RN to BSN Program

NOTE: Please read all of the following information before submitting the application, which is posted below.  Any application that does not satisfy any of the minimum requirements will not be processed.

The RN to BSN Program builds upon the sound ADN foundation of nursing education. It is designed for associate degree nurses (ADNs) with a registered nursing license to complete upper division nursing courses that fulfill the BSN degree without repeating lower division nursing coursework.   Upper division nursing coursework expands upon leadership and management principles, and introduces research and evidence-based practice methodologies, as well as population-focused community health nursing.

 The BSN offers RNs a wider variety of job possibilities. Knowledge of nursing theory, research methods and evidence-based practice, as well as community health nursing principles and practice and expanded leadership/management skills, set the BSN graduate apart. A baccalaureate degree in nursing prepares RNs for entry into MSN and School Nurse Credential programs, and broadens opportunities for management positions. BSN graduates are also eligible to apply for a CA Public Health Nursing Certificate that permits them to work in community health settings with a more mainstream schedule. For PHN Certificate information and application: http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/applicants/phn-app.pdf

The current curriculum consists of 6 RN-BSN courses. Nursing courses are offered online, except for one 90-hour clinical course in community health nursing. Placements for this course are only available within the Fresno State service area.

Admission Requirements

  • ADN graduate from CA BRN-approved, regionally accredited program. Must be in good standing at last university attended.
  • Current, active, and clear California RN license.
  • Current enrollment at Fresno State or admitted applicant. Apply online at www.csumentor.edu

All Applicants must:

  1. Have a current, valid, and clear RN License.
  2. Be a graduate of a California BRN-approved regionally accredited ADN program.
  3. Live within the Fresno State service area.
  4. Have completed all prerequisite courses with minimum 3.0 GPA.
  5. Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Additional points will be calculated for:

  1. Graduated of Fresno City College, College of the Sequoias, or West Hills College ADN program.
  2. Completion of all lower division coursework (e.g., A-E co-requisites).
  3. No repeats in Prerequisite coursework.
  4. No repeats in Nursing coursework.
  5. Be currently employed as RN or have graduated from an ADN program within the past 12 months.
  6. Veteran or Spouse of veteran
  7. Passing score on writing assessment (optional)

Applicants will be ranked by GPA (prerequisite, cumulative), and additional points earned.

Applicants will be ranked by points for community college partner, Prerequisite GPA, cumulative GPA, completion of lower division coursework, no repeat coursework, employment/new graduate status, score on writing assessment, and Veteran status (spouse or Veteran).

    **Note: Applications usually open Oct. 1st for Fall admission the following year.  Check Fresno State Admissions for current deadlines and admission information.

The RN to BSN program is on impacted status (the number of applications received is greater than the number of vacancies for the program). Therefore, admission into the RN to BSN program is competitive; there is no waiting list.

    You must plan early for admission to Fresno State.

Completion of eight prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (see below for list of prerequisite courses).

  • Complete the RN to BSN Application. The application includes additional instructions and deadlines.
    • Admission is a two-step process: 1) University admission (check deadlines), and 2) Nursing major (RN-BSN) admission.

    • The university undergraduate application for fall 2015 is now closed. Program applications will be available March 1 - 31, 2015 and the deadline to submit is March 31st for those admitted to the university. Please include a copy of your RN license and CPR certification.  RN-BSN APPLICATION

    • Applicants must meet ALL criteria for admission to the university and the nursing major.

    • Current CPR certification.

    • 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 the BSN. Contact the School of Nursing regarding specific requirements.


 Required Prerequisite Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Prerequisites     Fresno State Courses (partial listing)        Units

English Composition*       ENGL 5B or 10                           3

Oral Communication*       COMM 3 or 7 or 8                       3

Critical Thinking*              PHIL 25 or 45                             3

Statistics*                         MATH 11 or PH 92                     3

Anatomy with Lab            BIOL 64                                        3

Physiology with Lab         BIOL 65                                        5

Chemistry with Lab**       CHEM 3A                                   4

Microbiology with Lab      BIOL 20                                       4

        *These four courses meet CSU GE Foundation requirements

        **May substitute online chemistry without lab, if chemistry was not part of your ADN program curriculum

Requirements for RN-BSN: 

Required Co-requisite Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Corequisites      Fresno State Courses (partial listing)        Units

Ethics                             PHIL 20, 120                                3

Social Sciences             SOC 1, 2, or ANTHRO 2              3

Psychology                    PSYCH 10                                    3


Required Nursing Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

RN-BSN Courses                                                                 Units

NURS 138        Bridge to Professional Concepts & Issues        5

NURS 145        Nursing Theories & Research                           3

NURS 141        Concepts of Community Health Nursing           3

NURS 141LS    Practicum: Concepts of CHN (2 units)              2

NURS 152        Advanced Leadership, Management, & 
                        Healthcare Systems                                           3

NURS 154        Applying Professional Nursing Principles         5       


Per Executive Order 1084, 20 units of credit toward the BSN will be applied toward the RN-BSN degree after successful completion of NURS 138.

Total Units in the Major = 41 (21 units coursework, 20 units credit) Prerequisite, Co-Requisite coursework

Total Units Required for Graduation = 120

All Graduation Requirements must be met (e.g., Upper Division Writing exam or course, Lower and Upper Division GE coursework).   

