RN-BSN Program for Licensed RNs

In addition to basic RN education, CSU, Chico has included RN-BSN education since the School of Nursing began in 1954. The program uses online delivery methods to make the program as flexible and accessible as possible. Thus, the program can reach the most distant areas of our rural region and meet the needs of nurses who have seven-day-a-week, around-the-clock work schedules.

Answer the following questions to see if the CSU, Chico RN-BSN program might be right for you:

  1. Are you a registered nurse interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing?
  2. Do you live in a rural area so commuting to campus is difficult?
  3. Do you want to enhance your career as a health care professional and become a leader in your field?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, you are a perfect candidate for the RN-BSN Program.

RN-to-BSN Admission Policies - Revised December 2017

RN-to-BSN Program Description - Revised September 2017
ADN RN to CSUC BSN Roadmaps & Transfer Worksheets

Important Information: Advising sessions for the RN-BSN Program are held each semester. Attendance at an on-campus or virtual session is mandatory before your Expression of Interest will be considered. 

Please read the following information carefully, as there are requirements you must meet prior to attending a session. The exception to this is the group advising sessions that are held on the campus of the A.D.N. programs.

Application Procedures

Students are admitted to the RN-BSN program once each year, with applications due by February 15. The 15-month program begins in June of the same year and ends in August the following year. In order to be considered for the program, you must have your college transcripts evaluated and attend an Advising Session. Follow the steps below:

1)   Complete a Transcript Information Form (pdf), Transcript Information Form (doc) and forward it via e-mail to Jan Ellis.  

2)    Send official transcripts of all colleges you have attended (or have the college send transcripts) to:

California State University, Chico
Attn: Cinnamon McDonald, RN-BSN Program 
Academic Evaluations, Office of the Registrar 
Chico, CA 95929-0720

Note: Transcripts will not be evaluated until the transcript Information Form has been received.   The most time efficient way to submit transcripts is to have them mailed to you and when all transcripts have arrived, you can mail them to CSUC in one envelope addressed EXACTLY as shown above.  Electronic transcripts are often delayed because there is no easy way to have them directed to the appropriate individual.

3)    Email Jan Ellis to schedule your attendance at one of the Advising Sessions listed below. Allow approximately three weeks for your transcripts to be evaluated.

Your transcript evaluation should be completed prior to attendance at an advising session.  The exception to this is the group advising sessions that are held on the campus of the A.D.N. programs.

Students with international transcriptsThe process for evaluation of International Transcripts is more complex and takes additional time. Email Jan Ellis for specific instructions if you have international transcripts 

RN to BSN Advising Sessions

Virtual Advising Sessions will be held through a meeting tool called “Zoom”.  Follow the web link from your browser and then follow the directions to download “Zoom” to the device you would like to use for this video conference.  The tool is free and can be accessed from your computer, tablet, or phone as long as you have internet access and can download the tool.  Allow approximately 15 minutes for setup.

RN to BSN Advising Session Link:   https://CSUChico.zoom.us/my/janellis

2018 RN-BSN Advising Sessions

8/30/18 11 am - 12 pm CSU, Chico, Trinity Hall Rm. 139
8/30/18 1 pm - 2 pm Virtual
9/5/18 11 am - 12 pm Virtual
9/6/18 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Shasta College, 1400 Market St. Rm. 8208, Redding, 2nd Sem

9/6/18 2 pm - 3 pm

Shasta College, 1400 Market St. Rm. 8208, Redding

9/11/18 11 am - 12 pm


9/18/18 12 pm - 1 pm

Mendocino College - Ukiah Campus, Rm. 6410

9/20/18 3 pm - 4 pm 

Virtual - New Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

9/25/18 1 pm - 2 pm

CSU, Chico, Trinity Hall, Rm. 139

9/25/18 3 pm - 4 pm


10/1/18 12 pm - 1 pm College of the Siskiyous, 2001 Campus Drive, Yreka
Rural Health Science Building Rm. 121
10/12/18 11 am - 12 pm Virtual
10/19/18 10:30am - 11:30 am CSU, Chico, Trinity Hall, Rm. 139
10/23/18 12 pm - 1 pm Butte College AHPS 209
10/24/18 11 am - 12 pm Virtual
10/25/18 10 am - 11 am Virtual
10/26/18 11:30 am - 12:30 pm College of the Redwoods, AT 126
11/16/18 TBD Yuba College
12/7/18 10:30 am - 11:30 am Virtual

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* Students are not required to have their transcripts evaluated prior to attending advising sessions that are held on the campus of the A.D.N. programs.

4)    Following attendance at one of the Advising Sessions, if you are interested in being considered for this RN-to-BSN Program, complete the Expression of Interest form and e-mail it with a copy of (front side only) your BRN license to Jan Ellis.

5)   An application will be provided to those that meet all program admission criteria following attendance at an Advising Session.

Thanks for your interest in CSU, Chico's RN-to-BSN Program!