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RN to BSN Program


General Information:

1. Licensure Requirement

Applicants must have completed a Registered Nurse program and be licensed to practice in the state of California.

2. Graduation Requirement

In order to become eligible to graduate with a BSN degree, a total of at least 127.5 semester units must be successfully completed. All courses required by the Department of Nursing must be completed with a grade point average of 2.0 (C). A minimum of 45 semester units must be designated as upper division course work. At least 30 of the last 39 semester units must be completed at MSMU.

3. Length of program

This is determined by the number of transferable units and successful completion of all the required course work. The student must complete all the nursing courses within five years from the date of admission into the Nursing Department.

4. Credit by Examination

Students may take challenge exams in general studies, prerequisites, and nursing courses. See College Catalog, "Credit by Exam".

5. Transfer Credit for General Studies and Prerequisite Courses

Credit for courses taken in other accredited colleges or universities is transferable provided that the transferred courses satisfy requirements at MSMU (see college catalog, "Advanced Standing").

  1. Associate in Arts degree students are awarded transfer credit for general studies course which are comparable to MSMU courses. A maximum of 66 units may be transferred from a community college.
  2. Diploma courses are not transferable unless completed through an accredited Junior or Senior College.

6. Credit for Nursing Courses

  1. When a student is licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of California, credit for junior courses equivalent to MSMU lower division nursing courses are transferable. The courses must have been completed through an accredited junior or senior college to be accepted as transfer units.
  2. With a satisfactory rating on the Validation of Clinical Competence form, up to 22 units of upper division credit is awarded for courses. These units are held in escrow until the student has completed 30 units of course work at MSMU. The 22 semester units of upper division units is awarded for the following equivalent course work:
  • NUR 135 - Pharmacology in Nursing
  • NUR 160 - Adaptation Nursing: Childbearing Family
  • NUR 161 - Practicum: Childbearing Family
  • NUR 162 - Adaptation Nursing: Children
  • NUR 163 - Practicum: Children
  • NUR 164 - Adaptation Nursing: Advanced Medical/Surgical
  • NUR 165 - Practicum: Advanced Medical/Surgical
  • NUR 166 - Adaptation Nursing: Mental Health
  • NUR 167 - Practicum: Mental Health

Pre-screening Requirements

In order to be eligible for review, applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate English competency by achievement of a score of 213 in he Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Applicable to foreign students only.
  2. Be accepted for admission by the College.
  3. Have a GPA of 2.70 for all transferable college work.
  4. Have a minimum of a “C” in all courses required for the nursing major. Required courses, for the nursing major may be repeated one time only.
  5. Have a science (chemistry/physics, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology) GPA of 2.50. Only one of these science courses may be repeated.
  6. Must have taken the following science courses: Chemistry/Physics, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. Each of these courses must e successfully completed with a grade of C or above, within the last 5 years.
  7. Possess a valid and clear, current Registered Nurse license to practice in the state of California.
  8. Have completed a minimum of one year of clinical experience as a licensed Registered Nurse within the last five years. The Department of Nursing will review and approve the quality of the clinical experience. This is waived for ADN graduates who have graduated within a year of admission to the BSN program.
  9. Have a satisfactory rating on the Validation of clinical Competence form. This form is to be completed by an immediate nursing supervisor. (ADN graduates who have graduated within a year of admission to the BSN program may have the form completed by a clinical instructor).
  10. Be available for an interview if necessary.

Admission to the Nursing Department

Before beginning the nursing courses, admitted students must:

  1. Achieve a grade of 84% or better on the Mount Saint Mary’s College Department of Nursing Math Exam. If the applicant does not successfully pass the exam, 20 hours of documented tutoring or a letter grade of “C” or better in a 3 semester unit remedial math course must be completed. The Nursing Department Math Exam may then be retaken one more time and a grade of 84% must be achieved in order to maintain admission status.
  2. Complete all health requirements
  3. Have a current CPR certification American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider.
  4. Have a Fire Safety card (eight hour course).
  5. Have a current RN/student malpractice insurance.
  6. Successful completion of Criminal Background as outlined in Clinical Policies (4.16).
  7. Applicants to the Nursing Program must be able to provide for adequate transportation to and from the campus as well as the various clinical facilities utilized. Senior year students are also required to have a current driver’s license and auto insurance. Applicants are advised to make suitable arrangements for dependent children, including alternative plans in case of a child’s illness, etc.


  1. Human Anatomy & Physiology (6-8 units)
  2. Chemistry, Physics or Physical Science (3 units)
  3. Microbiology with lab (4 units)
  4. Human Nutrition (3 units)
  5. Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
  6. General Psychology (3 units)
  7. English Written & Oral Communication (8 units)
  8. Moral values/Ethics (3 units)
  9. Developmental Psychology (3 units)

General Studies Requirements

In addition, a minimum of 4 of the following 8 courses must be completed as prerequisites. Students may carry one or two general studies courses each semester with the senior nursing courses.

  1. Philosophical Ideas
  2. Art or Music Appreciation
  3. Religious Studies (6 units)
  4. Bioethics (upper division)
  5. History
  6. Political Science or Macroeconomics
  7. Literature

Nursing Course Requirements

Prior to the beginning the senior level nursing courses, NUR 40 – Introduction to Roy Adaptation Model (4 units) must be taken with an achievement of a letter grade of “C” or better. This requirement will be waived for students who graduated within the last five years from a college/university using the Roy Adaptation Model.

  • NUR 134 - Issues in Professional Nursing (2 units)
  • NUR 136 - Abuse: Child to Elder Adult (1 unit)
  • NUR 138 - Nursing Research (3 units)
  • NUR 180 - Adaptation Nursing: Community Health I (1.5 units)
  • NUR 181 - Practicum: Community Health I (2.5 units)
  • NUR 182 - Adaptation Nursing: Leadership/Management (1.5 units)
  • NUR 183 - Practicum: Leadership/Management (2.5 units)
  • NUR 178 - Senior Preceptorship (1.5 units)
  • NUR 179 - Practicum: Senior Preceptorship (2.5 units)
  • NUR 190 - Adaptation Nursing: Older Adult (1.5 units)
  • NUR 191 - Practicum: Older Adult (2.5 units)

Total: 22 semester units

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.

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.