UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

Program: B.S.N., Nursing

Accelerated

Program Description

The Accelerated B.S.N. Option is on hiatus. Admission has been suspended as of Fall 2017. The program is not accepting applications at this time.

This option for earning the B.S.N. is designed for second-degree students who hold a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree in any field and who have completed necessary prerequisite courses and admission requirements. The program of study is intense, and nursing courses required for licensure are completed within four semesters. This B.S.N. option builds on previous learning and provides specific clinical education that prepares nursing professionals who can practice in a wide variety of settings. The B.S.N. framework emphasizes the practice of professional nursing, including assessment, promotion, maintenance, restoration and evaluation of the health of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. Nursing courses include classroom instruction and clinical laboratories in patient-care settings.

Academic Policies

  1. Nursing courses from other programs may be considered nonequivalent and cannot be transferred into this program with the exception of NURS 307/L.
  2. Students are admitted as a cohort. Should progression through the curriculum be interrupted, students whose progress is interrupted will need to reapply to the program and will be considered on a space-available basis. All Nursing courses must be completed within 5 years after taking the first Nursing course.
  3. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all prerequisite and Nursing courses. A grade of “C-“will require the student to repeat the course or concurrent theory/lab courses. All Nursing courses may be repeated only once with a maximum of 15 repeated units. Students progressing on schedule through the program will be given priority space in classes, and students repeating courses will be considered only on a space-available basis. The need to repeat some courses may interfere with the repeating student’s ability to complete the degree.
  4. Students must enroll and pass concurrently both theory and clinical laboratory components of each area of study that contains these components.
  5. Due to clinical requirements imposed by clinical affiliates, students are required to obtain and maintain at their sole cost the following clinical requirements: health exams and immunizations, evidence of TB test, titers or other required tests, background check, drug screening, nursing liability insurance, CPR certification, fire safety card, HIPPA and Bloodborne Pathogen training, and any other requirements deemed necessary by the clinical affiliates. Students must complete a preclinical checklist and provide proof that requirements are met 4 weeks prior to the start of their first clinical course. If an affiliating clinical agency notifies faculty that they are refusing clinical placement to a student based on a background check or drug screen, the student will be unable to complete the required clinical laboratory coursework, be unable to progress in the program and, thus, be unable to meet degree requirements.
  6. Access to reliable transportation is required for clinical courses off campus.
  7. Due to the clinical requirements imposed by external clinical partners, students must be prepared to attend clinical rotations in the community settings any day of the week, including weekends and at various times of the day, including evenings and nights. No reasonable student accommodation to clinical scheduling can be made given the cohort nature of the program and the external limitations placed on the department by hospitals and other clinical settings. Clinical rotations can change each academic semester or year given external assignments of times and days.
  8. Given the cohort nature of the program and the program’s requirements to match the clinical schedule offered to our students by our affiliating clinical agencies, scheduled clinical dates, times and hours cannot be modified to meet students’ personal needs. Clinical rotations can change each academic semester or year according to changes in clinical agencies’ schedule.
  9. The faculty reserves the right to make program modifications as necessary to meet current professional standards, Board of Registered Nursing requirements and accreditation criteria.
  10. Prior to and during clinical placements, students are required to demonstrate professional maturity and physical, emotional, ethical and moral fitness for clinical practice.
Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the department.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to A-BSN Pathway

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better or a master’s degree of 3.0 or better.
  2. All prerequisite course grades must be “C” or higher. All science prerequisites must have been completed within the past 7 years. Courses that have been taken at an Upper Division undergraduate-level or that combine prerequisite content (e.g., single course of 5 semester units in anatomy and physiology course with lab) will be considered on a case-by-case basis as potentially meeting minimum requirements.
  3. A personal interview may be requested of all applicants.
  4. Apply to CSUN and the A-BSN no later than November 30.
  5. Application to the nursing program requires the completion of the application to the University and the application to the Department of Nursing. Admission to the nursing program is contingent on receiving an acceptance letter from the Department of Nursing.
  6. Potential applicants are responsible to consult the CSUN Nursing website for up-to-date information on application deadlines and procedures.

B. Requirements for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

1. Prerequisite Courses (28 units)

Any of the following courses or their equivalents that were completed as part of the first degree program do not need to be repeated. Course equivalencies can be checked at assist.org or with the help of an advisor.

All science prerequisites must have been completed within the past 7 years.

Science Prerequisites (19 units)

BIOL 211/212 Human Anatomy and Lab (2/1)
BIOL 215/L Introductory Microbiology and Lab (2/2)
BIOL 281/282 Human Physiology and Lab (3/1)
CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry I and Lab (3/1)
MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)

General Education courses from the following sections (9 units)

Oral Communication (3)
Written Communication (3)
Critical Thinking (3)

2. Required Courses for the B.S.N. Program (59 units)

NURS 302 Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 307/L Health Assessment in Self-Care Agency and Lab (2/1)
NURS 310 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3)
NURS 315 Pharmacology and Self-Care Agency (2)
NURS 318/L Introduction to Professional Nursing and Clinical Lab (3/4)
NURS 319 Effective Communications in Professional Nursing (2)
NURS 321/AL Adult/Aged Medical Surgical Nursing and Clinical Lab (4/8)
NURS 321BL Nursing Care of Older Adults Lab (1)
NURS 426 Nursing Systems Issues and Ethics (3)
NURS 427/L Dynamics of Nursing Leadership and Clinical Lab (3/2)
NURS 428/L Community and Population Health Nursing and Lab (3/2)
NURS 430/L Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Clinical Lab (2/1)
NURS 443/L Nursing Care of Children and Clinical Lab (2/1.5)
NURS 444/L Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family and Clinical Lab (2/1.5)

Total Units Required Beyond Original B.A./B.S. Degree: 59

Contact

Chair: Marianne Hattar-Pollara
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2515
(818) 677- 7533
www.csun.edu/health-human-development/nursing

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S.N., graduates will use critical thinking, therapeutic interventions and communication across a wide variety of settings in order to:

  1. Use nursing systems to promote health and prevent disease and injury among diverse communities, families and individuals across the life span.
  2. Translate current, best evidence into practice that meets professional standards.
  3. Demonstrate competence in information management and patient-care technology.
  4. Function collaboratively as a member within an interprofessional healthcare community to improve health outcomes.
  5. Provide direct and indirect care within legal and ethical professional standards.
  6. Demonstrate leadership skills in providing safe, quality, patient-centered care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
  7. Serve as a patient advocate locally, nationally and globally.
  8. Demonstrate characteristics of a lifelong learner.