Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The baccalaureate program offers courses that prepare the student to become a professional nurse. Three distinct categories of students are eligible for admission: The “basic student” who enters the University without having completed a first level nursing program, the “registered nurse student” who, having completed a course of study at the first level, desires further study to expand her or his nursing capabilities to the BSN professional level. The Accelerated second-degree BSN for the student who, having completed a baccalaureate degree in another field, chooses to obtain a BSN degree in a period of slightly over a year (58 weeks).
Though each category of student enters at different levels, the terminal objectives of the nursing program are the same for all groups. The “basic student” and the Accelerated BSN student upon completion of specific courses are eligible to take the examination for licensure to practice as a registered nurse. All graduates are recommended for certification as a public health nurse in the State of California. The program is accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791).
The purpose of the bachelor’s of science program in nursing is to prepare graduates to function as professional nurses in a variety of settings. Graduates are expected to have acquired foundations for continuing professional development. The curriculum is formulated to help the student develop understanding of self and others, stimulate intellectual curiosity and to develop an ability to work with colleagues to identify and resolve the health of individuals and families in a changing society. The professional nurse, while problems able to assess and intervene where health deviations exist, is committed to the role of maintaining health and preventing illness in self and others.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Basic (code NRSGBS01) (135 units)
Admission Under Impaction
Freshman or transfer students interested in the basic nursing program should request the "pre-nursing major" when they apply for admission to the University. Upon acceptance to the NRSG 200 course, the department will submit a change of major to nursing for students accepted to the program. The number of applicants to nursing exceeds the number that can be admitted. For this reason, nursing applicants are subject to criteria in addition to those required for admission to the University. To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor in Science in Nursing (Basic) program, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted:
1. Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student.
2. Applicants must have completed the following natural science prerequisite courses, each with a minimum grade of “C”: BIOL 207, BIOL 208, MICR 200, and CHEM 140.
3. Applicants must have completed the following General Education prerequisite courses, each with a minimum grade of “C”: Category A1, Oral Communications; Category A2, College Composition; Category A3, Critical Thinking; and Category B2, Quantitative Reasoning.
4. Applicants must complete a test that assesses their essential academic skills and knowledge: Reading Comprehension, Math, Science and English (offered by the department at the start of each semester) before their application will be considered.
5. Applicants must submit a supplemental application to the department by February 15 for the fall semester or by September 15 for the spring semester.
6. Submit transcripts of any previous college work to the Nursing Department as well as to the Admissions Office
The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis according to the faculty’s judgment of their ability to succeed in the program.
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 nursing program.
Prerequisite Natural Science Prerequisites: CHEM 140, BIOL 207, BIOL 208, MICR 200, or equivalent.
Prerequisite General Education Courses: English Composition, Quantitative Reasoning, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking.
Support courses: BIOL 204, 304, FCS 339, PSY 100, and SOC 100.
Nursing Courses: NRSG 200, 200L, 202, 250, 250L, 260, 260L, 301, 310, 312, 312L, 331, 331L, 341, 341L, 353, 361, 361L, 371, 371L, 400, 402, 402L, 450, 451, and one of the following:, 452A and 453L or 452B and 454L or 452D and 456L.
Criminal background check, health insurance and malpractice insurance are required for clinical coursework.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Registered Nurse (code NRSGBS02) (120 units)
Registered Nurse Applicants are required to apply for admission to the University and do the following:
1. Hold a current license or be eligible for license to practice in California;
2. Graduation from an Accredited Associate Degree program or evaluation of diploma program for equivalency by an Accredited Associate Degree program;
3. Have 56 transferable units;
4. Maintain malpractice and health insurance throughout clinical coursework and submit to a criminal background check;
5. Attend a group counseling session for RN students and complete the RN application form;
6. Submit official transcripts of any previous college work to the Nursing Department;
7. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) either prior to admission or within the first semester in the program.
