RN to BSN in nursing

This program is for nurses who are a registered nurse or are nearing completion of their Associate Degree Program in Nursing.  This is not a program to become a nurse.  For more information on where to become a nurse see http://www.rn.ca.gov/education/programs.shtmlIf you are a registered nurses who is an adult learner and your time, lifestyle or work schedule makes it difficult to complete a traditional course of study in residence on a campus, the online* RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing may be for you. Most BSN courses are offered online* through the internet to deliver the curriculum wherever and whenever you are ready to learn.  Tests are sometimes given on a specific date and time however you are given the information in enough time to accommodate your schedule. The courses must be completed within the semester, but you have the flexibility of accessing the courses at the time and place most convenient and for completing assignments by the due dates.

If you are considering applying for our RN-BSN program, please take this quiz to help you decide if online learning is right for you.

  • Pre-Requisites to the Nursing Program
  • Costs of Attendance
  • Curriculum
  • Plan of Study
  • BSN Information Newsletter [PDF]
  • Clinical Resources/Forms
  • Community College Roadmaps

Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree

Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another field may be eligible for our MSN Pathway Program upon completion of designated BSN courses. That process is describe on the MSN Pathway page.

* BSN 381 requires the students to attend 2 consecutive lab-days on campus. For clinical courses (BSN 423 and 451), the students will complete the clinical hours at appropriate agencies in the student’s community. More details can be found at the BSN Clinical Handbook at http://www4.csudh.edu/son/forms/index

Pre-Requisites to the Nursing Program

The following courses must be completed at least two semesters prior to acceptance.  If they are not, admission may be denied.  In addition, they will only be accepted from a regionally accredited college or university.  It is recommended that you obtain GE Certification from a community college prior to admission.


Nursing Program Prerequisite Course

CSU GE-Breadth Area

• Oral communication *


• Written communication *


• Critical thinking *


• Statistics (inferential and descriptive) *


• College Chemistry: general, inorganic, organic or integrated (with associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken) †

B1, (B3)

• Human anatomy (with required lab)

B2, B3

• Human physiology (with required lab)

B2, B3

• Microbiology (with required lab)

B2, B3

† Chemistry Requirement

In order for a chemistry course to be credited, the course must contain the 4 components below:

  • Meets the criteria of CSU GE-breadth area
  • Has a lab component (if required at the institution where the course was taken)
  • Cannot be a prerequisite course of another chemistry course
  • Includes general, inorganic, organic, or integrated chemistry

For the applicants who are denied for admission due to the chemistry requirement and wish to appeal, please visit the university's Admissions Criteria & Appeals page. If you have additional questions, you can contact the Transfer Center at (310) 243-3422. (02/20/2014)


Additional requirements include:

  • 60 or more transferable college units (70 semester units/105 quarter units maximum accepted from community colleges and 96 units from a four-year institution)
  • Current RN licensure in the United States or transcripts noting you are near the end of the program.
  • College GPA of at least 2.0. However, applicants with a Bachelor's degree in another major are considered 2nd baccalaureate students and a GPA of 2.5 from the first Bachelors is required.
  • Residence in a state in which the School of Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills is permitted to deliver online education.

Community College Roadmaps

View the Roadmap for LA Harbor College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF].

View the Roadmap for El Camino College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF].

View the Roadmap for LAPC ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]

View the Roadmap for LA Southwest College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]

View the Roadmap for Fresno Community College ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]

View the Roadmap for College of the Canyons ADN Program and CSUDH RN-BSN Program [PDF]

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Costs of Attendance

Undergraduate student fees vary based on 0-6 units or more than 6 units and there is an additional fee for out-of-state residents.  Summary information is provided here: http://www4.csudh.edu/admissions/costs/index  and more detail is available on the Student Financial Services webpage.


The SON has been approved to give 6 units of upper division credit to our BSN students for passing NCLEX as proof of previous learning starting with the Fall 2016 catalog. The detailed information can be found in the BSN curriculum Change-Implementation Plan. The NCLEX Unit Form needs to be submitted in order to receive the 6 units.

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 3-4 semesters. In addition to GE requirements, 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) #

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


Then, the following courses can be taken:

  • BSN 307 Health Care Informatics and Technology (3)
  • BSN 380 Health Assessment (3) **
  • BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Lab (1) **
  • BSN 408 Gerontological Nursing Practice (3)

** 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 two consecutive days during the semester. Attendance is required.


The next section includes:

  • BSN 400 Health promotion and Teaching (3)
  • BSN 450 Principles of Leadership and Management in Nursing (3)
  • BSN 451 Leadership/Management Role Performance (2) 

The last section of courses includes:

  • BSN 422 Community Based Nursing  (3)
  • BSN 423 Community Based Nursing Role Performance (2) 
  • BSN 430 Healthcare Systems, Policy and Finance (3)
  • BSN 460 Nursing Research Utilization (3)

 Performance courses (423L& 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.

At the other end of possibilities is taking two classes each semester and staying at or below the under 6 units stateside tuition rate.  This will take 3 years.


Plan of Study for Part-time Students (Example)

Three Years (Fall/Spring/Summer)

First semester (3-6 units)

  • BSN 302 Concepts of Professional Nursing (3)
  • GWAR ENG 350 or GWE (0-3)

Second semester (6 units)

  • BSN 306 Cultural diversity (3)
  • BSN 340 Professional collaboration (3)

Third session ( 6 units)

  • BSN 307 Health care informatics (3)
  • BSN 346 Pathophysiology (3)

Forth semester (7 units)

  • BSN 380 Health assessment (3)
  • BSN 381L Health assessment (1)
  • BSN 400 Health promotion (3)

Fifth semester (6 units)

  • GE F1 HUM 310 Integrative Studies in the Humanities (3)
  • BSN 408 Gerontology (3)

Sixth session ( 5 units)

  • BSN 450 Principles of leadership (3)
  • BSN 451L Leadership (2)

Fall Semester ( 6 units)

  • BSN 430 Healthcare systems, policy, and finance (3)
  • BSN 460 Nursing research utilization (3)

Spring Semester ( 5 units)

  • BSN 422 Community based nursing (3)
  • BSN 423L Community based nursing role performance (2)