C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y B A K E R S F I E L D
Romberg Nursing Education Center, 100
(661) 665-6903 (fax)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Chair: Candace Meares, PhD, RN, CNAA
Faculty: B. Fleming, R. Gerds,
K. Gilchrist, P. Leapley,
S. Pfettscher, C. Rector,
J. Robinson, D. Tullmann,
The Department of Nursing offers a baccalaureate program built upon a foundation of science and liberal education that prepares graduates as professional nurses for positions in hospitals and community agencies. All graduates from the program are recommended for certification as public health nurses in the State of California. This program also prepares students for entrance into graduate programs in Nursing.
The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For further information about the preliminary approval status of the program, please contact the Department of Nursing office or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the following address: One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, phone (202) 887-6791.
The nursing curriculum is organized according to the four universal concepts of nursing which include the client, the environment, health, and the nurse. The client is defined as the individual, the family, groups/aggregates, and the community. Students study health, health problems and human responses that occur as a result of life processes. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process as a systematic method of assisting clients to attain, regain and maintain maximum functional health status. Nursing intervention with clients is based on the use of the nursing process with a focus on the various roles of the nurse including educator, clinician, leader, and researcher.
Baccalaureate Program Objectives
The program objectives are to prepare students for graduation who:
1. Value the inherent dignity and worth of the person as a unique humanistic being.
2. Foster an environment in which clients across the life-span maximize their strengths, assets, and potentials in their quest for optimal wellness as indicated by maximal functional status.
3. Use the nursing process, which emphasizes critical thinking, independent judgment, and continual evaluation as a means to determine nursing activities.
4. Function within beginning nursing roles (clinician, educator, leader, researcher).
5. Utilize communication skills to achieve optimal outcomes with clients of nursing.
6. Use theory and knowledge from the discipline of nursing, the physical and behavioral sciences, and the humanities in providing and evaluating nursing care.
7. Accept individual responsibility and accountability for nursing interventions and their outcomes.
8. Evaluate research for the applicability of findings to nursing.
9. Modify professional roles and functions to meet the health care needs of a changing multicultural society.
10. Collaborate with colleagues and others on the interdisciplinary health team to promote the health and well-being of the clients of nursing.
11. Utilize leadership and management skills through involvement with others in meeting health needs and nursing goals.
12. Demonstrate commitment to continued learning by engaging in self-directed education.
13. Demonstrate the ability to successfully pass the RN license examination (NCLEX).
In summary, the professional baccalaureate program in nursing is based on the belief that the graduate is a liberally educated, self-directed person who has beginning competency in delivering nursing care and is a responsible citizen.
While there is a single baccalaureate degree program in Nursing, the university offers a BSN Completion program for registered nurses who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree. The University also offers an Accelerated RN to BSN to MSN program, and an RN to MSN program (for RNs with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing discipline) for academically prepared nurses. Information about these programs for registered nurses can be found following information on the generic baccalaureate degree.
CSUB Department of Nursing admission criteria:
1. CSUB and transfer students must meet the following conditions before they can be considered eligible for admission to the Nursing program:
a. A grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite and cognate courses. Prerequisite and cognate courses may be repeated only once for a passing grade.
b. An overall Grade Point Average of 2.0.
c. Completion of all nine prerequisite courses by August 15th.
d. Proficiency in both spoken and written English for any applicant graduating high school in a non-English speaking country. (See course description for NURS241).
2. Applicants will be selected on the basis of document deadline, and completion of prerequisites.
3. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who fall into specialized groups (veterans, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged students, and students signing the four-year contract at CSUB).
4. Critical dates:
November - University application period opens for admission to the following fall quarter.
August 15 - Deadline for receipt of all transcripts, including summer session courses, for all nine prerequisite courses for enrollment in fall quarter nursing courses.
Students who fail to achieve at least a “C” in a prerequisite course a second time are not eligible for the nursing program. A “C-” is not considered passing. Exception to this may be made by the Admission Committee if the courses were taken more than 5 years ago and there is evidence of successful academic ability in subsequent cognate/prerequisite courses.
Progression in the Nursing Program
The grade of “C” in nursing as well as cognate courses is the minimal grade acceptable for progression into subsequent nursing courses. Cognate courses can be repeated only once for the student to enter or remain in the Nursing program. Students who fail to achieve at least a “C” in a nursing course may repeat the course once. Students who fail to achieve at least a “C” in a nursing course a second time are ineligible to remain in the Nursing major. If a course is satisfactorily completed on the second attempt, the prior unsatisfactory grade will no longer bar a student from continuing in the Nursing program although it will still be counted in computing the overall grade point average. A student may only fail (achieve less than a “C”) a maximum of two (2) different nursing courses and remain in the nursing program. A failure grade in a third nursing course will make the student ineligible to continue in the nursing program.
In addition to repeating any course that was not completed or was not passed at a level of “C” or above, an examination assessing current clinical competency may be required. Individual study refresher courses will be given on a credit, no-credit basis and students must receive credit in order to proceed into subsequent nursing courses. Students who drop out of the Nursing Program for academic reasons or for personal reasons must apply for readmission by writing a letter to the Admissions Committee of the Department of Nursing requesting readmission to the program two quarters prior to desired readmission date. A student who withdraws from the University has automatically withdrawn from the nursing program and must request a return by reapplying to the nursing program. If the student was not in good standing at the time of the University withdrawal, each course in which the student was not passing will be considered as a failure in application of the failure rules as described above.
Standardized assessment examinations may be required at any point in the program. A processing fee may be required.
Enrollment in Courses
Priority for enrollment into nursing courses will be based on the following student classifications:
1. Continuing CSUB nursing students
2. Returning CSUB nursing students
3. Undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students transferring in good academic standing
4. LVN 45-unit option students
Applicants shall comply with the admission policies and procedures of the university. Entry into specific nursing courses is dependent upon successful completion of specified prerequisite courses, completing health requirements, and obtaining malpractice insurance. Students must provide evidence of completing a Health Care Provider CPR course prior to entry into the program. The Department of Nursing complies with the admission policies of the university.
Admission With Advanced Standing – Students wishing to transfer from another college or university may apply for admission with advanced standing. Applicants who are registered nurses must be graduates of an accredited college or hospital school of nursing. Students transferring from another nursing program must provide evidence of academic good standing at the prior program.
