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.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at San Jose State University is accredited
by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Approximately 40 students are accepted during fall and during spring semester.
- 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
- 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 on calstate.edu/apply (If not currently a student at SJSU)
- Nursing application on NursingCAS
The university application is completed online on the CalState Apply website.
Transfer students- select the major: PRE-NURSING, UNDECLARED.
Prior baccalaureate students- select the major: Nursing-RN
Please check the university's website for current deadlines and information on the university 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 nursing application is now open for Fall 2020.
The deadline to apply is February 1, 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 March.
*Applying for Spring:
University Application August 1-31
NursingCAS Application September 1-30
Applicants will be informed of decision approximately end of November.
*Only current SJSU students or students seeking a second bachelor's degree may apply.
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.
- RN to BSN Information Packet
- RN to BSN Group Advising Sessions
- TVFSON Policies
- TVFSON Forms
- Evergreen Valley College to SJSU Road Map
- SJSU Admissions
- SJSU Articulation
- WST Information
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.