California State University, Sacramento Nursing School Review

California State University-Sacramento (CSUS, Sacramento State or Sac State) started out as Sacramento State College when it was founded in 1947. It is now part of the California State University (CSU) system and enjoys a branding reputation for its large student body and state-of-the-art facilities.

The school currently offers 48 undergraduate degrees and 41 master degrees. It prides itself for having a large percentage of professors that hold the highest qualifications in their fields. It also has a vibrant student body that is evident in the 276 student organizations that are established on the campus.

The School of Nursing has a long standing tradition for preparing registered nurses. However, it also focuses on giving eligible individuals the foundation on which they can become advocates, clinicians, leaders, educators and researchers. The courses offered are:

Traditional-Track: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

Students enrolled in this program are prepared to be generalists who can use their skills and knowledge to help communities with different backgrounds. The course is administered at the school during a four year period during which successful applicants are prepared through a rich curriculum comprising of lower and upper division coursework. Professors use both on-campus and off-campus settings to combine the theory and practice that are needed to adequately prepare students for the ever changing roles in heath care. After successful completion, they can sit the relevant exam and apply for licensure by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN)

This 16-month program is offered through the partnership established between California State University-Sacramento and California State University, Stanislaus. Only applicants that want to be registered nurses and hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing course will be considered for admission. They must also complete all the pre-requisite courses to be accepted into the program and have satisfactory ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores. After completion they are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Students must be fully aware of the fact that this is an intense course that is offered in a hybrid format. The content of the course is built from classroom settings, online learning and other educational approaches.   


This course is specially designed for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and meets the requirements established by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Admission into the program is only guaranteed to those that have a current and active LPN license and the required GPA for admission along with other requirements. The program is known as the LVN to RN 30-Unit Option and is a full-time, non-degree program that does not result in a BSN.

RN to BSN Nursing Program

Working registered nurses that want flexibility to complete course material for a BSN will find this program dynamic and interesting. During the program, students are engaged in many professional activities that hone their leadership and critical thinking skills. The course builds on the knowledge gained from an associate degree program and exposes each individual to more advanced concepts and information to prepare them to enter the nursing professional with confidence and in-depth knowledge. The program also presents physical and behavioral sciences and humanities.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nurses that are currently employed and want to advance in their profession will benefit from the curriculum of this course. It is specifically designed for those that hold a baccalaureate degree and are licensed registered nurses with an unencumbered license.  After successful completion of the program they can go on to work as educators, administrators, family nurse practitioners, family and community nurses and adult clinical nurses. They will be trained throughout the program to undertake leadership roles in various healthcare settings.

School Nurse (SN) program

With roots dating back to 1966, this is a one-year credential program is certified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). It is offered through the joined forces of The College of Continuing Education and Sacramento State School of Nursing. Only registered nurses (RNs) that hold a current California RN license can apply to the program. They must also have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. During the course they are trained to be effective health care practitioners and gain advanced school nursing skills.

California State University-Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819

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