Graduates of diploma schools of nursing are urged to seek information/admission to a community college that offers the opportunity to earn academic credit for a diploma nursing program.
Support Courses: CHEM 140, and BIOL 304.
Nursing Courses: NRSG 309, 312, 312L, 400, 402, 402L, 450, 451 and one of the following: 452A and 453L or 452B and 454L or 452D and 456L.
Course of Study
A specific combination of general education, prerequisites, nursing and elective courses totaling 135 units for the basic program and 120 units for the R.N. program are required for graduation. All nursing courses in the nursing program must be taken in sequence. In general, the number assigned to each nursing course indicates where it occurs in the sequence. Admission to the first course is by application which will be accepted upon successful attainment of the criteria listed above. The last date to file applications for each semester will be available in the Nursing Department. Progress in the nursing major requires that students maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all units attempted and attain a minimum of a “C” grade in each of the nursing courses as well as all required support courses. The student who earns less than a grade of “C” must repeat that course prior to being admitted to the next course in the nursing course sequence. A nursing course may be repeated one time. The nursing sequence of courses requires a minimum of six semesters for the “basic student”. A break in the sequence of nursing courses necessitates readmission on a space-available basis.
Nurse Practitioner Certificate (code NRSGCT01)
A Nurse Practitioner Certificate is awarded to students who complete the required courses in one of the following Nurse Practitioner specialty areas:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 682, 682 A&B, 683, 683 A&B.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 684, 684 A&B, 685, 685 A&B.
Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 686, 686 A&B, 687, 687 A&B.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Completion of NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 688, 688 A&B, 689, 689 A&B.
Health Services (School Nurse) Credential (code 600)
The Health Services (School Nurse) credential is required of registered nurses working in the California school system.
1. Copies of transcripts of Baccalaureate in Nursing and Masters in Nursing (with a Pediatric Nurse practitioner speciality) degrees;
2. Copy of State of California RN licensure and entitlement as a Nurse Pracitioner;
3. Three letters/checklists of reference;
4. Completion of the Department of Nursing Graduate Program Application.
Completion of the following with a grade of "B" or better: NRSG 680C and 680L; H SC 430; CD 373.
Master of Science in Nursing
The master of science degree is available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in a variety of clinical speciality areas. The program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791).
The philosophy of graduate nurse education is that the practice of nursing is constantly changing as health needs and health delivery systems are altered. Integral to nursing is an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines and community services to promote health.
The focal point in this curriculum is the nursing process with strong components of clinical medical knowledge complemented by behavioral science concepts. Courses are interdependent and have been structured to provide clinical depth in the area of student’s choice.
The graduate will have the knowledge and skill to function as an advanced practice nurse in one of several speciality areas. Nursing research skills and the application of nursing theory to practice are major emphases of the curriculum. Each applicant should request a copy of the official transcript of all college course work be sent to the department graduate program of nursing in addition to the copies required by the Office of Admissions and Records.
1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred: A bachelor’s degree in a related field will be considered;
2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California; PHN Certificate needed for concurrent MSN/MPH program;
3. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at the University;
4. An upper division or graduate course in statistics;
5. A physical assessment course which includes clinical practice (all speciality areas except concurrent MSN/MPH and MSN/MSHCA);
6. An upper division or graduate level course in pathophysiology (all speciality areas except concurrent MSN/MPH and MSN/MSHCA);
7. An upper division public health nursing course;
8. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better in the last 60 units of the undergraduate BSN Program.
Advancement to Candidacy
1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;
2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;
3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
4. Approval of the department graduate advisor and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.
The M.S. in Nursing requires completion of the required courses in one of the following speciality areas: Adult-Geriatric, Family, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Women's Health Care.
Master of Science in Nursing (code NRSGMS01)
1. Completion of a minimum of 37 units in approved upper division and graduate courses;
2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better;
3. Completion of an approved thesis, directed project or comprehensive examination.
Nurse Practitioner Speciality Areas: Family, Pediatric, Adult-Geriatric, and Psychiatric-Mental Health
Core courses: NRSG 510, 520, 530, 540, 550, 560, 596.
