Feb 21, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
    
2023/2024 University Catalog

Nursing


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OFFICE: Adams Humanities 3138
TELEPHONE: 619-594-5357 / FAX: 619-594-2765
WEBSITE: http://nursing.sdsu.edu

Faculty:

Director: Macauley​, Karen, Professor of Nursing (B.S., San Diego State University; M.S.N., D.N.P. & Ph.D., University of San Diego)

Associate DirectorGates, Michael, Associate Professor of Nursing, Associate Director (B.S., Brown University;  B.S.N., University of Tennessee-Memphis; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

Associate Director: Hoyt, Helina, Assistant Professor of Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley (B.S., Azusa Pacific University; M.S., San Diego State  University; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University)

Graduate Advisor: Dye, Judy, Assistant Professor of Nursing (B.S., California State University, Dominguez Hills; M.S., San Diego State University; Ph.D., University of Arizona)

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty:

Balsam, Donna, Assistant Professor (B.S., University of California, San Diego; B.S. University of Rochester; M.S.N., California State University, Dominguez Hills, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine)

Cullum, Kristiana, Assistant Professor of Nursing (B.S., University of California-San Diego; B.S., San Diego State University; M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach;  Ph.D., University of San Diego)

Dye, Judy, Assistant Professor of Nursing (B.S., California State University, Dominguez Hills; M.S., San Diego State  University; Ph.D., University of Arizona)

Graham, Julie-Kathryn E., Assistant Professor of Nursing (B.S., Laurentian University, Canada; M.S.N., C.N.S., Ph.D., University of San  Diego)

Kim, Minjeong, Assistant Professor of Nursing (B.S., M.S., Yonsei University, South Korea; Ph.D., University of California, San  Francisco)

Lee, Young-Shin, Associate Professor of Nursing (B.S., M.S., Seoul National University, South Korea; Ph.D., University of Texas at  Austin)

Singh-Carlson, Savitri, Professor of Nursing (B.S.N., M.S.N., University of British Columbia, Canada; Ph.D., University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)

Shamsalizadeh, Neda, Assistant Professor of Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley (B.S., Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Iran; M.Sc.,Ph.D., State University of New York, Binghamton)

Williams, Shiloh A., Assistant Professor of Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley (A.D.N., York Technical College, York, South Carolina;  M.S.N., Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Ph.D., Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Lecturers:

