Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Prelicensure)

The School of Nursing offers prelicensure (RN) bachelor’s degree programs at the San Francisco campus and in the Peninsula/SF State Baccalaureate Nursing Program at the College of San Mateo. The Peninsula/SF State Baccalaureate Nursing program is an accelerated four-semester program that includes the summer session. It is offered through the College of Extended Learning at SF State and is supported by San Mateo Community College District and the CSU.  The course of study is the same for both sites. Students are encouraged to explore the specific requirements on the School of Nursing website as they may vary from year to year.

Applicants to the baccalaureate nursing program may be current students at SF State, transfers, or second baccalaureates. As freshmen applicants are not admitted to the University as nursing majors, students can be admitted as Undeclared with an Intrest in Nursing or to an alternate major. The Undeclared with an Intrest in Nursing designation does not guarantee admission to the nursing major; students admitted as Undeclared with an Intrest in Nursing must seek advising from the Student Resource Center in the College of Health and Social Sciences. All students applying to the nursing program must meet the minimum University requirements (see earlier sections of the Bulletin) and satisfy specific prerequisites for the program.

Admission/Application Information

  • The program offers regular Spring and Fall admissions. The accelerated track is also available through summer admission. Application-specific dates and application process guidance will be posted on the School of Nursing website.
  • Both the School of Nursing and University applications must be submitted for those who are not already SF State students.
  • Optional supplemental criteria: Documentation of multi-linguistic proficiency, health-related work, and volunteer experiences, and service to the underserved community.
  • Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding acceptance into the program in the spring and fall before the program starts.

Admission Criteria

Transfer applicants must be admissible to the University in accordance with existing criteria as stated in the undergraduate admission requirements section of the University Bulletin. Second baccalaureate applicants must be admissible as per the CSU Graduate Admission Eligibility section of the Bulletin. In addition, students seeking to major in nursing must meet the following criteria and prerequisites:

  • Be California residents or eligible for CSU in-state tuition.
  • Have a nursing Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of the School of Nursing supplemental application.
  • Receive a grade of C or better in all Nursing prerequisites.
  • Complete University General Education requirements.
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score of 78 or better is required within three attempts.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. 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.
  2. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  3. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
  4. 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.
  5. Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  6. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

Students completing the B.S.N. program will achieve the School of Nursing’s B.S.N. Expected Student Learning Outcomes as outlined below:

  1. 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.
  2. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  3. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
  4. 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.
  5. Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  6. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

General Education Requirements Met in Undeclared with an Intrest in Nursing Courses

The requirements below are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses and their prerequisites are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.

Nursing Prerequisites — 28 units

The courses listed below or those which are comparable as listed on assist.org are required for acceptance into the Nursing major. Seven of the eight prerequisites must have been completed at the time of School of Nursing supplemental application.

BIOL 210
BIOL 211
General Microbiology and Public Health
and General Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory
4
BIOL 220Principles of Human Anatomy 14
or BIOL 328 Human Anatomy
BIOL 212
BIOL 213
Principles of Human Physiology
and Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory
4
CHEM 101
CHEM 102
Survey of Chemistry
and Survey of Chemistry Laboratory 2
4
COMM 150Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
ENG 114Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (Written Communication I)3
MATH 124Elementary Statistics (quantitative reasoning)3
PHIL 110Introduction to Critical Thinking I3

Nursing GWAR Course Information

All undergraduate Nursing students must have completed GE Area A2 prior to enrolling in NURS 312GW during the first semester of the Nursing major.

Courses Required for RN Licensure in California

Prior to applying for RN licensure, the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires students to have completed a minimum of 16 semester units comprising natural, behavioral, and social sciences. To complement the anatomy, physiology, and microbiology prerequisites, it is highly recommended that students complete a general or developmental psychology course prior to taking NURS 328, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory, and any additional behavioral or social science course as needed to fulfill the BRN's requirement. An Anthropology or Sociology course is suggested.

Note: These courses may also satisfy GE requirements.

General Education Requirements Met in Nursing Courses

The requirements below are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses and their prerequisites are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.

  • UD–D (Social Sciences) and SF Studies American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) and Social Justice (SJ) are satisfied upon completion of NURS 522 and NURS 530.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.) — 56 units

Non-Roadmap Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
NURS 310 Human Development and Health Assessment Theory 3
NURS 311 Human Development and Health Assessment Lab 2
NURS 312GW Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing - GWAR (also satisfies the University Written English Proficiency requirements) 3
NURS 314 Health Promotion in Nursing 3
NURS 315 Health Promotions in Nursing - Practicum 2
 Units13
Second Semester
NURS 326 Reproductive Health Theory 3
NURS 327 Reproductive Health Practicum 3
NURS 328 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory 3
NURS 329 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practicum 3
NURS 350 Nursing Interventions Practicum I 2
 Units14
Third Semester
NURS 410 Nursing Care of Children Theory 3
NURS 411 Nursing Care of Children Practicum 3
NURS 420 Nursing Care of Adults Theory 3
NURS 421 Nursing Care of Adults Practicum 3
NURS 450 Nursing Interventions Lab II 2
 Units14
Fourth Semester
NURS 520 Advanced Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nursing 3
NURS 521
Advanced Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nursing Capstone Practicum
or Advanced Medical Surgical and Critical Care Nursing Capstone Practicum
3
NURS 522 Chronic Care and End of Life Care Theory 3
NURS 530 Community Health and Global Perspectives Theory 3
NURS 531 Community Health and Global Perspectives Practicum 3
 Units15
 Total Units56

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Ethnic Studies LD 3 F
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
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.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

  1. In order to choose your English Composition A2 course and your QR/Math B4 course, please complete the online advising activities at writingadvising.sfsu.edu and mathadvising.sfsu.edu. Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.
  2. Select the row that matches your English course choice for A2.*
  3. Select the column that matches your QR/Math course choice for B4.
  4. Click the Roadmap that lines up with your row and column.

For example, if you select ENG 104/ENG 105 and a multi-semester QR/math sequence for your first year, then choose Roadmap D.

Course Choice One-Semester Course Two-Semester Sequence or Support Course
ENG 114 Roadmap A Roadmap C
ENG 104/ENG 105 Roadmap B Roadmap D

* Composition for Multilingual Students: If taking ENG 209 as your first English course, choose the ENG 114 row. If taking ENG 201 or ENG 212 for your first English course, choose the ENG 104/ENG 105 row.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit http://www.assist.org. Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/lower-division/#AAEL.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.