Registered nurse applicants for admission to advanced undergraduate standing should request that their college or school of nursing send two copies of all transcripts to the Office of Admissions as part of the admission procedure.
Students may petition to receive credit by challenge examination for courses in the Nursing major. (For details see the University catalog description of Credit by Examination procedure.) Interested students should contact the Nursing Department Office.
LVN 45-Unit Option – The Board of Registered Nursing specifies that the additional nursing courses required of licensed vocational nurses to qualify for the registered nurse licensure examination shall not exceed a maximum of forty-five (45) quarter units. Prerequisites: current California LVN License, admission to the University, and completion of: BIOL 255 & 256 Human Physiology/Lab (5/1 units); BIOL 311 Microbiology (5 units). Required courses in the program:
1. NURS 338 LVN Preparation for the RN Program (2 Theory/4 Clinical)
2. NURS 341 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part II (Theory) (5)
3. NURS 342 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part II (Clinical) (5)
4. NURS 351 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (Theory) (5)
5. NURS 352 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Care (Clinical) (3)
6. NURS 490 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Trends & Issues in Nursing (5)
7. NURS 446 – LVN to RN Nursing Practicum (Clinical) (5)
Applicants to the LVN 45-unit option need to be aware of the priority for enrollment into nursing courses described above.
Medical Corpsmen – Veterans who have had experience as United States medical corpsmen in military service and who wish to become registered nurses are encouraged to apply for admission. Credit may be given for previous experience, knowledge, and skills on the basis of challenge examinations. (For details see the University catalog description of Credit by Examination procedure.)
Physical and Mental Health Requirements – A student with a disability must have the disability verified by the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at CSUB. It is to the student’s advantage to do this as soon as possible in the quarter to assure that approved accommodations can be granted in a timely manner. There are essential functions or abilities necessary for admission and progression in the complex discipline of nursing at CSUB. To matriculate or progress in the nursing curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all of the essential functions (with or without accommodations). The Department of Nursing follows the CSUB non-discrimination policy, and students requesting accommodations should contact the Disability Services office. These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Critical Thinking: A student must demonstrate critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
a. Make effective clinical decisions.
b. Identify cause and effect relationships with clinical data.
c. Develop nursing care plans.
d. Perform math calculations requisite to safe dosage calculations and medication administration.
e. Read, synthesize, analyze, evaluate, and integrate material in the classroom and the clinical setting.
2. Professional-Ethical Conduct: A student must possess the ability to reason morally and practice nursing in a professional and ethical manner.
a. Demonstrate integrity, honesty, responsibility and tolerance.
b. Abide by professional standards of practice.
c. Deliver compassionate care to all patient populations.
3. Interpersonal Skills: A student must demonstrate appropriate interpersonal abilities while interacting with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
a. Communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, faculty, staff, patients, families, and other professionals.
b. Demonstrate willingness and ability to give and receive feedback.
c. Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with clients.
d. Establish trust and rapport with clients and colleagues.
4. Communication: A student must have the ability to clearly communicate in oral and written forms, and to effectively interpret communication with others.
a. Use appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.
b. Effectively communicate nursing actions.
c. Appropriately interpret client responses.
d. Initiate health teaching.
e. Demonstrate accurate nursing documentation.
f. Accurately report patient information to members of the health care team.
5. Mobility and Stamina: A student must possess sufficient gross and fine motor skills and endurance to provide safe and effective nursing care in all health care settings.
a. Perform basic life support, including CPR.
b. Function in an emergency situation.
c. Safely assist a patient in moving (e.g., from wheelchair to commode, from chair to bed, lift and transfer from gurney to bed).
d. Calibrate and use equipment.
e. Perform treatments and procedures.
f. Apply pressure to stop bleeding.
g. Manipulate diagnostic instruments to adequately perform all aspects of a physical assessment.
h. Sit, stand and move about in patient environments for 12 hour periods.
6. Tactile: A student must have sufficient tactile ability to perform a physical assessment of a patient and to perform procedures necessary for nursing care.
a. Perform palpation and other functions necessary for a physical exam.
b. Assess texture, shape, size and vibration
c. Note temperature changes in skin and equipment
d. Perform therapeutic functions (e.g., inserting a urinary catheter or IV, change dressings, give medications).
7. Auditory: A student must have sufficient auditory ability to effectively monitor and assess health needs of patients.
a. Hear cries for help
b. Hear alarms on equipment and overhead codes.
c. Hear ausculatory sounds using a stethoscope.
d. Hear and interpret verbal communication from patients.
e. Communicate over the telephone.
8. Visual: A student must possess visual ability for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
a. Observe patient responses (e.g., changes in skin color, grimaces).
b. See drainage on dressings and note characteristics of body fluids.
c. Note fluid levels in collection devices, syringes and infusion devices.
d. Read gauges that monitor patient progress (e.g., sphygmomanometer).
e. Discriminate colors for diagnostic purposes.
f. Assess movements of patients.
g. Observe patient behavior (e.g., in rehabilitation or psychiatric facilities).
9. Behavioral-Emotional Health: A student must possess the emotional health required for full use of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients.
a. Maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, students, staff, faculty and other professionals under even highly stressful situations.
b. Experience empathy for the situations and circumstances of others and effectively communicate that empathy.
c. Be willing to examine and change his or her behavior when it interferes with productive individual or team relationships.
d. Prioritize competing demands.
e. Function in stressful circumstances.
f. Separate own needs and experience in order to maintain objectivity and client-centered care.
g. Adjust to changing circumstances.
h. Plan effectively and complete all assigned duties carefully.
If, during the program, the student experiences an illness or injury, which limits his/her ability to perform the essential functions, it is the student’s responsibility to bring this information to the attention of the clinical faculty before they begin clinical courses. A student must keep the Chair of the Department of Nursing informed of all chronic or contagious conditions which limit the student’s ability to give nursing care. Following a student’s illness, the Department of Nursing may request health certification by a physician prior to return to clinical settings.
Nursing Program Information – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is a resource for information regarding nursing programs: tuition, fees, and length of the program. This information can be obtained through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, phone 202-463-6930, or on the web at http://www.aacn.nche.edu.
Malpractice Insurance – Malpractice insurance must be obtained prior to registration for nursing courses. Insurance shall be obtained through the Foundation Accounting Office, Academic Administration Building. No other form of coverage will be accepted. Make checks payable to CSUB Foundation, Malpractice Insurance. Students in distant locations may mail the check to CSUB Foundation Accounting, California State University, Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA, 93311-1099.