Agpaoa, Justin, M.S.N., Nursing

Anderson, Karen V., M.S.N., Nursing

Ballard, Danielle C., M.S.N., Nursing

Bayona, Andrea Y., M.S.N., Nursing

Bencke, Angela A., M.S., Nursing

Bertken, Renee A., M.S., Nursing

Bidwell, Janice D., M.S.N., Nursing

Blundell, Stephanie G., M.S.N., Nursing

Bonnar, Wendy L., M.S.N., Nursing

Buenaventura, Paul, M.S.N., Nursing

Concilio, Lisa, Ph.D., Nursing

De Silva, Sriyanin R., D.H.Ed, Nursing

Diaz, Sunnie M., M.S.N., Nursing

Eichhorn, Kristi, M.S.N., Nursing

Fitzpatrick, Theresa L., M.S.N., Nursing

Fox, Malinda K., M.S., Nursing

Gonzalez, Jon R., M.S.N., Nursing

Greenwood, Diane L., M.S.N., Nursing

Haenke, Roger A., M.S.N., Nursing

Heiss, Amy L., M.S.N., Nursing

Jacobson, Dan W., M.S.N., Nursing

Jaime, Stephen L., M.S., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

Jenkins, Danisha,  Ph.D., Nursing

Kelley, Christina, D.N.P., Nursing

Kik, Bozena, M.S., Nursing

Kunath, Julie, M.S., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

Maloney, Tess D., M.S.N., Nursing

Madigan, Angelica, M.S.N., Nursing

Madani, Catherina, Ph.D., Nursing

Martinez, Suzanne, M.S., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

McCallum, Carl, M.S.N., Nursing

Mendoza, Irene S., D.N.P., Nursing

Munoz, Dianne, D.N.P., Nursing

Nelson, Nancy, B.S.N. Nursing

Osman, Khoder, B.S.N, Nursing

Osthimer, Jeffrey K., M.S.N., Nursing

Palmer, Beth M., D.N.P., Nursing

Panlilio, Catherine A., M.S., Nursing

Parker, Gina, M.S., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

Payumo, Geraldine M., M.S.N., Nursing

Plourd, Brooke, M.S., Nursing

Preston, Patricia T., M.S.N., Nursing

Reavis, Karen J., Ph.D., Nursing

Rivera, Xanthe M., M.S.N., Nursing

Rodriguez, Erika, M.S., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

Scott, Michele L., M.S., Nursing

Stirling, Sunny, Ph.D., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

Taylor, Inge H., M.S.N., Nursing

Thomas, Sandra, M.S., Nursing

Tiersbier, Annamarie, M.S.N., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

Tran-Ho, Anne, M.S.N., Nursing

Trujillo, Dale, M.S.N., Nursing

Wren, Lauren, M.S., Nursing, SDSU Imperial Valley

Emeritus Faculty:

Blenner, Janet L., Ph.D., 1986-2014, Professor of Nursing

Broom, Betty L., Ph.D, 1979-2003, except Fall 1985 and Spring 1986, Associate Professor of Nursing

Carlson, Beverly, Ph.D., 2000-2022, Associate Professor of Nursing

Fields, Willa, D.N.Sc., 2006-2020, Professor of Nursing

Fitzsimmons, Lorraine T., D.N.Sc., 1985-2017, Associate Professor of Nursing

Flagg, Joan M., Ph.D., 1969-2002, Associate Professor of Nursing

Freitas, Lorraine, Ph.D., 1984-2004, Associate Professor of Nursing

Greiner, Philip, Ph.D., R.N., 2011-2021, Professor of Nursing

Hadley, Sue A., D.N.Sc., 1985-2018, Associate Professor of Nursing

Hatton, Diane C., D.N.Sc., 2007-2012, Professor of Nursing

Heineken, Janet R., Ph.D., 1980-2007, Professor of Nursing

Hines, Jeanette D., D.N.Sc., 1977-1991, Associate Professor of Nursing

Hunter, Lauren P., Ph.D., 2004-2018, Professor of Nursing

Laiho, Ethel E., M.S., 1964-1982, Associate Professor of Nursing

LaMonica, Grace, M.S., 1966-1992, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Lantz, John M., Ph.D., 1986-1998, Professor of Nursing

Leslie, Norman C., M.N., 1969-1988, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Lookinland, Sandra, Ph.D., 1981-2004, except 1997-2002, Professor of Nursing

Moffett, Myrna J., Ph.D., 1968-1998, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Morris, Rita I., Ph.D., 1990-2002, Associate Professor of Nursing

Reed, Richard C., Ed.D., 1984-2008, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Health and Human Services; Associate Professor of Nursing

Riegel, Barbara Jean, D.N.Sc., 1984-2002, except Fall 1987 to Spring 1995, Professor of Nursing

Robinson, Linda, Ph.D., 2007-2014, Professor of Nursing

Saarmann, Lembi, Ed.D., 1986-2011, Professor of Nursing

Shively, Martha J., Ph.D., 1978-2003, Professor of Nursing

Stichler, Jaynelle F., D.N.Sc., 2006-2012, Professor of Nursing

Sweeney, Nancy M., D.N.Sc., 1999-2007, Associate Professor of Nursing

Todero, Catherine M., Ph.D., 2006-2012, Professor of Nursing

Verderber, Anne, Ph.D., 1971-1992, Associate Professor of Nursing

Wahl, Patricia R., Ph.D., 1990-2006, Professor of Nursing

Walker, Carolyn L., Ph.D., 1986-2010, Professor of Nursing

Wozniak, Dolores A., Ed.D., 1976-2004, Dean, College of Health and Human Services; Professor of Nursing

Undergraduate Information

SDSU BSN and NP Nursing programs are approved by the California State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing at San Diego State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

The Major

The nursing profession is concerned with the total health care of individuals, families, and communities. It is a profession that believes in the promotion of health, prevention of illness, caring for those who are acutely and chronically ill, and caring for people at their most vulnerable stages of life. Nursing is both a science and an art. It has its foundation in biophysical and behavioral sciences, as well as in nursing science and evidence-based practice. The art of nursing is grounded in caring through human connection, empathy, compassion, and devoted service to care for a shared humanity.

