ADN-BSN Collaborative Program - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the value of a BSN degree?

  • More than 82% of CA employers now require or strongly prefer to hire BSN-prepared RNs.
  • Completion of a BSN degree ensures the graduate will be well-prepared for leadership, population health issues, coordination of care, and the translation of research into practice, better preparing RNs to function in this evolving and increasingly complex health care environment.
  • Evidence supports that RNs with Baccalaureate or higher degrees are better prepared to manage more complex patient needs and improve patient outcomes.
  • Growing evidence demonstrates an association between BSN staffing and a lower incidence of pressure ulcers, postoperative deep vein thrombosis, hospital-acquired infections, and post-surgical mortality.

Interpreted or excerpted from: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010).and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Charting Nursing’s Future (Sept. 2013, No. 21).


What are the advantages of the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program?

  • Dual enrollment while in the ADN program
    • BSN courses enhance success in the ADN program
    • Decreased BSN completion time after ADN graduation
  • Guaranteed degree completion for qualified students
  • Completion of BSN degree in about one year following ADN program graduation
  • Eligible to apply for CA Public Health Nurse Certificate upon program completion
  • Cohort (group) class structure throughout entire program
  • Personalized and face to face engagement and support from program staff and faculty


How do I apply to the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program?

Students enrolled in the first or second semester of the ADN program at one of our 13 community college partner schools should meet with their nursing counselor or nursing director. For more information about the application process, please see the How to Apply page.


How many students are accepted into the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program each year?

The ADN-BSN Collaborative Program accepts a maximum of 80 students into each cohort.


How many times per year are students admitted to the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program?

The ADN-BSN Collaborative Program begins a new cohort once a year in the Summer term.


If a student already has an ADN from one of the 13 partner community colleges in previous years, can they still apply to the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program?

No; the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program is only for students who are currently enrolled in an ADN program at one of our 13 community college partner schools. If you already have an ADN degree and RN license, you may be eligible to apply for the RN-BSN Program instead. Please visit the RN-BSN Program website for additional information.


Do students have to complete all the BSN prerequisites before beginning the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program in Summer 1?

 Students must complete the following courses prior to beginning Summer 1 at Cal State LA:

  • Anatomy + lab
  • Physiology + lab
  • Microbiology + lab
  • English Composition
  • Oral Communication
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • College chemistry* + lab

*Please note: Some Community Colleges accept high school level chemistry in order to enter the ADN program. This will not be sufficient to continue in the BSN program; Cal State LA requires a college level chemistry course in order to enter the BSN program. Please meet with your community college counselor for information about specific courses that satisfy this requirement.

Students must complete the following courses prior to beginning Summer 2 at Cal State LA:

  •          Human Nutrition
  •          Inferential Statistics
  •          Critical Thinking

Other Requirements

Students must complete the following requirements prior to beginning Summer 2 at Cal State LA:

  • CSU General Education (GE) Breadth Certification from community college
  • CSU American Institutions & Ideals Requirement

Students must complete the following requirement prior to beginning Fall semester at Cal State LA:

  • Pass NCLEX-RN licensing exam

See the Eligibility Requirements page for more information.


What happens if ADN students fail a course in their community college nursing program after they have enrolled in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program?

If a student fails an ADN course at the community college level, he/she will need to repeat the course. If repeating the course causes the student to fall out of sequence with the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program schedule, this may result in disqualification from the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program. If a student is disqualified from the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program, application to an RN-BSN program post ADN graduation is an option.


How many days per week will students attend class in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program?

Since the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program is considered a full-time program, students should expect to attend class on campus from 1-3 days per week depending on course requirements. Time commitments for clinical preceptorships will vary.


May students transfer from the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program to the RN-BSN Program?

No; if students are unable to continue in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program for any reason, they will be required to formally withdraw from the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program. They may apply to the RN-BSN Program by submitting a separate application to that program. The RN-BSN Program accepts applications once a year in the Fall for entrance into the program the following Fall. Please visit the RN-BSN Program website for additional information.


May students in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program choose their own class schedules?

No; the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program schedules BSN courses to meet university regulations and the specific needs of each cohort in the program. Scheduling consideration may be given to enrolled students for special circumstances.


Are ADN-BSN Collaborative students considered matriculated students at Cal State LA?

During the first two summer terms, ADN-BSN Collaborative students are considered “continuing education” students. Once students enroll in the Fall term of the program, they are considered matriculated students. Matriculation simply means that students are enrolled in a degree-granting program and will be eligible to receive a BSN degree from Cal State LA. This does not mean that students will be considered state-side students. The entire ADN-BSN Collaborative Program is run through the College of Professional and Global Education as a self-support program. Please visit the Tuition & Fees and Financial Aid pages for additional information.


What is the difference between state-supported and self-supported programs?

In state-supported (or state-side) programs, the state of California partially supports student tuition (approximately 30-40%). This means that the total costs to the University, including faculty compensation, are covered by the state general fund as well as student tuition. The total tuition that state-side students pay is approximately 60-70% of what it actually costs to run these programs. Self-supported programs, which are run through the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) at Cal State LA, do not receive any funding from the state of California; therefore, they rely on student tuition and fees to cover 100% of all direct and indirect expenses associated with offering classes and services.


Why isn’t the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program state-supported?

Unfortunately, there is not sufficient space or funding to expand state-side programs in California’s public universities. The reason nearly all the CSUs have ADN to BSN programs like this offered through Extended Education (PaGE at Cal State LA) is to provide access and the opportunity for many more students to receive their BSN degrees. The ADN-BSN Collaborative Program at Cal State LA allows up to 80 additional nursing students to receive their BSN degree each year, which doubles the capacity of the School of Nursing’s undergraduate programs. Without programs like this, hundreds of students would not have the opportunity to complete their BSN in a timely manner.


Are there any additional fees besides tuition that students in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program must pay each term?

Once students are matriculated in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program beginning in the Fall semester, they are required to pay the Student Health Center fee ($82.50/semester) and the University Student Union fee ($137.25/semester). This allows students to utilize these services while enrolled during these two semesters.


Is it possible to work while in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program?

Many students who choose to work while in the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program have been able to successfully balance their school and work load. If you choose to work while in school, we encourage you to carefully consider your anticipated course and clinical workload each semester and to work closely with your employer to let them know about your school schedule and other obligations as soon as possible.


May students choose their clinical sites for clinical courses?

Students are encouraged to work with the School of Nursing Undergraduate Clinical Placement Coordinator regarding their preference of clinical site, clinical specialty area, and/or geographic region for their clinical placements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Office website for additional information.


Can I use my Cal-Vet Fee Waiver for programs/courses taken through the College of Professional and Global Education?

The Cal-Vet Fee Waiver only waives state mandated fees. Self-support (extension) fees are not waived. Therefore, the Cal-Vet Fee Waiver cannot be used for any program or courses offered by the College of Professional and Global Education, including Open University courses. Contact the Veterans Resource Center staff at (323) 343-5080 to inquire about educational programs that qualify under the Cal-Vet fee waiver program at Cal State L.A.