CPR – Students must present current healthcare provider CPR certification on admission and must maintain current certification throughout the program.
Uniforms – Uniforms are required for clinical nursing courses. The Undergraduate Nursing Student Policy Handbook describes the uniform policy.
Transportation – Students are required to have a valid California Driver’s License and to provide their own transportation to clinical and other field areas. Students in clinical courses involving community experiences must have access to a car.
Health Clearance Requirements
Health clearance requirements must be completed and reported to the Student Health Center prior to beginning nursing courses each year. The physical examination may be done at the Student Health Center, CSUB, prior to Fall classes, or it may be done by a physician of the student’s choice, at the student’s expense. Antelope Valley students can have the physical examination at the CSUB Center on the Antelope Valley Campus.
Initial Health Clearance for Newly-Admitted Sophomores
1. Completed Health History form.
2. Physical examination – within the last year.
3. Lab requirements – HGB/HCT, UA.
4. Tuberculin Skin Test – Two-step testing will be required of all students entering the Nursing Program. That is, two TB skin tests separated by 1 to 3 weeks will be needed. Testing must be done after June 1st. Verification must include date, reading at 48-72 hours, and the name of the agency providing the service. Skin test should not be repeated if previous testing was positive.
Those students with positive results will be evaluated by the Student Health Center. A chest x-ray will be required for those students who have a positive skin test for the first time. The chest x-ray will be repeated again the second year prior to Fall Quarter. Verification must include patient name, date, radiologist’s reading, and name of the agency providing the service.
All students with positive tuberculin tests will be evaluated for participation in the INH prophylaxis program according to Health Department guidelines.
A chest x-ray will not be necessary for those students who can provide verification of two negative chest x-rays since their conversion to positive.
5. Immunizations – Written verification of date given is required. Written verification must be in English and include the patient name, date given and provider signature.
a. Hepatitis B Vaccine Series – The series consists of three injections given over a period of 6 months. The Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test will be drawn 1 month after the last injection.
If the student refuses or has reason to believe that the vaccine is contraindicated for him or her, the student must sign a waiver that acknowledges the risk of Hepatitis B infection in a health care setting.
b. Rubeola/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) Vaccine – must have been given after 1968 and after 15 months of age. Rubeola, mumps, and rubella titers, showing immunity to each disease, are acceptable in place of vaccination. The option of titers for measles, mumps and rubella is recommended for those over 35. Two doses of measles vaccine given before entry into college is recommended for those born after 1956.
c. Tetanus and Diphtheria Vaccine – within the last 10 years. Vaccination must include diphtheria.
d. Varicella (chickenpox) Vaccine – given in 2 doses one month apart. The student may waive varicella vaccination by: 1) signed statement declaring previous chickenpox, or 2) varicella titer, showing immunity to chickenpox.
Highly Recommended Immunizations
e. Influenza Vaccine – given yearly in October/November well ahead of the flu season.
f. Hepatitis A Vaccine – two injections given 6 months apart.
g. Meningitis Vaccine – one vaccination recommended.
6. Non-NIDA Drug Testing. Drug testing will be done at the student’s expense at an off campus site contracting with the Student Health Service (SHS). Non-NIDA screening will be taken one time for each entering student at the beginning of the academic year. Results from the laboratory will be sent directly to the SHS at CSUB. Results will not be noted on the health clearance form.
7. Worker’s Compensation Form. In addition to the specific health requirements all nursing students must complete a “Health Questionnaire” to be eligible for Worker’s Compensation while in a clinical setting. The original questionnaire is sent to the Personnel Department and a copy is maintained in your medical record.
Health Clearance for Returning Juniors & Seniors
A Health Clearance Form will be issued to returning Juniors and Seniors after the following have been completed. Students will not be admitted into the clinical areas until these requirements are on file.
1. Tuberculin Skin Test – TB skin test (one-step testing) must be performed after June 1st. Verification must include date, reading at 48-72 hours, and the name of the agency providing the service. Skin test should not be repeated if previous test was positive.
2. Immunizations updated, if needed – Diphtheria/Tetanus, Rubella/Mumps/Rubeola (MMR), Hepatitis B Series and HbsAB (antibody test), and Varicella.
Nursing Student Loan – The loan program provides up to $2,500 annually, based upon need, to sophomores and up to $4,000 to juniors and seniors who are full-time undergraduate students enrolling in Nursing curricula. Loans are repayable over a ten-year period which begins nine months after completion of the program or when a student otherwise ceases to be at least a halftime student. The loan is interest-free while the student is enrolled in the program, and, under Federal law, certain cancellation procedures are available to students who participate in this program.
Special Scholarships – Various organizations make money available to student nurses who are in need of financial assistance. These scholarships help defray the expenses of books, uniforms, and student fees. For additional information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The Undergraduate Nursing Student Policy Handbook describes the procedures and criteria used by the Nursing Department Scholarship Committee.
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) – This program is available for bona fide nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled as full-time students. If sufficient funds are available, undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in health professions may also be considered. Scholarship awards may cover tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and reasonable living expenses incurred while enrolled in school as a full-time student. Bona fide nursing candidates interested in being considered for the SDS Program should contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at (661) 664-3016 for additional information.
Courses may be taught in the later afternoon or evening or on 12 hour shifts around the clock during weekdays or on weekends.
1. Excused absence consists of time missed due to illness or extenuating circumstances. The student is responsible for notifying the instructor about the illness prior to the start of the assigned clinical day. In clinical courses students are permitted up to the equivalent of one week of excused absence per quarter. All excused absences in excess of the equivalent of one week must be made up during the quarter, by arrangement with instructor; otherwise, an “Incomplete” or failure for the course will be issued at the end of the quarter.
2. Unexcused absence is any absence not due to illness or extenuating circumstances, or without prior notification of the instructor. A clinical warning will be issued. All unexcused absences must be made up. An unexcused absence which is not made up will result in a failure of the course.
3. Provision for makeup labs may be offered, with priority given to those students with excused absences before students with unexcused absences.
1. Class attendance is expected of all students enrolled at the university. The instructor in each course sets the standard expected in this regard. When students are absent from classes, it is their responsibility to inform instructors of the reason for the absence and to arrange to make up missed class work and assignments. Faculty reserve the right to subtract points from the total grade for each class absence. Guidelines will be listed in specific course syllabus.
