San Diego State University Nursing School Review

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University (SDSU) is one of the oldest and largest colleges in the San Diego region, and is a nationally ranked research university. SDSU enrolls more than 30,000 students, and has 85 undergraduate majors to choose from, as well as 76 masters programs, and 21 doctoral programs.

The SDSU School of Nursing is accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American College of Nurse Midwives, and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS)

The BS in Nursing degree is a four year program. Admission to the program is based on a point system where students are assigned points based on their GPA in the prerequisite classes of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology and Communications, their cumulative GPA, their score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), health care work experience, and volunteer health care experience. In addition, students must have an overall GPA of 2.8 or better.

Once in the program, students are required to maintain a grade of 2.0 or better in all nursing courses. In addition, nursing majors must participate for two or more weeks in an international experience, in order to better understand global health, political, economic, and cultural challenges experienced by other cultures.

Registered Nurse (RN) to BS

The RN to BS option is available for students who already have an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing and who are licensed as RNs. The program is designed to meet the needs of the working nurse, with flexible class schedules and teaching methods. Students will receive credit for previously completed coursework, and will work closely with the Nursing Office to plan their program. Students must meet all prerequisites of the BS program to apply.

Master of Science in Nursing (MS)

The MS in Nursing program at SDSU is an option available to students who have a BS in Nursing, or a bachelor degree in another field but that also have an RN license. The MS program offers four different concentrations. They are: Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and the Elderly with a specialization in acute or critical care nursing, Community Health Nursing with specialties in Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education with specialties in adult health, maternal-newborn and pediatrics, and Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems.

School Nurse Services Credential

Applicants interested in the School Nurse Services Credential must be admitted to SDSU as a post baccalaureate student. This program is for current RNs to become school nurses, and can be taken full or part time.

Post Masters Nursing Education Certificate

The Nursing Education Certificate is a program that allows nurses with an MS in Nursing to become teachers in classroom or clinical settings.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to RN

SDSU offers the LVN to RN 30 unit option. This program is designed for LVNs currently licensed in California to become RNs in 18 to 24 months. When the program is completed, these students do not earn a degree, and their RN license will not be recognized outside of the state of California. Students wishing to pursue this option must apply to the School of Nursing with their transcripts, a resume showing their work and school experience over the last five years, and two letters of reference from current or former employers in health care.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program is for the nurse who wishes to pursue advanced nursing practice in educational, administrative/organizational, and clinical environments. Developed in partnership with Cal State San Marcos, this program focuses on evidence-based practice.


San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

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