2017-2018 Catalog


Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science

Degree Roadmap

Master of Science

Nurse Administrator Option
Nurse Educator Option
Clinical Nurse Specialist Option– Parent Child
Clinical Nurse Specialist Option– Adult-Gerontology
Family Nurse Practitioner Option


Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Clinical Nurse Specialist- Parent Child
Post-Master’s Clinical Nurse Specialist- Adult-Gerontology
Post-Master's Nurse Administrator
Post-Master's Nurse Educator


Kathleen Chai, Director, School of Nursing

Hernani Ledesma, Associate Director, Advisor, MSN Nurse Administrator Role Option

Terri Ares, Coordinator, Graduate Nursing Program and Advisor, CNS Role Options and MSN Pathway Program

Nop Ratanasiripong, Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Program; Coordinator, Public Health Nurse Eligibility Program

Linda Goldman, Interim Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Option

Wafa Khasawneh, Advisor, Nurse Educator Role Option


Cathryn Andrade, Maria Barbosa, Catherine Earl, Cynthia Johnson, Barbara Kennedy,  Dale Mueller, Lauren Outland, Jo Ann Wegmann

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: http://www4.csudh.edu/son/.

Emeriti Faculty

Angela Albright, Judith J. Chodil, Mary Cruise, Colleen Ehrenberg, Ellen Hope Kearns, Laura Inouye, Kathleen Johnston, Judith Lewis, Kathleen F. O'Connor, Ruth A. Pease, Carole A. Shea, Carol Snarr, Margaret Wallace, Jo Ann Wegmann, Rose Welch

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 SON offers two degree programs: (1) the Bachelor of Science (BS degree) in Nursing (RN-BSN) Program for registered nurses to complete their undergraduate degree and (2) the Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing (MSN) for registered nurses who wish to specialize in an advanced area of nursing. The programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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.

A. Program Features

These programs provide nursing students with varying interests and backgrounds with unique advantages such as:

  • 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
  • Courses offered online through the Internet as well as some in the classroom
  • Credit and course work transferable statewide
  • Professional skill development and networking with a diverse group of nursing professionals
  1. Online Learning- All courses have an online component. A course may be taught all online, or as a hybrid mix of online and classroom sessions. Courses in the RN-BSN and MSN programs are offered predominantly online. Online courses are taught asynchronously so that students have the flexibility of accessing and participating in the courses at the time and place that is most convenient for them, in line with the scheduled assignments Online courses require interaction with the instructor and group work with classmates through the Internet; they must be completed within the semester. Some online course may require students to take part in an on-site class, either on campus or at selected sites throughout California. The on-site requirements for online classes are usually limited to 1-3 days in a semester.
  2. Classroom-based Courses- Some RN-BSN are offered as classroom-based seminars that meet several times during the semester in the evening or on weekends at partnering agencies.
  3. Preceptorships/Clinical Affiliations- The SON maintains many affiliation agreements with 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 and program or role option. FNP role performance courses must be completed in the state of California.
  4. 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.

B. Continuing Education (C.E.) Units

All BSN and MSN courses are approved for C.E. units by the Board of Registered Nursing at the rate of 15 contact hours per unit of credit. (BRN Provider Number 10928.) Your transcript is your certificate of completion for the C.E. units.

C. Professional Growth to Meet Goals and Standards

The Nursing Programs are designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of registered nurses in these key areas:

  • Integration of knowledge from physical and behavioral sciences and humanities into professional nursing practice.
  • Application of theories and research findings to evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Development of knowledge and skills in administration, education and research.
  • Enrichment of conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities.
  • Strengthening of behavioral and social attributes, emphasizing ethical standards of integrity, compassion, and concern for others.

Academic Advisement

The School of Nursing Programs place a high premium on 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 forms 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 nursing programs, registration and enrollment, and the class schedule. The SSC advisors may be reached at 1-800-344-5484 (choose option #1) or bsnmajoradvising@csudh.edu. 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.


  1. Students in the BSN program must be licensed as registered nurses or nearing completion of RN program in the semester before admission. It is the student's responsibility to immediately report in writing any change in licensure status to Director of the School of Nursing.
  2. Students are responsible for obtaining any necessary health exams, immunizations, CPR, universal precautions, and HIPAA training, etc. required by the University or an affiliating clinical agency. 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.
  3. Patient confidentiality and other professional ethics must be respected.
  4. Students must obtain the course materials by downloading their syllabus from Blackboard by going to http://toro.csudh.edu. Required textbooks are posted well in advance of the semester in the university online bookstore.
  5. All students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR): Undergraduates prior to completing 84 units and graduate students prior to completing 9 units.

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.