RN to BSN Program

PDC Nursing Calendar

The RN to BSN program is for current CA licensed Registered Nurses wishing to obtain a BSN. This is a hybrid program; students attend one face-to-face meeting per month each quarter in fall, winter and spring.

The Nursing Program incorporates hybrid instruction to help working nurses obtain their BSN. Courses are offered with a combination of online and in person classes. Students meet on Tuesdays at the Palm Desert campus, once a month. Each meeting includes a 4 hour session for each class. Between meetings students are expected to log on to our campus Blackboard learning management system regularly and participate in course discussions. There is one clinical course (NUR347) in the program and students must demonstrate compliance with the nursing department requirements. This course will require students to attend clinical during the day at selected community sites arranged by CSUSB.

Students entering the RN-BSN program must have a CURRENT RN LICENSE.

To begin the RN-BSN application process:

1. Pre-screening is required. Please contact Johanna Martinez for an appointment: 760-341-2883 ex. 78187

2. File two applications

a. CSUSB admissions application: www.Cal State Apply

b. RN to BSN Program Application (available at the pre-screening appointment)

You must meet all transfer student requirements to be admitted.

RN to BSN students who already have a bachelor's degree in any filed may consider applying to the Master's of Science Nursing program: https://nursing.csusb.edu/programs/msn.htm

Pre-Requisite Courses

All students are required to complete the following pre-requisite courses before starting the RN to BSN program at California State University.  Students can have courses in progress while they are applying, as long as they will be completed before the program begins in September.  

Pre-requisites Quarter Units
ENG 107 Advanced First Year Composition 4
COMM 120 Oral Communication 4
SOC 180 Critical Thinking and Social Problems 4
Math 165 Statistics 4
BIOL 220 Principles of Microbiology 5
BIOL 223 Human Physiology and Anatomy I 5
BIOL 224 Human Physiology and Anatomy II 5
CHEM 205 Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry 4

Nursing Major Courses

RN to BSN Program Typical Roadmap


Fall 1



NURS 310 Transition to BSN Education (2 units)

NURS 350 Nursing Theories (4 units)

NURS 352 The Nurse as a Teacher (4 units)

NURS 344 The Nurse as a Leader (4 units)

NURS 353 Global Nursing (4 units)

*Upper Division Writing Requirement (4 units)

NURS 343 as a Research (4 units)

NURS 345 The Nurse as an Advocate: Family Concepts (4 units)

Capstone (4 units)





NURS 346 The Nurse as a Member of the Community (4 units)

NURS 347 Clinical: The Nurse as a Community Member (4 units)

NURS 483 The Nurse as a Lifelong Learner: Advanced Practice Models (4 units)

NURS 444 The Nurse as Expert Clinician (4 units)

NURS 446 The Nurse as a Mentor: Activity (4 units)

*Capstone (4 units)

NURS 445 The Nurse as a Change Agent (4 units)

NURS 443 The Nurse as a Counselor (4 units)

Capstone (4 units

*The above course sequence includes Upper Division General Education course required for all CSU students.

All information subject to change.