Chico State RN-BSN Program


Are you an ADN nurse looking to advance your education through a baccalaureate degree in nursing and improve your career options? Are you looking for rewarding work that is dynamic and challenging, with opportunities to enhance your nursing career and become a leader in the field? You can make a difference in the health care field!

The Health Care Community Needs YOU!

The RN–BSN Program at California State University, Chico is an online advanced placement program for RNs and new graduates who have completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. With fully-online courses and on-site clinical placements near where you live or work, the Chico State School of Nursing, the RN-BSN Program was designed with flexibility and convenience for the working nurse, including nurses in distant communities, who have seven-day-a-week, around-the-clock, work schedules.

The RN-BSN Program Offers...

Logos of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the California Board of Registered NursingA reputation of excellence. The graduates of the School of Nursing at Chico State are highly regarded by hiring agencies, and by their peers and clients. The RN-BSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Expert faculty who are committed to teaching and to nursing practice. The faculty are masters and doctoral prepared clinicians, active professionally in a wide range of clinical settings, in publishing, in the use of technology in nursing, and in research. Your education will reflect the cutting edge of the future of nursing.

Flexibility. The RN-BSN program is designed to accommodate the needs of the working RN and to recognize the skills the practicing nurse has already acquired. Twenty units of credit are issued for passing the NCLEX during the final semester of the program. Course requirements are scheduled to accommodate work schedules.

Cost and convenience. Most RNs continue working while progressing through the RN-BSN program. Local hospitals have encouraged and facilitated the RN returning to school and often provide partial reimbursement. Chico State registration fees are much less than at most private colleges and external degree programs.

RN-BSN Program Graduate Karen Orbeta

"When considering a BSN program, look for a curriculum that will enrich your current knowledge base, which is what I found in the RN-BSN Program at Chico State. The instructors are very supportive and the program really helped me grow in my leadership by forcing me to consider patients wholistically as humans—social status, sexual orientation/ preferences, etc.—beyond just their health status, which impacts our interactions as healthcare providers."

Karen Orbeta, 2020 RN-BSN Graduate

Apply to the Program

We accept applications beginning August 1. Prospective students must attend an academic advising session, complete the transcript evaluation process, and apply to the program. Applicants in their final semester of their ADN program or those still attempting to pass NCLEX may be admitted to the program conditionally. For complete details on admission requirements and qualifications, and to begin the program acceptance process, visit the RN-BSN Program website

Jump Start Option

Prospective students may take one or both of the two required Upper Division General Education classes before being admitted to the RN-BSN program.

Registration for these online classes is through Chico State Professional & Continuing Education, and admission to the University is not required. 

FALL ONLY: RELS 332 World Religions & Global Issues
Register starting in July

WINTER ONLY: QTST 310 LGBTQ Issues & Identities
Register starting in November

These upper division GE courses are waived for students who already have a bachelor’s degree when they enter the RN-BSN program. Talk with a program advisor before registering.

For More Information

Robbin Guynn
RN-BSN Program Advisor