San Diego State University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Overview


The Nursing Profession

The nursing profession is concerned with the total health care of the individual and the family. It is a profession which believes in the prevention of illness, caring for those who are acutely ill, and helping people with long-term rehabilitative problems to live in the healthiest way possible. Nursing is both a science and an art. It has its foundation in biophysical and behavioral humanistic sciences, as well as in specific nursing practice skills and techniques.

Nurses are in demand throughout the country and are needed in such settings as acute care hospitals, community health agencies, homes, jails, outreach programs, public schools, health maintenance organizations, and clinics which serve underprivileged, minority, and rural populations. Career opportunities are particularly good for minority, bilingual/bicultural persons.


 The Undergraduate Nursing Program at SDSU

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Students in the undergraduate nursing program are provided opportunities to acquire knowledge from the natural and social sciences; to develop critical thinking and professional decision-making abilities; to utilize current research in the application of the nursing process; to develop leadership potential and accountability in professional practice; to become aware of the emerging roles of the professional nurse and of the social forces and trends affecting health and health care systems; and to learn to balance professional and personal growth and values.

The undergraduate pre-licensed Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is available to incoming Freshman admitted via Direct-Entry, transfer students from community colleges and four-year institutions, and second baccalaureate students. Additionally, graduates of Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs and Diploma in Nursing programs may continue their studies to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree via the RN to BSN program.