San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California 94132
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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated BSN Programs
Accelerated MSN Programs
RN to BSN Programs
BSN Program Details
The School of Nursing offers prelicensure (RN) bachelor’s degree programs at the San Francisco campus and in the Sequoia Health District (the Sequoia Hospital/SF State Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Cañada College). The Sequoia/Cañada program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Sequoia Health District with additional support from the San Mateo Community College District, Sequoia Hospital and the CSU. The course of study is the same for each although admission requirements vary. Students are encouraged to explore the specific requirements on the web site as they vary for each site and from year to year.
Applicants to the baccalaureate nursing program may be current students at SF State or transfer students. As freshmen applicants are not admitted to the university as nursing majors, students can be admitted as undeclared with an interest in nursing or to an alternate major. The undeclared with an interest in nursing designation does not guarantee admission to the nursing major. All students applying to the nursing program must be accepted into the University and meet University requirements
MSN Program Details
The School of Nursing provides master’s level educational opportunities for registered nurses and individuals with a bachelor’s degree in other fields who wish to enter the nursing profession.
Registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in nursing can enter the master’s program by demonstrating they have met nursing content comparable to that in the SF State baccalaureate program.
Registered nurses without a nursing bachelor’s degree may need additional nursing coursework such as community health and research. The school offers the nursing Master of Science degree for RNs at the SF State campus and partner hospital locations on the Peninsula.
Individuals who are not nurses but have a bachelor’s degree may apply to the generic nursing Master of Science program. Students in this program spend their first five semesters completing theory and clinical course work with other pre-licensure students. Upon completion of these courses the students take a national licensing exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse in California. Students must be licensed to progress with graduate level studies. In addition, to the master’s degrees.
Registered nurses who already hold master’s degrees may apply to thepost master’s family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate program (graduate level coursework).
The master’s level curriculum includes both core courses and specialty courses. The core courses, the portion of the program for all students, include nursing theory, advanced practice nursing roles, pathophysiology, research, leadership, health policy and ethics for advanced practice nurses. Units taken in addition to the core program are selected with graduate nursing faculty advisement. Students are engaged in clinical practice experiences throughout the curriculum and complete their studies with a thesis or field study.
Please note that students taking post master’s FNP certificate courses and students in the group taking courses at partner hospitals will take courses through the College of Extended Learning and have a different enrollment processes.