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2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, RN Advanced Placement Option, B.S.

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Major Requirements (B.S.)

RN Advanced Placement Option

The Registered Nurse Advanced Placement option is a 4-6 quarter program. The first quarter 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.

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


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.

Curricular Requirements

The RN Advanced Placement option consists of 107-109 units many of which will have been completed in the student’s basic nursing program. Units may be earned through credit by examination. The B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.


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

And a course in Critical Thinking such as:

III. Nursing Courses (44 units)

Nursing Course Progression Policy

I. Nursing Course Progression

  1. Courses with the NURS prefix must be successfully completed or challenged in the proper sequence.
  2. In order to progress within the nursing major the Pre-Licensure student must:
    1. earn a grade of “C” or better or “CR” in courses with a NURS prefix.
    2. earn a grade of “C-” or better in NURS 2005  and NURS 2015 , before beginning Level II clinical courses.
    3. theory and clinical courses must be taken concurrently as listed below:
      • ​​​​Level 1: N2020/2021, N2030/2031, N2040/2041.
      • Level 2: N3402/3402, N3404/3405, N3406/3407, N3408/3409, N3410/3411, N3412/3413.
      • Level 3: N4207/4208, N4301/4302.
    4. be enrolled concurrently or have earned a grade of “C” or better in NURS 3201  for all subsequent Level II courses.
    5. earn a grade of “C” or better in NURS 3202  before beginning any subsequent Level III nursing courses.
    6. in order to progress within the nursing major, RN-BSN students must earn a grade of “C” or better or “CR” in NURS prefix courses.
  3. A student loses eligibility for preferential admission to subsequent nursing courses if a grade of “D”, “F”, “NC” or “W” is received in any NURS prefix course. This policy also holds true for students who receive a Departmental Warning in a clinical course.
  4. A student may not continue in the current clinical practice course after notification of unsafe clinical behavior(s) and will receive a “NC” grade in said course. Unsafe clinical behavior may result in either a clinical failure or expulsion from the program depending on the gravity of the “unsafe” behavior(s). The individual instructor will consult with the Level Team members and Level Coordinator. Should the “unsafe” behavior(s) be deemed serious enough for possible expulsion from the program, the matter will be forwarded to the “Executive Committee” for consideration.
  5. After the add/drop date, all withdrawals from a course must have instructor approval.
  6. An incomplete may be assigned for a clinical course by the clinical instructor IF a student is in good standing. The criteria of good standing in a clinical course include satisfactory completion of at least 80% of the total clinical hours (Note: the total of hours will vary dependent on the specific clinical course) and demonstration towards the successful completion of the clinical objectives. (See University Catalog Grading and Academic Standards: Incomplete)
  7. If completion of a concurrent theory and clinical course results in a failure of one of the courses the student must repeat the failed course. If the failure occurs in the theory course the student will be required to repeat only the theory course. If the failure occurs in the clinical course the student must repeat the clinical course and audit the co-requisite theory course. (This is consistent with the BRN regulatory body policy regarding concurrency of theory and clinical courses.)
  8. Consistent with CSUEB policy, “an “I” must normally be made up within one calendar year immediately following the end of the term during which it was assigned. This limitation prevails whether or not you maintain continuous enrollment. You may not repeat a course in which you currently have an incomplete grade.” However, if the course is required for progression in the Nursing program, the earlier completion of the required work may be mandatory. Your instructor will specify the work needed for completion and will communicate the requirements to you in writing with a copy to the department or program chair. When you complete the required work and it has been evaluated, your instructor will submit a change of grade form and a final academic grade will be recorded. If you do not complete your work within the allowed time limit, the grade will be recorded as an “IC” (See University Catalog Grading and Academic Standards: Incomplete).
  9. A student who has two failures (“D”, “F”, “IC” or “NC”) in any nursing prefix courses will be dropped from the nursing major. Calculation of failures includes any nursing prefix course which was passed by academic renewal.

II. Reentering Clinical Nursing Sequence

  1. A written request for readmission to the clinical nursing sequence must be submitted to the Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health Science. Written requests are to be dated and signed if submitted via hardcopy, and include current contact information. In order to facilitate a decision based on sufficient background, a brief history including dates and reason for leaving the program should be included. This must be done by the end of add/drop of the quarter prior to the quarter of intended return.
  2. A student who withdraws or interrupts the clinical nursing sequence for physical and/or emotional reasons must present evidence (e.g., doctor’s letter) that his/her current health status is satisfactory to physically and/or emotionally care for patients in any clinical setting. The final decision for reentry into the nursing sequence will rest with the Executive Committee of the Nursing Program.
  3. A student who has been failed in a clinical course as the result of unsafe behavior might not be permitted re-entry to the nursing program. Unsafe behaviors may include though not limited to the following: 1) purposeful falsification of a client record, 2) blatant disregard of client confidentiality, 3) denying responsibility for one’s own deviation from standard practice, 4) act or threat of intimidation, harassment, or physical aggression, 5) actions, which places the client or others in physical or emotional jeopardy, 6) abusive behavior toward clients, faculty, staff, or colleagues, 7) failure to disclose actions, which places the client or others in physical or emotional jeopardy, 8) ignoring the need for essential information before intervening, or 9) other behaviors deemed unsafe by the clinical instructor.
  4. A student is not guaranteed that a request to repeat a clinical nursing course will be granted. This will depend on availability of clinical nursing practice space. First priority for repeating will be given to students who withdrew or dropped the course. Second priority will be given to those students who failed the course. The student must meet all new requirements in effect upon return to clinical nursing courses.
  5. Students who allow two years to elapse between enrollments in clinical nursing courses will be subject to currency considerations. If a student is allowed to re-enter the nursing program, he or she may be required to repeat or audit selected nursing courses at the discretion of the Nursing Executive Committee. The student must meet all new requirements in effect upon return to clinical nursing courses.

III. Major Advising

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

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of 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.

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