2. Students’ guests are allowed in lecture only with special permission from the instructor.
3. Students must obtain permission prior to using tape recorders in the classroom.
4. Children are not permitted in the classroom.
Illness Policy – Students whose condition limits their ability to give nursing care or who have an illness of a chronic or contagious nature must submit a doctor’s release stating that it is safe for them to give nursing care before returning to the clinical area. See the Nursing Department Office for specific guidelines.
Licensure as a Registered Nurse – Students in the generic baccalaureate program are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX) after successful completion of California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requirements, which coincides with graduation.
The California Board of Registered Nursing has a policy for “denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications.” For further information about this, please make an appointment with the Chair of the Department of Nursing prior to applying or no later than the first quarter of nursing course work.
Requirements for the Nursing Major
The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing requires the completion of the following courses in Nursing arranged according to level. The levels are taken sequentially:
Level I – NURS 241, 242, 243, 244, 245
Level II – NURS 251, 252, 341, 342
Level III – NURS 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357
Level IV – NURS 441, 442, 444, 490
Prerequisite and Cognate Courses
(Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.) Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entrance into NURS 241 and 242.
1. English*: 10-quarter units which include principles of verbal, written, and group communication. (CSUB courses: ENGL 110 and COMM 108). Prerequisites.
2. One course (5-quarter units or 3-semester units) in Sociology or Anthropology*. (CSUB courses: SOC 100, ANTH 100). Prerequisite.
3. One course in Anatomy* including a laboratory (5-quarter units or 3-semester units). (CSUB course: BIOL 250.) May be combined with Physiology as 10-quarter units or 6-semester units. Prerequisite.
4. One course in Physiology* including a laboratory (6-quarter units or 4-semester units) (CSUB courses: BIOL 255, BIOL 256). Prerequisite.
5. Inorganic Chemistry* and Organic Chemistry* (10-quarter units or 6-semester units). May be a combination inorganic/organic chemistry course (5 semester or 7.5 quarter units). (CSUB courses: CHEM 150 and CHEM 203). Prerequisite.
6. Introduction/General Psychology* course (5-quarter units or 3-semester units). (CSUB course: PSYC 100). Prerequisite.
7. One course in Statistics* (5-quarter units or 3-semester units). (CSUB course: MATH 140 or PSYC 200) Prerequisite.
8. One course in Microbiology* (5-quarter units or 3-semester units). (CSUB course: BIOL 311.) Cognate.
9. One course in Life-span Development* (5-quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: PSYC 210) or both Child Development (PSYC 310) and Aging (CSUB BEHS 382). Cognate.
10. Nursing Pharmacology* course (3-quarter units or 2-semester units). (CSUB course: NURS 245). Cognate.
11. One course in Nutrition* (3-quarter units or 2-semester units). (CSUB course: BIOL 370) Cognate.
12. One course in Pathophysiology* (5-quarter units or 3-semester units) (CSUB course: BIOL 355) Cognate.
* It is recommended that prerequisite and cognate courses be taken within the past ten years prior to graduation. See Department of Nursing for course currency policy.
Note: A credit hour is equivalent to one hour of classroom study or three hours of clinical/laboratory experience and appropriate outside preparation; or a combination of the foregoing, times the number of weeks in the quarter. A quarter credit hour is equivalent to 10 hours of classroom contact, 30 hours of clinical/laboratory experience plus appropriate outside preparation; or a combination of the foregoing. Each classroom/clinical laboratory hour is 50 minutes in length.
NURS 120 Introduction to Health Careers (1)
Overview of careers in healthcare with special emphasis on allied health, medicine, and nursing. Discussion of prerequisite skills and course work required or desired by education programs for entry into a health career. Examination of specialization in health careers and the required foundation for the specialty. Students demonstrate written and verbal communication through an in-depth report on a specific health career. The report is based on computer internet, library and interview skills. Development of a personal plan that documents the attainment or plans for attainment of the prerequisite skills and course work of a health career. Intended for pre-nursing, pre-medicine and pre-allied health students. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. One unit lecture. Prerequisites: none. [F]
NURS 140 Medical Terminology (3)
This course is an introduction to the study of medical terminology. Through word analysis and labeling exercises this course will help the student to learn the anatomic and clinical terms pertaining to each body system. This course is for nursing students and pre-nursing students interested in building a medical vocabulary. Prerequisites: none. [F]
NURS 240 First Steps Toward Nursing Practice (1)
Focuses on assisting beginning nursing students with test taking and math skills and word usage in health care settings. Includes instruction and practice in using math for medication administration and in appropriate word use for reporting and recording nursing assessments. Scenarios will be used to provide assessment data and to illustrate how variations in client characteristics such as culture and age may influence medication administration and nursing assessment. May be repeated one time. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Co-requisites: Must be an enrolled nursing student. [S, F, W]
NURS 241 Introduction to the Study of Professional Nursing (3)
Significant concepts, such as person, family, group, community, environment, cultural diversity, health, and interpersonal communication that form the theoretical framework essential for providing effective nursing care, are introduced. The evolution of the health care system, including role and accountability of health care providers, is examined. Historical events, current trends, legal, ethical, social, and political issues influencing nursing are examined within social-cultural contexts. A comparison is made between technical and professional nursing and nursing education with relevance to the professional nurse’s roles (clinician, researcher, educator, and leader). Various philosophies, theories and conceptual models of nursing are examined. Components of the nursing process are introduced. The CSUB Department of Nursing philosophy and conceptual model of nursing, as the basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and sociocultural integrity is studied. Prerequisites: (1) eligibility for admission to the Nursing Program; (2) completion of the following courses or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better: ENGL 110, COMM 108, CHEM 150, CHEM 203, BIOL 250 (Human Anatomy with Lab), BIOL 255/256 (Human Physiology with Lab), SOC 100 or ANTH 100, MATH 140, PSYC 100; (3) a score of 50 or higher on the Test of Spoken English, and a score of 500 or higher on the TOEFL will be required for any student who did not attend schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction. Co-requisites: NURS 242, BIOL 311, BIOL 355. [F]
NURS 242 Beginning Physical Examination and Health Assessment (3)
