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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Notice to Prospective Applicants

In recent years there has been high student demand for this major. Students interested in this program should apply to the University during the initial filing period of the admissions cycle (October 1 - November 30 for any fall semester; August 1-31 for any spring semester). A supplemental Nursing application must be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. Information on any current enrollment restrictions is available from the Admissions Office and from the department office sponsoring the major.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Nursing Major

1. The cumulative grade point average for all college-level work must be a minimum of 3.0.

2. The cumulative grade point average for the two science courses and the two Area A courses used to earn points on the supplemental nursing application must be a minimum of 3.0.

3. The cumulative grade point average for all eight nursing prerequisites, once completed, must be a minimum of 3.0.

4. All nursing prerequisites must be completed with grades of C- or higher.

5. At the time of application, at least two courses from Area A and at least two pre-requisite science courses must be completed, with the remaining courses in progress.

Pre-Nursing Core: 40-41 units

The following courses, or their equivalents, must be completed before admission to the General Option for the BSN and the Advanced Placement Option for LVN to BSN. RNs admitted to the Advanced Placement Option for RN to BSN may take these courses along with the professional sequence, but must complete these courses prior to enrolling in NURS 475W and NURS 495W.

General Education Area A Skills: 12 units

Science Foundation: 16 units

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Study of the structure of the human body, to include muscles, bones, heart, brain, ear, eye, and other systems, as well as a short look at development of the fetus. Lab work entails dissection of the cat and study of the human skeleton. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (001110)
Basic functioning of the organ systems of the human body, including the brain and nervous system; vision and hearing; heart and circulation; blood and immunity; respiration, digestion and metabolism; muscles; excretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (001114)
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 151, or NSCI 102; CHEM 107, CHEM 108, or CHEM 111.
Introduction to structure/function, metabolism, genetics, ecological interactions and pathogenic mechanisms of microorganisms. In addition, the roles of microorganisms in sanitation and in the food and biotechnology industries will be discussed. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (001132)
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent.
A survey of organic chemistry primarily for agriculture, industry and technology, and pre-nursing students. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (001828)

Concurrent Core: 12 units

See Concurrent Core below.

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor.

Students in the Advanced Placement Option for RN to BSN receive a detailed advising plan that outlines graduation requirements for this option. Advising is provided by the RN-BSN Advisor.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See General Education Requirements in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings.

Modifications in the General Education requirements have been approved for this major as follows: CHEM 108 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area B1. HIST 130 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3. PSYC 101 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area D1. POLS 155 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area D2, and ANTH 113 or SOCI 100 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area D3.

Completion of General Education Area A Requirements: All Area A requirements must be completed before students enter the Nursing program. Two courses must be complete at the time a student applies, with the remaining two in progress.

Fulfillment of the GE Upper-Division Theme Requirement: Students majoring in Nursing are permitted to select an upper-division Humanities Thematic course and an upper-division Social Science Thematic course in the same theme. The Natural Sciences Thematic upper-division requirements may be fulfilled by NURS 303.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Diversity Requirement" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education Requirements.

U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals: 6 units

See "U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements". For this major, this requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155 or approved equivalents.

For this major, HIST 130 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3, and POLS 155 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area D2.

Literacy Requirement:

See Math and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or higher to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or higher before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 99-100 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree.

Major Core Program

See Prerequisites to Admission to the Nursing Major above.

Concurrent Core: 12 units

The following four courses are required, but may be taken prior to admission or concurrently with the first semester of the Nursing program.

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Designed for Nursing, Liberal Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and other non-Child Development majors, this course studies the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children from conception through adolescence. The course explains genetic, biological, and environmental influences including cross-cultural issues. Scheduled observations are included. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001442)
Introduction to concepts and problems in psychology. Topics include perception, learning, development, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and biological and social bases of behavior. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007881)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Physiological, social, and psychological factors affecting food intake are examined. Relationships of nutrients to health throughout life. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004273)
Prerequisites: BIOL 104, CHEM 108.
Physiological and chemical roles of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and water in the functioning of the human body. Factors affecting the digestion of foods, use of nutrients, and the body's need for nutrients. 3 hours discussion. Formerly NFSC 240. (004296)

