Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RN's
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Ten of the 20 fastest-growing careers in the United States are health care-related, according to the recent U.S. Department of Labor’s “Career Guide to Industries.” Yet California has a critical shortage of nurses prepared at the appropriate levels to meet the state’s health care needs. To help meet this mandate, the CSU, Chico School of Nursing has developed the RN-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). Register online using the links below, or contact RCE at 530-898-6105 or More about Adds, Drops & Refunds.

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Course Number



RN to BSN Bridge Course NURS 300 4 Summer
Academic Writing for Nurses NURS 310 2 Summer
Practicum in Community Health Nursing NURS 474R 3 Summer
Public Health Nursing NURS 475W 3 Summer
Nursing Informatics NURS 316
(C. Madison)
NURS 316
(M. Schilling)
3 Fall
Nursing Research NURS 342
(R. Ottem)
NURS 342
3 Fall
World Religion & Global Issues RELS 332 3 Fall
LGBTQ Issues & Identities  MCGS 310  3  Winter 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.
2 Spring

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 |

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.