Students in the nursing program are provided opportunities to acquire knowledge from the natural and social sciences; to develop clinical decision-making abilities; to utilize current research in the application of the nursing process; to develop leadership potential and accountability in professional practice; to become aware of the emerging roles of the professional nurse and of the social forces affecting health and health care systems; and to learn to balance professional and personal growth and values.

Nurses are in demand worldwide and are needed in such settings as acute care hospitals, community health agencies, homes, correctional health, outreach programs, schools, and clinics which serve underprivileged, minority, and rural populations. Nurses should represent the diversity of the communities that they serve to improve health care access and reduce health disparities.

Retention Policy

Progress in the nursing program is dependent upon completion of preparation for the major and nursing courses each semester. Students will not be permitted to progress to the next semester until preparation for the major and nursing courses are completed from the previous semester. Students who meet any one of the following criteria will be dropped from the program: (1) earn a grade of C- (1.7) or below in two nursing courses; (2) earn less than the required grade for two prerequisite courses; (3) earn a grade of C- (1.7) or below in one nursing course twice or below the minimum required grade in one prerequisite course twice. Continuation in good standing in the nursing program is contingent on students following the defined plan of study. Student failure to follow the plan of study may result in either removal from the program or an extended time frame for program completion.

Impacted Programs

The nursing majors are impacted programs. To be admitted to the nursing major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. First-time freshmen admitted via direct entry must have completed one year of high school college preparatory courses in intermediate algebra, biology, and chemistry with laboratory. A grade of B (3.0) or better is required in each preparatory course including high school Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses;
  2. Transfer students must have completed the same requirements as entering freshmen or equivalent college-level courses;
  3. BIOL 211 , BIOL 211L , BIOL 212 , BIOL 261 1, CHEM 102 2, STAT 250  (or BIOL 215  or PSY 280 )3, COMM 103  (or a course listed under General Education, I.1. Oral Communication)4, RWS 100  (or a course listed under General Education, I.2. Written Communication)5, and RWS 200  (or a course listed under General Education, I.3. Critical Thinking)6 with the required grades of B- (2.7) or better for all biology courses, C or above for all others. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC). The grades for BIOL 211  and BIOL 211L  must average B-. Students may not proceed to BIOL 212  if they receive a C- in either BIOL 211  or BIOL 211L  regardless of the average of the two;
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better and a 3.0 or better for the registered nurse program.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the nursing major at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

1 Upper division transfer students fulfill these course requirements by completing human anatomy (with required laboratory), human physiology (with required laboratory), and microbiology (with required laboratory), designated as certified CSU GE Life Sciences and Laboratory (B2, B3) transfer courses.

2 Upper division transfer students fulfill this course requirement with a CSU GE certified B1 chemistry course (general, organic, inorganic, or integrated).

3 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with a statistics course certified for CSU GE mathematics/quantitative reasoning (B4).

4 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE oral communication (A1) transfer course.

5 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE written communication (A2) transfer course.

6 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE critical thinking (A3) transfer course.

Standards for Admission

Admission to the University

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the university. See Admission and Registration  section of this catalog. Students accepted as nursing majors are subject to further screening to determine their eligibility to be admitted into nursing coursework.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science Program in Nursing

The School of Nursing is an impacted program with more qualified applicants applying than can be accepted into the major. Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive.

