RN-BSN Curriculum

The RN-BSN program consists of 41 semester units of nursing coursework that may be completed either full or part-time. Students have the option to choose between the Campus-Based (in-class) or the Distance-Based (online) option.

CAMPUS PROGRAM

Nursing courses through the campus-based program are offered at the main Fullerton campus and Irvine campus (except for 402L). This clinical/lab course will be available to students within the following counties: Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, or San Bernardino.

TIMELINE

Full-time or part-time

Finish in as little as 3 semesters (12 months)

LOCATION

Courses offered at Fullerton campus & Irvine campus

Weekdays between 8am-7pm 

TUITION AND FEES

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DISTANCE (ONLINE) PROGRAM

Nursing courses through the distance-based program will be offered online (except for 340L and 402L). These two clinical/lab courses will be available to students in the following counties: Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles or San Bernardino.

TIMELINE

Full-time or part-time

Finish in as little as 3 semesters (12 months)

LOCATION

Courses are online except for two lab courses

Two lab courses are offered at partner facilities within Orange county, Riverside county, San Bernardino county, or Los Angeles county

TUITION AND FEES

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Distance fees (added to normal course fees) - $50/ lecture unit and $100/ lab unit

SAMPLE SEMESTER SCHEDULE

First semester of a full-time campus schedule: Two days per week on campus and 12 hours of class meeting time

  • NURS 305 Wednesday 8:00am-11:50am
  • NURS 310 Wednesday 1:00pm-3:50pm
  • NURS 340 Monday 8:00am-9:50am
  • NURS 340L Monday 10:00am-12:50pm

*Note: this schedule is based on the Fall 2015 schedule. Course day/times vary each semester.

SAMPLE STUDY PLANS

Full-Time (3 Semesters)

*Note: to be eligible for the Full-Time (3 semesters) Study Plan, students must obtain a CA RN license by March 1st in their first semester if admitted for Spring or October 1st in their first semester if admitted for Fall.

Semester Nursing Courses Total Units
Fall/Spring

NURS 305 Professional Nursing (4)

NURS 310 Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice (3)

NURS 340/L Advanced Concepts I (3)

10
Spring/Summer

NURS 345 Advanced Concepts II (3)

NURS 402/L Community Health Nursing (6)

NURS 420 Trans-Generational Issues (4)

NURS 470A Nursing: The Art & Science I (6)

19
Summer/Fall

NURS 452 Leadership (6)

NURS 470B Nursing: The Art & Science II (6)

12

Part-Time (4 Semesters)

Semester Nursing Courses Total Units

Fall/Spring

NURS 305 Professional Nursing (4)

NURS 310 Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice (3)

NURS 340/L Advanced Concepts I (3)

10
Spring/Summer

NURS 345 Advanced Concepts II (3)

NURS 420 Trans-Generational Issues (4)

NURS 470A Nursing: The Art & Science (6)

13
Summer/Fall NURS 402/L Community Health Nursing I (6) 6
Fall/Spring

NURS 452 Leadership (6)

NURS 470B Nursing: The Art & Science II (6)

12

Part-Time (5 Semesters)

Semester Nursing Courses Total Units

Fall/Spring

NURS 305 Professional Nursing (4)

NURS 310 Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice (3)

7
Spring/Summer

NURS 340/L Advanced Concepts I (3)

NURS 345 Advanced Concepts II (3)

6
Summer/Fall

NURS 420 Trans-Generational Issues (4)

NURS 470A Nursing: The Art & Science I (6)

10
Fall/Spring NURS 402/L Community Health Nursing (6) 6
Spring/Summer

NURS 452 Leadership (6)

NURS 470B Nursing: The Art & Science II (6)

12

CSU General Education Requirements

In addition to completing the 41 units of nursing coursework, students without a previously earned bachelor’s degree* must complete at least 9 units of upper-division general education at California State University, Fullerton. Please note that if a student is not CSU GE Certified from a California Community College prior to the RN-BSN program, the student may also have to complete lower-division general education.

