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Nursing R.N.-B.S.N. Program


Clites, Hettman, O’Connor, Palko, Pina, Shelapinsky


California University’s Department of Nursing offers an upper-division program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This program is intended for registered nurses who have already completed a diploma or associate degree in nursing. 

The R.N.-B.S.N. program is specifically designed to provide the graduate with an educational foundation in the arts and sciences as well as nursing, to serve as a basis for graduate education and a commitment to lifelong learning. The program assists the R.N. with the synthesis of theories and research findings into the role of the professional nurse, and builds upon the R.N.’s competencies in nursing by providing an increased level of knowledge and experiences in a variety of settings. Graduates are thus prepared to assume a wide range of professional nursing roles in diverse health care environments. The R.N. of the 21st century must respond to the growing demand for nurses with a high level of critical thinking and leadership ability in order to deal with the increased complexities of health care today and into the future.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Eligibility to register for upper-division nursing courses requires:

  • Graduation from an NLNAC-accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing;
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (for traditional classroom students);
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing, or, for international students, current licensure in their country of origin (for online students); and
  • Completion of the entry-level portfolio prior to the start of classes.

Specific information regarding the admission process is available on the Department of Nursing website and the Global Online website.


The R.N.-B.S.N. program is offered in two different formats.

The traditional classroom format is offered on a part-time basis in its entirety at two locations: the Southpointe off-campus Cal U site in Canonsburg  and the Community College of Allegheny County – South Campus in West Mifflin (as part of our unique cooperative agreement with the community college).

The R.N.-B.S.N. program is also offered as a full-time, accelerated, online track through the University’s Global Online worldwide learning community. Students who have completed all General Education requirements prior to enrolling in B.S.N. (nursing) courses may complete the program in three consecutive semesters of full-time study.