College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Department of Nursing

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between the ADN to BSN and RN to BSN program?

  • The ADN to BSN pathway is a dual-enrollment program. Students are enrolled at a community college’s ADN program and enrolled at CSUMB. Students will take courses at CSUMB in the summers following the first and second year of their ADN program. This pathway allows students to earn their ADN and seamlessly transfer into CSUMB’s BSN program. Upon transferring in, students can complete this pathway in just two semesters.
  • The RN to BSN pathway is for students who currently have an RN license and want to earn their BSN degree. They can complete this pathway in 12-15 months, depending on any  GE courses that may need to still be completed.

How long will it take to complete the RN to BSN program?

  • The full-time program is 3 semesters. The part-time program is 5 semesters.

When are the courses offered?

  • Courses are offered in  fall, spring and summer. All courses are hybrid and require some face to face instruction, typically 1 day a week.

How many times per year do you accept students into your BSN program?

  • We accept students once per year starting in the fall semester. Visit the application page for more information.

What if the community college I attend doesn't have an articulation agreement with CSUMB?

  • Contact the Nursing Advisor for any questions regarding course equivalency. Additionally, articulation agreements can be searched for on

Do the prerequisite courses expire?

  • Prerequisite courses do not expire.

Can I apply if I already have a bachelor's degree?

  • Yes, the nursing program accepts students who are seeking a second bachelor's degree. Second bachelor degree students would be excluded from all general education requirements, but would still need to complete all prerequisites for the major. When applying, fill out the graduate application instead of the undergraduate form.

What is the difference between the unofficial and official transcript?

  • Official transcripts are issued directly from the university or college that the student attended, and students may need  to pay for their official transcripts. Official transcripts can be requested electronically or  in paper to be sent directly to CSUMB.
    Unofficial transcripts can usually be printed or downloaded, from the university/college website the student attended or is currently attending.

Can I be admitted or conditionally admitted if I am in the process of taking certain required courses like the golden four?

  • "Golden four" courses (A1-Oral communication, A2-Written communication, A3-Critical thinking and B4-College-level math) must be completed by fall admission.

What documents will I need when entering the program?

  • Students in the nursing program must carry the following: university liability insurance, personal insurance, current RN license, and valid California driver's license.

Will I have to pass a background check?

  • Yes, nursing students must have a cleared background check that is acceptable to clinical agencies after acceptance to the BSN program.

Who will be my academic advisor?

  • Candi Prado is the academic advisor for the nursing program and should be contacted with any questions.
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