Transfer students may use as transfer credit any lower-division course of comparable content. Consult the department to determine acceptable courses.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
The course explores culture as the basis for understanding the human experience, including an examination of cross-cultural diversity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000492)
Case study examination of fundamental concepts, methods, and changing theoretical orientations of cultural anthropology. 3 hours lecture. (000507)
This course helps organize thinking about societies in general, the society we inhabit, and our place within it. Underlying questions are: Why do people have different values? Why do people act differently? Why is there inequality? And why and how does society; its values and norms, institutions, and groups influence our behavior. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008933)

General Option: 60 units

This option is for students who are just beginning in the nursing field. The curricular sequence meets all state requirements for initial RN licensure as well as Public Health Nursing certification. Students must be admitted to the General Option for the BSN (see supplemental admission criteria available from the department or at www.csuchico.edu/nurs/).

Professional Sequence

All courses must be taken in the sequence outlined.

Semester I

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108. The following courses may be taken concurrently: ANTH 113 or ANTH 303 or SOCI 100; CHLD 252, NFSC 100 or NFSC 340, PSYC 101.
Corequisites: NURS 283, NURS 284, NURS 285.
This course is designed to address nursing competencies essential to the professional nursing role. The focus is on the nursing process. Skills in interpersonal communication, the history of nursing, and legal/ethical aspects of beginning nursing practice are emphasized. 2 hours lecture. (006453)
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108. The following courses may be taken concurrently: ANTH 113 or ANTH 303 or SOCI 100; CHLD 252, NFSC 100 or NFSC 340, PSYC 101.
Corequisites: NURS 282, NURS 284, NURS 285.
This course is an introduction to nursing therapeutics underlying the basic skills and concepts in the practice of professional nursing. The focus is on concepts related to physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs and mechanisms for maximizing health. Basic pharmacology is included. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process in maintaining health for adults. 4 hours lecture. (006454)
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108. The following courses may be taken concurrently: ANTH 113 or ANTH 303 or SOCI 100; CHLD 252, NFSC 100 or NFSC 340, PSYC 101.
Corequisites: NURS 282, NURS 283, NURS 285.
This nursing practicum provides the clinical opportunity to apply the theory, concepts, and principles of nursing care presented in NURS 282, NURS 283, and NURS 285. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process in the care of adults in acute care facilities. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 12 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006438)
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108. The following courses may be taken concurrently: ANTH 113 or ANTH 303 or SOCI 100; CHLD 252, NFSC 100 or NFSC 340, PSYC 101.
Corequisites: NURS 282, NURS 283, NURS 284.
This course introduces the student to theory needed for application of the nursing process with emphasis on skills useful in data gathering and analysis for completing a health assessment. Normal and abnormal physical, social, and cultural structure and function are explored. 2 hours discussion. (006461)

Semester II

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: NURS 282, NURS 283, NURS 284, NURS 285.
Corequisites: NURS 304, NURS 305.
Therapeutic nursing interventions and physical, emotional/spiritual, social, and cultural concepts related to common acute conditions of the adult. The nursing process is used in relating theories to caring nursing practice. 6 hours discussion. (006463)
Prerequisites: NURS 282, NURS 283, NURS 284, NURS 285.
Corequisites: NURS 303, NURS 305.
Directed and supervised practice in the care of the acutely ill adult. Active application of the nursing process and nursing therapeutics in planning and implementing nursing care. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 12 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006444)
Prerequisites: NURS 282, NURS 283, NURS 284, NURS 285.
Corequisites: NURS 303, NURS 304.
Therapeutic pharmacology related to selected pathophysiology and drug classifications will be explored. Focus will be on desired effects, adverse effect, and patient/family teaching parameters. Case studies will facilitate analysis of laboratory data including the complete blood count, chemistry panel, coagulation studies, and arterial blood gases. 2 hours lecture. (006464)

