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CSUB accepting applications for RN to BSN Nursing Program
March 18, 2013
The Department of Nursing at California State University, Bakersfield is now accepting applications for their post-licensure program for associate degree nurses interested in obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This program can be completed in as little as one year and begins each year in the summer term. Applications for the Summer 2013 will be accepted until April 12th.
The RN to BSN program is intended for working or non-working nurses as well as for recent graduates from an accredited community college nursing program with a California Registered Nursing (RN) license. Students admitted to the program will complete online, upper-division coursework in contemporary nursing issues, research, nursing management, community health theory, and professional leadership in only four quarters (12 months). Students will also complete on-site clinical hours through the County of Kern Public Health Services Department to become eligible to apply for the PHN Certificate through the BRN.
"The CSUB RN-BSN Program is a cornerstone in fulfilling the University’s mission to improve the quality of life in the region,” said Dr. Phyllis Heintz, Director of the RN to BSN Program. “A significant portion of our program graduates practice in our community which is a designated Registered Nurse Shortage Area. The demand for RNs in Kern County is severe due to the increasing population, poor health outcomes, and the shortage of nurses. We view the CSUB RN-BSN Program as the major contributor to the region’s ability to meet the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendation for dramatically increasing the proportion of BSN-prepared nurses to 80% by 2020."
The RN to BSN program at CSUB is accredited by the California BRN and also has national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). More information regarding eligibility, application procedures, and post-acceptance requirements may be found on the RN to BSN website at http://www.csub.edu/nursing/requirements/rnbsn/ or by calling (661) 654-2610.