Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ADN-BSN)
The ADN-BSN Program is a collaborative model for academic progression in Nursing between San Francisco State University's School of Nursing and designated California Community College (CCC) partners. This program is designed for students who meet General Education and community partner degree requirements to earn both ADN and BSN degrees in two and a half years through full-time study. Admission to this program is concurrent with the admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) at the College of San Mateo and City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The curriculum allows credit for some previous coursework and with transcript evaluation and may provide up to 20 units for successfully passing the nursing licensure exam (NCLEX) for the State of California. After successful admission to both the ADN and ADN-BSN program, the students will be taking extra classes during the semester and summer. After completion of the ADN program, passing of the NCLEX exam and one last full-time semester in the ADN-BSN Program, the student will receive a BSN degree from San Francisco State University School of Nursing.
Current Community College Partner:
City College of San Francisco
- Spring entry only, application period: August. Please check the School of Nursing website for specific dates and application process.
- Both the School of Nursing supplemental application and the University application must be submitted for those applicants who are not already SF State students.
- The maximum number of transferable units is 70.
- Eligible for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate admission to the University.
- A nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of the School of Nursing supplemental application.
- All nursing prerequisites completed with a grade of C or better.
- Must be a California resident or be eligible for in-state tuition.
- Must be an incoming ADN student of College of San Mateo or City College of San Francisco
- Alumni of the College of San Mateo ADN Program or alumni of the City College of San Francisco may apply on a space available basis.
Prerequisite Courses — 35 Units
CSM students planning to obtain the ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) and then complete the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) at San Francisco State should complete all requirements listed below.
|Prerequisite Courses to ADN at CSM||Alignment with SF State School of Nursing||Units|
|Chemistry 410 (Health Sciences Chemistry I)||Meets Requirement||4|
|Biology 250 (Anatomy with lab)||Meets Requirement||4|
|Biology 240 (General Microbiology with lab)||Meets Requirement||4|
|Biology 260 (Introductory Physiology with lab)||Meets Requirement||4|
|English 100 (English Composition and Reading)||English 165 (Advanced Composition) or English 110 (Composition, Literature and Critical Thinking) Required||3|
|Communication 110 (Public Speaking), 120 (Interpersonal Communication), 140 (Small Group Communication), or 150 (Intercultural Communication)||Comm 110 Meets Requirement||3|
|Psychology 100 (General Psychology)||Not Required||3|
|Psychology 200 (Developmental Psychology)||Not Required||3|
|Sociology 100 (Introduction to Sociology) or Anthropology 100 (Cultural Anthropology)||Not Required||3|
|Math 120 (Intermediate Algebra – 5units) or 122 & 123 (Intermediate Algebra 3 units each course) or higher||Math 200 (Elementary Probability and Statistics) Required||4|
*When a student passes the NCLEX, the student is able to transfer a total of 90 units from CSM to SF State for the purpose of meeting the degree unit requirements. Normally, transfer students can only transfer a maximum of 70 units from the community college. This program allows for the additional 20 units that result from passing the NCLEX. NCLEX credit may be awarded on a student's transcript only to give credit for the College of San Mateo (CSM) nursing course that 1) was successfully completed at CSM and 2) is required for the BSN program and 3) cannot be transferred from CSM because of the 70 unit transfer limit.
Other Important Notes:
1. The CSM Nursing Program requires MATH 120; however, to enroll concurrently at SF State, the student must complete MATH 200.
2. The coursework noted at CSM above includes nursing program prerequisites, CSM program courses, and CSU GE requirements.
Nursing GWAR Course Information
The ADN-BSN Course of Study— 30 Units
The ADN-BSN program is for ADN students presently admitted and taking courses at College of San Mateo. This program will also be offered to CCSF students admitted into the ADN program in the near future. Applicants to the program must have satisfied a minimum of 60-semester units, including all lower-division GE requirements. This roadmap reflects only those courses offered by San Francisco State University. Students accepted into the program receive 20 units of upper division nursing credit for successfully passing the NCLEX–RN licensure exam.
|NURS 300||Bridge to Professional Nursing||3|
|NURS 312GW||Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing - GWAR||3|
|NURS 522||Chronic Care and End of Life Care Theory||3|
|NURS 558||Professional Practice Concepts Theory||3|
|NURS 559||Professional Practice Concepts Practicum||3|
|NURS 530||Community Health and Global Perspectives Theory||3|
|NURS 531||Community Health and Global Perspectives Practicum||2|
Students completing the ADN-BSN program will achieve the School of Nursing’s BSN Expected Student Learning Outcomes as outlined below:
- Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs.
- Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
- Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
- Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems.
- Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
- Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
General Education Requirements
|Requirement||Course Level||Units||Area Designation|
|Written English Communication I||LD||3||A2|
|Arts or Humanities||LD||3||C1 or C2|
|Social Sciences: US History||LD||3||D2|
|Social Sciences: US & CA Government||LD||3||D3|
|Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD)||LD||3||E|
|Physical and/or Life Science||UD||3||UD-B|
|Arts and/or Humanities||UD||3||UD-C|
|SF State Studies|
|Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.|
|American Ethnic and Racial Minorities||LD or UD||3||AERM|
|Environmental Sustainability||LD or UD||3||ES|
|Global Perspectives||LD or UD||3||GP|
|Social Justice||LD or UD||3||SJ|
Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.