First Time Freshmen

First-time freshmen students applying for direct entry via Cal State Apply will be ranked for admission based on the CSU Eligibility https://admissions.sdsu.edu/apply

  1. Formal Application. All applicants must submit an application to the university via Cal State Apply according to deadlines for impacted programs.
  2. Prerequisite courses are required for nursing majors before students may begin taking clinical nursing courses.
    a. Course grade requirement (B- or better) in each of these required courses:
     BIOL 211  , BIOL 211L  , BIOL 212   and BIOL 261  1 (NOTE: The grades forBIOL 211   and BIOL 211L   must average B- (2.7). Students may not proceed if they receive a C- in either BIOL 211   or BIOL 211L   regardless of the average of the two. Registration in BIOL 261   may be concurrent with the start of School of Nursing courses for direct entry students only).
  3. Mathematics and Writing Competency Requirements. Prior to beginning clinical nursing courses, all students must satisfy the SDSU mathematics and writing competency requirements.
  4. Health Requirement. To meet the specific health requirements, a medical examination and immunizations must be completed. The medical examination is in addition to the one required for admission to the university.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be admitted according to rank and the number of positions available.

  1.  Formal Application. All applicants must submit an application to the university via Cal State Apply according to deadlines for impacted programs.
  2. Minimum admission requirements for transfer students are:

    a.    The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS): 80% or above overall.

    b.    Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better.

    c.    Successful completion of BIOL 211  , BIOL 211L  , BIOL 212  , BIOL 261  1,CHEM 102  2, STAT 250   (or BIOL 215   orPSY 280  )3, COMM 103   (or a course listed under General Education, I.1. Oral Communication)4, RWS 100   (or a course listed under General Education, I.2. Written Communication)5, and RWS 200   (or a course listed under General Education, I.3. Critical Thinking)6 or their equivalents with the required grades of B- (2.7) or better for all biology courses, C or above for all others.

    d.    Students dismissed or disqualified from other nursing programs are not eligible for admission.

    1 Upper division transfer students fulfill these course requirements by completing human anatomy (with required laboratory), human physiology (with required laboratory), and microbiology (with required laboratory), designated as certified CSU GE Life Sciences and Laboratory (B2, B3) transfer courses.

    2 Upper division transfer students fulfill this course requirement with a CSU GE certified B1 chemistry course (general, organic, inorganic, or integrated).

    3 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with a statistics course certified for CSU GE mathematics/quantitative reasoning (B4).

    4 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE oral communication (A1) transfer course.

    5 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE written communication (A2) transfer course.

    6 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE critical thinking (A3) transfer course.

  3. Mathematics and Writing Competency Requirements. Prior to beginning clinical nursing courses, all students must satisfy the SDSU mathematics and writing competency requirements.
  4. Health Requirement. To meet the specific health requirements, a medical examination and immunizations must be completed. The medical examination is in addition to the one required for admission to the university. 

 RN to BSN Program

The Bachelor of Science in nursing program is available for registered nurses who completed a regionally accredited program with either an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing.  The RN to BSN program curriculum is conveniently offered at the San Diego and Imperial Valley campuses.

  1.  Formal Application. All applicants must submit an application to the university via Cal State Apply according to deadlines for impacted programs.
  2. For those students entering the program as a second baccalaureate student:
  • International experience is waived

  • SDSU Upper Division General Education Requirements are waived

Special Instructions

  1. Impacted Program. The nursing major is designated as an impacted program and specific regulations related to admissions are imposed.

  2. Full-Time/Part-Time Study. Students are encouraged to enroll in all of the nursing courses scheduled each semester. However, part-time enrollment can be arranged by contacting the undergraduate adviser within the school and with approval of the Director.

  3. Transportation. Students enrolled in the nursing program are required to provide their own transportation to off-campus clinical agencies and for home visits.

  4. Health Insurance. All admitted School of Nursing students are advised to obtain health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for health care costs when services are rendered by a health care agency.

  5. CPR Certification. Upon admission to the School of Nursing, students must have CPR certification through the American Heart Association - BLS for Health Care Provider. Certification must be maintained throughout the program.

  6. Malpractice Insurance. Malpractice insurance is provided by the CSU at this time. 

  7. Health Requirement. Prior to beginning any clinical nursing courses, students are required to have a physical examination and bring proof of the examination and required immunizations as instructed by the School of Nursing and clinical agencies.

  8. Background Check and Drug Screen. Upon admission to the nursing program, and possibly yearly thereafter, students must successfully pass a background check and drug screen in order to be placed in a clinical rotation. Red flag issues which prevent placement may impede progression and successful completion of degree requirements.

