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Undergraduate Programs

The baccalaureate program offers courses that prepare the student to become a professional nurse.

Our nursing programs prepare nurses to function as generalist practitioners with the knowledge and skill necessary to practice nursing 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 an understanding of self and others, stimulate intellectual curiosity and to develop an ability to work with colleagues to identify and resolve the health problems of individuals and families in a changing society. The professional nurse is committed to the role of maintaining health and preventing illness in self and others and is able to assess and intervene where health deviations exist.

The School of Nursing offers:

  • Over 50 years of experience in nursing education
  • A nationally-recognized, diverse faculty
  • A faculty available for counseling and support to help you reach your academic goals
  • An opportunity to interact with a diverse student population
  • On-site Learning Center with Simulation labs, complete nursing library, and computer resources
  • Free assistance to improve reading and writing skills
  • Opportunities to take elective classes from any department in the university
  • University resources such as counseling, support groups, and social organizations

The BSN Program is designed to:

  • Expand your skills, knowledge, and scope of nursing practice
  • Increase your understanding of today’s healthcare environment
  • Offer study in a selected area of clinical practice in the senior year

Licensing, Certification, and Employment Opportunities of our BSN Graduates:

  • Be eligible to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing examination (National Council Licensing Examination—NCLEX) in the State of California.
  • Be recommended for the California Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate.
  • Be able to function and provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions (care) as a generalist professional RN in any of the following clinical settings: in any acute care hospitals:  medical, surgical, women’s health, pediatrics, psychiatric/mental health neonatal nursery, adult/geriatric, and rehabilitation nursing.
  • Be able to practice in critical care and neonatal intensive care units.
  • Be able to practice as an entry-level public health nurse and provide community-focused care and promote the health and well-being of communities.
  • Be able to practice in collaborative or leadership roles as team leaders, care coordinators, and head nurses in hospitals, clinics, and community health care agencies.
  • Be eligible to apply to any graduate nursing school to pursue advanced nursing degrees.

CSULB School of Nursing's Board of Registered Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates

"Traditional" Basic BSN - Semester and Trimester

The basic baccalaureate program is the traditional track designed for students who enter the Nursing program with no prior nursing knowledge, experience, or skills. Following the prerequisite courses, completion of this program requires 5 semesters of full-time study.

Students complete the BSN through either the Semester or Trimester option. The admission requirements and the curriculum are exactly the same. The Semester BSN program requires 5 semesters of full-time study in the Fall and Spring semesters. The Trimester BSN Program requires 5 year-round semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). The Trimester BSN program is financially supported through a generous grant from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children’s Hospital and CSULB.

Following acceptance into the BSN program, students are assigned by lottery at admits’ mandatory orientation to either the Semester or Trimester options. While every effort will be made to give students their preference, the department cannot guarantee the outcome of the assignment.

Basic Nursing BSN -Recommended Plan (PDF)

CSULB Catalog - Nursing BSN

All requirements contained on these pages are superseded by the official information published in the University Catalog of the current academic year.

Current CSULB Undergraduate Pre-Nursing Majors: Degree Progress Guidelines (PDF). For more information, visit CHHS Academic Advising.


Registered Nurse RN-to-BSN or ADN-to-BSN

The RN-to-BSN program is a 2-year upper-division program designed for students who have graduated from an Accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program (or evaluation of diploma program for equivalency by an Accredited Associate Degree program), and hold a current California Registered Nurse (RN) license (or be eligible for license). During their first year in the program, students are able to attend classes on a part-time basis. In their second year, the RN-to-BSN students merge with the Basic BSN students and attend classes on a full-time basis to complete the program.

Nursing RN-to-BSN Recommended Plan (PDF)

CSULB Catalog - Registered Nurse BSN

All requirements contained on these pages are superseded by the official information published in the Course Catalog of the current academic year.


Step-Up Summer Bridge Program

This is a summer program that allows current ADN students to complete non-clinical BSN courses prior to applying to the School of Nursing’s RN-to-BSN (ADN-to-BSN) program.

The ideal candidate for this program is in their 2nd or 3rd semester of their ADN program. Applicants are ranked by GPA and the highest-ranking applicants will be able to enroll in summer courses through CSULB College of Professional and International Education. Graduating students are encouraged to apply to the RN-to-BSN program (see program information above).

General Requirements for Eligibility to the Summer Bridge Program:

  • 2.75 GPA or higher – both Nursing and Overall GPA
  • Currently in a fully accredited Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) program
  • Completion of the following lower-division courses (with a lab):
  • Anatomy,
  • Physiology,
  • Microbiology, and
  • Chemistry.
  • Eligible students interested in the program must apply by the application deadline.
The Step-Up Summer Bridge Program will be accepting applications February 1 - March 30, 2022 for Summer 2022 admission.
To apply, applicants need to complete the Step-Up Summer Bridge Application by the deadline.
Applicants will be notified of their admission late April.

Undergraduate Student Handbook