RN to BS in Nursing

Newly Admitted Students

You will be able to enroll in Fall 2024 classes after New Student Orientation which will be held over several dates in August 2024. Refer to your admission letter for detailed information regarding orientation, including the registration link and dates of orientation. 

Newly Admitted Student Timeline of Events

Intent to Enroll Deadline: students must submit a $400 non-refundable deposit by this date in order to matriculate in the fall

Deadline for incoming students (including Transfers/2nd baccs) to submit their Spring 2024 official transcripts and Advanced Placement exam scores (if applicable) to the SDSU Office of Admissions

Attend New Student Orientation for Transfers. Students will register for their Fall 2024 classes at the end of their orientation day. First bachelor's students should attend New Student Orientation. * If you are newly admitted into the RN - BS in Nursing program and you already have a Bachelor’s Degree in another field you do not need to attend New Student Orientation. Contact [email protected] to register for your classes.

Information Sessions

October 1st, 2024 12:00PM
October 22nd, 2024 12:00PM


Transfer Admissions

Application Opens: October 1st
Deadline: November 30th

Program Information

Minimum GPA for Admission
3.0 GPA
Program Start
Fall Semester ------- August Spring Semester ----- January
Program Duration
12 to 15 months
Approximate Tuition Cost
Nursing Course Units
26 units
Required General Education Units
9 Units
Course Format
Hybrid, mostly online
Clinical Experience
Assigned clinical sites

Application Process

Submit an application via Cal State Apply and complete SDSU’s Supplemental Application. SDSU will accept Fall and Spring admission applications from October 1 – November 30.

For additional information and guidance on addmissions, check out the Admissions Contact Page to get in touch with a specialist at SDSU.

Need help with your Cal State Apply Application? View SDSU's Application Page for Transfer students for upcoming dates of Zoom Cal State Apply Transfer Workshops.
If you have questions about your application to CSU call (857) 304-2087 or visit the Cal State Apply Help Center.

See SDSU’s Transfer Admission Website for additional information.

Program Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

(NOTE: Applications are due in the Fall even if planning to start in the Spring.)

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma from a regionally accredited school
  • Students can start with eligibility for RN licensure pending NCLEX exam.
  • Cumulative GPA: Minimum of 3.0
  • Completion of the Following Courses, or their equivalents:
    • Human Anatomy with Lab, 4 semester units, minimum grade of B
    • Human Physiology with Lab, 4 semester units, minimum grade of B
    • Microbiology with Lab, 4 semester units, minimum grade of B
    • Chemistry (General Chem or-Organic Chem -or-Integrated Chem or- Inorganic Chem), minimum grade of C
    • Oral Communication 
    • Written Communication 
    • Critical Thinking 
    • Statistics, 3 semester units, minimum grade of C
    • General Education Requirements
      (See SDSU General Catalog or consult the SDSU Prospective Student Center at 619-594-6336 for General Education Requirement information)

Contact advisor for course equivalencies. 

Curriculum Overview

RN to BS Students first meet all requirements for completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing program from a regionally accredited program.

For RN to BS students, the nursing courses taken upon entering the SDSU School of Nursing include:
(schedule of courses subject to change)

  • NURS 312: Nursing Professionalism (3 units – offered Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • NURS 307W: Research, Evidence Based Practice, and Writing for Nurses (3 units – offered Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • NURS 320: Health Assessment and Health Promotion for RN to BS (4 units – offered Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • NURS 415/415L: Community Health (5 units – offered Fall and Spring Semesters)
  • NURS 458/458L: Leadership (5 units – offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters)
  • NURS 437: Transitional Care of Populations (6 units – offered Fall, Spring, and Summer 2020)
  • 3 Upper Division GE's

Program length may vary. Most RN to BS students can complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at SDSU within fifteen months.

SDSU Requirements

The general education requirements do not apply to second baccalaureate students.

In addition to the nursing-specific coursework, all candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the requirements listed in the “Graduation Requirements” section of the SDSU General Catalog. For additional information on general education and graduation requirements, students must meet with an academic advisor in The Office of Advising and Evaluations

Please note: SDSU requires students to enroll in a minimum 6 units their first semester at SDSU.

Students who currently have a Bachelor's Degree in another field

Please refer to our Second Bachelors Open University page for more information


If you're a student at any community college and meet the requirements, you can take a course at SDSU without joining a special group.

Learn More about Cross Enrollment

Cross Enrollment Video

If you are interested in applying for spring admissions, please email [email protected]


  • How long will the RN to BS in Nursing Program take?
    Most students will complete the program in twelve to fifteen months.

  • What if I have my Bachelor’s Degree in another field?
    Second baccalaureate degree students are able to quickly move through our program, usually within 10 to 12 months because the general education courses are waived.
    You also may be eligible for our Master's degree program in the Leadership specialty. Please see our Graduate Program website.
  • How much does it cost to attend SDSU?
    The cost is about $13,000 including General Education courses. Information about the cost of attending SDSU.


If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

Contact Us

SDSU School of Nursing

Adams Humanities Building 3138
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4158