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 

RN-to-BSN Program Description - Revised May 2016
RN-BSN Roadmaps

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.

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

Note: You cannot attend an advising session until your transcript evaluation has been completed.

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

RN to BSN Advising Sessions


June 21 (Tuesday)


Virtual session - *see directions below
July 18 (Monday)


Virtual session - *see directions below

August 18 (Thursday)


Virtual session - *see directions below

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!

You will be accessing a website that uses Blackboard Collaborate for hosting its virtual advising sessions. 

*Directions for Virtual advising sessions: In order to log on to a virtual advising session, you need the following equipment:

  • Speakers or headphones

  • Microphone

  • Camera built into your computer or webcam (Optional)

At least one day before you join the live virtual session:Make sure Bb Collaborate runs on your system. Access the link below ("Access this Test Virtual Room to verify you can get into a Bb Collaborate session") and follow below instructions. Please note: On the day of your Advising Session, you will be logging onto a different site than the one you use for testing your system. See the section below regarding, "On The day of your Advising Session."

On the day of your Advising Session: Log onto this website approximately 10 minutes early: RN-BSN Virtual Advising Session. When prompted, enter your name as the name for the session.

Deadline... The annual deadline date for applications is February 15. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by the RN-BSN Advisor/Coordinator, Jan Ellis. If you have questions, please e-mail Jan Ellis

Directions to CSU, Chico: Following are links to assist you: Map of Downtown ChicoMap of CSU, Chico campus 

Holt Hall is slightly northeast of the center of campus. 

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