Nursing Degree Program RN-BSN (for current RN license holders)

The School of Nursing at CBU is responsible for the oversight of the RN-BSN degree program curriculum.

Designed for the working adult, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses degree-completion program from California Baptist University increases students' professional knowledge, enhances leadership abilities and sharpens critical thinking skills. The RN to BSN program is an important step toward reaching your professional goals, whether you plan to continue practicing at the bedside, transition to a new specialization or pursue graduate studies.

Relevant and Well-Rounded Curriculum

  • Emphasizes commitment, flexibility, convenience and relevance for nurses who seek to complete their degrees and gain more career mobility
  • Courses are uniquely designed for working registered nurses
  • Public health clinical hours can be performed at work, or CBU will help find a clinic or other site you can perform these hours
  • RN to BSN students receive an iPad to enhance their educational experience
  • Great facilities that provide live experience within simulation labs
  • Accelerated 39-unit nursing program
  • Can earn a bachelor degree in as little as 20 months
  • 8 Week accelerated courses
  • Western Association of Schools and College (WASC) Accredited

    The School of Nursing is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

What is RN to BSN?

As Registered Nurses, the next step is to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or (BSN). Nursing is a career primarily for people who have leadership potential, clinical competency, a strong commitment to nursing and academic ability. Students earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing online from CBU are able to go on to pursue careers in nursing where they will be well-prepared and valued for their skills in critical thinking, case management, health promotion and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. 

The theoretical foundation that the nursing program teaches is the "human becoming" theory. This theory adopts quality of life from each person's own perspectives as the goal of nursing practice.  

Finish What You Started

CBU Online RN to B.S. in Nursing is a high quality, fully accredited, nurse-friendly program that is designed specifically for working professionals who wish to go on and finish what they started. An accelerated degree program which can be completed in as little as 18 months, the B.S. in Nursing is designed with working professionals in mind. Classes are offered in rotational format one night per week.  With courses offered in a hybrid format, students have the opportunity to complete coursework around their own schedules. 

Professors with Working Knowledge

As a student in CBU's accredited RN to BSN degree-completion program, students will experience simulation labs that allow for live experience. The simulation labs resemble hospital settings with hospital beds and patients (mannequins) that speak and talk as they would in the field. CBU's faculty consists of quality professors who have experience in both the practical and academic sides of nursing. The professors work with students closely, giving them the practical knowledge that, when utilized elsewhere, allows them to be successful once they graduate.

Purposeful Education

In keeping with CBU's Christian-based mission, the RN to B.S. in Nursing distance learning degree program integrates faith into coursework as it applies to developing nursing professionals with  strong leadership and critical thinking, who are prepared to find and fulfill their purpose -- professionally as well as personally. 

Learning Outcomes

Consistent with AACN recommendations, CBU’s student outcomes, and the School of Nursing’s mission, upon completion of the RN-BSN nursing program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competent, responsible practice guided by a theoretical perspective of nursing, grounded in a Biblical worldview committed to compassionate service.
  2. Utilize scholarship in the practice of nursing, integrating a wide range of knowledge drawn from sciences, cultures, and societies, within a Biblical perspective.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function competently as a nursing professional in a wide variety of settings, integrating Christ-centered nursing practice in a global context as a foundation for service.
  4. Transfer academic nursing principles into the dynamic, evolving interprofessional healthcare system.
What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • An accredited associate degree or diploma-nursing program
  • RN Nursing License in California
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Career Statement
  • Resume for past two years
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 39 units to graduate depending on transferred units
  • Costs vary depending on the number of units transferred
  • Per unit cost is $550
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Program Requirements

Nursing Degree Program RN-BSN (for current RN license holders) Major Program (39 units)

Prerequisites to Program

Composition
Intermediate Composition
MAT 115
Intermediate Algebra OR MAT 144 Introduction to Statistics
Current United States Registered Nursing License

Upper Division Requirements (39 units)

Theoretical Foundations in Nursing
Physical Assessment
Communications/Informatics in Nursing Practice
Pathophysiology
Pharmacology and Nutrition
Research & Writing for the Health Care Professional (*English)
Community Public Health Nursing (*Political Science)
Community Public Health Practicum
Transcultural Patterns of Health (*Non-US History)
Ethics and Issues in Healthcare (*Philosophy)
Christian Leadership in Nursing (*Christian Studies)
Christian Leadership in Nursing Practicum
Senior Capstone Practicum

Recommended Foreign Language

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals I (*Foreign Language I)
Spanish for Healthcare Professionals II (*Foreign Language II)
Students must complete two semesters of the same college level foreign language.

Additional Nursing Degree Requirements
*exempt if associates degree from a WASC accredited California program

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Human Microbiology with Lab
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry for Health Sciences with Lab
Oral Communication
Lifespan Development for the Health Professions

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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