Semester III

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 305.
Corequisites: NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
This course presents the theoretical basis for the practice of maternal-child nursing, including nursing knowledge basic to the professional nursing care of the mother/fetus, infants, children, fathers, and families in relationship to childbearing and childrearing. The study of normal childbearing/ childrearing families as well as high-risk families is included. Physiological adaptations and alterations during pregnancy and in the health of children are examined as well as the growth and development of the fetus and child through adolescence. The focus of the course is the promotion of optimum health and development for mothers, children, and families. 4 hours discussion. (006467)
Prerequisites: NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 305.
Corequisites: NURS 313, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Directed and supervised practicum which focuses on maternal-fetal-neonatal and child nursing and includes nursing of childbearing and childrearing families. Experiences are provided in various settings including hospitals, offices, clinics, homes, schools, and teaching centers, to provide students with the opportunity to apply concurrent knowledge and the nursing process to the health of pregnant women, their fetuses, neonates, and children. Emphasis is placed on the development of assessment skills, and the application of nursing knowledge for the effective delivery of nursing care. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 9 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006470)
Prerequisites: NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 305.
Corequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 342.
This course explores the application of nursing science principles, psychosocial theories, and the effect of the social and physical environment on the specialized health needs of the family-as-client. The use of the nursing process in unpredictable situations throughout the family lifespan is included with special emphasis on evaluating the aging family. The influence of psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual factors on the family and the delivery of nursing care to the family is stressed. The role of the nurse in assisting the family, utilizing family assessment, advocacy, and nursing support is discussed. The goal of family nursing is to meet the needs of persons of all ages in a wide variety of settings in multi-cultural societies through working with families. The health of the family influcences and is influenced by the health of its members. 2 hours lecture. (006469)
Prerequisite: NURS 303, NURS 304, NURS 305.
Corequisite: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315.
This course provides an introduction to the leadership role of the professional nurse in improving nursing practice. The class will focus on evidence-based practice for nursing. This includes developing skills to question clinical practice and access best evidence to use when implementing clinical decision making in order to deliver high quality care. This evidence-based approach to clinical care will facilitate long term inquiry skills that will impact long range planning for the profession. 3 hours lecture. (020588)

Semester IV

5 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434, NURS 444.
Introduction to the management and leadership roles of the professional nurse within the structure of an organization. The focus is on accountability for quality assurance in the provision of nursing care, interdisciplinary communication, and consultative and collaborative relationships. Legal authority for nursing practice and the impact of political and legislative processes are emphasized. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (006480)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 433, NURS 434, NURS 444.
This is a preceptored clinical practicum in the application of principles of leadership and management from NURS 422. Students use leadership/management theory as well as the basic and applied sciences and humanities from previous courses as the basis for planning and implementing nursing therapeutics for groups of acutely ill patients. There is an emphasis on critical thinking, team building, communication, priority setting, collaborative decision making, and advocacy. Clinical time is blocked into a 7-8 week rotation, for a total of 90 hours. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet preceptor's schedule. 7.5 hours laboratory. (006487)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 434, NURS 444.
The course focuses on the use of the nursing process as it relates to theories of physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual structure and function within environments in promotional, restorative, and rehabilitative management of the major maladaptive behaviors of individuals and groups. The intricate interrelationships of these factors in development and treatment of maladaptive behaviors is stressed. It includes the examination of psychiatric nursing roles within interdisciplinary treatment methods. Current mental and behavioral health research findings are incorporated. 3 hours discussion. (006505)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 444.
The course provides clinical experience which gives the student the opportunity to actualize the nursing process with individuals and groups of patients experiencing maladaptive behavior. Theoretical formulations from NURS 433 are used to facilitate this process. The interdisciplinary setting allows the student to examine and define the nursing roles within it. Clinical hours listed are the average hours per week over the entire semester; actual clinical time is blocked into eight-week rotations. 6 hours laboratory. (006506)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
This is a preceptored clinical practicum in the application of principles of leadership and management from NURS 422. Students use leadership/management theory as well as the basic and applied sciences and humanities from previous courses as the basis for planning and implementing nursing therapeutics for groups of acutely ill patients. There is an emphasis on critical thinking, team building, communication, priority setting, collaborative decision making, and advocacy. Clinical time is blocked into a 7-8 week rotation, for a total of 67.5 hours. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet preceptor's schedule. 4.5 hours laboratory. (020290)

