California State University – Fullerton

Degrees & Certifications RN to BSN
California State University – Fullerton

 

To learn more and apply to the RN-BSN program, please Click Here.
(Do NOT actually apply to CSU Fullerton until you have been approved to participate in the BHMT RN to BSN program.)

 

Contact Information

 

Student Questions
RN-BSN Advisor
Email: RNBSNadvisor@fullerton.edu
Phone: 657-278-3336

 

School 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 (three semesters) to graduate! The faculty and staff of the School of Nursing at CSUF are committed to supporting students from application until graduation. Beyond working with distinguished faculty and networking with healthcare facilities across Southern California, students can also take advantage of services dedicated to their success: strong technology support, academic advising, and the Nursing Writing Center. Let the RN-BSN program at California State University Fullerton help you to reach your goals!

 

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and prepares nurses to meet the eligibility requirements for a public health certificate through the state of California. 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!

 

Delivery Type: Campus and Online and hybrid
Units for Nursing Program: 41 Nursing course hours (Campus & Online)
Units required for BSN: 120 total to graduate (up to 70 transfer credits, 41 nursing, 9 hours upper-division GE [upper-division GE not required for 2nd bachelor’s students]). (Campus & Online)
Residency requirement – how many units have to be taken at the school? 30 units (Campus & Online)
Length of Program: 12 months (full-time) up to 24-36 months (part-time) (Campus & Online)
Cost: See charts below (Campus & Online)
States: CA (Southern CA ONLY) (Campus & Online)
Accreditation:

  • Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
  • American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)

Do prerequisites have to be taken within a certain amount of time? No recency requirement. (Campus & Online)
Do you require a diversity education course? Can the class be transfer from CSUSM or CTU? The General Education Area Z is the Cultural Diversity Requirement (3 hours). Since most of these classes are upper-division, it makes the most sense for students to take their Area Z class at CSUF (available online), since they need the 9 hours of upper-division GE (unless the student already has a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution). Example: If the student transfers in an Area Z class, they would need 9 hours upper-division GE in residence. If the student does not transfer in an Area Z class, they would select the Area Z class as one of their upper-division GEs and the remaining 6 hours could be from other areas). (Campus & Online).
Does the school provide free transcript evaluation? The RN-BSN Pre-Enrollment Advisor will review transcripts for free in order to ensure that an applicant meets all prerequisite requirements. (Campus & Online). The only exception would be for students who obtain their pre-requisite courses in another country and language which require special translation. In this case the potential student is referred to an appropriate agency for a foreign transcript evaluation prior to review by the RN to BSN Pre-Enrollment Advisor.
What is the website for students to apply into the RN to BSN program? Two applications are required:

Contact for student questions: Patricia Gabel, RN-BSN Advisor, RNBSNAdvisor@fullerton.edu, 657-278-4446
Contact for billing questions: Patricia Gabel, RN-BSN Advisor, RNBSNAdvisor@fullerton.edu, 657-278-4446, will liaise with CSUF Student Financial Services (Campus & Online)

Pre-Admission Process

  • Complete all required prerequisites
  • Total of at least (60) transferable units (semester units)
  • Cumulative transferable GPA or last 60 semester unit GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed Associate Degree in Nursing or equivalent
  • Current CA RN license (or eligibility for CA RN license)
  • Meet with RN-BSN Pre-Enrollment Advisor (not a requirement)

 

Admission Process
The application process for the RN-BSN program is a two-part process. To be considered for admission, prospective students must apply to both the University and the School of Nursing. Failure to submit all required application materials for both the University application and the School of Nursing application by the designated deadlines will make you inadmissible to the university and the RN-BSN program for the term to which you are applying.

 

University and School of Nursing applications are processed in partnership by the CSUF Admissions department and the Nursing Advising Center. Applicants who are offered admission are admitted to both the university and the RN-BSN program. It is not possible for an applicant to the RN-BSN program to be admitted to the university but not the School of Nursing or vice versa.

 

Admission Terms
The School of Nursing admits students to the campus and distance programs for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Fall semesters begin the third or fourth week in August. Spring semesters begin the last week of January. At times, the University as a whole has been unable to admit students for Spring semesters due to state budget limitations. Please refer back to this website often for updates on University admission availability.

 

University Application Checklist
For complete details about the university application process for transfer students, refer to the CSUF Admissions and Records website.

 

University Application Periods
Spring: August 1-31
For transcript submission deadlines, please review the university applications deadlines on the CSUF Admissions and Records website. Failure to submit official transcripts by the posted deadlines will result in your application being withdrawn.

 

Fall : October 1- November 30
The University application must be submitted and university fee paid by November 30. Official Transcripts may be sent in after the application deadline. For transcript submission deadlines, please review the university applications deadlines on the CSUF Admissions and Records website. Transcripts not submitted by the posted deadline will result in the application being withdrawn.

