2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Nursing (B.S.N.) - RN to B.S.N.

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Program Coordinator/Contact

RN to B.S.N. Option
Heidi Pelzel, Program Coordinator

Cami Veire, Advisor

Program Information

The RN to B.S.N. option builds upon the diploma or associate degree RN education and experience, enhances the RN’s leadership in providing holistic, integrated care to improve patient outcomes and to reduce healthcare disparities. The RN to B.S.N. option further develops the RN’s foundation for advanced study in nursing. Graduates of the RN to B.S.N. option are prepared to expand their practice in the areas of community health, health promotion, and leadership in preparation for new career opportunities in emerging healthcare environments. The curriculum includes system general education requirements, required foundational courses in the social, physical, and biological sciences, and RN to B.S.N. courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education into nursing practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Integrate effective leadership skills to improve the quality of health care. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in patient care technologies and informatics. (Cross-curricular Skill: Information Literacy)
  • Evaluate the implications of health policy and health care delivery systems on the professional nursing practice environment.
  • Integrate effective interprofessional communication and collaboration into professional nursing practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork)
  • Integrate behaviors that reflect nursing values and professional standards into practice. (Cross-curricular Skill: Ethical Reasoning; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
  • Provide patient-centered, quality care. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
  • Improve population health through health promotion and disease prevention.

Program Delivery Options

The RN to B.S.N. option is designed as a baccalaureate degree completion for registered nurses who completed a diploma or associate degree nursing program. Curriculum includes on-line courses and clinical practicums in the RN’s geographic area. Due to individual state Board of Nursing practicum requirements, out-of-state students are strongly encouraged to contact the RN to B.S.N. advisor.

Program Admission

Interested RNs are encouraged to contact the RN to B.S.N. office for individual advising.

Admission Application Dates

Students are admitted six times a year for the RN to B.S.N. program. Refer to the SDSU College of Nursing website for admission application deadlines.

Admission Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA, “C” grades in all coursework applied to baccalaureate requirements
  • Unencumbered registered nursing license in state of practice

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have begun but not completed a RN to B.S.N. program at another educational institution must submit a letter to the College of Nursing indicating their reason for transfer. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted to the College of Nursing: one from the dean/director of their former program and two from faculty members stating the student left in good standing.  If transfer is approved, they must apply for admission to SDSU.

Nursing Regulations

Students in the College of Nursing are governed by the regulations and policies that apply to all students at SDSU but are also governed by requirements of the College of Nursing, professional standards and those of the clinical agencies in which they have practicum experiences. These requirements are presented in detail in the College of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook. This includes but is not limited to health requirements, immunizations, background checks, and drug screens.

Academic Requirements

A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for continuation in the professional program and graduation from the College of Nursing. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all professional program courses. Students may repeat one failed professional program course with permission from the College of Nursing. Upon failing a second professional program course, the student is dismissed from the major. A student who needs to repeat a failed professional program nursing course is re-enrolled in the course on a space available basis. A student who fails a course due to unsafe practice in a practicum experience will not be eligible for readmission to the professional program, unless evidence is submitted that the unsafe behaviors have been corrected.

All undergraduate and graduate nursing students are expected to adhere to the principles of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (American Nurses Association, 2015). The Code of Ethics for Nurses communicates a standard of professional behavior expected throughout the total program and in each individual nursing course. Therefore, in addition to dismissal for academic failure, the faculty and administration of the Departments of Undergraduate Nursing and Graduate Nursing reserve the right to dismiss any student enrolled in either the undergraduate or graduate program for unethical, dishonest, illegal, or other conduct that is inconsistent with the Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Course Delivery Format

All coursework is delivered online. Curriculum is flexible and designed to accommodate personal and professional needs of the RN. There are many opportunities for collaboration with experienced, well-qualified faculty and other RNs.

Requirements for Nursing Major - RN to B.S.N.: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

System General Education Requirements 32 Credit Hours
College of Nursing Requirements 11 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 70 Credit Hours
Electives** 7 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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