Nursing, School of

RN to BS - Nursing

Advanced Placement Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Arlene Spilker

Admittance into this degree requires an Associate in Science degree in Nursing and passage of the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) the licensing examination for nurses in the United States.

Admission occurs every Spring and Fall semester. The RN to BSN program can be completed in 3 semesters of full-time study.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements9
Core Lower Division General Education
Of the 39 units required by the university, 39 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Physical Education
Met as part of the community college transfer package required for admission to degree program.
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
HS 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Preparation for the Major90
Community College Lower Division Coursework necessary for Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)70
External Exam Credit20
NCLEX - RN examination
Students admitted to the program will receive 20 units of credit for passage of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.
Requirements of the Major21
Core Courses21
NURS 124. Nursing Theory II3
NURS 127B. Community Theory2
NURS 128. Evidence-Based Nursing Practice2
NURS 137. Professional Role Development V2
NURS 138. Professional Role Development VIS3
NURS 144. Clinical Nursing Applications2
Complete one course from:
NURS 147B. Community Health Clinical3
NURS 147BI. Community Health Clinical -- International Experience3
Complete one course from:
NURS 148A. Senior Preceptorship4
NURS 148AI. Senior Practicum-- International Experience4

Total Units:120