Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

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About the RN-BSN Program

The RN-BSN Program is designed for Associate Degree and Diploma RNs interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program provides credit for previous course work and flexible scheduling to accommodate the working nurse. Students have the option to study part-time or full-time. If a student meets University General Education (GE) and other degree requirements, it is possible to complete the course of study in one to one and a half years through full time study.  Additional information about the program, including  a program roadmap and student learning outcomes, can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.  

ADN to BSN Roadmaps

The following roadmaps are from local community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs to SF State Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. These roadmaps represent a seamless transfer pathway, identifying specific courses that fulfill prerequisite, nursing major, general education, and campus-specific BSN requirements. Completion of an ADN degree does not guarantee admission to a SF State BSN degree program.

Roadmap for College of San Mateo - SF State ADN - BSN

Roadmap for City College of San Francisco - SF State ADN-BSN

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RNs may receive credit for previous nursing education through the following mechanisms:

  1. The maximum number of units transferable from a junior college is 70.
  2. Equivalency of nursing courses taken at another university will be considered on an individual basis.
  3. Students who are accepted into the RN-BSN program will receive 20 units of upper division nursing credit for successfully passing the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. 

All prospective students must be admissible to SF State in accordance with existing criteria as stated in the “Undergraduate Admissions Requirements” section of the University Bulletin.

Eligibility Requirements and Prerequisite Information

The following requirements must be met to be eligible to apply:

  • California RN License
    Must have a valid California RN license or be exempt by virtue of military status
    Receive a California RN license no later than January 6, 2017.
    Admitted applicants who do not have the license by this date will forfeit the space to an eligible wait list applicant.
  • Educational Background
    Graduation from an accredited associated degree nursing program or its equivalent.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average

    Prerequisite GPA must be at least 3.0 at the time of School of Nursing supplemental application
    Nursing coursework GPA must be at least 2.5

  • Prerequisite Coursework
    At least seven of the eight prerequisite courses must be completed by the time of School of Nursing supplemental application submission
    1. A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses. A grade of C- is not acceptable.
    2. Please consult Assist to determine comparable or articulated coursework taken at California community colleges or CSUs. If the course in question was taken at a UC, a private university, or outside of California please contact the School of Nursing.
    3. Repeating a prerequisite course is acceptable and the higher grade will be used by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.
    4. Prospective students who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree and have a question about the written communication, oral communication, critical thinking or quantitative reasoning (statistics) courses should contact the SF State Student Outreach Services office.  These four courses are also university-wide Transfer Admissions requirements and must be evaluated by a university pre-admissions counselor.

Course Title

SF State Course Number

Human Anatomy with Lab

 BIOL 220 (3 semester units)

Human Physiology with Lab 

 BIOL 212213

(4 semester units) 

*Survey of Chemistry with Lab   CHEM 101102 (4 semester units) 

General Microbiology with Lab 

 BIOL 210211 (4 semester units) 
Written Communication  (Please refer to SF State Bulletin
Oral Communication  (Please refer to SF State Bulletin
Critical Thinking  (Please refer to SF State Bulletin
Statistics   Math 124 (3 semester units)  

*This is an integrated course in which topics in general, organic and biochemistry are covered.   Courses in general, inorganic, or organic chemistry are also acceptable effective Fall 2014.

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