Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Program Description

You are not required to submit a TOEFL exam result in order to apply and be admitted into the University.


CalSouthern’s RN to BSN program is ideal for registered nurses (RN) who have passed the NCLEX exam and have yet to earn their bachelor’s in nursing. This is particularly critical in light of the healthcare industry’s Magnet Recognition Program (MRP) requiring that 80 percent of Magnet-status hospitals’ staff nurses hold a BSN degree or higher by the year 2020.

This RN to BSN program features an innovative curriculum that will sharpen nurses’ skills and enrich their practices. It combines courses offering foundational nursing theory with others emphasizing the latest practical skills and knowledge required in practice. The BSN also integrates courses from CalSouthern’s Schools of Behavioral Sciences and Business, allowing students to supplement their core curriculum with electives in mental health care, management, healthcare administration, and leadership, among other currently relevant topic areas. It’s a great way for nurses to develop highly specialized expertise and set themselves up for career advancement in a field of interest.

Program Goals

Define, develop and understand the role and professionalism of the nurse in baccalaureate nursing practice, including professional values, leadership, management, and evidence-based patient care.

Demonstrate the ability of faculty and learners to apply prior learning, theoretical and evidence-based practice models, health care policy, finance, and the requirements of the regulatory environment in research and practice applications in a variety of healthcare settings.

Develop the ability to integrate Information Management and Patient Care technology in education and patient care.

Identify and apply leadership, ethical, quality improvement and patient safety principles and culturally appropriate health promotion during patient care and management situations across the lifespan and in the community.

Appoint qualified faculty and promote excellence in teaching by utilizing current technology and innovative strategies to facilitate student-centered learning

Describe and formulate improved professional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes.

Utilize appropriate data and assessment to improve student, faculty or patient outcomes.

Special Adjusted Tuition Rate Now Available

Between April 1st and July 31st, 2019, CalSouthern is offering a reduced tuition rate of $225/credit for the first 200 to enroll in the nursing program. As of August 1st, tuition will increase to $325/credit. Act now while this offer lasts!


The CalSouthern School of Nursing has designed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to produce the following outcomes:

Written Communication

Demonstrate the ability to communicate in writing resulting in understanding and being understood by patients, family and the interdisciplinary health team.

Oral Communication

Demonstrate competence in utilizing oral communication skills appropriately given the purpose and the context of the communication for quality patient-centered care.

Critical Thinking

Apply critical thinking and reasoning skills based on theoretical principles to discriminate among inferences drawn from given data in clinical decision making and evaluation during evidence-based nursing practice.

Cultural and Social Understanding

Recognize the importance of social and cultural diversity and develop a perspective based on the analysis of diverse environmental factors that influence global health care.

Information Literacy

Determine the nature and extent of the information needed and demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate and use informatics and other resources to support research, theory and evidence-based nursing practices when managing care across the healthcare continuum.

Personal Development

Integrate formal academic learning with personal experiences that promote the values of altruism, caring, human dignity, integrity, and social justice in all nursing practice situations.

Quantitative Reasoning

Demonstrate the ability to use analytical skills to understand and evaluate systems of practice as a foundation for theoretical and evidence-based healthcare practice.

Scientific Reasoning

Demonstrate a system of inquiry that is dependent on empirical evidence to evaluate qualitative and quantitative research as a foundation for theoretical and evidence-based nursing practices.

Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues

Apply ethical and legal principles/accountability to actions that promote advocacy, collaboration, and leadership as healthcare professionals.


Required Core Courses
  • NUR 2300 Professional Nursing Role Transition - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2302 Theoretical Foundations and Professional Values in Nursing - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2304 Collaborative Strategies for Nursing - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2306 Informatics for Nursing and Healthcare - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2308 Lifespan Health Promotion in Nursing - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2310 Pathopharmacology - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2400 Introduction to Nursing Leadership and Management - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2402 Policy, Law and Ethics in Healthcare - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2404 Physical Assessment - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2406 Community and Population Health Nursing (practicum) - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2408 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice - 3 Credits
  • CAP 2402 Nursing Capstone - 3 Credits

Core Courses need to be taken in the order they are listed.

Nursing Elective Courses

Learners must take 15-semester credits of elective courses related to nursing or areas related to the skills needed by nurses.

  • NUR 2312 Cultural Care in Nursing Practice - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2314 Teaching and Learning in Nursing - 3 Credits
  • NS 1106 Health and Nutrition - 3 Credits
  • MATH 1305 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences - 3 Credits
  • ENG 1406 Professional and Technical Writing - 3 Credits
  • LDR 2125 Leadership Communication - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2410 Quality Management in Nursing and Healthcare - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2412 Gerontology Nursing - 3 Credits
  • NUR 2414 Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Healthcare - 3 Credits
  • BUS 2415 Business Negotiation - 3 Credits
  • LDR 2490 Nonverbal Communications in Leadership - 3 Credits

Getting Started

Getting started on your Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a quick and simple process. There are no entrance examinations and courses start monthly throughout the year; you can begin your program as soon as your schedule permits. Just complete these four steps:

  • Complete Your Enrollment Application.
  • Submit Your Official Academic Transcripts of Your Undergraduate Coursework.
  • Pay Your $75 Application Fee.
  • Upon Acceptance, Sign Your Enrollment Agreement.

Once the signed enrollment agreement is received, you’ll be contacted by your academic support team including your academic advisor and student success advisor. They will confirm the start date for your first course and walk you through a quick, but thorough orientation process that will give you all the information you need to get started. And they will be there for you every step of the way to ensure that you successfully complete your degree program.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

California Southern University is a regionally accredited, online university offering degrees in psychology, business, criminal justice and nursing at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral ... Read More

California Southern University is a regionally accredited, online university offering degrees in psychology, business, criminal justice and nursing at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Read less