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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 RN-BSN 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 RN with the synthesis of theories and research findings into the role of the professional nurse, and builds upon the RN'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 RN 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 accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC);
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing (international students need to be licensed in their country of residence); 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 program website is: 


The RN-BSN Program is primarily intended for the working nurse and offers both full-time and part-time study.  Courses are held online and are offered in a unique, accelerated format. 

Full-time study offers three courses per semester, for three consecutive semesters in accordance with the currently available Progression Plan options. 

Part-time study offers two courses per semester, for four consecutive semesters in accordance with the currently available Progression Plan options.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (