School of Nursing

About the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is for people who want to become a bachelors-prepared registered nurse. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at California State University, Chico is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( in new window)).

The Basic BSN Program admits 40 students into the program every Spring and Fall semester. The Basic BSN Program is a five-semester program that takes place during the Spring (Jan - May) and Fall (Aug - Dec) semesters for a total program length of two and a half years.

Each semester has a mix of theory courses that are taught in-classroom, and clinical courses that are taught at medical facilities, like hospitals and the Rural Simulation Center(opens in new window) For a list of courses taught through the program, visit the University Catalog(opens in new window)

After completing the Basic BSN Program, students must pass the NCLEX test in order to be certified as a Registered Nurse (RN). For first-attempt NCLEX pass rates of all California nursing schools, visit the Board of Registered Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates(opens in new window) website.

CSU, Chico Basic BSN graduates will also be eligible to apply for a Public Health Nurse certificate upon graduation.