RN to BSN Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed for registered nurses who wants to advance their careers, become more marketable, and open doors to nonhospital-related care.

The Benefits of a BSN degree at Brandman

The shortage of health professionals continues be a pressing concern for many hospitals and care centers across the nation.  Magnet Recognition® from the ANCC helps answer the call by encouraging registered nurses to attain their BSN to increase the proportion of bachelor-prepared professionals to 80% by 2020. 

The RN to BSN program builds upon your nursing experience and skills while providing the flexibility to study while you work. 

  • 3 entry points a year
  • Complete the core curriculum within 12 months of full-time study by taking two courses every 8 weeks. Part-time study is also available.
  • One 3-day immersion in Irvine, California, at the beginning of the program. A virtual immersion option is also available.
  • Online lectures, demonstrations and exercises, as well as leadership and community health practicum experiences near your home or work.
  • Apply to the BSN-DNP after completion, and finish both programs in as little as 48 months.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the RN to BSN program is three times per year in Fall I, Spring I or Summer II for full-time and part-time students taking Option 1 or Option 2. Community College Wrap students are admitted once a year during Summer 1 for Option 3 or Option 4.

Application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline

  • Fall I - May 15, 2016
  • Spring I - October 30, 2016
  • Summer I - March 15, 2016

Final completed application deadline

  • Fall I - August 15, 2016
  • Spring I - December 1, 2016
  • Summer I - April 7, 2017

Session Start Date

  • Fall I - August 29, 2016
  • Spring I - January 9, 2017
  • Summer I - May 1, 2017

Admission Requirements

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

  • Three recommendation forms
  • Self evaluation
  • Goal statement

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions and nationally accredited associate degree nursing programs will be accepted in transfer.

Entry Options:

Full Time or Part Time (option 1 or 2)
  • Must hold an 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.
  • 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
Community College Wrap Full-time or Part-time (Option 3 or 4)
  • Must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited institution and nationally accredited associated degree nursing program
  • Student must be currently maintaining a 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 I (ENGU 103) 3
Written Communication II  (ENGY 104) 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Oral Communication 3


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 (ENGY 104) 3
Introduction to Chemistry Course (with a lab) (CHMY 101) 4
Introduction to Statistics (MATU 203) 3
Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (PSYU 320) 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:
  ASN/ADN Block transfer

   *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 the foundation courses (16 credits) are embedded in block transfer, students may need additional elective credits to satisfy the degree requirement of 120 credit hours.

Some programs available to California residents only
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