Current Associate Degree Nursing Students with a Non Nursing Baccalaureate Degree

Students who currently have a bachelors degree in another field and are working toward their BSN are known as second baccalaureate students.

  • Students can take courses toward their BSN at SDSU while enrolled in their ADN program.
  • Second baccalaureate students will move through the RN-BS program at a faster pace because the SDSU Upper Division General Ed requirements are waived.
  • Second baccalaureate students can concurrently take classes at SDSU, while in their ADN program. This brief video explains the process: RN to BSN via Open University.
  • Second Degree RN to BS Students must meet all requirements for completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program from a regionally accredited program plus hold a non-nursing bachelor degree.
  • The RN to BS program curriculum is conveniently offered at both SDSU campuses: San Diego and Imperial Valley.

Course List

(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)
  • NURS 437: Transitional Care of Populations (6 units – offered Fall, Spring and Summer)

Students with a bachelor degree in another field are not required to take upper division general education courses.
The length of the program may vary. However, most Second Degree RN to BS students can complete the Bachelor of Science degree at SDSU within 1 - 2 semesters.

Visualization of the Courses listed Above


Tuition: Approximately $302 per unit via Open University then one semester of full-time enrollment: ($3,042 tuition) or two semesters of part-time enrollment ($1,764 tuition per semester) plus fees. For more information visit SDSU Brusar's Office.

For Financial Aid resources, please Visit the SDSU Financial Aid Help Desk.

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Ready to graduate from your ADN program?

Please visit the Cal State Apply Transfers Page for information on transferring into the SDSU RN to BS in Nursing Program.


Please email [email protected] or call (619) 594-7700.

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