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2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, RN Advanced Placement Option, B.S.

Nursing (B.S.) 180 units

Program Description

The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences offers an undergraduate program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. The program is designed to prepare a nurse generalist. Graduates of the program are prepared to work as professional nurses and/or pursue graduate education in nursing. There are two options within the major: the Pre-Licensure option and the RN Advanced Placement option.

The Pre-Licensure concentration consists of two years of pre-nursing requirements and two and a half years of nursing courses.  Nursing courses have concurrent laboratories on campus and in local hospitals and community settings.

The RN Advanced Placement program is open only to students who hold a California Registered Nurse licensure.  This program builds on the previous education of the Associate Degree in Nursing to provide students with the theoretical perspectives, concepts and skills required for a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  The RN Advanced Placement concentration can be completed in 1 year of full time study or 2 years of part time study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.S. in Nursing from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the natural sciences, behavioral sciences and the humanities with current nursing knowledge and theory to deliver nursing care;
  2. Provide safe, compassionate nursing care to diverse populations;
  3. Use critical thinking and communication skills to develop partnerships with clients and other health care professionals;
  4. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for design, delivery, and evaluation of client care;
  5. Demonstrate professional behaviors in interactions with individuals, families, colleagues, and the community.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Nursing Pre-licensure Option will be qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and to apply for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate. Upon completion of the RN licensure process, the graduate will be able to work as a Registered Nurse with career opportunities in a wide range of settings including in hospitals, extended care facilities, public health organizations, schools and in other community settings. Graduates of the RN Advanced placement Concentration are also eligible to apply for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate and have career opportunities as a Bachelor’s prepared RN as listed above.

Major Advising

Because requirements are subject to change, consult an advisor in your major department for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements.

Major Requirements (B.S.) 101-141 units

The B.S. degree consists of 180 units.

  • The core major consists of 55 units;
    • the Pre-Licensure Option consists of 86 units;
    • the RN Advanced Placement Option consists of 46 units.
  • GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
  • Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor). 

Upper Division Core (8 units)

The following are upper division core courses common to both Nursing Program options:

Option Requirements

Nursing offers two options.  Students must choose one of the following:

RN Advanced Placement Option (46 units)

Note: The RN Advanced Placement program is open only to students who hold a California Registered Nurse licensure.

This program builds on the previous education of the Associated Degree in Nursing to provide students with the theoretical perspectives, concepts and skills required for a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. The RN Advanced Placement option consists of 101 units, many of which are transferrable from the student’s basic nursing program. Units may also be earned through credit by examination. Advanced placement examination credit is given for successful completion of the NCLEX-RN.  The B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.

The Registered Nurse Advanced Placement option is a 4-6 quarter program, with full or part-time study. The first term focuses on selected theories and concepts taught in Levels I and II of the basic nursing program. Students join the basic program for Research Utilization, Nursing Leadership, Community Health, and Preceptorship.


To be eligible for the RN Advanced Placement option, a student must:

  1. Have an unencumbered, unrestricted California RN License by time of entry into the program.
  2. Be a graduate of an ADN program or Diploma Nursing program (within the last twelve months); or have six months or equivalent full-time nursing practice within the United States in the past two years.
  3. Meet all university admission requirements and nursing program deadlines.
  4. Meet minimum prerequisite GPA requirements. See website for details.

General information on the program, admission criteria and application procedures may be obtained from the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.  To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program, students must complete two application forms:

  1. The “CSU Application for Admission,” and
  2. The “Nursing Supplemental Application.”

Both applications must be filed in November for admission in the fall quarter of the following academic year.

Course Schedule 

A program pathway for this degree can be found at the department website:

Nursing Course Progression Policy

For information on the Nursing Course Progression Policy, please see the online Nursing Student Handbook on the Department of Nursing website.

Course Descriptions

Use this link to see all Course Descriptions  available throughout this catalog.

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described throughout this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.