Theories for Advance Practice Nursing I and II: NRSG 682 and 683, or 684 and 685, or 686 and 687, or 688 and 689
Clinical Studies in Advance Practice Nursing I-IV: NRSG 682A/B and 683A/B, or 684A/B and 685A/B, or 686A/B and 687A/B, or 688A/B and 689A/B; and 692 or 695 or 698
Women’s Health Care: NRSG 560, 596, 660B, 680A, B, C (at least 6 units), 680L series (at least 9 units) and 692 or 695 or 698;
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (code NRSGMN01)
The Departments of Nursing and Health Science offer a concurrent Master of Science and Master of Public Health degree available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in the area of public health nursing with a practice focus of primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion. The concurrent program leading to both degrees represents the core accreditation requirements of each degree. Coursework is integrated between the two Departments in each semester in order to provide an intense learning experience. The Master of Science and Master of Public Health (Health Education Option) provides the opportunity for students to increase competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs in preparation for serving in various health agencies.
1. An ethics course
2. A cultural diversity course
3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - verbal and quantitative scores.
4. Current professional resume describing applicant’s relevant experience.
1. A minimum of 57 units of approved Nursing and Health Science upper division and graduate level courses including: HSC 500 or MICR 429; HSC 503 or BIOL 565; HSC 508, 528, 535, 570, 581, 624, 625; NRSG 560, 565, 670, 671, 680C, 670L, 671L, 680CL; NRSG 596 or HSC 696; NRSG 698 or HSC 697.
2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses
3. A thesis or a directed project (Department of Health Science only)
4. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/MPH program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met.
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Health Care Administration (code NRSGMC01)
The Department of Nursing and Health Care Administration Programs offer a concurrent Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Health Care Administration dual degree available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in the areas of nursing and health care administration with a practice focus as Advanced Practice Nurses in administration. The concurrent program leading to both degrees represents the core accreditation requirements of each degree. Coursework is integrated between the two degree programs each semester in order to provide an intense learning experience.
The philosophy of graduate nurse education is that the practice of nursing is constantly changing as health needs and health delivery systems are altered. Integral to nursing is an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines. The joint Master of Science in Health Care Administration and the Master of Science in Nursing provides the opportunity for students to specialize as advanced practice nurses with emphasis in administration and increasing competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in preparation for serving in various health agencies. An important career path for advanced practice nurses is as nurse executive in the variegated segments of the health care industry including entrepreneurial activities. Courses are interdependent and have been structured to provide clinical depth in the areas of nursing and administration.
Each applicant should request that a copy of official transcript of all college course work be sent to the Nursing Department Graduate Advisor and to the Office of Admissions and Records.
1. Public Health Nurse Certificate, or eligibility for certificate in California.
2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better; an upper division nursing GPA of 3.0 or better and a science GPA of 3.0 or better. Students who fall below these averages will be evaluated on an individual basis.
3. Submission of quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
4. Current professional resume describing the applicant’s relevant experience.
Advancement to Candidacy
A joint committee, consisting of Nursing and Health Care Administration faculty involved in the program, will review files and make a determination to advance the candidate to graduate status.
Requirements for Completion
1. A minimum of 57 units of approved Nursing and Health Care Administration upper division and graduate level courses including:
The Program of Study: NRSG 559, 560, 596, 680A, 680B, 680C, 680AL, 680BL, 680CL, 698, HCA 502, 505, 510, 515, 524, 530, 535, 550, 698
2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses.
3. Directed project or a thesis.
4. *Graduate degrees obtained previously may be accepted toward meeting a portion of the unit requirements of the concurrent MSN/MSHCA degree program.
5. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/MSHCA program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met.
* 60% of units must be earned in residence