Semester V

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 493, NURS 494.
Focus on the use of the nursing process as it relates to 1) persons in the aging population (unique characteristics, cultural diversity, lifestyle adjustments, and common aging changes); 2) environment (concerns in delivering services, political and socioeconomic climate, ethical considerations, cultural realities, and community support); 3) health (wellness potential and health maintenance, common illness, and related nursing considerations); 4) nursing (emerging roles and standards of practice for gerontological nursing). Critical thinking and collaborative decision making skills will be emphasized. 1 hour discussion. (006521)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 475, NURS 493, NURS 494.
This course is a synthesis of nursing and public health practice with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. Emphasis is on establishing a caring presence in the community with responsibility to the population as a whole. Students will apply the nursing process and concepts to culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities in homes, community agencies, and schools to facilitate movement toward achievement of maximum potential for daily living. This course includes a service learning project. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 9 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006533)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434, NURS 444.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 493, NURS 494.
This course provides an introduction to the specialty of public health nursing. Students examine the impact of epidemiological, social, ethical, cultural, political, economic, and legal factors on lifestyle and health. Students apply the principles of public health science combined with nursing knowledge and skills to address the disease prevention needs of individuals, families, and communities. 3 hours lecture. (020291)
Prerequisites: NURS 424, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 493, NURS 494.
Advanced nursing practicum, using human patient simulators to practice advanced nursing skills and critical thinking exercises applied to complex patient scenarios. 6 hours laboratory. (020976)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 494.
This course is designed to reinforce and promote synthesis of biophysical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual concepts from previous courses in a holistic nursing approach for patients with complex problems. Case studies and research findings will be utilized for analysis of disruptions of structural integrity and the integration of nurisng knowledge. 1 hour discussion. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006552)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 493.
Supervised clinical practice using a laboratory model. This course is designed as a capstone to the nursing program and is to be taken concurrently with NURS 493. The student will provide care and practice advanced problem solving for patient(s) with complex health problems, incorporating research findings, current theory, and nursing science in addressing complex biophysical, psychosocial, and spiritual patient situations. Clinical hours listed are the average hours per week over the entire semester; actual clinical time is blocked into eight-week rotations. 6 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006553)

Advanced Placement Option for LVN to BSN: 60 units

Admission to the Advanced Placement Option for LVN to BSN is currently suspended.  Please contact the School of Nursing to learn the current status of the program.

This option is for students who are already licensed vocational nurses in California. The curricular sequence meets all state requirements for initial RN licensure as well as Public Health Nursing certification. The LVN must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a nursing GPA of 2.3 in the initial nursing program. Students must be admitted to the Advanced Placement Option for LVN to BSN. The program is designed as a part-time, primarily online program for the working nurse. Program length is typically three years and includes summer courses.

Lower-Division Transfer Credit

Students can transfer up to 70 semester units from two-year colleges toward their bachelor's degree. All classes completed to fulfill degree requirements will be used as applicable. Students will not lose credit toward specific requirements, and all grades earned will be calculated in the transferable GPA. Equivalent lower division credit may be transferred from the LVN program fundamentals course(s) for NURS 283 and NURS 284. If prior coursework is not transferable, a challenge mechanism is available for credit for those courses.

Professional Sequence

Consult with the Nursing Department for the proper sequencing of courses.