Provides theoretical foundation for health assessment, physical examination and clinical experiences for implementing knowledge in the practice setting. Assessment is stressed as a common foundation of knowledge and of many shared skills among health professionals and as the initial phase of the nursing process for collecting and analyzing data to identify potential and actual client problems both nursing focused and collaborative in nature. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model as a basis for the approach to assessment is studied and applied. The basis for establishing a professional nurse-client relationship as a foundation for communication is examined. Clinical laboratory experiences in the methods and process of the assessment of adults are provided. Differentiation is made between various data bases-complete, episodic or problem-centered, follow-up, and emergency. Cultural and developmental considerations are included. Lecture/Discussion 2 units; Laboratory Practice 1 unit. Prerequisites: (1) eligibility for admission to the Nursing Program; (2) completion of the following courses or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better: ENGL 110, COMM 108, CHEM 150, CHEM 203, BIOL 250 (Human Anatomy with Lab), BIOL 255/256 (Human Physiology with Lab), SOC 100 or ANTH 100, MATH 140, PSYC 100; (3) a score of 50 or higher on the Test of Spoken English, and a score of 500 or higher on the TOEFL will be required for any student who did not attend schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction. Co-requisites: NURS 241, BIOL 311 and BIOL 355. [F]
NURS 243 Fundamental Concepts/Principles Basic to Professional Nursing (4)
Application of CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model to the nursing process is continued. The nursing process as a method of providing nursing care and as related to the independent role of the nurse is studied. Major concepts such as pain, stress, loss and grief are studied. Principles of leadership and ethical decision-making are introduced. The theory and principles basic to the study of fundamental skills of nursing care are presented to correspond to the practical application of these in NURS 244. Prerequisites: BIOL 355, NURS 241, NURS 242. Co-requisites: NURS 244, NURS 245, PSYC 210. [W]
NURS 244 Skills Fundamental to the Practice of Nursing (4)
Basic skills related to the theory and principles taught in NURS 243 are demonstrated and practiced in laboratory simulations. Basic nursing skills, including communication and health assessment skills are applied in clinical practice situations in the process of providing care to adults. Utilizing the CSUB Department of Nursing philosophy and conceptual model of nursing, emphasis is placed on the beginning application of the nursing process. Laboratory practice. Prerequisites: NURS 241, NURS 242, BIOL 355. Co-requisites: NURS 243, NURS 245, PSYC 210. [W]
NURS 245 Pharmacology (3)
Principles and concepts of pharmacologic intervention. A lecture/demonstration course integrating pharmacology, physiology and disease processes. Emphasis on providing the student with the information necessary to assess a patient’s reaction to pharmacologic agents, anticipate appropriate intervention, and recognize common problems associated with drug therapy. Lecture 2 units; Laboratory 1 unit. Prerequisite: for Nursing majors, CHEM 203, BIOL 311, BIOL 355; for others, permission of the instructor. [W]
NURS 246 Labs and Electrolytes for Medical Surgical Nursing (2)
This class will focus on the study of fluids, electrolytes, and lab values. Case studies will be used to evaluate medical and surgical patients in the context of care. One component of this class will be a self directed program where the student will utilize a text for information and then self evaluate learning using a CD ROM for practice NCLEX testing with rationale and feedback. Another CD ROM series will provide an interactive program that discusses and reviews simulated medical/surgical cases. Students will learn from their responses as they test their decision making acumen. Faculty will guide the program, utilizing student’s individual needs while students will be self directed for completion of class objectives and assignments. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244. Credit, no-credit.
NURS 247 Pharmacology Review (2)
A course of study to focus on the review of basic principles of pharmacology. The CSUB Conceptual Model is applied for maintaining physiological integrity. Emphasis in the review will be placed on knowledge and interventions of drugs in the physiological systems with maintenance of system stability. A CD ROM is included so that students will learn from their responses as they test their decision-making acumen. Faculty will guide the program, utilizing student’s individual needs while students will be self directed for completion of class objectives and assignments. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244, NURS 245. Credit, no-credit.
NURS 251 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part I (Theory) (5)
Focuses on the identification and treatment of common health problems of young, middle aged, and older adults and the promotion of wellness. Common illness conditions are studied in relation to altered physiological processes as a means to provide sound nursing interventions. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model provides a basis for viewing problems as physiological, psychological, and sociocultural systems instabilities which influence functional health patterns. Critical thinking skills are applied to analysis of data for identifying nursing and collaborative problems. The nursing process is studied as an approach to re-establish systems stability/maximum functional status. Principles and concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences are used to discuss the application of the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244, NURS 245, PSYC 210, BIOL 355. Co-requisites: NURS 252, BIOL 370. [S]
NURS 252 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part I (Clinical) (5)
The CSUB Conceptual Model of Nursing, as the basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and sociocultural integrity is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward the promotion of system stability/maximum functional status and evaluation of the results of interventions. Clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of young, middle-aged, and older adults with common illness conditions are provided. Acute healthcare settings are utilized. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244, NURS 245, BIOL 355, PSYC 210. Co-requisites: NURS 251, BIOL 370. [S]
NURS 253 Home Health Care Overview (1)
Theory related to the issues of home health care will be introduced. Information, in addition to material in the clinical nursing courses, that is needed to be certified as a home health aide will be presented. Prerequisites: NURS 243, NURS 244, BIOL 355. Co-requisites: NURS 251, NURS 252. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 370. [S]
NURS 257 Healthy Aging (5)
This course is based upon human response patterns within a framework of human need and is organized from the basic to the most complex in terms of understanding the aged and their needs. It is the belief that healthy aging and wellness are within the grasp of every aging person, given reasonable relationships and environmental supports. Biological, psychological, sociological, cognitive, spiritual, and cultural factors are explored from a holistic perspective and include theories of aging, health and wellness, age-related changes, vulnerability, death and dying, and other issues related to family, community and health care delivery systems. Recommended: one course in anthropology, psychology, or sociology. [S]
NURS 327 Women’s Health (5)
This course covers women’s health care from a primary care and well-being perspective. Included are traditional reproductive content as well as selected common medical and psycho-social-developmental-political problems and issues as they relate to women’s health. The importance of health responsibility being assumed by the individual is emphasized. Prerequisites: PSYC 100, SOC 100, and ENGL 110.
