RN to BSN Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do I have to Drive to CSU Bakersfield?
All Nursing lecture courses are online. You will need a computer with internet access to view each course. Students must attend a one day RN to BSN Program Orientation (Nursing 477 Special Topics in Nursing: RN to BSN, June 2014) and complete one clinical in the program. Clinical placements for Nursing 442 Community Health Practicum will only be available in Kern County. 100 total scheduled clinical hours are required during the fall term (September through November for two days the first week then one day per week). CSU Bakersfield, Antelope Valley (CSUBAV) students may need to visit the CSUBAV Satellite campus to complete the Health Clearance, to possibly take a course satisfying Themes 2, and to take the GWAR exam. Students can generally obtain the health clearance by mail/fax.
How much does the program cost?
The RN to BSN Program is a one-year, full-time program that begins in summer and ends spring the following year. There are currently four terms in the program. The tuition and fees for each term costs approximately $2,237.00, totaling $8,948.00 for the entire year. Additional costs include, but are not limited to: textbooks, health clearance fees, drug screen, background check, the nursing program evaluation fee, and the University application fee. A summation of total program costs (including additional costs mentioned above) is estimated to be approximately $10,400.00. Tuition, fees, and all additional program costs are subject to change.
What will I take to complete the BSN?
In order to complete a BSN, 3 sets of criteria must be met:
- 1. General Education/CSU Graduation Requirements (12 or more courses needed to transfer):
- Lower-Division GE: Students should meet with their community college Counselor or Advisor and follow the GE Certification for Transfer to CSU in the current community college catalog. A Logic/Critical Thinking course should be taken before being admitted to the CSU along with all other transfer areas (Areas "A" through "D"). Students should also meet the Foreign Language and American Institutions (U.S. History & Political Science) requirements for graduation.
- Upper-Division GE: Once the lower-division general education courses are complete, and acceptance to CSUB has occurred, the student will be required to complete two courses (Theme 2 and Theme 3) and complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by either exam or by completing an approved course. These courses may be taken while in the RN to BSN Program, however, students are encouraged to take them prior to entrance.
- Prerequisites for Nursing (8 total): Students must have official (sealed) transcripts
showing completion of all of the following prerequisites in their completed application packet:
- 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.
- One course in Physiology including a laboratory (6 quarter units or 4 semester units). (CSUB courses: BIOL 255, BIOL 256.)
- One course in Microbiology (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: BIOL260.)
- Inorganic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry (10 quarter units or 6 semester units). May be a combination inorganic/organic chemistry course and bio chemistry (5 semester units or 7.5 or greater quarter units). (CSUB courses: CHEM 150 or CHEM 203.)
- One course in Statistics (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: MATH 140 or PSYC 200.)
- English (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB courses: ENG 110.)
- Public Speaking (5 quarter units or 3 semester units). (CSUB course: Comm 108.)
- Critical Thinking (5 quarter or 3 semester units.) (CSUB course: PHIL 110.)
- Nursing Courses (9 total): Students will complete the following RN to BSN Completion
Program requirements as scheduled. If Pathophysiology is taken outside of the program, the
Department of Nursing may waive Nursing 345 upon approval.
- Nursing 345 Pathophysiologic Basis of Illness and Disease (5)
- Nursing 357 Foundations of Nursing Research (4)
- Nursing 410 Professional Nursing Concepts and Issues (5)
- Nursing 441 Community Health Nursing (5)
- Nursing 442 Community Health Practicum (5)
- Nursing 345 Pathophysiologic Basis of Illness and Disease (5)
- Nursing 492 Advanced Leadership Seminar I (5)
- Nursing 493 Advanced Leadership Seminar II (5)
- Nursing 415 Principles of Nursing Management (5)
- Nursing 416 Directed Study in Career Development (5)
- Nursing 477 Special Topics in Nursing: RN to BSN Transition (1)
Course descriptions may be found on pages 11-13 in the RN to BSN Program Handbook.
How are quarters different from semesters? Why are there more units?
During the academic year (at CSUB, from September to June), there are three 10-week quarters (instead of two 15-week semesters). Students generally take three 5-unit classes to make up a 15 unit load (rather than five 3-unit semester classes). The amount of time is exactly the same--- the units are weighted differently. Instead of two semesters of 15 units, you take three quarters of 15 units each academic year----thus the increased number of units required for a degree (even though the time spent is exactly the same). The RN to BSN Program, however, uses the summer term as the first quarter in the program. Students in the full-time program, for example, will enroll in four total quarters beginning with the summer term.
Can I transfer my community college course work to CSUB?
Yes. Your lower division General Education and Nursing courses can be transferred, up to a maximum of 70 semester units (or 105 quarter units). In order to fully utilize your maximum units, it is important to have your transcript CSU GE certified before sending it to CSU Bakersfield. You can check for course equivalency and articulation agreements for community colleges in California at http://assist.org. Students are encouraged to meet with their Advisor or Counselor at least one year prior to transferring to ensure completion of the CSU Transfer Requirements.
Can I take additional General Education and CSUB prerequisite courses at a community college?
Yes. Most Students with the ADN have have not completed areas "A","B" ,"C", or "D" of the GE Certification for Transfer to CSU. By completing a critical thinking course, area "A" is satisfied, and statistics completes the area "B" requirements. The CSU requires three courses from area "C", while typically only one is required for graduation---thus students often are short two courses in this area. Please refer to tyhe list above to complete these requirements.
What are the criteria for admission to CSUB RN to BSN Program?
Please see the Eligibility Requirements for detailed information.
Who can I contact for additional information?
Brynn Schock is the RN to BSN Program Advisor. You can reach her by phone at (661) 654-2610 or by email at email@example.com. She is located in the Romberg Nursing Center(RNC), room 135 at the CSU Bakersfield main campus. Mrs. Schock visits the CSUBAV campus periodically, so please contact her to scheduale an appointment
How do I get started?
- 1. Take necessary Prerequisites (usually Statistics and Critical Thinking) and CSU General Education Transfer requirements at a community college. Work closely with your Counselor/Advisor to complete all RN Program major requirements, AS General Education Requirements, and CSU Transfer Requirements
- 2. Contact the RN to BSN Advisor, Brynn Schock, for a pre-application evaluation at least by one year prior to applying to the RN to BSN Program to ensure completion of all requirements.
- Apply to CSU Bakersfield for the summer 2014 term. Ccomplete an application online at http://www.csumentor.org
- Send GE Certified transcripts to CSUB Admissions
- Apply to CSUB RN to BSN Completion Program