California State University, Chico Nursing School Review
The now California State University, Chico (Chico State, CSU Chico, or Cal State Chico) went through a series of name changes from the day it was originally known as Chico Normal School in 1889. It was not until 1972 that the current name was adopted and has remained with the school since then. Chico State is part of the California State University (CSU) system.
Over the years, the school has received numerous recognitions from noted publications such as “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News & World Report” and Princeton Review.
The College of Nursing offers a wide range of courses that are channeled towards the undergraduate to the master’s level. The CSU, Chico School of Nursing also has award-winning online nursing programs available. By using the latest education delivery methods and technology, those students who are in full-time employment or those who reside in remote rural areas are able to complete their chosen nursing classes from the comfort of their homes and in their own time.
The nursing courses offered at the school include:
Basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Student applications are accepted twice per year for this program. The course is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Acceptance rates are low to ensure that the requirements for the areas of study are fully detailed and each student is given the necessary attention to guarantee successful progression in the course.
RN to BSN program
Registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or diploma in nursing are the accepted candidates for this program. Most of the course is conducted online and students are only required to meet 2-3 times on campus during the semester. It is a 15-month course that can be completed at the student’s convenience. However, this completion time also depends on how many prerequisite courses are necessary for each student. A working RN can complete the program in 2 years. For improved flexibility, there are online options for the RN to BSN program classes and coursework.
LVN to BSN Program
This is an online part-time program designed for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) that hold a current unencumbered license. The course is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Students that live in the rural area are given top priority over those from other regions. This is due to the level of dedication that is necessary for clinical and on-campus time. The program can be completed in three years on a part-time basis and is perfect for working nurses that need the flexibility to be able to work and study.
This LVN to BSN program is unfortunately currently suspended though due to state budget cuts.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is an advanced course that enables students to become qualified educators and nurses focused on adult health. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has been in existence since 1970. During the course, students are exposed to advanced education that equips them to undertake advanced nursing roles in various sectors. Additionally, they can also work as administrators, clinicians, and managers. To enable access to more students who may be working or just in rural areas, there are online options for the MSN classes and coursework.
Continuing Education for Nurses
Nurses that want to gain additional knowledge or sharpen their own skills can take any of the courses highlighted below:
1) Audiometry for Nurses: This course does not offer university transfer credit. It meets all the requirements for the School Audiometrist Certificate issued by the State of California. The 5-day intense program prepares nurses to undertake functions that require specific knowledge and training in this area.
2) R.N. Refresher Course: This course is offered to registered nurses that want to get back into the workforce. Classes are administered online and practical experience is gained through computerized patient mannequins.
3) Rural Nursing Preceptorship Program: This program is open to students that want to gain additional clinical experience. Only student nurses and graduate nurses can apply.
4) Rural No. Calif. Clinical Simulation Center: All types of care professionals are welcome to apply to gain additional experience in a clinical setting. They will hone their response and analysis skills of patient illnesses to ensure that patient safety is guaranteed at all times.
California State University-Chico
400 West 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929