NURS 338 LVN Preparation for the RN Program (6)
Focus is on facilitating the transition from the role of a Licensed Vocational Nurse to that of a Registered Nurse. Concepts, theories and principles basic to advanced nursing are introduced. The CSUB Systems Model of Nursing, as the conceptual basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, behavioral and socio-cultural integrity, is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed towards promotion of system stability/maximum functional status and evaluation of the results of interventions. Clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of young, middle-aged, and older adults with common illness conditions are provided. Acute and geriatric health-care settings are utilized. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Lecture 2 units; Laboratory 4 units. Prerequisites: current California LVN License, admission to the University, and completion of BIOL 255, 256, and 311. [S]
NURS 340 Preparation for the NCLEX (2)
Lecture/Seminar course designed to assist nursing students to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Students will be provided the opportunity to assess their level of preparedness for the national examination for registered nurse licensure. The standardized test will be an additional cost for the student. Skills in computer test taking will be included. The current test plan for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses will guide the presentation of specific course content. Prerequisite: NURS 351, NURS 352, NURS 353, NURS 354, NURS 355, and NURS 356 or permission of instructor. Course can be repeated twice for credit.
NURS 341 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part II (Theory) (5)
Focuses on the identification and treatment of common high acuity pathophysiological health problems of young, middle-aged, and older adults. High acuity pathophysiological disorders are studied in relation to nursing diagnoses common to those patients and in relation to altered physiological processes as a means to provide sound nursing interventions. The CSUB Department of Nursing Conceptual Model provides a basis for viewing problems as physiological, psychological, and sociocultural systems instabilities. Critical thinking skills are applied to analysis of data for identifying nursing and collaborative problems. The nursing process is studied as an approach to re-establish systems stability/maximum functional status. Principles and concepts from the natural and behavioral sciences are used to discuss the development of the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 251, NURS 252, BIOL 370. Co-requisite: NURS 342. [F]
NURS 342 Health Care of Adults Through Senescence, Part II (Clinical) (5)
A course of study to further advance the student’s ability to apply theoretical knowledge to the care of young, middle-age and older adults. Acute/critical and alternative health care settings are utilized for implementing the nursing process. The CSUB Conceptual Model of Nursing, as the conceptual basis of the nursing process and as a means of maintaining physiological, psychological, and sociocultural integrity is applied. Biological and psychosocial theories are utilized in the development of the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward the promotion of system stability and evaluation of the results of interventions. Critical analysis of patient data and responses to nursing intervention are emphasized. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: BIOL 370, NURS 251, NURS 252. Co-requisite: NURS 341. [F]
NURS 345 Pathophysiologic Basis of Illness and Disease (5)
Focuses on disease processes in the human and encompasses the study of disordered or altered functions. Defines relationships between human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and microbiology. Using a systems assessment approach, provides the basis for treatment of disease states. Acute and chronic alterations will be identified. A framework incorporating genetic, congenital, traumatic, and acquired risk factors across the life-span resulting in pathophysiologic alterations will be discussed. Prerequisites: BIOL 250, BIOL 255/256, CHEM 150, CHEM 203, or permission of the instructor. [S]
NURS 351 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (5)
Focus of the course is on the identification, treatment, and nursing care of common psychopathological health problems of children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Psychobiological, psychosocial, and sociocultural variables influencing systems stability are explored. Theoretical content includes psychopathology, pharmacology and treatment modalities related to attributes of humanistic individuals, group-aggregates or communities. Communication and group process theory and its application to practice are included. Principles and concepts from mental health/psychiatric nursing are applied to the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342.
NURS 352 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Care (3)
The course provides clinical experiences for implementing the nursing process in the care of individuals, families and groups with mental health problems. Students utilize physiological, psychosocial, cultural and behavioral concepts in application of the nursing process to individuals, families and groups. Emphasis is placed on nursing interventions directed toward promotion of system stability and evaluation of the results of mental health interventions. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 351.
NURS 353 Health Promotion During the Period of Family Expansion (5)
This course focuses on theoretical concepts and principles for facilitating systems stability in families and individuals during the period of family expansion, the woman during the reproductive cycle, the newborn and the family. Methods of health assessment, promotion and maintenance, health education, and early family rearing practices based on individual differences will be discussed. Health problems of family members during this time will be addressed. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342.
NURS 354 Nursing Care During the Period of Family Expansion (4)
This course provides clinical experience in the application of nursing care principles and concepts to the care of women, newborns and their families during the period of family expansion from preconception through early infancy. Included will be experiences in normal and high-risk situations, during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal periods in hospitals, community agencies, and in the home. Emphasis is placed on use of the nursing process, including adequate assessment of the physiological, psychological and sociocultural systems, and functional health patterns to arrive at nursing diagnoses and subsequently plan and implement nursing care. Opportunity will be provided for further development of the clinician, education, and leadership roles and for introducing the role of nurse researcher. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 353.
NURS 355 Health Problems of Children and Adolescents (5)
Major health problems interfering with growth and development from infancy through adolescence, and their effects on physical, psychological, and sociocultural systems stability and functional health patterns are studied in relation to the individual and family. Health assessment, health promotion, prevention of illness, and therapeutic interventions are studied with the family as the focus of care. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342.
NURS 356 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents (4)
Application of knowledge and skill through provision of nursing care in clinical situations involving multisystem instability in infants, children, adolescents and their families. The nursing process is used to identify dysfunctional health patterns, formulate nursing diagnoses, and develop comprehensive nursing plans of care. Emphasis is given to implement health assessment, promotion and education related to the developmental level of children and their families. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 341 and NURS 342. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 355.
NURS 357 Planning Nursing Research (4)
An introduction to planning a research project based upon a simple nursing problem. Includes: definitions of terms, methods for writing problem statements, sample collection procedures, choosing data collection instruments, data analysis, protection of human subjects rights, developing a nursing research proposal. Three hours per week. Prerequisites: MATH 140 or PSYC 200. Junior standing in Nursing Program or RN to BSN to MSN program. [F]
NURS 377 Topics in Nursing (1-5)
Offered periodically as announced. Topics of interest to upper division undergraduate nursing students. May be repeated for different course content. Specific prerequisites will be indicated with each announced course.