 

School of Nursing Checklist
In addition to submitting the university application, all applicants to the RN-BSN program must submit a supplemental application to the School of Nursing which includes the following items:

  • School of Nursing Application
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended (to be uploaded online to your School of Nursing application)
  • Copy of current California RN license or if not licensed yet, include a memo indicating when NCLEX will be taken (to be uploaded online to your School of Nursing application)

 

School of Nursing Application Periods
Spring: August 1 – August 31
Fall: October 1 – March 1

Prerequisites (attained with a C or higher)

Classes

  • Oral Communication (CSU, A.1)
  • Written Communication (CSU, A.2)
  • Critical Thinking (CSU, A.3)
  • Math (CSU, B.4)
  • Human Anatomy with Lab
  • Human Physiology with Lab
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics

 

Please check the Ben-U Transfer Guide to see which courses from Ben-U will satisfy the classes required above.

 

Prep and Computer Skills Prior to Applying

 

University Prerequisites ( Sample of Courses that meet the pre-requisite requirements are listed. Others should be checked with the pre-enrollment advisor as they are offered at many community colleges.

  • Oral Communication (CSU Online COMM 100 or Coastline CC CMST C110 or CMST 100)
  • Written Communication (CTU ENGL 103 Composition, CSU Online ENGL 104 or Coastline CC ENGL C100)
  • Critical Thinking (CSUSM PHIL 110 Critical Thinking or Coastline CC PHIL C115, ENGL C102 or CMST C220)
  • Math (Coastline MATH C160 Intro to Statistics)

 

School of Nursing Prerequisites. These courses also can be taken at other community colleges. It is recommended to check transferability before enrolling

  • 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)

 

Suggested course in parenthesis do not include an exhaustive list of accepted transfer credits, they are examples of available, transferable online courses.

 

Pricing breakdown
CSU Fullerton charges a per semester tuition rate based on part time (1-6 units) enrollment or full time (7 or more units) enrollment. Since tuition is charged per semester. The total tuition and fees charged for the full program will depend on how long a student takes to complete the program and the unit load they enroll in each semester. Sample charges arc included be low but arc not inclusive or all options.

 

The Fall 2016 fee rate is included in the samples. The CSU makes every effort to keep student cost to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore. CSU must reserve the right, even after fees arc initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system wide fees, are subject to change without notice until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor. or the Presidents, as appropriate changes in mandatory system wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 – 66028.6 or the Education Code).

Sample 1: Campus based program, completing in 3 semesters
Term Units Enrolled Tuition Campus based fees
Semester 1 16 $2,736 $544
Semester 2 19 $2,736 $544
Semester 3 15 $2,736 $544
Totals 50 $8,208 $1,632

 

Sample 2: Distance/Online program, completing in 3 semesters
Term Units Enrolled Tuition Campus based fees Distance Nursing fees
Semester 1 16 $2,736 $544 $700
Semester 2 19 $2,736 $544 $950
Semester 3 15 $2,736 $544 $600
Totals 50 $8,208 $1,632 $2,250

 

Sample 3: Campus based program, completing in 4 semesters
Term Units Enrolled Tuition Campus based fees
Semester 1 13 $2,736 $544
Semester 2 16 $2,736 $544
Semester 3 6 $1,587 $544
Semester 4 15 $2,736 $544
Totals 50 $9,795 $2,176

 

Sample 4: Distance/Online program, completing in 4 semesters
Term Units Enrolled Tuition Campus based fees Distance Nursing fees
Semester 1 13 $2,736 $544 $550
Semester 2 16 $2,736 $544 $650
Semester 3 6 $1,587 $544 $450
Semester 4 15 $2,736 $544 $600
Totals 50 $9,795 $2,176 $2,250

 

Sample 5: Campus based program, completing in 5 semesters
Term Units Enrolled Tuition Campus based fees
Semester 1 10 $2,736 $544
Semester 2 9 $2,736 $544
Semester 3 10 $2,736 $544
Semester 4 6 $1,587 $544
Semester 5 15 $2,736 $544
Totals 50 $12,531 $2,720

 

Sample 6: Distance/Online program, completing in 5 semesters
Term Units Enrolled Tuition Campus based fees Distance Nursing fees
Semester 1 10 $2,736 $544 $350
Semester 2 9 $2,736 $544 $350
Semester 3 10 $2,736 $544 $500
Semester 4 6 $1,587 $544 $450
Semester 5 15 $2,736 $544 $600
Totals 50 $12,531 $2,720 $2,250

Tuition based on 1st degree CA resident charges
Campus based fees and Distance nursing fees to be paid by student