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2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Pre-Licensure 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 five semesters 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 includes an additional 30 semester units and can be completed in 2 semesters of full time study or 4 semesters 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:

Pre-Licensure Option (86 units)

The Pre-Licensure option consists of 141 units; the B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.

The Pre-Licensure option consists of two years of pre-nursing requirements and eight quarters of nursing courses. Nine quarters, however, are frequently needed to complete all nursing courses because of general education requirements and clinical space limitations. The prerequisite courses may be completed at Cal State East Bay or by taking equivalent courses at another college or university. Nursing courses have concurrent laboratories on campus and in local hospitals and community settings.

The Pre-Licensure option program is approved by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing (Tel: 916-322-3350) and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Sutie 530, Washington DC, 20036, Tel: 202-887-6791. Upon completion of the Nursing major, the student is qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and apply for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.


Students must take eight specific prerequisite courses to be eligible for admission to the Pre-Licensure option. Courses must be completed by the end of fall quarter of the preceding year for the student to be eligible for admission to the nursing program in the following fall quarter.

Students who plan to use transfer courses to satisfy prerequisite requirements must have equivalencies determined by the Cal State East Bay Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.


Because Nursing has been designated as an impacted program by the Board of Trustees, a special admission procedure has been instituted to assure that all students have an opportunity to be considered for admission to the Nursing major for fall quarter. 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 Clinical Nursing courses, 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. Students must also take the “Test of Essential Academic Skills.”


To be eligible for admission, the student must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and a C or above (C- is not acceptable) for the lower-division core (pre-nursing) courses listed above.  The four science prerequisite courses calculated separately must also have a minimum 3.00 GPA or above.

Note: Licensed Vocational Nurses, Medical Corps members, students with previous nursing coursework, and other health-care personnel must seek advisement from the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences prior to applying to the program.

Nursing Courses

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 in the Undergraduate Admission and Degree Information & FAQ  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.