National and international data reflect an ongoing shortage of nurses, particularly for nurses prepared at baccalaureate and master's levels. Nursing graduates are highly marketable in a variety of nursing positions. CSU, Chico graduates are prepared to be the future leaders in nursing and are well regarded in the nursing community. The BSN programs are approved/accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN program is accredited by CCNE.
Only forty basic students are admitted to the BSN program each semester. Because of high student demand, nursing has been declared an impacted area of study and special requirements for application to an impacted program apply (see Admissions). You must apply to the University during the first month of the initial filing period (November for the following fall semester and August for the following spring semester). A supplemental nursing application must be submitted by March 1 (for the fall) or by November 1 (for the spring). Special selection criteria are used to determine which students will be admitted.
The LVN-BSN program for the School of Nursing has been discontinued. Applicants who hold LVN licenses may, however, qualify for advanced placement upon admission to our on-campus BN nursing program. LVNs may also choose an LVN 30-unit option, which meets the requirements for taking the RN licensing examination in California but does not lead to a BSN degree. LVN applicants must meet the application deadlines noted above.
An RN-BSN track is available for ADN and diploma nurses, designed to accommodate distance and working nurses. All theory courses for this track are available online, typically requiring only 1 meeting on campus each semester (NURS 300W requires two on-campus meetings). The public health practicum course (N474R) may be available in the RN's local community. The working RN can complete this program in 15 months. See the RN-BSN advisor and the website for details.
The 30-unit, part-time online MSN curriculum has two options. The first prepares a Nurse Educator with a focus in Adult Health. Graduates of this option are prepared to teach in schools of nursing or within health care agency staff development departments. They are also prepared to provide advanced nursing care in a variety of health care delivery settings. The second option is Nursing Leadership. This option prepares graduate level nurses with advanced training in leadership and management to assume formal leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings. The online program is geared to meet the needs of working nurses in rural areas. All the major theory courses are offered online; clinical and practice teaching courses can be arranged in the student's local community. Students are admitted once every two years (fall semester, even years).
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Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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