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Understanding Nursing

Understanding the Nursing Degree

4-Year Nursing Program
Our Traditional BSN program includes eight semesters and two, summer terms.  Included within each semester of required NURS courses, are the additional courses required by the State Board of Registered Nursing (including the remaining General Education requirements) and additional graduation requirements (Language other than English requirement for all California State University San Marcos 1st Bachelor Degree graduates) and the State American Institutions requirement. 

Nursing Coursework 
Students must complete all Nursing major courses, or equivalents (refers to each separate course, including labs) with a letter grade of C or better (including GE). Courses with substandard grades [C- or below] can be repeated once. The University does not allow for the repeating of courses in which a grade of C or better was earned initially. 

General Education
The California State University system has established a lower-division General Education (GE) pattern for all students to meet in order to graduate.  Each CSU campus also requires several upper-division GE courses, as well.  All GE (lower- and upper-division) is built into the Nursing major.  A grade of C is required for every course which is applied to the Nursing major at our campus. 

Other University Graduation Requirements
Other University graduation requirements include the Language other than English requirement and the American Institutions requirement.  These requirements are explained in detail in the Media-site modules, which are required to be viewed prior to attending an Orientation, as linked within the Orientation Programs Web site for First Year students.