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.

Quick Facts:

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

Time to degree completion can be accelerated by taking multiple courses in a term 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 2300 Professional Nursing Role Transition — 3-credits
  • NUR 2302 Theoretical Foundations and Professional Values in Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 2304 Collaborative Strategies for Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 2306 Informatics for Nursing and Healthcare — 3-credits
  • NUR 2308 Lifespan Health Promotion in Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 2310 Pathopharmacology — 3-credits
  • NUR 2400 Introduction to Nursing Leadership and Finance — 3-credits
  • NUR 2402 Policy, Law and Ethics in Healthcare — 3-credits
  • NUR 2404 Physical Assessment — 3-credits
  • NUR 2406 Community and Population Health Nursing (practicum) — 3-credits
  • NUR 2408 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice — 3-credits
  • CAP 2402 BSN Capstone — 3-credits

Elective Courses

  • BUS 2414 Business Communications — 3-credits
  • ENG 1406 Professional and Technical Writing — 3-credits
  • LDR 2125 Leadership Communications — 3-credits
  • LDR 2490 Nonverbal Communications in Leadership — 3-credits
  • MATH 1305 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences — 3-credits
  • NS 1106 Health and Nutrition — 3-credits
  • NUR 2312 Cultural Care in Nursing Practice — 3-credits
  • NUR 2314 Teaching and Learning in Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 2410 Quality Management in Nursing and Healthcare — 3-credits
  • NUR 2412 Gerontology Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 2414 Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Healthcare — 3-credits

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

I had a wonderful experience and loved the flexibility of the program. I could go at my own pace, was able to work ahead when I needed to, and to take extra time when I needed to. The Faculty Mentors were fantastic and very helpful and inspiring. I feel like I got an excellent education for an affordable price and I appreciate everything that it brought to my life.

– Jinxi Caddell

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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.

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