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 masters 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.
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 RNs local community. The working RN can complete
this program in approximately two years. See the RN adviser and the website
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 masters 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.
York, NY 10014