  9. A valid social security number may be required for placement in most clinical agencies and to take the RN NCLEX examination.

  10. Option Open to L.V.N.’s for eligibility to the R.N. license examination. THIS OPTION HAS NO RELATION TO DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND DEGREE COMPLETION.

 Course Requirements for Licensed Vocational Nurse (L.V.N.) 30-Unit Option

1 Upper division transfer students fulfill these course requirements by completing human anatomy (with required laboratory), human physiology (with required laboratory), and microbiology (with required laboratory), designated as certified CSU GE Life Sciences and Laboratory (B2, B3) transfer courses.

2Includes geriatric nursing.

3Includes management/evaluation of patient care.

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.


Graduate Information

The SDSU BSN and NP programs are approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at San Diego State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

General Information

The School of Nursing offers a graduate curriculum leading to the Master of Science degree in nursing.

Graduates of the nursing program are prepared for advanced professional roles as educators, nurse clinicians, researchers, and leaders in global healthcare. There are two concentrations: Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and the Elderly and Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. Students in the Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and the Elderly concentration are prepared as adult/gerontology nurse practitioners and acute/critical clinical nurse specialists. The Advanced Practice Nursing program is designed for either full- or part-time study and requires completions of 50 units to graduate. Students in the Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Systems concentration are prepared for mid-level leadership roles in healthcare-related agencies as innovative and visionary nurse leaders ready to embrace opportunities in a variety of health care settings and prepared to transform the future of health care delivery. 

The School of Nursing has clinical contracts with leading research and clinical teaching health care agencies within San Diego and Imperial counties. Graduate students may have the opportunity to be involved in ongoing faculty research projects.

Admission to Graduate Study

Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the application fee.

All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the School of Nursing.

Graduate Admissions

The following materials should be submitted directly to:

Graduate Admissions

Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  1. Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended;

    NOTE:
    • Transcripts may be sent electronically directly from an institution. If you are required to provide an e-mail address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use transcriptsforsdsu@sdsu.edu.
    • Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
    • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  2. English language score, if the medium of instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682).
School of Nursing

The following admissions materials must be submitted electronically via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/111610. The Cal State Apply application must be completed prior to the School of Nursing application.

  1. School of Nursing departmental application;
  2. Three letters of recommendation attesting to capability to do graduate work in nursing;
  3. Personal statement;
  4. One copy of unofficial transcript;
  5. Curriculum vitae or resume.

For information regarding the admissions process, visit the school website at http://nursing.sdsu.edu.

Master’s Degree Programs

Admission to the Degree Curriculum

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing, as described in Admission and Registration , a student must satisfy the following requirements before being recommended for admission to a program with classified standing:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or the National League for Nursing. Graduates from baccalaureate programs not having an upper division major in nursing or who have deficiencies will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to enroll in designated undergraduate courses and graduate courses beyond the minimum units necessary for advanced degrees.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate upper division courses.
  3. Have a current unencumbered California license to practice registered nursing.
  4. One year of work experience as a registered nurse is preferred before starting concentration/specialization courses. For the Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly, three years of acute care experience is highly recommended.
  5. Have satisfactorily completed a course in statistics. (STAT 250  or equivalent with a grade of C or better.)

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees . Students must satisfactorily complete at least 12 units of nursing courses listed on the official program of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and be recommended by the graduate adviser.


Imperial Valley

OFFICE:  560 CA-78 Brawley, CA 92227
TELEPHONE: 760-351-0806
WEBSITE: https://imperialvalley.sdsu.edu/academics/professional_studies/nursing

Approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and /master’s degree program in nursing at San Diego State University areis accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

