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It is preferable that courses be taken in a general order, but there is some flexibility to that order. The program can be completed in three semesters or more, depending on how many units you wish to take. Most full-time students (11-15 units/semester) complete the program in four semesters. In addition to the required GE courses, students must complete:

  • BSN 302 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice (First class taken)

After or concurrently with that, the following courses can be taken:

  • BSN 306 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (3) #
  • BSN 340 Professional Collaboration in Nursing Practice (3)
  • BSN 346 Pathophysiology (3) #

Then, the following courses can be taken:

  • BSN 380 Health Assessment (3) *
  • BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Lab (1) *
  • BSN 400 Health promotion and Teaching (3)
  • BSN 420 Community Based Nursing 2 (3)
  • BSN 421 Public Health Role Performance (2)

# BSN 306 and 346 can be completed via a Challenge Exam. The Challenge Exam Information Sheet will provide you with more details. 

* Students must take BSN 380 prior or concurrently with BSN 381L-- a Performance Course and as such, requires clinical performance. BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Seminar takes place either on campus or at a location identified one weekend during the semester. Attendance is required.

BSN 421 should be taken concurrently with BSN 420. It also must be taken prior to BSN 411. Students who wish to take BSN 411 before or concurrently with BSN 421 must contact the RN-BSN Program Coordinator to seek a permission number to enroll in the class (es).

The next section includes:

  • BSN 307 Health Care Informatics and Technology (3)
  • BSN 410 Community based Nursing 1 (3)
  • BSN 411 Home Health Role Performance (2)
  • BSN 430 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Finance (3)

The last section of courses includes:

  • BSN 408 Gerontological Nursing Practice (3)
  • BSN 450 Principles of Leadership and Management in Nursing (3)
  • BSN 451 Leadership/Management Role Performance (2)
  • BSN 460 Nursing Research Utilization (3)

Performance courses (411L, 421L, & 451L) occur in a clinical field setting and involve a clinical preceptor as well as the course instructor. Theory and clinical courses need to be taken in the same semester. All performance courses have TBA (to-be-assigned) dates and hours in addition to those listed in the class schedule. Refer to the course syllabus and the BSN Clinical Handbook [PDF] for more specific information.

Students wishing to complete the degree in three semesters may follow the Plan of Study for Full Time Accelerated Students [PDF].

Part-time students wishing to complete the degree in 3-4 years may follow the Plan of Study for Part-time Students [PDF].

Course Section Numbers

Stateside courses end in section numbers ending in 8: 08,18,28, etc. Course section number 19 designates a testing section, not a regular class. Sections ending in 171, 172, and so forth are Extended Education sections and will involve additional tuition.

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BSN Upper Division Transfer 2-year Degree Roadmap [PDF]