NURS 396 Community Service Learning (1-2)
Community service provides a learning experience through volunteering in a health setting. Designed to complement the learning of students entering or considering entering a health profession. Direct community experiences are arranged through a variety of health organizations. Basic topics of confidentiality and infection control (OSHA requirements) are introduced during the initial enrollment in the course and renewed on an annual basis. Depending on health setting placement, a student may need to meet additional requirements such as CPR, health clearance, and malpractice insurance. Particular placements may require completion of Level I of the CSUB nursing program. Individual academic learning objectives guide the experience. Health practice based reflection is used to evaluate the student’s ability to connect the community service learning to academic course work. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. One unit of credit for 30 or more hours of volunteer community service experience in a health setting. Only one unit of Human Corps credit can be earned per term. No more than 12 units of Human Corps credit may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree. Prerequisites: none. [F,W,S]
NURS 410 Professional Nursing Concepts and Issues (5)
This course provides the students with opportunities to explore and critically analyze nursing theories and conceptual models. The relationship between nursing theories and nursing practices will be emphasized. Students will also examine the characteristics of nursing as a profession and the roles of the professional nurse. Current and evolving ethical, legal, political, and economic issues facing the profession of nursing will be discussed and analyzed. Prerequisite: admission to the RN to MSN option or RN to BSN to MSN option. Senior standing or higher in Nursing. [F]
NURS 440 Basic Dysrhythmia Course (3)
This course will focus on the interpretation of ECG rhythms and dysrhythmias. A systematic approach to dysrhythmia interpretation will be utilized. This course is for nursing students interested in working in medical/surgical units, critical care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, postanesthesia care units, outpatient clinics, and various community settings where nurses are responsible for interpreting the client’s heart rhythm as a part of their job requirement. [S]
NURS 441 Community Health Nursing (5)
Principles, theories, and concepts of community health nursing are utilized to generate an understanding of the roles and functions of community health nurses. Special focus is given to the nursing process and nursing roles needed to promote system stability and maximum functional status of families, groups, aggregates, and community. This course is designed to encourage the critical thinking necessary to perform autonomously in community health nursing. Prerequisites: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. [W]
NURS 442 Community Health Nursing Practicum (5)
Concepts and theories of community health nursing are utilized in the application of the systems model. Special emphasis is given to use of the nursing process with families, groups or aggregates. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisite: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 441. [W,S]
NURS 444 Professional Nursing Practicum (5)
Integration of prior nursing and support course content into professional nursing practice. Faculty select, with student input, a clinical agency for an advanced clinical experience. Student will apply all nursing roles (clinician, educator, researcher, and leader), with emphasis on the leader and clinician roles. Students will take a national assessment test in preparation for the RN license examination (processing fee required). This examination must be passed in order to pass the course. Seminar 1 unit/Laboratory Practice 4 units. Prerequisites: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NURS 357 and NURS 490. [W,S]
NURS 445 Multi-System Integration of Medical-Surgical Nursing (2)
This course focuses on the student’s internalization of knowledge through contextual, syntactical and inquiry learning. Students will be assisted to utilize techniques that integrate multisystem factors of assessment, intervention and evaluation. Through case studies students will be presented meaningful ways to apply concepts to clinical, community and home situations. Prerequisite: Senior nursing status. [S]
NURS 446 LVN-RN Nursing Practicum (5)
For LVNs in the 45 unit option seeking to become RNs. Integration of prior nursing and support course content into registered nursing practice. Faculty select, with student input, an acute care clinical agency for an advanced clinical experience. Student will apply the registered nursing roles of clinician, educator, and leader, with emphasis on the leader and clinician roles. Students will take a national assessment test in preparation for the RN license examination (processing fee required). This examination must be passed in order to pass the course. Seminar 1 unit/Laboratory Practice 4 units. Prerequisites: NURS 490, NURS 341, NURS 342. [W]
NURS 487 Healthcare Ethics Across the Lifespan (5)
This course will describe and discuss a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas confronting everyone who participates in the US Healthcare system. Ethical theory and decision-making models will be reviewed for application during the course. A description of the multiple methods of healthcare delivery, the organizations and agencies providing healthcare (the medical-industrial complex), and personnel providing care will be presented as a basis for discussion. A variety of dilemmas involving patients across the lifespan (fetus to cadaver), their significant others, the healthcare team and delivery systems will be discussed. Both classical dilemmas and additional dilemmas involving patients and/or professionals will be the primary focus of discussion. Prerequisites: ENGL 110, PHIL 102 or equivalent critical thinking/logic course. [S]
NURS 490 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Trends & Issues in Nursing (5)
Consideration is given of current and evolving ethical, legal, political, and economic issues facing the profession of nursing. These issues are critically analyzed as they relate to nursing care and nursing leadership/management in the delivery of health care in contemporary society. Prerequisites: Level III Nursing courses or equivalent for RN students. [F]
NURS 497 Cooperative Education (1-5)
This work study course is offered by the Department of Nursing in cooperation with selected clinical agencies. Students apply previously learned nursing theory and clinical skills in assigned patient care settings under the supervision of selected RN preceptors. The laboratory experience is supervised by a Department of Nursing faculty (course instructor), and clinical agency coordinators. The determination of course credits, evaluation, and grading is the responsibility of the nursing faculty. Laboratory Practice. Prerequisites: NURS 243, 244, and 245. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. [F,W,S]
NURS 499 Independent Study (1-5)
Individual projects, such as directed reading, for students qualified to carry on independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Programs for Registered Nurses
Baccalaureate and Master’s Program Objectives
The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Completion program objectives are the same as for the baccalaureate program as presented earlier in the catalog. The Master of Science in Nursing program objectives are the same as for the master’s program as presented later in the catalog.
The admission policies, including those for medical corpsmen and disabled students, are the same as presented earlier in the catalog. Malpractice insurance, uniforms, transportation, and physical and mental health requirements are the same as for students in the baccalaureate and masters programs. Applications are due to the Nursing Department by May 15. A University application for either undergraduate or post-baccalaureate is necessary for University admission. Transcripts of all college work are due by June 30.
Program Description for BSN Completion Program
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program provides Registered Nurses who graduated with an Associate Degree or Diploma in nursing the opportunity to complete the requirements for a BSN degree. Graduates are eligible for the California Public Health Nurse Certification and are prepared to progress into a master’s degree program.
Admission Requirements for BSN Completion Program
To be considered for admission at senior student status, students must meet the following criteria:
1. Graduate of a nationally recognized, regionally accredited Associate Degree or Diploma program in nursing.
2. Current, clear, and active California RN License and Healthcare Provider CPR card.
3. A minimum of one year of registered nursing experience in the last five years, or graduation from the initial registered nursing program within one year.
4. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better (on a scale of A=4.0) in the last 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of academic credits.