(https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

The nursing profession is concerned with the total health care of individuals, families, and communities. It is a profession that believes in the promotion of health, prevention of illness, caring for those who are acutely and chronically ill, and caring for people at their most vulnerable stages of life.  Nursing is both a science and an art. It has its foundation in biophysical and behavioral sciences, as well as in nursing science and evidence-based practice. The art of nursing is grounded in caring through human connection, empathy, compassion, and devoted service to care for a shared humanity. Students in the nursing program are provided opportunities to acquire knowledge from the natural and social sciences; to develop clinical decision-making abilities; to utilize current research in the application of the nursing process; to develop leadership potential and accountability in professional practice; to become aware of the emerging roles of the professional nurse and of the social forces affecting health and health care systems; and to learn to balance professional and personal growth and values. Nurses are in demand worldwide and are needed in such settings as acute care hospitals, community health agencies, homes, correctional health, outreach programs, schools, and clinics which serve underprivileged, minority, and rural populations. Nurses should represent the diversity of the communities that they serve to improve health care access and reduce health disparities. 

Standards for Admission

Admission to the University

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the university. See Admission and Registration  section of this catalog. Students accepted as nursing majors are subject to further screening to determine their eligibility to be admitted into the professional coursework.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science Program in Nursing

The School of Nursing is an impacted program with more qualified applicants applying than can be accepted into the major. Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive.

First Time Freshmen

First-time freshmen students applying for direct entry via Cal State Apply will be ranked for admission based on the CSU Eligibility https://admissions.sdsu.edu/apply

  1. Formal Application. All applicants must submit an application to the university via Cal State Apply according to deadlines for impacted programs.
  2. Prerequisite courses are required for nursing majors before students may begin taking clinical nursing courses.
    a. Course grade requirement (B- or better) in each of these required courses:
     BIOL 211  , BIOL 211L  , BIOL 212   and BIOL 261  1 (NOTE: The grades forBIOL 211   and BIOL 211L   must average B- (2.7). Students may not proceed if they receive a C- in either BIOL 211   or BIOL 211L   regardless of the average of the two. Registration in BIOL 261   may be concurrent with the start of School of Nursing courses for direct entry students only).
  3. Mathematics and Writing Competency Requirements. Prior to beginning clinical nursing courses, all students must satisfy the SDSU mathematics and writing competency requirements.
  4. Health Requirement. To meet the specific health requirements, a medical examination and immunizations must be completed. The medical examination is in addition to the one required for admission to the university. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be admitted according to rank and the number of positions available.

  1.  Formal Application. All applicants must submit an application to the university via Cal State Apply according to deadlines for impacted programs.
  2. Minimum admission requirements for transfer students are:

    a.    The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS): 80% or above overall.

    b.    Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better.

    c.    Successful completion of BIOL 211  , BIOL 211L  , BIOL 212  , BIOL 261  1,CHEM 102  2, STAT 250   (or BIOL 215   orPSY 280  )3, COMM 103   (or a course listed under General Education, I.1. Oral Communication)4, RWS 100   (or a course listed under General Education, I.2. Written Communication)5, and RWS 200   (or a course listed under General Education, I.3. Critical Thinking)6 or their equivalents with the required grades of B- (2.7) or better for all biology courses, C or above for all others.

    d.    Students dismissed or disqualified from other nursing programs are not eligible for admission.

    1 Upper division transfer students fulfill these course requirements by completing human anatomy (with required laboratory), human physiology (with required laboratory), and microbiology (with required laboratory), designated as certified CSU GE Life Sciences and Laboratory (B2, B3) transfer courses.

    2 Upper division transfer students fulfill this course requirement with a CSU GE certified B1 chemistry course (general, organic, inorganic, or integrated).

    3 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with a statistics course certified for CSU GE mathematics/quantitative reasoning (B4).

    4 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE oral communication (A1) transfer course.

    5 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE written communication (A2) transfer course.

    6 Upper division transfer students fulfill this area with any certified CSU GE critical thinking (A3) transfer course.

  3. Mathematics and Writing Competency Requirements. Prior to beginning clinical nursing courses, all students must satisfy the SDSU mathematics and writing competency requirements.
  4. Health Requirement. To meet the specific health requirements, a medical examination and immunizations must be completed. The medical examination is in addition to the one required for admission to the university. 

 RN to BSN Program

The Bachelor of Science in nursing program is available for registered nurses who completed a regionally accredited program with either an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing.  The RN to BSN program curriculum is conveniently offered at both of SDSU’s campuses, the San Diego campus, and the Imperial Valley campus.

