The Nursing Bachelor of Science (BSN) prelicensure program at SF State is a two-year program which prepares students for entry level positions in professional nursing practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, community clinics, long term care, home care, and community health agencies. Graduates work as staff nurses in the following areas: maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, and public/community health nursing.
The BSN program is open to California residents who are not registered nurses. Applicants may be: SF State students, transfer students, or others who seek a second baccalaureate degree. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared and eligible to take the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN). Graduates of the program are eligible for public health nursing certification in California upon licensure as a Registered Nurse. The program also provides the basis for leadership and graduate education in nursing.
The SF State nursing major has been impacted since fall 1992 (more qualified students apply than can be accommodated in the program). Typically 600-700 applications are received for 60-80 spaces each academic year. First degree applicants who are not admitted are encouraged to pursue an alternate major and then re-apply as a second baccalaureate or entry level master's student.
Additional information about the program, including the curriculum plan and student learning outcomes, can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.