, R.N.-B.S.N. - Continuing & Global Education
CRED in Health Services, Credential
DNP in Nursing, D.N.P.
MS in Nursing - Accelerated Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, M.S.
MS in Nursing - Primary Care/Nurse Practitioner Option, M.S.
MS in Nursing - Primary Care/Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, M.S.
MS in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, M.S.
MS in Nursing - Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, M.S.
PREB in Pre-Nursing

Courses Offered

The mission of the School of Nursing is to offer quality nursing education to undergraduate and graduate nursing students. This education prepares nurses to make clinical decisions based on theory and research. As life-long learners, graduates are prepared to deliver quality health care for increasingly diverse populations. Graduates will lead, supervise, delegate, manage, and evaluate care outcomes, as well as demonstrate the ability to act as consumer advocates in promoting wellness and facilitating change.

The scope of nursing practice is changing significantly. The professional nurse uses theory and research-based knowledge to provide direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

In the role as designer, manager, and coordinator of care, nurses collaborate with patients and interdisciplinary care teams.

Health Related Personnel. Medical corpsmen, psychiatric technicians, and others are eligible for credit by examination under the university’s policy as outlined in the current catalog. The curriculum is designed to emphasize theory-based practice in nursing and to provide the foundation for graduate study. While pursuing the degree, students are encouraged to select their area of interest. They are also encouraged to collaboratively care for patients in a variety of settings: acute care, critical care, long-term care, ambulatory care, and home care.

Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program

Nursing Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

1. Major requirements (58 units)
NURS 10, 10L, 110, 110A, 110L, 112, 114, 121, 121L, 124, 131, 131L, 132, 132L, 140A, 140L, 141, 141LS, 142, 145, 150, 150AL, 151, 155

Prerequisite requirements (28 units)
(See prerequisites listed under Eligibility to Apply to the Program. [18 units may be applied to G.E.])

Additional course requirements (12 units)
CFS 38; PHIL 20 or 120PSYCH 10NUTR 53. [9 total units may be applied to G.E.]

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

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. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. If students choose to take a writing course, ANTH 116W is recommended because it meets both the writing requirement and G.E. ID area requirement. If students choose a different writing course, they need to take a separate G.E. ID course to meet G.E requirements. See advisor for details.

 

Advising Notes

  1. Students must complete CFS 38 and NUTR 53 no later than the first semester of the nursing major.
  2. Please see wwwfresnostate.edu/nursing for specific G.E. classes and recommended elective classes designated for nursing.
  3. Introduction to Psychology (PSYCH 10) and SOC 3 must be completed no later than the second semester of the nursing major.
  4. Major courses must be taken for a letter grade; CR/NC grading is not permitted in the nursing major.
  5. Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising every semester.
  6. All practicum courses (with suffix "A" or "L") require a minimum of three hours of clinical work per unit of credit as a minimum to meet course objectives.
  7. Students with more than 75 units cannot change their major or declare double major into Pre-Nursing.
  8. No student with more than 90 units may apply to the BSN Program unless already declared Pre-Nursing.
  9. Pre-Nursing students who do not meet nursing admissions eligibility at the end of the spring term will be moved into undeclared. Once moved into undeclared, students will no longer be able to declare Pre-Nursing.
  10. Prerequisite science courses are to be taken within five years from the time of application.
  11. Students must be declared Pre-Nursing to apply for Nursing.

 

RN-BSN (Post-licensure) Degree Requirements

1. Major requirements (21 units)
NURS 138, 141, 141LS, 145, 152, 154

NCLEX Credit (20 units)

Prerequisite requirements (28 units)
(See prerequisites listed under Eligibility to Apply to the Program. (18 units may be applied to G.E.)

Additional course requirements (15 units)
PHIL 20 (C2) or PHIL 120 (IC); SOC 3 (A3); PSYCH 10 (D3); MATH 11 or PH 92 (B4)

General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

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. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.


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If SOC 3 is not taken, then SOC 1 or ANTH 2 must 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 Exam or course, lower- and upper-division GE coursework).

