RN to BSN Program

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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

About the RN to BSN Program

Nursing student, Vanessa Brewer, at bedsideThe RN to BSN Post-Licensure program is designed for those who have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and are interested in obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN).

Two types of applicant are welcome: current California RN’s or students that will earn a California RN license by the end of the first semester of the program. If a student meets University General Education (GE) and nursing degree requirements, the program can be completed in three (3) semesters. The university provides credit for previous coursework and twenty (20) units for passing the NCLEX-RN exam.

Curriculum includes limited in-person and off-campus community experiences and online theory courses that incorporate research, leadership and critical thinking skills.

After completion of community health course and clinical, and earning the BSN degree, graduates of the RN-BSN program are eligible to apply for a California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements can be found in the university's catalog.

As of Fall 2022, prior-baccalaureate students are exempt from completing the SJSU Studies requirement: Area V for graduation. Area V is still an upper division requirement for all other (non-prior Bachelor's degree) students.

Please note that area R, S, and Z are integrated into BSN Nursing courses in accordance with Board of Registered Nursing. 

Road Maps

Submitting your RN License for credit

You will submit your active RN License to your Undergraduate Graduation Evaluator for the College of Health and Human Science. You can find your assigned Graduation Evaluator here


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.

Student Resources

Public Health Nurse Certification

Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to apply for Public Health Nurse certification after passing the NCLEX and are licensed as a registered nurse. 

Visit the California BRN website for information and to download the application. Please note, this process typically takes several weeks to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Announcements and Current Events


Still have questions? Please complete this contact form.

You can also contact the program coordinator.

Program Coordinator

Image of SJSU Spartan LogoDr. Lisa Rauch, DNP,  PHNA-BC, RN 
Office: Health Building, Room 420