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Health care is rapidly expanding and evolving daily. Advancements in both patient care techniques and the accompanying technology has made the need for quality, highly-educated nurses greater than ever.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is increasingly recognized as the degree that properly prepares nurses for the current healthcare environment.  BSN nurses are noted for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management and health promotion. 

Furthermore, it’s estimated by the year 2050, Americans 65 or older will number nearly 89 million, almost double the population in 2010.  It takes a highly-skilled workforce to meet the growing and aging population’s health care needs. Today, nurses are not only charged with providing quality bedside care, but also play a crucial role in patient outcomes, research and additional responsibilities each day.

The Online Fast Track RN to BSN program at CSU Bakersfield will give you the skills to not only meet the demands of modern health care, but will allow you to also advance your career.  You will learn concepts of management and leadership that are critical for advancing into management and leadership positions.  Through the program, you will also obtain your Public Health Nursing Certificate, which allows you to work in a variety of public health settings. As health promotion and outpatient programs increase, this certificate will be vital to your career.  BSN holders also earn on average 25 percent more than their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) counterparts.

The Fast Track Format

The Online Fast Track RN to BSN program allows students to complete the program in as little as one year.

What You'll Learn

Graduates of the Online Fast Track RN to BSN program at CSU Bakersfield will be proficient in:

  • Nursing theory
  • Research methods
  • Nursing leadership
  • Community health nursing
  • Pathophysiology


CSU Bakersfield boasts one of the most respected nursing programs in central California. The Department of Nursing at CSUB works directly with faculty, nursing leaders, Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs and community members to craft a dynamic curriculum for Online Fast Track RN to BSN students.

The online format is also flexible, allowing you to both work and pursue your degree. CSUB utilizes Blackboard, the leading and award-winning online learning management software.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Spring 2018 Admission

Priority - October 6, 2017
Regular - November 10, 2017


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To learn more about the Online Fast Track RN to BSN program at CSUB, complete the form below.