Nursing, BSN

Program Description

The Department of Nursing offers a baccalaureate program built upon a foundation of science and liberal education that prepares graduates as professional nurses for positions in hospitals and community agencies. All graduates from the program are recommended for certification as public health nurses in the State of California. This program also prepares students for entrance into graduate programs in Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at California State University, Bakersfield is approved by the

California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

The BSN degree program is accredited by the

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

The nursing curriculum is organized according to the four universal concepts of nursing which include the client, the environment, health, and the nurse. The client is defined as individuals, families, groups, communities, and diverse populations across the lifespan and the continuum of health care environments. Students study health, health problems and human responses that occur as a result of life processes. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process as a systematic method of assisting clients to attain, regain and maintain maximum functional health status. Nursing intervention with clients is based on the use of the nursing process with a focus on the various roles of the nurse including educator, clinician, leader, and researcher.

Baccalaureate Program Goals and Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to support the achievement of the following goals:

  1. BSN graduates will be prepared to function in the four professional nurse roles of clinician, researcher, leader, and educator.
  2. BSN graduates will be prepared for graduate study and value lifelong learning to support excellence in nursing practice.
  3. Traditional BSN graduates will successfully complete the RN licensure examination (NCLEX).

The program objectives are to prepare students for graduation who:

  1. Integrate the knowledge and methods of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as a foundation for nursing practice.
  2. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in leadership, quality improvement, and client safety as necessary components of high-quality health care.
  3. Evaluate current evidence and incorporate evidence-based practices to improve client outcomes.
  4. Utilize knowledge, skills, and attitudes in client care technologies, information systems, and communication devices to deliver safe and effective nursing care.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of healthcare policies, including financial, legal, and regulatory, and their direct and indirect influences on the nature and functioning of the healthcare system.
  6. Use effective communication and collaborative skills as part of an inter-professional team to deliver patient-centered care.
  7. Deliver population-focused nursing care, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in a diverse, multicultural society.
  8. Demonstrate professionalism and a respect for the inherent ethical values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice as fundamental to the discipline of nursing.
  9. Engage in clinical nursing practice with clients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and diverse populations across the lifespan and the continuum of healthcare environments.

In summary, the professional baccalaureate program in nursing is based on the belief that the graduate is a liberally educated, self-directed person who has beginning competency in delivering nursing care and is a responsible citizen.

Traditional BSN Program

The Traditional BSN program provides students the opportunity to complete the requirements for a BSN degree. Graduates are eligible to seek licensure as a Registered Nurse with successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Graduates are also eligible for the California Public Health Nurse Certification and are prepared to progress into a master’s degree program.