RN-BSN (Track A)

Units required for Major: 46

Program Description

The School of Nursing's RN to BSN program at Sacramento State offers a unique career opportunity for the working Registered Nurse. The program is designed to advance the associate degree RN to the next level in the profession, preparing the graduate BSN nurse for professional leadership roles in society. For the RN-BSN Track A and the ADN to BSN Collaborative track, there is a clinical elective course which, along with community health theory, allows the student to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for a Public Health Nursing certificate. The School takes pride in professional activities in the health care community at the local, state and national level with a wide range of clinical expertise and research interests.

Admission Requirements

  • A valid California registered nursing license (RN License must be received 45 days prior to the first day of class)
  • California state resident
  • Admission to Sacramento State
  • Completed RN to BSN online application
  • Official transcripts of all institutions attended
  • A cumulative G.P.A of 2.6 based on the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of graded transferable course work
  • Applicants who are currently employed as an RN will have priority for admission
  • Supplemental writing or oral communication may be required
  • Program admission is contingent upon meeting requirements outlined and passing drug screening and background check.

Required Pre-admission Courses:

The following classes must have been completed with a grade of "C" or better.

  • Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I (with a lab)
  • Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II (with a lab)
  • Microbiology (with a lab)
  • Chemistry (integrated or organic chemistry is not required)
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Statistics
  • Critical Thinking

Note: In Progress Policy: Classes may be in progress prior to admission. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for in-progress classes but must be replaced with official transcripts.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Satisfactory completion of the program requires a grade of "C" or better in every nursing course.

Program Requirements

Track A - Required Upper Division Courses for RN-BSN Students (46 Units)
Traditional 15-Week Semester track & ADN to BSN Collaborative track.
NURS 170Foundations for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURS 171Transitional Concepts: The Baccalaureate Nurse6
NURS 173Theoretical Foundations for Leadership and Management6
NURS 174Community Health Nursing: Concepts and Practice4
NURS 174CCommunity Health Nursing: Clinical Elective2
NURS 178Culminating Project3
NURS 179Professional Communication and Reasoning Development 13
Nursing NCLEX-RN (National Exam/RN) credit will be awarded in the final semester of the nursing program19
Total Units46

May be used for upper division GE Area E and the Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement by nursing majors.


Opportunity to repeat nursing courses will depend upon space availability in classroom and clinical placements.

Total Units Required for BSN (post-licensure program) 120