 

Policies and Procedures
for B.S.N. Admission

Admission to the program is a two-step process: (1) admission to the university and (2) admission to the nursing major. For fall entry all prerequisites must be completed by the preceding fall semester and for spring entry all prerequisites must be completed by the preceding spring semester. Applicants must meet all criteria for admission to the university and to the nursing major. Students not in the major may apply to the university as pre-nursing majors.

Specific health criteria must be met. Students with recurrent infections or physical limitations who cannot meet clinical course objectives may be unable to satisfactorily complete the requirements for a B.S. in Nursing. Contact the Nursing Department regarding specific requirements.

 

Background Checks

All state Boards of Nursing require an individual to possess a professional license to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Students are advised to investigate all background requirements for RN licensure (e.g., criminal background checks, verification of employment eligibility, and verification of citizenship or immigration status). Likewise, clinical nursing courses require criminal background checks and drug screening for clinical placement and course enrollment.

 

Eligibility to Apply to the Program

Students must have an overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 Prior to applying to the Nursing Program, students must pass the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a score of 75%. Students receiving a score of less than 75% will be allowed to retake the exam once, but this must be done prior to their application. For TEAS information, see www.atitesting.com.

The following eight prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the nursing program.

G.E. Area A1 (COMM 3, 7, or 8) (3 units)
G.E. Area A2 (ENGL 5B or 10) (3 units)
G.E. Area A3* (SOC 3) preferred (3 units)
G.E. Area B4* (MATH 11 or PH 92) preferred (3 units)
Chemistry (CHEM 3A)  (4 units)
Microbiology (BIOL 20) (4 units)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 67A)  (4 units)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 67B)  (4 units)
Total (28 units)

* See G.E. list for approved courses.


  • Each prerequisite must be completed with a minimum C grade - CR/NC grades are not acceptable. (Excluding AP and IB credit)
  • A GPA of 3.0 is required in the eight prerequisite courses .
  • A course with a W grade within the science prerequisite courses will be counted as a repeat.
  • On-line, Web-based or distance learning science and laboratory courses taken at other institutions must be approved by the nursing admissions coordinator.


Selection Criteria. The program is on impacted status (the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the nursing major is very competitive; there is no waiting list. Applicants must reapply each time and compete with the entire applicant pool if not selected.

Eligibility will be based upon a holistic review of application for admittance to the BSN. Holistic review will include an evaluation of GPA and ATI math/science/reading comprehension scores.

Application Filing Period
Fall admission: School of Nursing applications are available March 1-31; university applications are available October 1.

Spring admission: School of Nursing applications are available July 1-31; university applications are available August 1.

Dates are subject to change. Additional information and applications can be obtained online at www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/nursing or by calling nursing admissions at 559.278.5027.

The two program applications (both university and nursing) include additional instructions.

Note: Students who have been admitted to the major, have made no arrangements with the school, failed to attend the nursing orientation, and fail to attend the first day of class will be dropped administratively from the major and not considered for future admission.

International course credit and admission eligibility

  • No prerequisite courses taken at an international institution are accepted to fulfill the Nursing Admissions prerequisites. Equivalent prerequisite courses and nursing additional requirements must be taken and/or repeated at domestic institutions in the United States.



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 at the time of application.
  3. Admission is contingent upon completion of eight prerequisite courses (see below) with a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in ADN coursework.
  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, copy of RN license and other requested materials before deadline.


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 - March 1-31
Spring Admission - July 1-31

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 don't request a 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.

Faculty

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Roadmap

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Careers

Nursing student with patient

The Department of Nursing offers a program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The degree requires a minimum of 125 semester units, and the nursing curriculum sequence covers six 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 the National League for Nursing.

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 salary.com as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Nursing of the Childrearing Family
  • Critical Care Assessment
  • 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 noninvasive nursing procedures in the care of elderly patients
  • 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:

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

Building/Room:

McLane Hall Room 190

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