Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Online RN to BSN

Degree Program

Please note: Applicants must be California residents and have graduated from an Accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program (or equivalent accredited Associate Degree program); have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN); and hold a currently active, unencumbered, unrestricted, and unlimited California Registered Nurse (RN) license.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees provide Registered Nurses (RN) with the education needed to improve patient and organizational outcomes, apply evidence into practice, and take on additional responsibilities including supervising others, making emergency decisions without a doctor’s presence, and working in specialized departments. A BSN also allows nurses to meet standards set by the National Association of School Nurses and the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Initiative and will allow RNs to pursue advanced degrees in Nursing. According to a report in Nurse Journal, the demand for a BSN degree continues to increase along with a nursing shortage in California and other states, while PayScale reports that the salary for nurses with BSN degrees ranks significantly higher than for those with only associate degrees. This demand is further fueled by the increasing number of hospitals seeking the Magnet designation, which identifies BSN preparation as foundational, and relies on nurses' professional development as one of its essential elements.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Online RN to BSN program at CSULB provides a competitive degree for working nurses in California who already have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) with 70 lower-division units completed. This undergraduate degree can be completed either part-time in approximately 18 months or full-time within one year. The program provides clinical reasoning and leadership skills to thrive and advance in healthcare careers. The curriculum is designed to explore cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues that affect patient care delivery, including physical assessment skills, knowledge of pathophysiology, applying evidence-based research, and a foundation for improving the quality of healthcare systems and processes.  

The program’s expert faculty include professional clinicians and instructors from CSULB’s School of Nursing, which is currently ranked the #1 Best Bachelor Degree in Nursing Program in California as well as the #5 Best Bachelor Degree in Nursing Program in the U.S. ( Online classes offer maximum flexibility for working nurses, enabling them upon graduation to pursue further education and/or professional opportunities in nursing administration, management, and education in a variety of settings. 

Please Note:

  • Students enrolled in this program are eligible for some forms of financial aid, with the exception of the State University Grant (SUG) and Cal Vet College Fee Waiver.  
  • GI Bill benefits can be used for this program. Click here to learn more about eligibility, rates, and other details.
  • California Registered Nurses with an ADN degree.
  • Nurses who have completed an associate degree and want to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • Nurses who want to expand their professional nursing knowledge.
  • Online learning environment that allow maximum flexibility for working nurses.
  • Cohorts of approximately 30 students provide camaraderie and social support.
  • Degree can be completed either part-time in approximately 18 months or full-time within one year.
  • The program’s Advisory Board includes members of local community healthcare agencies such as Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital, Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Long Beach VA Medical Center.
  • New skillsets that open pathways to specialized careers.
  • Human responses to stress and illness that affect nursing practices.
  • Skills in leadership, management, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning.
  • How to integrate perspectives from different members of healthcare teams into successful patient care outcomes.
  • Finance policies developed by governmental and insurance agencies.
  • Approaches to community health nursing and caring for groups, families, and populations.
  • Application of evidence-based research and quality improvement for healthcare processes.
  • Pathophysiology for nurses
  • Healthcare assessment and delivery systems
  • Holistic therapies
  • Patient care technology
  • Safety and quality assurance
  • Emergency management
  • Completion of 29 program-specific units.
  • Satisfaction of all university graduation requirements including the 120 minimum credit hour requirements within specified general education categories (your academic advisor will assist you in determining which courses are required).