Nursing B.S.N. (RN to BSN)

NOTE : The academic program requirements listed below for this accelerated program are based the student transferring in previous coursework and have completed requirements for being a Registered Nurse (R.N.). Questions, contact the Chair for this academic program.


General Education Requirements 240
Major Core Requirements 130
Units granted for passing NCLEX RN license exam10
Electives40
Total Units120

Major Core Requirements 

Core Requirements
NURS-316Writing/Critical Analysis/Health-Related3
NURS-320Ethical Iss/Leg Aspects/Nurs3
NURS-327Health Assessment3
NURS-405Nursing Research and Seminar3
NURS-410Principles of Pathophysiology4
NURS-415Sociocult Cntxt/Diversity/Nurs3
NURS-420Community Health Nurs/Clinical Studies5
NURS-425Edctn Theory/Proc/Tchg in Nurs3
NURS-430Ldrshp/Mngt in Professnl Nurs3
10 units will be granted for passing the NCLEX RN licensing exam10
Total Units40

Dual Enrollment RN to BSN Option 

The Dual Enrollment RN to BSN option is designed for students enrolled in a Community College who would like to begin working on their BSN while studying to obtain their RN license. All RN to BSN admission and curriculum requirements are applicable to the dual enrollment applicant except for RN licensure at admission. Verification of valid California RN licensure is required prior to NURS-420 Community Health Nurs/Clinical Studies.

RN to BSN Online Option

The RN to BSN online program is designed to meet the needs of the student who prefers to take courses in an online format.  This program allows students to take advantage of the convenience of online learning without sacrificing the quality of instruction or professor-student and student-student interaction. Online courses cover the same content as in the residential program but provide for additional flexibility in scheduling.

Malpractice Insurance

Each student must have basic malpractice insurance before the beginning of the Community Health practicum. This will occur during the last semester of the program.

Disclaimer: This sample Multi-Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Nursing.

The two-year program consists of 16-week modules with each class being eight weeks. There is flexibility with how many classes can be taken each module and classes can be taken out of order. 


Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
NURS-320 Ethical Iss/Leg Aspects/Nurs 3
NURS-316 Writing/Critical Analysis/Health-Related 3
 Units6
Year 1 Term 2
NURS-327 Health Assessment 3
NURS-410 Principles of Pathophysiology 4
 Units7
Year 1 Term 3
NURS-415 Sociocult Cntxt/Diversity/Nurs 3
NURS-405 Nursing Research and Seminar 3
 Units6
Year 2 Term 1
NURS-425 Edctn Theory/Proc/Tchg in Nurs 3
NURS-430 Ldrshp/Mngt in Professnl Nurs 3
 Units6
Year 2 Term 2
NURS-420 Community Health Nurs/Clinical Studies 5
ELCT-PLHD1Elective Course 1 Unit 1
 Units6
 Total Units31