Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The program builds on your current experience and nursing practice skills, integrating them with new and innovative ways to think about the health care system. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is designed for the registered nurse (RN) with an Associate Degree in Nursing who wants to make a difference in the industry and deliver patient-centered care. Emphasis is placed the use of technology, improving outcomes, innovative leadership, and using evidence-based practice. The program also prepares students for a seamless movement into Brandman’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which together can be completed in as little as 4 years.

The RN to BSN program is delivered using a blend of: one 4-day immersion session at the Irvine campus at the beginning of the program; internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers near your home or work; and online lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Liberal Education: Integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences into nursing practice.
  • Leadership: Incorporate managerial and leadership principles to achieve desired healthcare outcomes.
  • Scholarship: Implement evidence-based thinking into practice.
  • Information and Patient Care Technology: Utilize information and patient care technology in practice.
  • Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory: Demonstrate responsibility and accountability as a manager of care.
  • Interprofessional Communication: Engage in effective interprofessional, personal and collaborative communication.
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health: Provide population focused nursing care with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention across healthcare settings.
  • Professionalism and Professional Values: Demonstrate core professional values and practices within an ethical and legal framework.
  • Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice: Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to clinical reasoning.

Entry Options
There are two entry options for this degree program. The first entry option is for the registered nurse (RN) with an Associate Degree (or has evidence of a scheduled National Council Licensure Examination [NCLEX]) and has completed all of the requirements for direct admission including all prerequisites into the core nursing courses.

The second entry option is for the nursing student or registered nurse who wants to apply to the RN to BSN program but has not completed all of the prerequisites with an earned minimum grade of B- in each course. This option allows students to complete one or more of the prerequisite courses at Brandman and apply for financial aid. Students admitted to the RN to BSN who are missing prerequisites will be moved into the next available cohort upon completion of the prerequisite courses and all admission requirements and submission of an “activation of the degree” form.

Application Option Deadlines
Entry Option #1:

  • Priority application deadline for Fall 1, 2014 admission is May 15, 2014.
  • Final completed application deadline for Fall 1, 2014 admission is August 15, 2014.
  • Priority application deadline for the Spring 1, 2015 admission is October 30, 2014.
  • Final completed application deadline for Spring 1, 2015 admission is December 1, 2014.

Entry Option # 2:
Application may be made for the RN to BSN prerequisites option every session on a rolling admission basis. Prerequisite courses may be started immediately. During the session when the last prerequisite course is taken, the student may submit the “activation of the degree” form to be admitted into the next available cohort.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete a Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions RN to BSN application available online at
  2. Students must have an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited Institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, or have an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution and an Associate Degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university is considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. Complete all five prerequisite foundation courses with an earned minimum grade of B- in each course. The prerequisite foundation courses are:
    • Written Communication and Critical Thinking (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Chemistry, with a lab (4 credits)
    • Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
    • Growth and Development across the Lifespan (3 credits)
    • Humanities (Foreign Language or Sign Language preferred) (3 credits)
  5. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  6. Three letters of recommendation.
  7. Unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state where you plan to do your practicum experiences (or has evidence of a scheduled National Council Licensure Examination [NCLEX]*).

*The NCLEX must be passed by the end of the first session of enrollment to continue in the program. (required by the end of the first session):

  1. Proof of negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test.
  2. Proof of completion of Hepatitis A and B immunization or titer.
  3. Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer.
  4. Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria (Tdap) immunization within the past 5 years.
  5. Proof of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or titer.
  6. Background Clearance.
  7. Copy of current CPR “Level C” Certification (Healthcare Provider) that will not be expiring in the next 12 months.
  8. Proof of negative drug screen.
  9. Proof of annual influenza immunization.
  10. Additional laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or documentation may be required for practicum experiences.
  11. Professional Liability Insurance (1mil/3mil).

Basic Skills (12 credits)

Written Communication:
ENGU 103 and ENGU 104
Oral Communication:
Communication or a college level course in critical thinking
Quantitative Fluency:
MATU 203 or other statistics course


Breadth Requirements (30 credits)

Humanities: 9
Natural Science: 12
Social Sciences: 9


Total General Education Credits 42


Pre-requisite Foundation Courses (16 credits)
These credits may be embedded in block transfer and satisfy General Education Requirements for course content.
  If these credits are embedded in the block transfer, additional credit may be required to meet the 120 total credit hours for the degree.

Written Communication and Critical Thinking 3
Introduction to Chemistry Course (with a lab) 4
Introduction to Statistics 3
Growth and Development Across the Lifespan 3
Humanities (Foreign Language or Sign Language preferred) 3


Total 16


Nursing Core Courses (36 credits)

*NURU 400 Transitions to Inquiry Based Practice: Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice 3
*NURU 401 Nursing’s Public Image and Professional Issues 3
NURU 403 Managing Healthcare Reform 3
NURU 404 Healthcare Communication and Collaboration 3
NURU 405 Evidence-based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice 3
NURU 406 Improving Patient Healthcare Outcomes: Quality Care and Patient Safety 3
NURU 407 Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing 3
NURU 408 Information, Patient Care, and Decision-Support System Technology 3
NURU 409 Understanding Health Issues and Health Delivery in the Community Setting 3
NURU 410 Practicum in the Community Setting (96 required clinical practicum hours) 3
NURU 411 Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing 3
NURU 412 Practicum in Transformational Leadership and Management in Nursing (80 required practicum hours) 3


Total Nursing Core Credits 36
Additional Credit hours
Block Transfer (68-72 credit hours)
**Pre-requisites foundation Credits (16 credit hours)


Total Credits for the Degree 120

* Students in these courses are required to attend a face to face immersion.

**Electives: If pre-requisite foundation courses are embedded in block transfer, students may need additional elective credits to satisfy the degree requirement of 120 credit hours,