San Diego State University

RN to BSN Curriculum

RN to BSN Students first meet all requirements for completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing program from a regionally accredited program.  Upon RN licensure, students then enter the SDSU RN to BS program.

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

  • NUR 307: Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice (3 units – offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters)
  • NUR 312: Nursing Professionalism (3 units – offered Fall 2016 Semester)
  • NUR 320: Health Assessment and Health Promotion for RN to BS (4 units – offered Fall 2016 Semester)
  • NUR 415/415L: Community Health (5 units – offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters)
  • NUR 458/458L: Leadership (5 units – offered Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters)
  • NUR 400/400L: Nursing Care of the Complex, High Acuity or Critically Ill Patients (6 units – offered Fall 2016 Semester)
  • NUR 437: Transitional Care of Populations (6 units – offered Summer 2016 and Summer 2017)

The length of the program may vary.  However most RN to BS students can complete the Bachelor of Science degree at SDSU within fifteen months.

Note: The RN to BSN program curriculum is conveniently offered at both of SDSU’s campuses, the San Diego campus, and the Imperial Valley campus.

Associate Degree Nurse’s Map to a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

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 adviser in The Office of Advising and Evaluations

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

SDSU Upper Division General Education Requirements:
  • All undergraduates must demonstrate competency in writing skills at the upper division level as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree. The Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) is a one and one-half hour examination used to evaluate writing competency.Transfer students are eligible to take the WPA once they have received an offer of admission. They must take the examination during their first semester at SDSU. For more information
  • You must complete Section IV, Explorations of Human Experience to satisfy your General Education requirements at SDSU. Complete one course from categories A, B, and C (9 units).
    • Select one course from Category A. (3 units)
    • Suggested course from Category B – HHS 350: Applied International Health and Human Services (3 units) or  PSY 351: Psychology of Personality (3 units)
    • Required course from Category C – PHIL 330: Medical Ethics (3 units)

International Experience

All BS in Nursing students (including incoming freshmen students, continuing SDSU students, transfer students, and RN to BSN students) participate in an international experience to increase awareness of cross-cultural issues, global health, economic, political, cultural, social services, and health challenges experienced by local populations in international environments. Students participate in residence for 10-14 days (exceptions must be approved by the dean of the college for students who, because of serious and compelling life events or physical limitations, cannot meet this requirement). This requirement does not apply to second baccalaureate students.

Specific details can be found on the CHHS Undergraduate International Experience web site.


last updated: 03/03/2017