• CSUN students and faculty in Nursing Lab

    Department of Nursing

  • CSUN students working in hospital setting

    Department of Nursing

  • CSUN Nursing students receiving awards

    Department of Nursing

RN to BSN Academic Policies

Current Academic Policies Include:

  1. All upper division nursing courses must be completed within 5 years after taking the first nursing course or students may be required to meet current program requirements.
  2. A minimum grade of C is required in each upper division nursing course. Students receiving a C- or below are required to repeat the course and earn a C or better. A course may only be repeated once, with a maximum of 15 repeat units.
  3. Students must pass both components of each of the following courses to successfully meet requirements for both courses: NURS 307/L; NURS 427/L; NURS 428/L.
  4. Students are required to maintain current California Registered Nurse licensure while enrolled in nursing courses. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the program director immediately, in writing, of any changes in licensure status.
  5. Students are responsible for obtaining at their sole cost any necessary health exams, immunizations, evidence of a TB test, titers, or other requirements, etc. necessary to meet OSHA requirements, and maintain compliance with requirements by the University and affiliating clinical agencies. Documentation of the requirements is to be submitted to the designated person, upon request. Before the first clinical course, each student is required to complete a pre-clinical checklist and provide proof that requirements are currently met.
  6. After admission and prior to clinical placements all CSUN nursing students are required to obtain their own criminal background checks and sometimes drug screens at their sole cost and to supply that information to designated approving agencies or persons before the first patient care experience. In order to meet accreditation standards many clinical agencies are requiring background checks and drug screens on all students placed at their facilities and have the right to refuse a student clinical placement based upon that information. If an affiliating clinical agency notifies faculty that they are refusing clinical placement to a student based on background check or drug screen the student will be unable to complete required clinical laboratory course work, unable to progress in the program, and thus unable to meet degree requirements.
  7. Further information on background checks or drug screens and where to obtain them is available from nursing advisor. CSUN prohibits faculty from review results of checks and screens; faculty wilol require proof that the checks and screens have been completed.
  8. Students in nursing courses are also responsible to obtain and maintain at their own cost nursing liability insurance, CPR certification, and if needed fire safety card or evidence of other indicators of particular competencies as required by professional standards or affiliating clinical agencies.
  9. Access to reliable transportation is required for clinical courses off campus.
  10. Prior to and during clinical placements, students are required to demonstrate professional maturity, physical, emotional, ethical, and moral fitness for clinical practice.
  11. The faculty reserves the right to make program modifications as necessary to meet current professional standards and accreditation criteria.
  12. RN to BSN students may petition for credit by exam in selected courses. (See nursing advisor for challenge exam information and registration.)