Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Upon admission, 30 credits from the R.N.'s basic nursing program lower-division coursework, along with 30 credits (as appropriate) for completed General Education courses such as English Composition I and II, the natural sciences (e.g., Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology), social sciences, etc., will be accepted as the Academic Passport. An additional 12 credits will be awarded through completion of an entry-level portfolio evaluation. Students with more General Education credits completed may transfer the additional coursework per the University's transfer credit policy to meet the R.N.-B.S.N. program requirements. Students who already have another bachelor's degree are exempt from meeting the General Education requirements with the exception of public speaking and statistics, which are required by the nursing program. Students must consult with an academic adviser to determine courses needed for graduation. A minimum grade of C is required for completion of each nursing course. Additionally, all of the University's graduation requirements apply to the R.N.-B.S.N. program.

Curriculum

Course Credits
NUR 330 Philosophy of Professional Nursing  3
NUR 350 Health Assessment 3
NUR 360 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 375 Leadership and Change in Nursing 6
NUR 420 Intro to Nursing Informatics 3
NUR 450 Trends & Issues in Nursing 3
NUR 470 Family Health Nursing 6
NUR 475 Community Health Nursing 6
Total 33

Please note: To complete the RN-BSN program, students will be required to take the 33 credits in nursing courses listed in Cal U's cohort plan. However, it is a national standard that students to earn 120 credits total to be awarded a baccalaureate degree.

The following is a break-down of the required 120 credits:

  • 33 credits for Cal U's nursing courses
  • 12 credits for submission of the Entry Level Portfolio (submitted during the first term at Cal U)
  • 30 credits awarded for pre-licensure nursing courses (diploma, AD, or international nursing courses)
  • 45 general education courses (transferred from pre-licensure and/or from Cal U as needed): Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, English Composition, Public Speaking, Statistics for Health Care, Social Science course, Humanity course, Fine Arts course, Computer Literature course, and 9 free electives

Progression Plans

Full-time online students will take three nursing courses during each of three consecutive semesters (yet only two courses at one time). Part-time online students will take two nursing courses during each of four consecutive semesters. It is strongly recommended that all General Education courses be completed prior to entering the nursing courses due to the accelerated nature of the program.

The following are sample progression plans according to the order in which the nursing courses are offered for full-time and part-time online students.

Sample Progression Plan: Full-Time 

First Semester
COURSE CREDITS

NUR 330 Philosophy of Professional Nursing

3 crs.

NUR 360 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice

3 crs.

NUR 470 Family Health Nursing

6 crs.

 

 

Second Semester
COURSE CREDITS

NUR 420 Nursing Informatics

3 crs.

NUR 350 Health Assessment

3 crs.

NUR 375 Leadership and Change in Nursing

6 crs.

 

 

Third Semester
COURSE CREDITS

NUR 450 Trends & Issues in Nursing

3 crs.

NUR 475 Community Health Nursing

6 crs. 

Sample Progression Plan Part-Time

 

First Semester
 COURSE  CREDITS

 NUR 330 Philosophy of Professional Nursing

 3 crs.

 NUR 470 Family Health Nursing

 6 crs.

 

Second Semester
 COURSE  CREDITS

 NUR 350 Health Assessment

 3 crs.

 NUR 360 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice

 3 crs.

 

Third Semester
 COURSE  CREDITS

 NUR 420 Nursing Informatics

 3 crs.

 NUR 375 Leadership & Change in Nursing

 6 crs.

 

Fourth Semester
 COURSE  CREDITS

 NUR 450 Trends & Issues in Nursing

 3 crs.

 NUR 475 Community Health Nursing

 6 crs.