 

  1.  Formal Application. All applicants must submit an application to the university via Cal State Apply according to deadlines for impacted programs.
  2. For those students entering the program as a second baccalaureate student:
  • International experience is waived

  • SDSU Upper Division General Education Requirements are waived

Special Instructions

  1. Impacted Program. The nursing major is designated as an impacted program and specific regulations related to admissions are imposed.

  2. Full-Time/Part-Time Study. Students are encouraged to enroll in all of the nursing courses scheduled each semester. However, part-time enrollment can be arranged by contacting the undergraduate adviser within the school and with approval of the Director.

  3. Transportation. Students enrolled in the nursing program are required to provide their own transportation to off-campus clinical agencies and for home visits.

  4. Health Insurance. All admitted School of Nursing students are advised to obtain health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for health care costs when services are rendered by a health care agency.

  5. CPR Certification. Upon admission to the School of Nursing, students must have CPR certification through the American Heart Association - BLS for Health Care Provider. Certification must be maintained throughout the program.

  6. Malpractice Insurance. Malpractice insurance is provided by the CSU at this time. 

  7. Health Requirement. Prior to beginning any clinical nursing courses, students are required to have a physical examination and bring proof of the examination and required immunizations as instructed by the School of Nursing and clinical agencies.

  8. Background Check and Drug Screen. Upon admission to the nursing program, and possibly yearly thereafter, students must successfully pass a background check and drug screen in order to be placed in a clinical rotation. Red flag issues which prevent placement may impede progression and successful completion of degree requirements.

  9. A valid social security number may be required for placement in most clinical agencies and to take the RN NCLEX examination.

  10. Option Open to L.V.N.’s for eligibility to the R.N. license examination. THIS OPTION HAS NO RELATION TO DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND DEGREE COMPLETION.

Master’s Degree Program

General Information

In cooperation with the San Diego campus, the SDSU IV School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Systems concentration.

Students in the Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Systems concentration are prepared as innovative and visionary nurse leaders ready to embrace opportunities in a variety of health care settings and prepared to transform the future of health care delivery.

The graduate program in Nursing Leadership requires completion of a minimum of 36 units. The program is designed for either full- or part-time study.

The School of Nursing has clinical contracts with all of the leading research and clinical teaching health care agencies within San Diego and Imperial counties. Graduate students may have the opportunity to be involved in ongoing faculty research projects.

Admission to Graduate Study

Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the application fee.

All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the School of Nursing.

Graduate Admissions

The following materials should be submitted directly to:

Graduate Admissions

Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  1. Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended;

    NOTE:
    • Transcripts may be sent electronically directly from an institution. If you are required to provide an e-mail address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use transcriptsforsdsu@sdsu.edu.
    • Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance. Hard copy transcripts for SDSU coursework are not required.
    • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  2. English language score, if the medium of instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682).
School of Nursing

The following admissions materials must be submitted electronically via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/77713. The Cal State Apply application must be completed prior to the School of Nursing application.

  1. School of Nursing departmental application;
  2. Three letters of recommendation attesting to capability to do graduate work in nursing;
  3. Personal statement;
  4. One copy of unofficial transcript;
  5. Curriculum vitae or resume.

For information regarding the admissions process, visit the school website at http://nursing.sdsu.edu.

Master’s Degree Programs

Admission to the Degree Curriculum

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing, as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , a student must satisfy the following requirements before being recommended for admission to a program with classified standing:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or the National League for Nursing. Graduates from baccalaureate programs not having an upper division major in nursing or who have deficiencies will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to enroll in designated undergraduate courses and graduate courses beyond the minimum units necessary for advanced degrees.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate upper division courses.
  3. Have a current, unencumbered California license to practice registered nursing.
  4. One year of work experience as a registered nurse is preferred before starting concentration/specialization courses. For the Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly, three years of related experience is highly recommended.
  5. Have satisfactorily completed a course in statistics. (STAT 250  or equivalent with a grade of C [2.0] or better.)

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees. Students must satisfactorily complete at least 12 units of nursing courses listed on the official program of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and be recommended by the graduate adviser.

Programs

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