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RN to BSN Post-Licensure Program

RN to BSN Program

Dear Prospective Student:

Congratulations on your decision to consider returning to school for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. The Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report strongly encourages all nurses to obtain their BSN prior to 2020. The California State University, Bakersfield's RN to BSN Program is designed to build on your Associate Degree in Nursing and challenge you to explore and grow in new ways. A basic knowledge of nursing theory, research methods, nursing leadership, and community health nursing set the BSN graduate apart from the ADN graduate. You will also gain a deeper understanding of pathophysiology which will be invaluable in your clinical setting. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply for a Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificate that permits you to work in either public health or school nursing and various community-based organizations.

Although I have not traveled your journey, I have always had a heart for ADN graduates. I am excited to be part of a program that acknowledges your real world experience and will build on it to expand your professional practice.  My hope is you will find this journey to be exciting and will look for opportunities to apply your new-found knowledge.

The Department of Nursing at CSUB work closely with our faculty, nursing leaders, ADN programs, and community members to craft a solid and current curriculum for the RN to BSN student. We receive positive feedback from the community and our students regarding the quality of our program. The CSUB RN to BSN Program is flexible so it can accommodate your work schedule. We currently offer all Nursing lecture courses online. This program is not intended for students residing outside of the Bakersfield, Visalia, or Lancaster areas, as we still require 100 hours of clinical for Community Health.

Applications for the additional RN to BSN cohort starting fall 2015 will be accepted now through July 15, 2015. This program is offered through CSUB Extended University.

You may access the program information above using the drop-down menus on the side of this page. Please contact Brynn Schock, the Program Advisor, at (661) 654-2610 or by email at for transfer information and distance advising.

I look forward to your great success in our program.


Karen Lillie, MS, PHN, PMHN, FNPc
RN to BSN Program Director
Department of Nursing
CSU Bakersfield

Karen Lillie, RN-BSN Program Director