RN to BS in Nursing, Bridge Program

“The instructors for the RN to BSN program were well-seasoned nurses that embedded invaluable personal experience into their lectures which really enriched my learning experience. They also treated the RN to BSN students with a notable amount of respect that made me feel welcomed and almost like a young colleague. They were very understanding that most of us are working nurses and really made the program feel doable.”
- Nursing Student, 2019


The Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers an RN to BSN program for registered nurses to obtain a BS in Nursing.

Approximately 40 students are accepted during fall and during spring semester.

For current announcements related to COVID-19, please visit the Nursing home page.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Valid California RN License, or eligible to take the NCLEX-RN by the end of the first semester of the program
  • All college coursework minimum GPA 2.75
  • Must receive a "C" minimum in all prerequisite nursing courses
  • Completion of all transfer requirements
    • Oral Communication 
    • Critical Thinking
    • Statistics
    • Chemistry (any general chemistry course will satisfy this requirement)

Courses can be IN PROGRESS* when applying to the program.

*To be eligible for spring admission: statistics, oral communication, critical thinking courses must be completed by the end of SUMMER term.  

Students can review articulation agreements and SJSU catalog information on the university's articulation website.  

In order to be considered for the program, students must complete two online applications: 

University Application:

The university application is completed online on the CalState Apply website.

The university application for Spring 2021 is now open! The deadline is extended to September 15, 2020!

Please check the university's website for current deadlines and information on the university application.

NursingCAS Application:

The nursing program application is completed online on the NursingCAS website.

Please refer to the RN to BSN Information Packet for instructions on how to apply.

The NursingCAS Application is now open and will close September 30, 2020.

Below is the application timeline with approximate dates and deadlines:

Applying for Fall:
University Application October 1-November 30
NursingCAS Application December 1-February 1
Applicants will be informed of decision approximately end of April.
(Subject to change)

Applying for Spring:
University Application August 1 - September 15, 2020
NursingCAS Application August 17 - September 30, 2020
Applicants will be informed of decision approximately end of November.
(Subject to change)

It is highly recommended prospective students attend a future student 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. 

Due to impaction, space is currently unavailable for this option. 

For the forseeable future, applications are not being accepted at this time.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Students are encouraged to pursue an Associate's Degree in Nursing so they can transfer in to the RN to BSN program.


Still have questions? Please call the School of Nursing at 408-924-3130 or contact us at nursing@sjsu.edu.  You can also contact the program coordinator, April Wood at April.Wood@sjsu.edu.