RN to BSN Online

RN to BSN Online

Complete Coursework in as few as 14 months  |  Credit Hours: 39  |  Tuition: $11,505

Completing your BSN online at Cal State San Marcos will empower you with the practical experience and professional background to help your patients and your community achieve the goal of optimal health.

CSUSM's online RN to BSN also lets you earn your pre-nursing core credits concurrently with your nursing courses. This not only gives you nursing skills and knowledge you can apply immediately to your current nursing practice, but also allows you to graduate sooner.

In order to ensure your transition back to school is successful, in-service RNs prepared at the master's degree level or above will provide you personal coaching and assistance throughout the program.

As a graduate of the program, you will gain:

  • A well-developed professional portfolio of real-world clinical, leadership and case management experience
  • Evidence-based research skills gained through practical group projects and exercises
  • Ability to apply for California Public Health Nurse Certification

Online Courses

Nursing Courses

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NURS 310: Nursing Assessment for the RN
Credit Hours: 2  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $590.00

Health assessment including history taking, physical examination and documentation of findings, interpretation of diagnostic testing, psychosocial assessment techniques and health promotion across the life span for the RN-to-BSN student. Pre-requisites: NURS 350, 351; simultaneous enrollment in NURS 311.

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NURS 311: Nursing Assessment for the RN Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $295.00

LAB/ Practice experience

Co-requisite: NURS 350, 351; simultaneous enrollment in NURS 310.

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NURS 312: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
Credit Hours: 4  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,180.00

Systematic review of the principles of pharmacology with a focus on specific pharmacological agents in relation to pharmacokinetic effects on all body systems. Reviews related pathophysiological disruptions to normal system functioning, provides pathophysiological rationale for nursing interventions and the impact of these alterations on the individual throughout the life span.

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NURS 350: Role Transition for the RN
Credit Hours: 2  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $590.00

Provides the Registered Nurse with the conceptual base for the practice of nursing, built around a core of theories and related concepts which will facilitate transition of the Registered Nurse to the baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Focus is on the roles of the professional nurse as advocate, educator, provider and coordinator of care.Simultaneous enrollment in NURS 351

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NURS 351: Role Transition Seminar for the RN
Credit Hours: 1  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $295.00

Returning Registered Nurses will apply, review, and validate concepts and theories related to medical-surgical, mental health, pediatrics and obstetrical nursing practice that are the basis for the upper-division baccalaureate nursing major courses. Seminar discussions of the application of these concepts to patient care in clinical settings. Pre-requisite: NURS 350. Enrollment restricted to students with RN license and admission to the RN-to-BSN nursing major. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of Program Director. Simultaneous enrollment in NURS 350

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NURS 352: Nursing Research
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

An understanding of the research process and research utilization in clinical practice. Students develop skills in reading, analyzing and critiquing research related to nursing.

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NURS 370: Health Promotion and Patient Education Strategies
Credit Hours: 2  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $590.00

Integration, application and evaluation of specific information regarding health education and health promotion theory, research, and practice, which is essential to the professional nursing role, and critical to improving the health of individuals and the population at large. Explores the effects of developmental, motivational, and sociocultural factors on patient teaching, health education, and health promotion.

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NURS 440: Community Health Nursing
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

Focuses on the professional nurse's role in working with aggregates in the community, exploring contemporary public health problems, and working collaboratively with the community as part of the interdisciplinary team. Includes the frameworks that guide community-based, population-focused practice and research to assist the student in developing skills in community assessment, program planning and practice interventions to help identified populations within the community maintain their optimum level of health. Co-requisite: Simultaneous enrollment in NURS 445.

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NURS 442: Nursing Case Management of Vulnerable Populations
Credit Hours: 2  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $590.00

Development of skills in managing the care of chronically ill patients in a community setting in order to maintain maximum levels of function and self-care ability, to reduce hospitalization, manage symptoms, and increase quality of life for persons at risk. Focuses on nursing case management models, roles, and strategies used for managing high-risk client population in the community settings and for providing comprehensive care coordination, brokerage, monitoring, discharge planning, client/family advocacy, and nursing interventions.