*regionally accredited in the U.S.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • Prerequisite - a course must be completed prior to taking the next course
  • Pre/corequisite - a course can be completed prior to OR at the same time as the next course
  • Corequisite - the courses must be taken at the same time

The RN-BSN curriculum includes 41 semester units of nursing coursework:

NURS 305 Professional Nursing (4)
The professional nursing role is examined including nursing theory and research, ethics theory, communication theory and principles, and the nursing process.  Selected psychosocial concepts and theories and their relationship to health are the focus of assessment and implementation with individual clients.  Theories and concepts of health and techniques in health promotion are presented from a holistic framework.  The influence of culture, role, social support, and values upon the nurse and the client are evaluated.

NURS 310 Nursing Research/Evidence-Based Practice (3)
Prerequisite: Statistics
Emphasis is placed on the development of nursing knowledge and the improvement of nursing practice through current relevant evidence. Research methods are examined and current issues are analyzed in relation to the implementation of evidence-based practice in selected settings.

NURS 340 Advanced Concepts I (2)
Pre/Corequisite: NURS 305; Corequisite: NURS 340L
Health assessment across the life span, analysis of health data and identification of risks in specific groups emphasized. Evidence based practice and culturally sensitive nursing interventions will be discussed to reduce risk and promote health.

NURS 340L Advanced Concepts I Lab (1)
Corequisite: NURS 340
Practice history taking, physical examination techniques and risk identification on peers in supervised on-campus setting.  Students apply these skills and intervene to reduce risk and or promote health with individual clients.

NURS 345 Advanced Concepts II (3)
Pre/Corequisite: NURS 340, NURS 340L
This course explores the major pathophysiologic concepts using a body systems approach. Alterations at the cell and system levels and potential resulting functional changes are applied to the nursing practice. Epidemiological approaches and clinical case studies will be presented to support nursing assessments and interventions. Theories relating etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes. Concepts from anatomy and physiology courses are considered prerequisites and provide the foundation for exploring human dysfunction.

NURS 402 Community Health Nursing (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 305, NURS 310, NURS 340/L; Pre/Corequisite: NURS 420; Corequisite: NURS 402L
Content stresses community health nursing roles in prevention and health promotion with culturally diverse families and populations in a variety of community settings. Emphasis is given to identifying risk and to using the nursing process with populations at risk.

NURS 402L Community Health Nursing Lab (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 305, NURS 310, NURS 340/L; Pre/Corequisite: NURS 420; Corequisite: NURS 402
Students will apply community health theory in supervised clinical experience with individuals, families and communities. Clinical experience will be in public health settings, including official agencies and other community agencies. Completion of this course satisfies the California Board of Registered Nursing’s requirements for Public Health Nurse Certification (application must be submitted to the BRN upon completion of nursing program). Additional documents and background checks may be required depending on placement.

NURS 420 Transgenerational Issues in Nursing (4)
Prerequisites: NURS 305, NURS 310; Pre/Corequisites: NURS 340/L, NURS 345
Developmental theories across the lifespan and the aging process are discussed with emphasis on analysis of health behavior.  Normative transitions, conflicts of childhood, adult life, and the nurse’s role in health promotion are included

NURS 452 Leadership (6)
Prerequisites: all 300 level nursing courses, NURS 402/L; Pre/Corequisite: NURS 420
Leadership/management and change theories will be highlighted in regards to their application in health care organizations.  Concepts of ethics, quality, safety, power, collaboration, advocacy, and decision making will be examined in relationship to the nursing leader role. 

NURS 470 A&B Nursing: The Art & Science I & II (6 & 6)
NURS 470A Prerequisites: NURS 305, NURS 310, NURS 340/L; Pre/Corequisites: NURS 345, NURS 420
NURS 470B Prerequisites: NURS 470A; Pre/Corequisite: NURS 452
This capstone course sequence provides students opportunities to explore and define the elements of the art and science of nursing. The course will examine the competencies identified by regulatory and accrediting agencies and their association to the School of Nursing (SON) student learning outcomes. The professional nursing role in a collaborative setting is presented within the SON framework.  These two courses are designed to be taken sequentially in the last two semesters of the program and cannot be taken concurrently.