The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a CCNE accredited degree completion program designed to provide learners with the education that prepares them to practice within complex healthcare systems. It advances their training to assume the roles of provider of care, manager and coordinator of care and a member of a profession while integrating their knowledge and skills into their professional nursing practice. This degree completion program offers a well-rounded education in theoretical and evidence-based practice and research, informatics, health promotion through the lifespan, leadership, ethics and policy, pathopharmacology and physical assessment, and community health.

We offer two pathways for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program: a traditional RN-to-BSN pathway and an “Early Start” pathway for graduates of an accredited nursing school who have not yet taken and passed the NCLEX-RN Exam but wish to begin a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. Please refer to our catalog for details.

CalSouthern’s BSN program meets the California Board of Registered Nursing requirements to apply for PHN certification in California. Registered Nurses from other states, please check your home state’s specific requirements.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 120
  • Cost per credit: $395
  • Program length: 1-3 years (full-time status)
  • Max transfer credits: 90 credits

First Responders can save 15% on tuition. Required documentation and restrictions apply. See details.

Time to degree completion can be shortened by accelerating completion of courses and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Demonstrate the ability to communicate in writing resulting in understanding and being understood by patients, family and the interdisciplinary health team. Engage the student in learning by using teaching strategies appropriate to learner needs, based on current and prior learning, while using the online learning system to support the teaching and learning process.

Demonstrate competence in utilizing oral communication skills appropriately given the purpose and the context of the communication for quality patient-centered care. Recognize and integrate health promotion and disease recognition and assessment knowledge for safe patient care throughout the lifespan.

Apply critical thinking and reasoning skills based on theoretical principles to discriminate among inferences drawn from given data in clinical decision making and evaluation during evidence-based nursing practice. Utilize theoretical and evidence- based practice models in the development of professional roles for patient, family and community care in various settings.

Recognize the importance of social and cultural diversity and develop a perspective based on the analysis of diverse environmental factors that influence global health care. Explain and develop the leadership role utilizing current economic principles, quality improvement and management processes.

Determine the nature and extent of the information needed and demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate and use informatics and other resources to support research, theory and evidence-based nursing practices when managing care across the healthcare continuum.

Integrate formal academic learning with personal experiences that promote the values of altruism, caring, human dignity, integrity, and social justice in all nursing practice situations. Integrate needs of the learners, faculty and community in planning and implementing curriculum.

Demonstrate the ability to use analytical skills to understand and evaluate systems of practice as a foundation for theoretical and evidence-based healthcare practice.

Demonstrate a system of inquiry that is dependent on empirical evidence to evaluate qualitative and quantitative research as a foundation for theoretical and evidence-based nursing practices.

Career Outcomes

Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC)

Nursing Education Consultant (NEC)

At Organizational And
State/National Levels

Nursing Informatics

A Very Fast Growing
Nursing Specialty

Nurse Researcher

Required For Evidence-Based
Practice (EBP)

Nurse Administrator

At The Organizational, State,
And National levels

BSN Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Credits
General Education Courses 45
Required Core Courses 36
Nursing Elective Courses 15
General Elective Courses 24

Courses + Credits

Below, you’ll find the required and elective courses for the BSN degree program at CalSouthern. Be advised that the required core courses must be taken in the order that they are listed. Learners in the BSN program must take 15 semester credits of elective courses related to nursing or areas related to the skills needed by nurses.

Required Core Courses

  • NUR 3300 Professional Nursing Role Transition — 3-credits
  • NUR 3302 Theoretical Foundations and Professional Values in Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 3304 Collaborative Strategies for Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 3306 Informatics for Nursing and Healthcare — 3-credits
  • NUR 3308 Lifespan Health Promotion in Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 3310 Pathopharmacology — 3-credits
  • NUR 3400 Introduction to Nursing Leadership and Finance — 3-credits
  • NUR 3402 Policy, Law and Ethics in Healthcare — 3-credits
  • NUR 3404 Physical Assessment — 3-credits
  • NUR 3406 Community and Population Health Nursing (practicum) — 3-credits
  • NUR 3408 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice — 3-credits
  • CAP 3402 BSN Capstone — 3-credits

Elective Courses

  • BUS 3414 Business Communications — 3-credits
  • ENG 1406 Professional and Technical Writing — 3-credits
  • LDR 4125 Leadership Communications — 3-credits
  • LDR 1490 Nonverbal Communications in Leadership — 3-credits
  • MATH 1305 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences — 3-credits
  • NS 1106 Health and Nutrition — 3-credits
  • NUR 3312 Cultural Care in Nursing Practice — 3-credits
  • NUR 3314 Teaching and Learning in Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 3410 Quality Management in Nursing and Healthcare — 3-credits
  • NUR 3412 Gerontology Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 3414 Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Healthcare — 3-credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

As a practicing nurse, I find CalSouthern’s flexible online BSN program to be a perfect match with my busy work schedule. The ability to work at my own pace has made improving my career in nursing a reality.

– Millie Stoytcheva, BSN

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Accreditation & Approvals

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California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs at California Southern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202‑887‑6791

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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