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NURS 445: Practicum: Community Health and Nursing Case Management
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

Practice Experience: In the community settings, students perform population-focused public health nursing practice with identified high-risk or vulnerable populations. In the acute care settings, the student identifies high-risk clients and initiates early discharge planning and implements nursing care management interventions. Co-requisite: Simultaneous enrollment in NURS 440.

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NURS 450: Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

Organizational theory and management practices applied to health care systems. The role of the nurse manager as leader and change agent in the delivery of care to patient groups and communities within complex and diverse health care settings. Contemporary issues affecting the delivery of health care and discipline and professional practice of nursing. Co-requisite: Simultaneous enrollment in NURS 451.

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NURS 451: Nursing Leadership and Management Laboratory
Credit Hours: 2  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $590.00

Application of organizational theory and management practices in health care settings. Development of skills and competencies for the frontline nurse manager within and beyond the walls of the acute care setting. Operationalizes the role of the nurse manager as leader and change agent in the delivery of care to patient groups and communities within complex and diverse health care settings. Co-requisite: Simultaneous enrollment in NURS 450.

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NURS 480: Family Nursing: Theory and Practice
Credit Hours: 2  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $590.00

Introduction to the theory, research, and practice of family nursing. Includes an exploration of the current theoretical foundation of family nursing, elements of family assessment, cultural diversity among families, and nursing practice associated with family health patterns, health promotion, and interventions.

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ANTH 301: Culture and Medicine - Healers and Healing Process
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

Every culture and society has had to deal with illness and thus has well-developed concepts about the healing process, healers, medical knowledge, and healing practices. Offers a cross-cultural exploration of healers and healing approaches. Examines differences and similarities in the ways that people approach illness and healing by relying heavily on an abundance of examples from various cultures, including that of the United States. Examines illness causation and classification theories, diagnostic practices, therapeutic procedures, preventive care, the assumptions that underlie these concepts and practices, and their relationship to the social, cultural, and technological environments in which they are constructed. Focuses on the role of the healer in the context of culture and examines physicians, shamans, witch doctors, curandero/as, midwives, wise men and women, and other healers. Explores the use of music, botanicals, healing aids, and pharmaceuticals in the healing process. Informed self-reflection and critical analysis of one's own world view assumptions and medical belief system are fundamental objectives of the course.

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PHIL 345: Bioethics and Medical Ethics
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

A survey of ethical issues in biological and medical research and practice. Offers an introductory survey of ethical and moral theory, and investigates the application of moral and ethical theory to issues such as animal and human research, the doctor-patient relationship, reproductive technologies, and biotechnology.

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BIOL 316: The Biology of Cancer
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

Considers the chemistry, cell biology, and etiology of human cancer. Includes characteristics of tumor cells, malignant transformation of cells, tumor viruses, chemical and environment carcinogens, effects of radiation, oncogenes, and the genetics of cancer.

Pre-nursing and General Education courses

Pre-Nursing core

The Cal State San Marcos online RN to BSN program allows students to complete the pre-nursing core credits concurrently with nursing courses. Written communication and Mathematical Statistics must be taken within the first year of the program. We encourage student to complete all other pre-nursing core courses as soon as possible. Please note, students who have not completed pre-nursing core courses will be admitted to "Pre-Nursing" program. Once you complete all of the pre-nursing core courses student will be admitted to the RN to BSN program. The Pre-Nursing Core minimum GPA is 2.75. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist for details.

Attention International Applicants: Oral Communication, Written Communication and Critical Thinking must be taken in the United States.

All general education courses will not be offered by CSUSM.

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GEO 102: Oral Communication
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,350.00

Introduction to the form and content of communication. Includes: the linguistic, psychological, and cultural bases of communication; various types of communication ranging from basic speech acts to forms of persuasion and conflict resolution; the social and political significance of communication; how communication operates within and across a wide range of social contexts. Students become actively acquainted with some of the potential proficiencies that may be brought into various social contexts. Requires active participation in classroom exercises, collaborating on a group research project which is presented orally to the class, and practicing public speaking.

