Wildcat Rises** Due to the Camp Fire, all classes ~ including online, OLLI, and ALCI classes ~ are suspended and will resume on November 26. Campus, including the offices of Continuing Education, ALCI, and OLLI, are closed and will re-open November 19. For more information visit www.csuchico.edu/campfire ** 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RN's
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent between 2016–2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. Yet California has a critical shortage of nurses prepared at the appropriate levels to meet the state’s health care needs. The CSU, Chico School of Nursing has developed the RN to BSN Program in a primarily internet-based format that accentuates flexibility and convenience for the working nurse, including nurses in distant communities. The program can reach the most distant areas of our rural region, and meet the needs of nurses who have seven-day-a-week, around-the-clock, work schedules.

The CSU, Chico BSN for RNs Offers...

A reputation of excellence. The graduates of the School of Nursing at CSU, Chico 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 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 computers 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. CSU, Chico registration fees are much less than at most private colleges and external degree programs.

State of the Art Resources. CSU, Chico combines a beautiful campus, charming small town living, cultural events, outdoor recreation, and state-of-the-art technology to provide the optimum in education and living. CSU, Chico has been singled out nationwide for its innovation and pioneering efforts in the use of technology in education.

Current Program Schedule

Class registration and/or drop requests are processed through Regional & Continuing Education (RCE).

• Winter Session & Spring class registration begins November 1
• Summer class registration begins April 1
• Fall class registration begins July 1

Register online using the links below, or contact RCE at 530-898-6105 or rce@csuchico.edu. More about Adds, Drops & Refunds.

If you wish to enroll in more than one class at a time, use the back button to return to this page to add additional classes to your cart. Do not click "Continue Shopping."

Online registration is currently unavailable, please call 530-898-6105 to request enrollment.


Course Number



RN to BSN Bridge CourseNURS 3004Summer
Academic Writing for NursesNURS 3102Summer
Practicum in Community Health NursingNURS 474R3Summer
Public Health NursingNURS 475W3Summer
Nursing InformaticsNURS 3163Fall
Nursing ResearchNURS 3423Fall
World Religion & Global IssuesRELS 3323Fall
LGBTQ Issues & IdentitiesMCGS 310 3Winter Session
Leadership Management & Professional Issues in Nursing

Leadership Management & Professional Issues in Nursing
section 1-Instr.

section 2-Instr.
 4 Spring
Professional Values & Ethics in Nursing

Professional Values & Ethics in Nursing
NURS 427
section 1-Instr.

NURS 427
section 2-Instr.

Program Requirements

Program requirements for the major: 50 units. Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree:

MCGS 310 LGBTQ Issues & Identities (USD) (3 units)
NURS 300
RN to BSN Bridge Course (4 units)
NURS 310 Academic Writing for Nurses (2 units)
NURS 316 Nursing Informatics (3 units)
NURS 342 Nursing Research (3 units)
NURS 420W Leadership Management & Professional Issues in Nursing (4 units)
NURS 427 Professional Values & Ethics in Nursing (2 units)
NURS 474R** Practicum in Community Health Nursing (3 units)
NURS 475W Public Health Theory (3 units)
RELS 332 World Religion and Global Issues (GC) (3 units)

*Writing proficiency (WP) course for the major **Public Health clinical course. Attempts are made to place students in agencies close to where they live, but such placement is not guaranteed.

For More Information

RN Advisor for the School of Nursing

Janet Ellis, RN, MSN, FACHE
530-898-5891 | jlellis@csuchico.edu

Application Process

• Please do not apply to the University until you have been accepted into the program. To begin the program acceptance process, review all information on the School of Nursing website.

Apply online after acceptance into program.

• Application fee is $55.

Fees & Registration

• Per unit fee is $415 (fees subject to change)

• Non residence fees do not apply.

• Withdrawal, contact the RN/BSN Advisor and RCE.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Information

How to Apply

For additional information about the program, visit the School of Nursing website.