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There is great potential for nursing in the rapidly changing health care system. Nursing offers a wide variety of opportunities for service to society, for personal growth, and for professional development. Nurses deliver health care to people in hospitals, extended care facilities, private homes, public health, schools and other community settings. State and national data project a serious shortage of nurses, particularly for nurses prepared at baccalaureate and master’s levels. Nursing graduates are highly marketable in a variety of nursing positions. CSU, Chico graduates are prepared to be the future leaders in nursing and are well regarded in the nursing  community. The programs are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and by the National League for Nursing.

Application to the BSN Program

Only thirty basic students are admitted to this program each semester. Because of high student demand, nursing has been declared an impacted area of study and special requirements for application to an impacted program apply (see Admissions). You must apply to the university during the first month of the initial filing period (November for the following fall semester and August for the following spring semester). A supplemental nursing application must be submitted in January (for the fall) or in October (for the spring). Special selection criteria are used to determine which students will be admitted.  These criteria are available from the School of Nursing and on the website www.csuchico.edu/nurs/.

Advanced Placement Admissions for LVNs

Applicants who hold LVN licenses may qualify for advanced placement admission to nursing. LVNs may choose an LVN-BSN track or the LVN 30-unit option, which meets the requirements for taking the RN licensing examination in California but does not lead to a BSN degree. LVN applicants must meet the application deadlines noted above.

RN-BSN Admissions

An RN-BSN track is available for ADN and diploma nurses designed to accommodate distance and working nurses. All theory courses for this track are available online, requiring only 2-3 meetings on campus each semester Practicum courses may be available in the RN’s local community. The working RN can complete this program in approximately two years. See the RN adviser and the website for details.

MS in Nursing

The MS in Nursing enables students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of adult health and the educator role. Graduates are prepared for advanced practice in a variety of health care delivery settings as well as teaching nursing in academic settings. The course work for the Master of Science in Nursing program is arranged in a two-year part-time schedule, with all classes held on one day each week. Clinical courses in the second year require one additional day each week.

Faculty and Facilities

The nursing faculty is composed of master’s and doctorally prepared Registered Nurses, with extensive experience in professional practice settings, covering all nursing specialty areas. A state-of-the-art student learning center enhances student learning. All practicum courses include extensive experience in a variety of health care agencies, caring for clients in all age ranges, with many diverse health needs.

Information on tuition, fees, and program length may also be obtained from:

National League for Nursing
Accreditation Commission (NLNAC)
350 Hudson St.
New York, NY  10014