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Nursing, B.S. (RN to BSN)

School of Natural Sciences

When you take nursing to the next level,
the possibilities are endless.

Nursing is about providing care to individuals, families and entire communities. A bachelor’s degree will equip you to advance your practice to the next level.

At Fresno Pacific, you’ll gain knowledge and skill to improve health for all through leadership and service.

You’ll learn about community and public health nursing, nursing research processes, and conflict management from faculty with decades of nursing experience. Courses focus on clinical decision-making, critical thinking, holistic care and leadership instruction to prepare you for nursing management.

If you don't currently have your RN or are not actively working toward your RN, please visit our traditional undergraduate BSN program page.

View our State Professional Licensing and Certificate Disclosure

Program Highlights

  • Choose between face-to-face or fully online program options
  • Meet for class one night per week
  • Progress through the entire program with a cohort of 12-22 adult students
  • Engage diverse classmates from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Study under experienced faculty and who assign relevant coursework
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • Graduates of the program meet California BRN requirements to apply for the Public Health Nurse certification

Catalog

Program Director: Dr. Mary Wickman, Ph.D, RN

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program (RN to BSN) is designed for registered nurses who wish to advance their careers or prepare themselves for graduate education in nursing. The program is geared toward the educational needs of RNs holding a minimum of a two-year degree (AA/AS in nursing). The program responds to the changing healthcare needs in the San Joaquin Valley and helps meet the acute shortage of BSN-prepared nurses in the area.

The modern healthcare environment is becoming more complex due to advancements in technology and medical science, as well as the increasing acuity and complexity of the patient population. Nurses must have a scientifically based liberal arts education and critical decision-making skills. This program prepares graduates intellectually, spiritually and professionally to assume roles as providers, designers, managers, and coordinators of care.

The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice by the Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) provides the curricular elements and framework for preparing graduates for the 21st century.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ().

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements include a minimum 2.4 GPA, two years postsecondary experience, an associate’s degree in nursing, and an active nursing license or proof of application for licensure.

Nursing Health Clearance

BSN students are required to meet the preceptor site’s health clearance requirements before beginning a practicum. All BSN students are strongly advised to carry their own health and liability insurance.

NCLEX

An RN to BSN student may be awarded up to 10 elective units of credit for successfully completing the NCLEX-RN examination.  Elective credit may apply toward the baccalaureate nursing degree in the amount of one unit of academic credit for every unit of required pre-licensure college-level nursing course credits not previously accepted in transfer to FPU.

  • Credit will be awarded toward the RN to BSN degree after successful completion of NURS 315

  • A combined maximum of 30 units may be awarded for Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, military or ACE credit, NCLEX-RN, and transfer credit from unaccredited institutions.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate theory and research-based knowledge and skills from arts, humanities, and sciences, to develop a foundation for professional and personal life.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate client centered care by assessing, coordinating, delegating, and supervising the care provided by the health care team, including licensed nurses, technicians, and other health professionals.
  3. Demonstrate compassionate, spiritual, ethical, culturally sensitive, and professional clinical decision-making skills based on critical thinking.
  4. Understand the role and responsibilities of a professional nursing leader in the health care delivery system by embracing the value of lifelong learning.
  5. Demonstrate inter-professional communication and collaboration for improving client health outcomes across the life span.
  6. Analyze evidence-based health care practice to improve the quality of care.
  7. Utilize health care policies and healthcare economics in shaping healthcare delivery.
  8. Utilize system engineering and informatics to facilitate health promotion, disease prevention, and maintenance of health in delivering community and population based services.
  9. Demonstrate professional leadership through advocacy in the political process health care policy to improve the health care system.
  10. Evaluate and enhance one’s own professional values within the context of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice, and conflict resolution.

Locations Offered

North Fresno and Visalia Campuses

Program Length

This is a scheduled, 18-month cohort program.

Credit-Bearing Grades

Students must earn a C or higher in all nursing, general education, and elective courses to receive credit.

2 Year

BS Nursing (DC)  

4 Year

Bachelor of Science Nursing  

Additional Requirements

Recommended to be taken prior to entering the cohort:

  • MATH 250 - Introduction to Statistics Credits 3
  • CHEM 100 - Introductory Chemistry Credits 3
  •        or equivalent introductory chemistry course

Required Courses (42 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University:

  • BIB 314 - Jesus and the Christian Community Credits 3
  • BIB 446 - Biblical Perspectives for Health Care Credits 3
  • COM 342 - Advanced Academic Research and Composition Credits 3
  • NURS 315 - Professional Role Development, Nursing Theory and Health Promotion Credits 3
  • NURS 330 - Health Assessment Credits 3
  • NURS 335A - Principles of Patho-Physiology and Pharmacology I Credits 3
  • NURS 335B - Principles of Patho-Physiology and Pharmacology II Credits 3
  • NURS 420 - Nursing Research Credits 3
  • NURS 435 - Public Health Nursing and Global Health Issues Credits 3
  • NURS 445 - Public Health Nursing and Community Health Assessment Practicum Credits 3
  • NURS 450 - Information Technology and Health Care Economics Credits 3
  • NURS 465 - Leadership and Clinical Management With Practicum Credits 3
  • NURS 480 - Senior Project Credits 3
  • PACS 440 - Conflict Transformation Credits 3

Electives

Upper-division elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Science minimum. This requirement may also be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, and Military or ACE credit.