 General Education/Fresno State Graduation Requirements

1. Complete CSU GE Transfer Pattern (Areas A-E)

Available at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/advising/general-ed.html              

  • Areas A & B are completed with RN-BSN Prerequisites
  • Take co-requisites Ethics (C2), Psychology, and Sociology     or Anthropology (D3)
  • Complete any remaining requirements for Areas C, D, & E
    • Lower Division prerequisite GE coursework (A-E) should be completed before enrolling in Fresno State Upper Division coursework (I-B, I-C, I-D).

    • NOTE:   It is best to complete lower division RN-BSN Prerequisites and Lower Division GE courses at the community college and then have your transcript GE Certified in order to maximize the 70 units you can transfer in to Fresno State.       

To check equivalent prerequisite, co-requisite, and GE courses at your community college, go to www.assist.org

II. Upper Division GE taken at Fresno State

        Integration (I-B, I-C, I-D---9 units total)

        *Upper Division Multicultural/International (3 units)

               *This requirement is met by taking NURS141

III. Graduation Requirements:

        US History, Federal/State/Local Government

        Upper Division Writing (exam or course)

                           FRESNO STATE RN-BSN PROGRAM PLAN

Fall Admission

Fall One                                                    Spring One
NURS 138 Bridge to Professional (5)*           NURS 141 CH Lecture (3)
NURS 145 Theories/Research (3)                 NURS 141LS CH Clinical (2)
Upper Division GE (3)                         Upper Division GE (3)     
_____________________ ________________________ 
11 Units 8 Units
Fall Two
NURS 152 Leadership (3)
NURS 154 Applying Professional (5)
Upper Division GE (3)
11 Units

 *NCLEX External Exam Credits (20 units) awarded after NURS 138

Transfer maximum of 70 units from community college; take 50 units from Fresno State (21 RN-BSN courses, 20 NCLEX external exam credits, 9 units UD GE) for RN-BSN degree total of 120 units.

NOTE: Associate Degree RN graduates with a bachelor’s degree in another area may enter as second-degree students. In order to meet minimum degree requirements, co-Requisite courses (or 9 units) must be taken at Fresno State in addition to the RN-BSN coursework.




NURSING 138. Bridge to Professional Nursing Concepts and Issues (5 units) Prerequisites: Admission to RN-BSN program. Characteristics of nursing as a profession, historic and current roles of professional nurse as advocate, leader, manager, educator, researcher, team member, and change agent. Introduction to nursing theories, along with research, ethical, legal, political, and economic issues in health care.

 **NURS 145. Nursing Theories and Research (3 units)
 Prerequisites: Upper-division writing skills requirement. Application of nursing theories and the research process to nursing practice are explored. Focus includes historical evolution of contemporary theories in nursing, critique of current research, and computer applications to research.

NURS 141. Concepts of Community Health Nursing (3 units)
 Prerequisites: NURS 145. Co-requisite: NURS 141LS. Community health nursing principles, practices, and services to benefit client systems at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention; recognizes the interrelatedness of nursing, public health, epidemiological, developmental, learning, and economic theories and concepts. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

NURS 141LS. Practicum: Concepts of Community Health Nursing (2 units)
 Prerequisites: NURS 145. Co-requisite: NURS 141. Application of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in the community with individuals, families, and groups. (6 clinical hours/week; course fee, $20) Meets G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

NURS 152.  Advanced Leadership, Management, & Healthcare Systems. (3 units). Prerequisites: NURS 138, 145, 141, & 141LS. This course provides students with an expanded view of the nurse as leader and manager, as well as the role of nursing within the healthcare system.  Leadership, management, organizational, financial, regulatory, and policy frameworks are examined.

NURS 154. Applying Professional Nursing Principles (5 units) Prerequisites: NURS 138, NURS 145, NURS 141/141LS. co-requisites: NURS 152. Culminating RN-BSN course; integration of concepts presented in RN-BSN coursework with prior nursing knowledge and experience. Synthesis and application of cumulative knowledge focused on capstone project, and exploration of the future role of nursing within our changing health care system.


**Currently in the process of getting Writing course designation.

 Please consult the California State University, Fresno catalog for further information.

                               Prospective Students Start HERE

--See Roadmap for your Community College (link below)

--Take 8 Prerequisite Courses at Community College (CC)

--Contact Student Service Center at 559-278-5027

--Continue to take Lower Division GE Courses at CC

--Have CC Transcript “GE Certified”

--Apply to Fresno State www.csumentor.edu before deadline

--Apply to RN-BSN Program before deadline

 (All admission requirements met & documents/transcripts sent)

--Once accepted, contact GE Advisor, about GE/graduation

 GE Advisor, College of Health & Human Services

 (559) 278-5027

 RN-BSN Coordinator

        Dr. Danette Dutra


 Other Numbers of Interest:

Admissions                       (559) 278-2261

Bulldog Card Office          (559) 278-5608

Cashier                             (559) 278-2641

Dog Days (Orientation)     (559) 278-4885

Financial Aid                     (559) 278-2182

Health Center                    (559) 278-2734

Kennel Bookstore              (559) 278-4278

Library (Reference)           (559) 278-2174

Nursing Department          (559) 278-2041

 Websites of Interest:

Fresno State Transfer Students (application process, deadlines, costs)        http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/outreach/transfers/

 Fresno State Nursing Undergraduate Handbook


 COS Roadmap

FCC Roadmap






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