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California State University – Fullerton

Degrees RN to BSN
California State University – Fullerton


Program Overview

California State University Fullerton offers an RN-BSN program that fits the needs of today’s nurse. Students can complete coursework online or on campus and progress at their own pace, taking as little as one year (two semesters) to graduate. You will graduate will the skills, knowledge and experience to meet the highly complex needs of a changing health care environment. Together we can achieve your objective of being a professional nurse with a BSN.

Program Highlights


Delivery type:

  • Campus and Online and hybrid


  • CA (Southern California only, campus & online)

Registration (Application Deadlines):

  • Fall Start — October 1 – January 15.
  • Spring Start — August 1 – August 31.

Length of Program:

  • 2 semesters full-time, 12-21 months part-time.

Units Needed:

  • Units for Nursing Program — 24 nursing course hours.
  • Units required for BSN — 120 credits.
— Students must take at least 30 semester credit hours campus & online.

Program Details:

The Fine Print


Transfer Credits: Applicants must have completed a nursing degree from an institution accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Please note that California State University, Fullerton, can only accept credits from regionally accredited institutions and cannot accept credits from nationally accredited institutions.


If you received your nursing license from a nationally accredited institution that is NOT also regionally accredited, you will still need to complete 60 semester/90 quarter units, along with the required (transferable) prerequisites.


To verify the accreditation of a degree, please visit the institution’s website and search for the institution’s accreditation page. Regionally accrediting organizations include: MSCHENEASCNCAHLCNWCCUSACS and WSCUC.



  • $7,000 to $9,500 full-time
    (estimated cost based on full-time enrollment for 2 semesters)


BHMT will pay a program maximum of $16,500 on your behalf for the BHMT RN to BSN program. All available KP tuition reimbursement funds will be paid to BHMT to partially cover the RN to BSN program cost.


Residents of California may be responsible for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if this charge exceeds the lifetime $16,500 tuition cap. The STRF is a fund administered by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education that relieves or mitigates economic loss suffered by a student while enrolled in a qualifying institution. The STRF assessment rate is two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

BHMT Program Requirements
6 Month Check-in
  • Meet with your BHMT Academic Success Coach twice a year to discuss your academic experience, and to explore the support resources BHMT has to offer.
Successful Course Completion
  • For continued success in BHMT programs you need to receive a passing grade of C or better for each course you complete. This ensures you comply with the BHMT Academic Suspension policy you agreed to as part of the BHMT Student Agreement. For more information about the suspension process, refer to the BHMT Student Agreement.
BHMT Student Agreement
  • This program and participation is governed by the terms of the BHMT Student Agreement. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the student agreement; by registering and participating in this program you are agreeing to comply with it.


It is your responsibility to confirm that courses/programs completed with BHMT resources meet your academic and career objectives and transfer into your desired school/program.


  • Cal State Fullerton Required Courses: Sample of courses that meet the pre-requisite requirements are listed. Others should be checked with the CSUF Pre-Enrollment Advisor as they are offered at many community colleges. Students must have “C” or higher in the courses below:
    • Oral Communication (CSU GE A.1)
    • Written Communication (CSU GE A.2)
    • Critical Thinking (CSU GE A.3)
    • Math (CSU GE B.4)


  • School of Nursing Required Courses: These courses also can be taken at other community colleges. It is recommended to check transferability before enrolling in other colleges. Students must have “C” or higher in the courses below:
    • Human Anatomy with Lab (CSUSM BIOL 175 A&P I)
    • Human Physiology with Lab (CSUSM BIOL 176 A&P II)
    • Microbiology with Lab (CSUSM BIOL 160 Microbiology)
    • Chemistry (CSUSM CHEM 101 Preparatory Chemistry)
    • Statistics (Coastline MATH C160)


Prospective applicant must complete 60/90 quarter transferable units from a regionally accredited institution. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is also acceptable. In addition, applicants must complete 8 required prerequisite coursework prior to starting the RN-BSN program.