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RN to BSN Non-Traditional Completion Program (Post-Licensure)
Hybrid & 100% Online

The RN to BSN completion program is designed to meet the needs of working nurses (post-licensure) who want to advance their nursing education. Whether you are working 12-hour shifts, or from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., students will be able to complete the program in as little as three semesters of full-time study. Students will take General Education courses in the Weekend College (WEC). Preceptorships will be held during the week and arranged individually to meet the student’s needs. Students must provide their own reliable transportation to and from clinical facilities. Students will be provided with all dates of classes prior to beginning of each semester. 

Uniquely designed for the working nurse, students have the option of starting the program in the fall or spring semester. Each cohort is conveniently planned to offer classes on some week days, Hybrid and 100% online.

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The Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing meets the standards for and has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, leading to the California RN license. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.

Admission Requirements

  • Pre-Nursing admits: Students may be admitted without an R.N. license, but must have passed the NCLEX-RN within the first semester in order to progress in the program. Students will not be permitted to take nursing courses until they have an active R.N. license. Students with a GPA less than a 2.8 may, if possible, take General Education courses for one semester to increase their GPA.
  • Direct to Nursing admits: To be considered for admission, students must have an unencumbered, valid, active R.N. license in the state of California and an overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  • All required documents should be post-marked by the due date of the desired academic term. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Admission Staff.
  • Graduates of the A.D.N program at MSMU or transfer students from community colleges are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Nursing Option

For those who have not passed the NCLEX-RN exam for Registered Nurse.

Candidates that participate in this option have not completed all the General Education Requirements listed below. Candidates for this option will take General Education classes in order to finish the General Education requirements before moving into the BSN portion of the program.

Pre-Nursing candidates for the RN to BSN Completion are limited to one semester. During this semester, Pre-Nursing candidates must pass the NCLEX and may take some General Education requirements prior to entering the RN to BSN Completion Program.

Nursing Option

A valid and unencumbered, current Registered Nurse license issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing to practice in the state of California.

Qualified candidates for this option will start directly in the nursing portion of the program. Depending on the number of General Education Requirements pending, students may take these courses through the Weekend College at Mount Saint Mary’s University.


Listed below are the General Education courses that need to be completed in order for a student to participate in the nursing portion of the program. Applicants missing general education requirements are welcome to apply. Admitted students will take their remaining general education requirements within one semester before moving into the nursing portion of the program.

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