23 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108. The following courses may be taken concurrently: ANTH 113 or ANTH 303 or SOCI 100; CHLD 252, NFSC 100 or NFSC 340, PSYC 101.
Corequisites: NURS 282, NURS 284, NURS 285.
This course is an introduction to nursing therapeutics underlying the basic skills and concepts in the practice of professional nursing. The focus is on concepts related to physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs and mechanisms for maximizing health. Basic pharmacology is included. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process in maintaining health for adults. 4 hours lecture. (006454)
Prerequisites: BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108. The following courses may be taken concurrently: ANTH 113 or ANTH 303 or SOCI 100; CHLD 252, NFSC 100 or NFSC 340, PSYC 101.
Corequisites: NURS 282, NURS 283, NURS 285.
This nursing practicum provides the clinical opportunity to apply the theory, concepts, and principles of nursing care presented in NURS 282, NURS 283, and NURS 285. Emphasis is placed on the application of the nursing process in the care of adults in acute care facilities. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 12 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006438)
Prerequisite: Admission to LVN to BSN option; completion of General Education Area A; BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108.
Corequisites: NURS 294, NURS 385W.
This LVN to BSN bridge course introduces the LVN to the professional roles assumed by the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse, addressing essential nursing competencies for the professional nursing role. Focus is on theory and skills in therapeutic communication, critical thinking, patient education, nursing process, history, ethics and cutural competency. An orientation to distance learning methodologies and information competence is provided. Predominantly online, with required on-campus meetings. Prerequisite for all other courses in the LVN to BSN option. 3 hours lecture. (020666)
Prerequisites: Admission to LVN to BSN option; completion of GE Pathway Foundation areas Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning; BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 211, CHEM 108.
Corequisites: NURS 293, NURS 385W.
Students practice with human patient simulators in the Simulation Center, to practice and demonstrate advanced assessment skills as well as intermediate patient care competencies. Requires 45 hours in simulation center. 3 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (020667)
Prerequisites: NURS 282, NURS 283, NURS 284, NURS 285.
Corequisites: NURS 303, NURS 304.
Therapeutic pharmacology related to selected pathophysiology and drug classifications will be explored. Focus will be on desired effects, adverse effect, and patient/family teaching parameters. Case studies will facilitate analysis of laboratory data including the complete blood count, chemistry panel, coagulation studies, and arterial blood gases. 2 hours lecture. (006464)
Prerequisites: Completion of RN program (ADN or diploma), NURS 300W.
See NURS 315. This course is a Web-based version for RNs in the RN to BSN program. 2 hours lecture. (006472)
Prerequisites: NURS 293, NURS 294, NURS 385W.
Corequisite: NURS 305.
This course provides students with an advanced level of therapeutic nursing interventions, physical, emotional/spiritual, social and cultural concepts related to comon acute pathophysiological conditions of the adult. The nursing process is applied in relating thoeries to caring nursing practice. Designed for LVN to BSN students, based on a prior foundation of nursing knowledge. Predominantly online, with required on-campus meetings. 4 hours lecture. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (020669)
Prerequisites: NURS 305, NURS 323.
Practice in the care of the acutely ill adult. Active application of the nursing process and nursing therapeutics in planning and implementing nursing care. Clinical hours are arranged by the faculty, to include direct supervision and preceptored experiences. Students must hold an active LVN license. Total of 90 hours. 6 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (020670)
Prerequisites: CHLD 252, NFSC 100, NURS 305, NURS 323, NURS 324.
The theoretical basis for the practice of maternal-child nursing, including nursing knowledge basic to the professional nursing care of the mother/fetus, infants, children, fathers and families in relation to childbearing and childrearing. Emphasis placed on promotion of optimum health and development for high-risk mothers, children and families. Predominantly online, with required on-campus meetings. 3 hours lecture. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (020671)
Prerequisites: NURS 315W, NURS 331.
Corequisite: NURS 335.
Practice focused on maternal, fetal, neonatal, child and family nursing care. Clinical hours are arranged by the faculty, to include direct supervision and preceptored experiences in hospital clinic and specialty centers. Emphasis is placed on assessment and application of nursing knowledge for the effective delivery of care for pregnant women, fetuses, neonates, and children. Students must hold an active LVN licence. Total of 90 hours. 6 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (020672)
Prerequisites: NURS 323, NURS 324, NURS 331.
Corequisite: NURS 334.
This course provides advanced placement credit for the LVN to BSN, based on prior learning and exprience in medical-surgical and maternal-child nursing. On successful completion of the prerequisites, and submission of a portfolio documenting prior experience, the LVN is eligible to register for credit for this course. 18 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (020673)
Prerequisite: Nurs 300W.
This course is a web-based version of NURS 342 for RN's in the RN to BSN program. 3 hours lecture. (020589)
Prerequisites: Completion of RN program (ADN or diploma), NURS 300W.
See NURS 285. This course is a Web-based version for RNs in the RN to BSN program. 2 hours lecture. (006462)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, NURS 300W, current California RN license, admission to RN-BSN Option.