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

You already have a lot going on in your life, which is why our degree completion programs are designed to meet you where you are. You'll be surrounded by other students who will support and encourage you, by faculty mentors who are invested in your success, by opportunities to connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world, and by connections to the employers who will help you move forward in your career.

First Steps to Admission

  • Submit an application for admission (online or visit campus for a paper application)
    * There is a $40 application fee, which may be waived if you meet with a representative.
  • Request official transcripts from previously attended colleges, universities and high schools and send electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu
    • GED Transcripts OR any AA, AS, AS-T, AA-T from an accredited College or University as proof of High School graduation
    • This includes any military transcripts you may have, along with your military release forms (DD214).​​
  • Complete the FAFSA as early as October 1. (FAFSA Code: 001253)
    Enroll in the minimum number of units per semester to qualify for loans.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Student Financial Services Advisor 559-453-2041 sfs@fresno.edu

Requirements

  • 2 years of post-secondary experience
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Check your specific program's requirements

*Applicants who do not meet the admissions requirements may be considered for admission by the Admission Selection Committee. Additional documents may be required. Please ask your Admission Representative for details.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Two years post-secondary experience
  • Must have a Registered Nursing Licensure by the second semester
  • Official college transcripts
  • Active nursing license or proof of application for California registered nursing license
  • Transcripts verifying completion of A.S. degree in nursing
  • Background check and immunization verification required before practicum
  • Statistics, writing and chemistry*

Transfer Agreements

The following guidelines are used when considering transfer credit:

  • Courses completed at a regionally or ABHE, ATS, TRACS, or AARTS accredited institution
  • Baccalaureate-level courses
  • Grade of C- or better
  • Courses are not duplicate to credit already received
  • All GE and major courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail
  • No lab is required for Area 5 Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Some majors have lower division prerequisites. Select an institution below to see the school's general education and lower division major requirements

View full transfer policy Find agreements for your school State Fire Training Agreement

*Transfer Agreements are only a tool. Transfer work is not considered official until it has been evaluated by the FPU Registrar’s Office.

Non-traditional Admission

Steps for Re-admission

To reenter into the Degree Completion program within 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to complete the Degree Completion Re-admission Form. An academic advisor will determine if the student may reenter and if any conditions apply for readmission. The student will be charged at the current tuition rate for any course repeated.

*Note: If student is readmitting after 5 years of last enrollment, the student will need to refer to “First Steps to Admission".

Steps for Non-matriculated Admission

The non-matriculated application is for people who are interested in taking baccalaureate classes through the Degree Completion program, but are not seeking to be admitted into that program. Students must complete this Non-matriculated Application Form only once in order to be qualified to take courses. Applicants must also meet the two-year post-secondary experience requirement to take these courses. Financial Aid is not available, and the course limit is six units per semester with a limit of two semesters total.

For more information, or for help filling out this application, please contact Graduate and Degree Completion Admissions at (559) 453-3690.

Two-year Graduation Guarantee

FPU Degree Completion program guarantees you can complete your degree in just two years. If you meet the qualification requirements, fulfill your responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete your major in a 2-yr. period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete your undergraduate degree.

Incoming requirements
  • Have at least 60 transferable units 
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Have most of your general education courses complete
  • Enroll in an average of 15 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15 units per semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major/minor requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester timeframe.
    • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
* If you are transferring to FPU from the California Community College system with an AA-T or AS-T, your FPU lower-division general education [GE] requirements may be fulfilled. 

Two-Year Transfer Guarantee for ADT Pathways

FPU guarantees a student with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from the California Community College system, can complete their degree in just two years. If a student meets the qualification requirements, fulfills the responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete their major in a 2-year period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete their undergraduate degree at FPU.

Incoming requirements
  • 60 transferable units [grades of C- or better] from the California Community College system with a completed ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • Selected an ADT matched (similar) pathway from FPU’s undergraduate degree programs
  • Have completed the necessary pre-requisites in the discipline specific to intended major
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Enroll in an average of 15- 18 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed or withdrawn courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15-18 units per semester
    • For TUG you may have to enroll in a summer semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester time frame.
  • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
  • Any courses from a Community College with “D+” or lower are non-transferable and require additional courses and semesters to graduate.
  • This guarantee may not apply to students starting in a spring or summer semester start (TUG only).
  • This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements: 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the possible opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL, EMGT, PMGT $530
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $505
General Ed and Electives $530
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
SW, ECD, LA, BM, OL $520
HCA, RN to BSN, CIS, CRIM, CML $495
General Ed and Electives $520
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $100

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary. 

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Alexandra Green

Mathematics

The grants, the academic awards, the transfer scholarship – all of it makes it so much more affordable to attend FPU. I know that school isn’t cheap for anyone, but FPU helped me realize that I could actually come to this school because they were going to help me so much financially.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the BSN program are prepared for advanced nursing positions throughout the health care industry, as well as administrator positions in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and retirement centers. They are also qualified to pursue graduate studies in nursing.

Career Possibilities

  • Nurse, serving in:
    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Public Health Agencies
    • Mission organizations
  • Nurse, providing:
    • Direct patient care
    • Education
    • Administration

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center