Frequently Asked Questions
Persons who have completed an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and hold a current California RN license who would like to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). The RN to BSN Program can be completed on a full or part time basis; thus allowing students to complete the program at a pace that works with their lifestyle.
Students who are currently in an Associate’s Nursing Program have the opportunity to apply for Concordia’s Dual Enrollment Program. This program allows 3rd and 4th semester ADN students to take one course at Concordia during the Sumer session and one online course the following semester. These students will matriculate into the RN to BSN Program upon graduation and have one semester to receive their RN license.
The RN to BSN Program at Concordia can be completed in as little as 12 months enrolling full-time or 2 years part-time. The average student completes the program in 15-18 months on a part-time basis. This program is flexible and allows students to choose their own personal progression plan.
Each course is offered at least twice per calendar year. The classes are set up in a hybrid model, meeting once a week on campus for 4 hours with supplemental work on-line. Students can take as few as 1 or up to 5 courses per semester.
The RN to BSN program accepts students for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters on a rolling basis. There are no hard and fast deadlines at this time, however, it is recommended to apply approximately six (6) weeks prior to intended start date. For International students, please allow approximately two (2) months for processing.
- The tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year is $480 per unit. The RN to BSN program requires forty (40) total units (this includes 2 online Theology classes). The cost for the entire program is $19,200 (only costs not included are books, patch fee, and graduation fee).
- Financial aid is available. Please contact the Financial Aid Department with related questions ([email protected]).
The minimum GPA is a cumulative 2.5.
International students with an active California RN license will be considered through the RN to BSN Admission Counselor. Interested International Students should follow the International Checklist for application.
International students are defined as those students who are enrolled at institutions of higher education in the U.S. who are neither a U.S. Citizen nor a U.S. Permanent Resident.
- Prerequisite classes are transferable from any regionally accredited college/university, provided the course description meets Concordia’s requirements. Please contact the Admissions Counselor with specific questions.
- Applicants may choose to complete the prerequisite classes at Concordia as “non-degree seeking” students. Non-degree seeking students are limited to twelve (12) units per semester.
Online classes from a regionally accredited college/university are acceptable. However, the following courses cannot be completed online:
- 1. Chemistry (with lab)
- 2. Anatomy (with lab)
- 3. Physiology (with lab)
- 4. Microbiology (with lab)
Please contact the RN to BSN Admission Counselor with specific questions.
No, there are no time limits associated with any of the prerequisite classes for the RN to BSN Program.
Students may have some courses in progress or uncompleted at the time of application. However, the three (3) courses that need to be completed prior to application are the following:
- 1. Anatomy
- 2. Physiology
- 3. Microbiology
Any Support Coursework, listed below, will need to be completed before graduation from Concordia’s RN to BSN Program:
- 1. Chemistry (with lab)
- 2. General/Introduction to Psychology
- 3. Introductory Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology
- 4. Developmental Psychology – Lifespan (Birth-> Death)
- 5. Nutrition
- 6. Statistics
- 7. Pharmacology
Courses that meet the requirements can be evaluated and applied as credit towards Support Courses and prerequisites except for the two courses listed as "must be taken at CUI".
Yes, applicants are encouraged to set up an appointment with the RN to BSN Admission’s Counselor to discuss the program and transcripts. Call (949)-214-3277 or send an email to
The Community Health Theory course and Clinical experiences are designed to prepare graduates to apply for the California Public Health Certificate.
Students are expected to provide their own transportation to, during, and from off-campus clinical rotations.
Students may have the opportunity to participate in a service mission experience during their Leadership or Community clinical. This experience will require an additional cost for travel expenses and will vary depending on the mission destination in a particular academic year.
When designing the RN to BSN program, general consideration was given to offering classes that would prepare undergraduate students who may wish to matriculate through a graduate program. It is advised to consult with particular institutions from which you plan to apply to graduate school.