See NURS 422. This course is a Web-based version for RNs in the RN-BSN Option. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (006481)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 433, NURS 434, NURS 444.
This is a preceptored clinical practicum in the application of principles of leadership and management from NURS 422. Students use leadership/management theory as well as the basic and applied sciences and humanities from previous courses as the basis for planning and implementing nursing therapeutics for groups of acutely ill patients. There is an emphasis on critical thinking, team building, communication, priority setting, collaborative decision making, and advocacy. Clinical time is blocked into a 7-8 week rotation, for a total of 90 hours. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet preceptor's schedule. 7.5 hours laboratory. (006487)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 434, NURS 444.
The course focuses on the use of the nursing process as it relates to theories of physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual structure and function within environments in promotional, restorative, and rehabilitative management of the major maladaptive behaviors of individuals and groups. The intricate interrelationships of these factors in development and treatment of maladaptive behaviors is stressed. It includes the examination of psychiatric nursing roles within interdisciplinary treatment methods. Current mental and behavioral health research findings are incorporated. 3 hours discussion. (006505)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 444.
The course provides clinical experience which gives the student the opportunity to actualize the nursing process with individuals and groups of patients experiencing maladaptive behavior. Theoretical formulations from NURS 433 are used to facilitate this process. The interdisciplinary setting allows the student to examine and define the nursing roles within it. Clinical hours listed are the average hours per week over the entire semester; actual clinical time is blocked into eight-week rotations. 6 hours laboratory. (006506)
Prerequisites: NURS 313, NURS 314, NURS 315, NURS 342.
Corequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
This is a preceptored clinical practicum in the application of principles of leadership and management from NURS 422. Students use leadership/management theory as well as the basic and applied sciences and humanities from previous courses as the basis for planning and implementing nursing therapeutics for groups of acutely ill patients. There is an emphasis on critical thinking, team building, communication, priority setting, collaborative decision making, and advocacy. Clinical time is blocked into a 7-8 week rotation, for a total of 67.5 hours. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet preceptor's schedule. 4.5 hours laboratory. (020290)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 493, NURS 494.
Focus on the use of the nursing process as it relates to 1) persons in the aging population (unique characteristics, cultural diversity, lifestyle adjustments, and common aging changes); 2) environment (concerns in delivering services, political and socioeconomic climate, ethical considerations, cultural realities, and community support); 3) health (wellness potential and health maintenance, common illness, and related nursing considerations); 4) nursing (emerging roles and standards of practice for gerontological nursing). Critical thinking and collaborative decision making skills will be emphasized. 1 hour discussion. (006521)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 475, NURS 493, NURS 494.
This course is a synthesis of nursing and public health practice with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. Emphasis is on establishing a caring presence in the community with responsibility to the population as a whole. Students will apply the nursing process and concepts to culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities in homes, community agencies, and schools to facilitate movement toward achievement of maximum potential for daily living. This course includes a service learning project. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 9 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006533)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434, NURS 444.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 493, NURS 494.
This course provides an introduction to the specialty of public health nursing. Students examine the impact of epidemiological, social, ethical, cultural, political, economic, and legal factors on lifestyle and health. Students apply the principles of public health science combined with nursing knowledge and skills to address the disease prevention needs of individuals, families, and communities. 3 hours lecture. (020291)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 494.
This course is designed to reinforce and promote synthesis of biophysical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual concepts from previous courses in a holistic nursing approach for patients with complex problems. Case studies and research findings will be utilized for analysis of disruptions of structural integrity and the integration of nurisng knowledge. 1 hour discussion. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006552)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 493.
Supervised clinical practice using a laboratory model. This course is designed as a capstone to the nursing program and is to be taken concurrently with NURS 493. The student will provide care and practice advanced problem solving for patient(s) with complex health problems, incorporating research findings, current theory, and nursing science in addressing complex biophysical, psychosocial, and spiritual patient situations. Clinical hours listed are the average hours per week over the entire semester; actual clinical time is blocked into eight-week rotations. 6 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006553)

