College of Natural Sciences

BS in Nursing


The School of Nursing combines both general and professional education to prepare well-educated citizens who are also professional practitioners. Our program is accredited by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at California State University, Chico is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for the State of California Public Health Nursing Certificate. The School of Nursing is an integral unit of the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico, and, in accord with the primary goal of the University, provides a quality education. The School of Nursing further subscribes to the University's commitment to serve the population of northern California.


The mission of the School of Nursing is to offer baccalaureate and master’s programs in nursing that prepare graduates as generalists in professional nursing, as nursing educators, and as leaders/managers for diverse healthcare settings. As such, the school provides high quality, student-centered learning environments that incorporate evidence based care and the use of clinical reasoning. The school supports faculty and student scholarly activities and encourages lifelong learning. The school also fosters service to others through our extensive community and regional collaboration with external healthcare stakeholders.

Goals & Objectives

  1. Believing in the primacy of student learning, we will continue to develop high quality learning environments both in and outside of the classroom.
  2. Believing in the importance of faculty and staff, and their role in student success, we will continue to invest in faculty and staff development.
  3. Believing in the value of the wise use of new technologies in learning and teaching, we will continue to provide the technology, the related training, and the support needed to create high quality learning environments both in and outside of the classroom.
  4. Believing in the value of service to others, we will continue to serve the educational, cultural, and economic needs of Northern California.
  5. Believing that we are accountable to the people of the State of California, we will continue to diversify our sources of revenue and manage the resources entrusted to us.
  6. Believing that each generation owes something to those that follow, we will create environmentally literate citizens who embrace sustainability as a way of living. We will be wise stewards of scarce resources and, in seeking to develop the whole person, be aware that our individual and collective actions have economic, social, and environmental consequences locally, regionally, and globally.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate liberal education to inform baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety necessary to provide high quality healthcare.
  3. Demonstrate professional practice grounded in current evidence and best practices.
  4. Use knowledge and skills in information management and technology to the delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Describe how financial and regulatory healthcare policies influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system.
  6. Demonstrate communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals to achieve quality and safe patient care.
  7. Utilize clinical prevention at the individual and population level to improve health.
  8. Demonstrate professional behavior as fundamental to the discipline of nursing.
  9. Provide nursing care to patients, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan.
  10. Illustrate cultural awareness when caring for diverse patient populations.
  11. Demonstrate the appropriate individualized application and use of the nursing process in all baccalaureate generalist nurse roles.