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GEW 101: Principles of Written Communication
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,350.00

Focuses on writing as critical inquiry through readings of cultural texts. Students are expected to reflect critically on their processes of writing and reading, and to interrogate the ways in which texts (re)produce particular social constructions and power relations, such as those around gender, race, nationality, class, disability, and sexuality. Students learn to question, explore, explain, analyze, develop, and critique ideas effectively; undertake writing projects that have depth and complexity; and make appropriate decisions about argument, structure, and rhetorical conventions.

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PHIL 110: Critical Thinking
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,350.00

A survey of concepts and methods geared to the advancement of skills in critical thinking. Subject matter includes the nature of critical thinking; the relations between logic and language; the relations between rhetorical persuasion and rational argumentation; the nature of word definition; the practical functions of language; the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive; the difference between valid and invalid, or strong and weak reasoning; methods for analyzing and evaluating arguments; common argumentative fallacies; basic symbolic logic.

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MATH 200: Mathematical Statistics for Nursing
Credit Hours: 3  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $885.00

Provides an introduction to the statistical quantitative analysis of problems in the life and health sciences. Basic concepts include exploratory data analysis with graphs to visualize center, variation and distribution; scatter plots and correlation; measuring center and spread; percentiles and detecting outliers; basic probability concepts; normal distribution; sampling designs and designing experiments; Central Limit Theorem; confidence intervals; hypothesis testing of a claim about mean or proportion; chi-square test for goodness of fit; linear regression; matched pairs; bootstrap method for small sample estimation of a parameter using the Monte Carlo method for re-sampling. Enrollment restricted to Pre-Nursing students who have completed the Elementary-Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement.

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BIOL 175: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Credit Hours: 4  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,800.00

The first in a two-course series designed to introduce the principles of human anatomy and physiology for students in health and human services, including Nursing. Taught from a systems perspective where students will learn basic physiological principles and mechanisms along with their associated anatomical basis. Material includes anatomical terminology, cell and tissue structure and function, basic biochemical and metabolic pathways and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive and excretory systems. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. Enrollment restricted to declared Pre-Nursing students. Students must obtain consent from the School of Nursing Advisor; consent will only be given to students who have completed the Lower-Division General Education requirements in areas A1, A2, A3, and B4.

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BIOL 176: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Credit Hours: 4  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,800.00

The second in a two-course series designed to introduce the principles of human anatomy and physiology for students in health and human services, including Nursing. Taught from a systems perspective where students will learn basic physiological principles and mechanisms along with their associated anatomical basis. Material includes nervous system and the senses, and the endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Three hours lecture and three hours of laboratory. Co-requisite: BIOL 175

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BIOL 160: Microbiology for Health Sciences
Credit Hours: 4  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,800.00

Basic concepts of microbiology, including classification, metabolic activity and the effect of physical and chemical agents on microbial populations. Host parasite interactions, infectious agents, methods of transmission and control are also discussed. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. Course is designed for Nursing students.

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CHEM 105: General, Organic, and Biochemistry for Life
Credit Hours: 4  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $1,800.00

Covers the basic principles of general, organic and biochemistry as applied to the biochemistry, pathophysiology, pharmacology and nutrition of human body systems. Intended for students pursuing a degree in a variety of health-related areas such as nursing. Co-requisite: Completion of the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement or consent of instructor, CHEM 105L.

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CHEM 105L: General, Organic, and Biochemistry for Life Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1  |  Duration: 8 weeks  |  Cost: $450.00

Covers the basic principles of weight and volume measurements, solutions, suspensions, colloids, osmosis, energy of biochemical transformations, buffered solutions, the properties of acids and bases and pH balance in the biochemistry of human body systems. Intended for students pursuing a degree in a health-related field. Co-requisite: Completion of the entry Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement or consent of instructor, CHEM 105.

Additional General Education and Graduation Requirements

C1: Arts C2: Humanities C3: Humanities D: Discipline Specific or Second Interdisciplinary Social Science D7: Interdisciplinary Social Science-ANTH 200 DH: US History - History 130 or 131 DC: DG - US Constitution and California Governments - PSCI 100 E - Lifelong Learning and Information Literacy Language Other Than English Requirement:
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