Advanced Placement Option For RN to BSN: 52 units

This option is for students who have already completed an RN program (associate degree or diploma) and hold a current California RN license. The curricular sequence meets the requirements for Public Health Nursing certification. The RN must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  A minimum of 30 units must be completed in residence at CSU, Chico.

RNs admitted to the Advanced Placement Option for RN to BSN may take nursing prerequisites and concurrent core courses along with the professional sequence, but must complete these courses prior to enrolling in NURS 474, NURS 475W, and NURS 495W.

Lower-Division Transfer Credit

Students can transfer up to 70 semester units from two-year colleges toward their bachelor's degree. All classes completed to fulfill degree requirements will be used as applicable. Students will not lose credit toward specific requirements, and all grades earned will be calculated in the transferable GPA.

Upper-Division Nursing Course Work

The following courses, or their equivalents, must be completed. RNs with sufficient background in a content area may challenge any of these courses, with permission of the department. Prior nursing experience is evaluated for credit for NURS 426. Courses designated with a W suffix are delivered in a Web-based format requiring a computer and Internet access. The RN may substitute the equivalent on-campus course for any of the Web-based courses.

14 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of RN program (ADN or diploma).
This RN-BSN bridge course introduces the RN to the CSU, Chico School of Nursing and to professional roles assumed by the baccalaureate-prepared nurse, including patient educator and advocate. Adult learning theory is presented and personal learning styles and critical thinking skills are assessed for program and career planning. Learning strategies to promote critical thinking are emphasized. Values clarification is utilized as a tool to improve decision making. Time management is emphasized as a tool to improve personal and organizational management. The course provides an orientation to distance learning methodologies such as WebCT, electronic mail, and computerized data searches to promote information competence. An experiental approach to learning is emphasized. Course hours are divided between on-campus time and Web-based learning. This course is prerequisite for all other courses in the major for RN-BSN students. 3 hours lecture. (006460)
Prerequisites: NURS 300W, NURS 306W, NURS 315W, NURS 342W, NURS 385W, NURS 422W, NURS 425.
Corequisite: NURS 495W.
This is an advanced placement "escrow course" which awards units for prior learning. RN BSN students can register for this course with or after completing NURS 495W. 18 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (021054)
Prerequisites: NURS 300W, current California RN license.
This course provides the returning Registered Nurse student with the opportunity to review and explore today's nursing practice in light of ever-changing concepts and knowledge in the areas of mental health, pediatrics, and obstretical nursing practice. This course helps the student make a successful transition to baccalaureate nursing practice as taught in the CSU, Chico School of Nursing. This is a Web-based course and replaces the requirement to successfully pass National League for Nursing exams in each of the three content areas covered by the course. 3 hours lecture. (015887)
Prerequisites: NURS 306W.
This course provides advanced placement credit for the RN to BSN, for prior learning in the areas of maternal-child and mental health nursing. On successful completion of NURS 306W, the RN is eligible to register for credit for this course. This course replaces challenge credit for NURS 313 and NURS 433. 18 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (015888)
Prerequisites: Completion of RN program (ADN or diploma), NURS 300W.
See NURS 315. This course is a Web-based version for RNs in the RN to BSN program. 2 hours lecture. (006472)
Prerequisite: Nurs 300W.
This course is a web-based version of NURS 342 for RN's in the RN to BSN program. 3 hours lecture. (020589)
Prerequisites: Completion of RN program (ADN or diploma), NURS 300W.
See NURS 285. This course is a Web-based version for RNs in the RN to BSN program. 2 hours lecture. (006462)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, NURS 300W, current California RN license, admission to RN-BSN Option.
See NURS 422. This course is a Web-based version for RNs in the RN-BSN Option. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (006481)
Prerequisites: Current California RN license. Verification that clinical requirements are met. NURS 385W, NURS 300W, NURS 306W, departmental permission.
Corequisites: NURS 422W.
Clinical practicum in the management of adult and family clients in diverse healthcare setting for RN-BSN students. Applied practice in child and family assessment, management of the childbearing family through the perinatal period, and management of mental health clients in community settings. Additionally, the student will develop a project demonstrating advanced clinical leadership. An on-campus workshop will be required at the beginning of the semester, to include Denver II screening skills, perinatal assessments, and portfolio development. Practicum experiences will be arranged in the student's locale as much as possible, using local CPSP and mental health agencies. Practicum times are flexible, arranged by the student and the agency, under the guidance of faculty. This course replaces NURS 424 for the RN-BSN student. 3 hours discussion. (006489)
Prerequisites: California RN license, departmental permission.
Corequisites: NURS 425.
Nursing portfolio development for credit for prior nursing experience. Practicum credits will be awarded based on successful completion of NURS 425 and on portfolio evaluation of prior nursing experience. 30 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (006490)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 474, NURS 475, NURS 493, NURS 494.
Focus on the use of the nursing process as it relates to 1) persons in the aging population (unique characteristics, cultural diversity, lifestyle adjustments, and common aging changes); 2) environment (concerns in delivering services, political and socioeconomic climate, ethical considerations, cultural realities, and community support); 3) health (wellness potential and health maintenance, common illness, and related nursing considerations); 4) nursing (emerging roles and standards of practice for gerontological nursing). Critical thinking and collaborative decision making skills will be emphasized. 1 hour discussion. (006521)
Prerequisites: NURS 422, NURS 424, NURS 433, NURS 434.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 475, NURS 493, NURS 494.
This course is a synthesis of nursing and public health practice with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. Emphasis is on establishing a caring presence in the community with responsibility to the population as a whole. Students will apply the nursing process and concepts to culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities in homes, community agencies, and schools to facilitate movement toward achievement of maximum potential for daily living. This course includes a service learning project. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 9 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006533)
Prerequisites: NURS 300W, NURS 306W, NURS 315W, NURS 342W, NURS 425, NURS 426, completion of all nursing core courses, current California RN license.
Corequisites: NURS 463, NURS 474, NURS 495W.
This course provides an introduction to the specialty of public health nursing. Students examine the impact of epidemiological, social, ethical, cultural, political, economic, and legal factors on lifestyle and health. Students apply the principles of public health science combined with nursing knowledge and skills to address the disease prevention needs of individuals, families, and communities. 3 hours lecture. (020292)
Prerequisites: NURS 300W, NURS 422W, NURS 425, NURS 426, NURS 342W, current California RN license, completion of all nursing core courses.
This Web-based course is designed to reinforce and promote synthesis of biophysical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual concepts from previous courses in a holistic nursing approach for patients with complex problems. Advanced pathophysiology will be emphasized. Case studies will be utilized for analysis of complex biophysical, psychosocial, spiritual patient situations. The student will incorporate research findings, current theory, and nursing science to make decisions for patients with complex health problems. The student will provide care and practice advanced problem solving. Required for the RN-BSN student; replaces NURS 493 and NURS 494. 4 hours discussion. (006554)

