RN to BS in Nursing, Bridge Program

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers an RN to BSN program for registered nurses to obtain a BS in Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at San Jose State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).


To be accepted into the bridge program students must complete a multi-step process. Please refer to the RN to BSN Application Timeline. Prospective students should refer to the RN to BSN information packet for more information on prerequisite criteria.


Please be advised that prospective students must complete the following to be eligible for acceptance to the BSN program:

  • University application: open August 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019
  • Supplemental nursing application: open August 20, 2019 through September 30, 2019
  • Students can have coursework, WST, and NCLEX in process of completion of all strongly recommended before the start of the program.


For detailed information on each of the items listed above, please refer to the RN to BSN Information packet. Additionally, it is highly recommended that prospective students attend a group advising session to prepare for the application process. Please refer to the links below for additional information.



Prospective Students


ADN to BS in Nursing, Pathway 

The ADN-BSN Pathway Program is a collaborative model for academic progression in Nursing that links SJSU with designated California Community College (CCC) partners. This enables a significant increase to access and the capacity to advance more BSN-prepared RNs into the nursing workforce. 

  • De Anza College (coming soon)
  • Mission College (coming soon) 


LVN 30-Unit Option

 The Valley Foundation School of Nursing admits licensed vocational nurses (LVN) for the 30-unit option on a space available basis. Successful completion of the 30-unit option allows LVNs to sit for the California NCLEX licensing exam to work as a licensed RN. The 30-unit option does not culminate in a Baccalaureate degree nor does the RN license permit you to work in any other state except California. 


Still have questions? Please call the School of Nursing at 408-924-3130 or contact Dr. Arlene Spilker at arlene.spilker@sjsu.edu