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Traditional BSN (TBSN)

About the Program

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN) program is designed for students seeking their first bachelor’s degree and do not already have a license as a vocational or registered nurse (sometimes referred to as a “pre-licensure” program). Students may apply as either a First-Time Freshman or Transfer. Completion of the TBSN makes graduates eligible to seek licensure as a Registered Nurse in California and certification as a public health nurse. Nursing students sit on the stairs

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Admission Type: Direct entry as First-Time Freshman or Transfer applicant 

Program Length:  

  • First-Time Freshman = 4 years (8 Fall/Spring and 2 Summer semesters) 
  • Transfer Students = 3 years (6 Fall/Spring and 2 Summer semesters) 

Plan of Study:  

  • First-Time Freshman 
  • Transfer 

Program Starts: Fall only  

Program Structure:  

  • Cohort-based (courses only offered once per academic year) 
  • Full-time 
  • Courses mostly during the day 
  • Clinical placement location, days, and times vary each academic term and may take place on weekends 
  • Clinical placements randomly assigned to San Diego and Riverside Counties 


Course Sequence:  

  • First-Time Freshman Plan of Study (link to pdf) 
  • TBSN Transfer Plan of Study (link to pdf)