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

All required courses must be passed with grades of C- or higher.

Progression in the professional Nursing sequence depends upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.3 in Nursing and grades of C- or better in all courses required for the Nursing major.

By policy, a student receiving a grade of D+ or less in a Nursing course may not progress in the Nursing program. The student may petition the School of Nursing Executive Committee to review the application of the policy in his/her situation, if serious and compelling conditions contributed to the poor grade. A student may repeat no more than two Nursing courses in which grades of D+ or lower were received.

Professional Standards

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a degree which signifies readiness for beginning professional nursing practice. The faculty recognizes a responsibility to both the students and potential patients to produce graduates whose attitudes and behavior indicate readiness for carrying out their professional functions. If, in the professional judgment of the Executive Committee of the School of Nursing, a student appears to be potentially dangerous to patients or colleagues, the School will refuse to allow the student to practice in the clinical setting.

Students enrolled in practicum courses are required to have all current immunizations, annual CPR certification, drug testing, background checks, health insurance, as well as adequate automobile liability insurance coverage. Since Chico is located in a rural area, considerable travel to clinical agencies should be expected. Access to a car throughout the Nursing sequence is necessary. Additional fees for achievement testing and laboratory supplies may be required for certain courses.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major:

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are:

  1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
  2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
  3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
  6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

Honors in Nursing

BSN General Option nursing students are eligible for Honors in the Major during the 4th semester of the program and then complete the 6 units of course work over the 4th and 5th semesters of the program. LVN-BSN students and RN-BSN students become eligible with one year remaining in the program.

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