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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing -
Basic, and Trimester BSN
[120 units]

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Program Description

The CSULB Department of Nursing has three (3) approaches to obtaining a BSN degree:

  1. The traditional 5 semester fall/spring "Basic" BSN program. (code NRSGBS01U1 & A1)
  2. The 5 semester fall/spring/summer "Trimester" BSN program. (code NRSGBS01U1 & A1)
  3. The "RN-Pathway" BSN (for Associate degree in Nursing [ADN] students.) (code NRSGBS02U1 & A1)

All three baccalaureate (BSN) nursing programs prepare nurses as generalist practitioners with the knowledge and skill necessary to practice nursing in any setting. Students in the Basic, and trimester programs are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) on completion of the program. BSN graduates may apply for California Public Health Nursing certificate. The RN-Pathway students already have their RN license upon admission.

The Basic baccalaureate program is the traditional track designed for students who enter the Nursing program with no prior nursing knowledge, experience, or skills. Completion of this program requires 5 semesters (fall/spring) of full time study, following the initial year of prerequisite science courses.

The Trimester BSN Program is offered over a 5 semester, year round. Students in this program complete the required 5 semesters of course work fall/spring/summer. . These students attend classes during the Fall and Spring semesters as well as 12 weeks of summer sessions. The admission requirements and the curriculum are exactly the same as the traditional BSN program. The Trimester BSN program is financially supported through a generous grant from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children’s Hospital and CSULB.

Students interested in the Trimester Program apply through the same process as the Basic BSN program. Out of the 70 qualified applicants admitted to the undergraduate program, 30 will be assigned to the Basic BSN Program and 40 to the Trimester BSN Program. Following acceptance into the undergraduate nursing program students are assigned to either the Basic or Trimester program by lottery at the mandatory orientation. While every effort will be made to give students their program of choice, the department cannot guarantee the outcome of the assignment.

The RN-Pathway BSN program is for those students who already are graduates of Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs and hold the California Registered Nurses (RN) license. It takes 1 1/2 years full time to complete the program. During the junior year, students can attend classes on a part time basis, however, in the senior year, the RN Pathway BSN students merge with the Basic BSN students to complete the program. During the senior year, students have to attend classes on a full time basis. For additional information about the admission requirements to this program, see the specific section for RN-Pathway program.

The basic baccalaureate program is the traditional track designed for students who enter the Nursing program with no prior nursing knowledge, experience, or skills. Completion of this program requires (5 semesters) of full time study, following the initial year of prerequisite science courses. The baccalaureate nursing program prepares nurses as generalist practitioners with the knowledge and skill necessary to practice nursing in any setting. Students are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) on completion of their BSN. BSN graduates may apply for the California Public Health Nursing certificate.

Admission Under Impaction

Students must apply for admission to the University as an undeclared or pre-nursing major. The number of applicants to nursing exceeds the number that can be accepted. For this reason nursing applicants are subject to criteria in addition to those required for admission to the University. The "basic student" and the "trimester student" may apply as a new or transfer student. After the student is accepted in NRSG 200 the department submits a change of major to nursing for the student.

To be considered as a nursing major, basic and trimester students are required to do the following:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 56 semester units of degree credit, including all lower-division General Education requirements, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
  2. Earn a "C" grade or better in all prerequisite courses.
  3. Complete a test that assesses essential academic skills (TEAS) prior to filing an application with the department.
  4. Submit transcripts of any previous college work to the School of Nursing as well as to the Admissions Office;
  5. Students who fulfill the prerequisite requirements will be admitted on a space-available basis, in priority order according to the faculty's judgment of their ability to succeed in the program. At this time, the admission committee may only consider California residents for admission.

All nursing students are required to have their own means of transportation available for travel to extended campus clinical facilities. Students are also required to obtain malpractice insurance, be certified in Health Care Provider life-support CPR in an AHA program, and have a physical examination, including rubella titer at time of entry into the program. Routine immunizations, ‘booster’ shots, and hepatitis vaccinations are available at low cost at the Student Health Service. Students pay a one-time lab fee at the beginning of the program.

Students are strongly advised to obtain supplementary group health, accident, and hospital insurance available at low rates at the Associated Students, Inc. Office. This insurance must be purchased during or shortly following registration.

Further information regarding admission to program courses is available at group counseling sessions held in the department.

NOTE:

Lab fees are charged for student supplies used throughout the pre-licensure courses (Nursing 200 & Nursing 250).

ATI Testing is mandatory for all nursing students. Students will pay ATI Testing fees directly to ATI.

Requirements

Pre-Requisites For BSN Program:
Students applying to the nursing program for Fall 2005 (or later), will need to complete the following courses:

  1. BIO 208 Human Anatomy Lecture and in class Lab
  2. BIO 207 Human Physiology Lecture and in class Lab
  3. CHEM 140 a 5 unit combined chemistry course which includes general, organic and biochemistry with an in class lab is preferred but an approved 5 unit general chemistry with in class lab will be accepted
  4. MICR 200 Microbiology Lecture and in class Lab
  5. Statistics or AP Statistics
  6. Oral Communication (any communications course that meets A1 requirements)
  7. College Composition (any composition course that meets A2 requirements, including AP English)
  8. Critical Thinking (any critical thinking course that meets A2 requirements)

TEAS Examination completed prior to application deadline.

Required Support Courses: NRGS 302, 305 and NUTR 339.

Required Co-Requisites: Soc 100 & Psy 100 (or AP Psy)

Required Nursing Courses: NRSG 200, 250, 312, 321, 331, 341, 353, 361, 400, 402, 450, 456, 452 or 3 or 4, 458 and Gern 400I.

(All requirements contained on these pages are superceded by the official information published in the Course Catalog of the current academic year. To see an online copy, view this file or visit this official university page.)