Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The shortage of health professionals continues be a pressing concern for many hospitals and care centers across the nation. Compounding factors that contribute to the job market demand include rapid changes to public policies, the aging industry workforce and the movement for hospitals to attain Magnet Recognition® from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This elite status helps answer the call to action made by the Institution of Medicine (IOM) that encourages registered nurses to attain their bachelor’s degrees to increase the proportion of professionals with the educational standard to 80% by 2020. Be a part of the solution by achieving your degree (from an accredited university) and pursue a rewarding career in the field of nursing.

The Benefits of a BSN degree at Brandman

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 degree in Nursing (BSN) is designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) with an associate's 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.

Building upon your nursing practice skills and experience, this unique degree focuses on direct application while giving you the flexibility to study while you work. Accelerate towards graduation by taking two courses every eight-week term and complete the nursing major core curriculum within one year of full-time study. Year round sessions with part time study is also available. 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. An RN to BSN degree will increase your knowledge and professional skills while offering opportunities for negotiating a higher salary.

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

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing provides a curriculum that links theory and practice to promote nine program learning outcomes that are based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice:

  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Three recommendation forms
    • Current and detailed resume or curriculum vitae
    • Self evaluation
    • Goal statement
  1. Associate Degree in Nursing
  2. Copy of active RN license (may have temporary license) (or NCLEX exam pending)
  3. Complete ALL five prerequisite foundation courses with an earned minimum grade of "C" in each course:
    • 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)
  4. 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.

Entry Options:

Option One
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.

Option Two
For the nursing student or RN who wants to apply to the RN to BSN program but has not completed all of the prerequisites with an earned minimum grade of "C" 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.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Students must have an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 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

General Education Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (42 Credits)

Students in the BSN degree program must meet the minimum 42 general education credits. Credits are satisfied with the following:

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.  However, if these credits are not embedded in the block transfer, additional credits 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 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
General Education and Block Transfer Credit hours:
   Block Transfer (68-72 credit hours)
   Pre-requisite 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.

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