5. Successful completion (with a passing score of “C” or above) of the Nursing Challenge Examinations for advanced placement credit.
6. Three letters of recommendation from persons who know the applicant’s academic and professional abilities.
7. Submission of a completed application including official transcripts to the University and to the Department of Nursing.
8. Completion of all prerequisite course work listed below.
Program Description for RN to BSN to MSN Program And RN to MSN Program
The RN to BSN to MSN program is an accelerated study plan designed to facilitate advanced professional education for highly motivated and academically prepared nurses. Registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree in Nursing can join this special program to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science degree in Nursing. The RN to MSN program provides the opportunity for Registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree in Nursing and a non-nursing baccalaureate degree to pursue the Master of Science degree in Nursing without obtaining the BSN.
The plan recognizes student prior educational achievements and professional experience. Registered nurses obtain advanced placement by challenge examinations for many of the undergraduate courses and are then admitted directly to the BSN program at senior status. The RN students are allowed to enroll in Master’s-level core courses (a maximum of 12 credits: NURS 515, NURS 518, NURS 586, NURS 590) as they complete required undergraduate courses.
The program may be completed in approximately three years on a full-time basis or up to 7 years on a part-time basis. The graduate level core courses and the role preparation courses will be identical to the requirements of the regular Master’s program for each option.
Admission Requirements for RN to BSN to MSN Program and the RN to MSN Program
To be considered for admission at a senior or graduate conditional status, students must meet the following criteria:
1. Graduate of a nationally recognized regionally accredited Associate Degree or diploma in nursing program.
2. Baccalaureate (non-nursing) required for admission to the RN to MSN option.
3. Current, clear, and active California RN License.
4. A minimum of one year of registered nursing experience in the last five years, or graduation from the initial registered nursing program within one year. The Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner option requires one year of nursing practice in the past three years.
5. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a scale of A=4.0) in the last 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of academic credits.
6. A personal goal statement and program plan developed with the graduate program coordinator or faculty designee is required prior to progression to Classified status in the Master’s Program.
7. Successful completion (with a passing score) of the Nursing Challenge Examinations, for advanced placement credit.
8. Letters of recommendation from a minimum of three persons who know the applicant’s academic and professional abilities.
9. Submission of a completed application including official transcripts to the University and to the Department of Nursing.
10. Completion of all prerequisite course work. These are the same prerequisites as the BSN program for generic students.
Prerequisite Courses for the BSN Completion Program, the RN to BSN to MSN Program, and the RN to MSN Program
Required Courses: (Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment into Nursing Clinical Courses.)
1. English*: Ten quarter units which include principles of verbal, written, and group communication. (CSUB courses: ENG 110 and COMM 108.) Prerequisites.
2. One course (5 quarter units or 3 semester units) in Sociology* or Anthropology*. (CSUB courses: SOC 100, ANTH 100.) Prerequisite.
3. One course in Anatomy* including a laboratory (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: BIOL 250.) May be combined with Physiology as 10 quarter units or 6 semester units. Prerequisite.
4. One course in Physiology* including a laboratory (6 quarter units or 4 semester units). (CSUB courses: BIOL 255, BIOL 256.) Prerequisite.
5. Inorganic Chemistry* and Organic Chemistry* (10 quarter units or 6 semester units). May be a combination inorganic/organic chemistry course (5 semester units or 7.5 or greater quarter units). (CSUB courses: CHEM 150 and CHEM 203.) Prerequisite.
6. Introduction/General Psychology* course (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: PSYC 100.) Prerequisite.
7. One course in Statistics* (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: MATH 140 or PSYC 200.) Prerequisite.
8. One course in Microbiology* (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: BIOL 311.) Prerequisite.
9. One course in Life-span Development* or Child Psychology* (5 quarter units). (CSUB courses: PSYC 210 or PSYC 310.) Prerequisite.
10. Nursing Pharmacology* course (3 quarter units or 2 semester units). (CSUB course: NURS 337 or NURS 245.) Prerequisite.
11. One course in Nutrition* (3 quarter units or 2 semester units). (CSUB course: BIOL 370.) Prerequisite.
12. One course in Pathophysiology* (5 quarter units or 3 semester units) (CSUB course: NURS 345 or BIOL 355.) Prerequisite.
* It is recommended that prerequisite courses be taken within the past ten years prior to graduation. See Department of Nursing for course currency policy.
Advanced Placement Credit for BSN Completion Program, RN to BSN to MSN Program, and RN to MSN Program
Advanced placement credit (APC) may be received by challenge examinations or transfer credit from a baccalaureate program. Advanced placement credits are required for the following courses:
1. Nursing Care of Adults II, Theory
2. Nursing Care of Adults II, Clinical
3. Parents-Infant Nursing, Theory
4. Parents-Infant Nursing, Clinical
5. Nursing Care of Children, Theory
6. Nursing Care of Children, Clinical
7. Psychiatric Nursing, Theory
8. Psychiatric Nursing, Clinical
Upon successful completion of the challenge examinations or transfer of credits, registered nurses will receive 32 APC. The Excelsior College examinations which must be passed are (1) Adult Health Nursing (12 quarter units advanced placement credit); (2) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (10 quarter units advanced placement credit); and (3) Maternal-Child Nursing (10 quarter units advanced placement credit).
Required Courses for the Bridge Year
The Bridge year is the first year in the BSN Completion Program, the RN to BSN to MSN Program, and the RN to MSN Program in which registered nurses take undergraduate courses, as well as certain graduate and general education courses. The following nursing and cognate courses are required for the Bridge year for students seeking a BSN degree:
1. NURS 410 Professional Nursing Concepts and Issues (5)
2. NURS 441 Community Health Nursing (5)
3. NURS 442 Community Health Nursing Practicum (5)
4. NURS 357 Planning Nursing Research (3)
5. NURS 490 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Trends & Issues in Nursing (5).
6. NURS 444 Professional Nursing Practicum (5) (RN to MSN students do not take this course)
Note: RN students are allowed to enroll in selected Master’s level core courses (NURS 515, 518, 586, 590) as they complete required undergraduate courses. In addition to the required nursing courses, the general education requirements for the baccalaureate degree of the university must be completed for students in the BSN Completion and RN to BSN to MSN option.
RN to BSN to MSN students are given priority for admission into the MSN program provided they meet all MSN program admission criteria.
Description of the MSN program and graduate courses are listed in the “Graduate Studies” section of this catalog.