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School of Nursing

Dear Visitor & Prospective Student,

Welcome to the School of Nursing at California State University, Long Beach!  We hope to be your school of choice for your nursing education!  We have a diverse and dedicated faculty who provide rigorous educational programs to create practice-ready nurses and nursing leaders.  We are proud of our outstanding program outcomes with near 100% NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate for the last five years.  Our certification passing rates of our nurse practitioners programs are also outstanding.  We hope you find this website helpful but do email us at if you have any questions.

We look forward to you joining us at “The Beach!”

Cordially Yours,
School of Nursing

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The 2020-2021, graduates of the School of Nursing achieved 99.3% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, a required examination for the licensure of nurses in the United States.  Currently, the national first-time pass rate is 82.3%.  

Traditional Basic Nursing BSN: The School accepts students into the nursing program at the sophomore level after they have completed all of their prerequisites. In five semesters, they graduate with a BSN degree and Public Health Certificate.

Trimester BSN: Similar to the Basic BSN except students attend school year-round and complete the program in two years.

RN to BSN: A Registered Nurse with an Associate degree is accepted into the BSN program and completes the BSN in 18 months.

The School of Nursing is transitioning away from the Master of Science in Nursing to a BSN-to-DNP program.  The program focuses on five Nurse Practitioner Specialty area:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
  • Family Primary Care
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health (across the lifespan). 

For information on this program: BSN to DNP Program

CSULB School of Nursing has discontinued its participation in the CSU Consortium for the MSN-to-DNP program at this time.  Additionally, post-MSN graduate certificates for additional specialties or nurse practitioner credential are not available currently. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and BSN to DNP graduate program in nursing at California State University Long Beach are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The baccalaureate degree program and BSN to DNP (Advance Practice Nursing Programs) are fully approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.