Academic Catalog 2021-2022


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College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

School of Nursing

School of Nursing (SON) Office: (310) 243-3596

For more complete information about all aspects of the SON and the nursing programs, go to the SON web site at:

Pre-Admission Disclosure for Academic Programs Leading to Licensure or Credentialing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the School of Nursing: Terri, Ares, WH 335  - (310) 243-2644

Program Descriptions

The School of Nursing's (SON) Nursing Program began in spring of 1981 with two major commitments:

  1. to make quality higher education in nursing more accessible to employed registered nurses and
  2. to ultimately improve health care in California.

The RN-BSN and the MSN programs are designed for registered nurses who wish to expand their nursing career opportunities and leadership roles. The curricula are responsive to the needs of adult learners whose time, lifestyle, or work schedules make it difficult to complete a traditional course of study in residence at a campus.

The SON offers two degree programs:

  1. the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for registered nurses wishing to earn their undergraduate degree and
  2. the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for registered nurses who wish to specialize in an advanced area of nursing.

The Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in Nursing programs as well as the Post-Master’s Certificate program options in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neo-Natal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist at California State University Dominguez Hills are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
The post-graduate APRN certificate program for Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at California State University Dominguez Hills is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

A. Key Program Features

  • Classes designed to meet the needs of adult learners
  • Opportunities to meet students with similar goals
  • Access to faculty with a strong track record in education, research, management and clinical practice
  • Over 25 members of faculty prepared at the doctoral level
  • Highly experienced preceptors and prestigious community affiliations
  • All theory courses offered online (minimal on-site skills requirement for physical assessment and FNP courses)
  • Professional skill development and networking with a diverse group of nursing professionals.
  1. Preceptorships/Clinical Affiliations- The SON maintains many affiliation agreements with prestigious health care agencies and other institutions for student clinical placements. Students participate in performance courses (clinical practice/skills laboratory experiences) with supervision by faculty instructors and agency preceptors. Required clinical hours vary according to the course, program or role option. FNP role performance courses must be completed in the State of California however arrangements for other courses requiring clinical placement can many times be arranged in other states.
  2. Out of State Students- Students are required to reside in a state in which the School of Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills is permitted to deliver online education.

Academic Advisement

The School of Nursing Programs provide student advisement, beginning with general information sessions for prospective students and orientation for newly admitted students. Prior to starting the program and during the course of study, much of the information for advising can be found on the SON website, in handbooks, and other documents. Special advisors in the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing Student Service Center (SSC) provide information and answer questions about the general aspects of the undergraduate nursing programs, registration and enrollment, and the class schedule. The SSC advisors may be reached at 1-800-344-5484 (choose option #1) or These advisors are dedicated to giving students the information and assistance they need to make a smooth transition into CSU Dominguez Hills and the SON programs.

The BSN Coordinator acts as the advisor for BSN students and will receive questions and provide guidance upon request. Students are urged to seek advice and communicate with faculty and Student Service Center advisors as soon as issues or problems arise. The matter will be referred to the appropriate faculty advisor as necessary.

Graduate student advisement is provided by the Role Option Advisors and the Graduate Coordinator. The Student Service Center advisors can assist with enrollment.


  • All MSN students must possess an unencumbered, unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse with no probation or disciplinary actions pending or imposed. It is preferred that RN-BSN students possess their RN license prior to application for admission to the University. However, students actively enrolled in regionally accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs may apply for admission prior to completion of their ADN program so long as they can demonstrate graduation from the ADN program before starting the RN-BSN program. Students in the RN-BSN program are required to have an unencumbered, unrestricted RN license with no probation or disciplinary action prior to entering any clinical courses. It is the student's responsibility to immediately report in writing any change in licensure status to Director of the School of Nursing.
  1. Students are responsible for obtaining any necessary health exams, immunizations, BLS, universal precautions, and HIPAA training, etc. required by the University or an affiliating clinical agency at the student’s expense. This may include criminal background checks, drug screening and other tests. If students are not able to meet all agency requirements, they may be barred from entering the clinical area. The SON cannot guarantee alternative clinical placements. If students are not able to meet clinical course objectives, they may be subject to disqualification from the program.
  2. Patient confidentiality and other professional ethics must be respected.
  3. Students must obtain the course materials by downloading their syllabus from Blackboard by going to Required textbooks are posted in advance of the semester in the university online bookstore.
  4. All students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Undergraduates must complete the GWAR prior to completing 84 units. Contact Testing Center at center/gwar/.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Nursing provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.85 in courses needed to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the Nursing faculty.