2018-2019 Catalog


College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Degree Roadmap

Master of Science in Nursing

Nurse Administrator Option

Nurse Educator Option

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Option

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Option

Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Option 

Family Nurse Practitioner Option


Post-Master's Nurse Administrator

Post-Master's Nurse Educator

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Post-Master’s Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Post-Graduate Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

Director & Coordinators (Faculty)

Director, School of Nursing

Cathryn Andrade, Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Program

Terri Ares, Coordinator, Graduate Nursing Program

Graduate Role Advisors (Faculty)

Hernani Ledesma, Advisor, Nurse Administrator Role Option

Wafa Khasawneh, Advisor, Nurse Educator Role Option

Terri Ares, Advisor, CNS Role Options and MSN Pathway Program

Linda Goldman, Interim Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Option

Full-time Faculty
Maria Barbosa, Barbara Kennedy, Dale Mueller, Lauren Outland, Nop Ratanasiripong,

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: https://www.csudh.edu/son/index.

Emeriti Faculty

Angela Albright, Kathleen Chai, Judith J. Chodil, Mary Cruise, Catherine Earl, Colleen Ehrenberg, Ellen Hope Kearns, Laura Inouye, Cynthia Johnson, 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 (BSN degree) in Nursing (RN-BSN) Program for registered nurses to complete their undergraduate degree and (2) the Master of Science (MSN) degree in Nursing (MSN) for registered nurses who wish to specialize in an advanced area of nursing.

The Baccalaureate degree program in Nursing and the Master's degree program in Nursing 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 programs for Clinical Nurse Specialists at California State University Dominguez Hills are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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 as well as some in the classroom
  • 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 courses 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- Periodically courses are offered as classroom-based seminars that meet several times during the semester in the evening or on weekends at partnering agencies, if the agency contracts to do so.
  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.

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 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.

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


  1. Students must be licensed as registered nurses or completing an 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, 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.
  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 in advance of the semester in the university online bookstore.
  5. All students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Undergraduates must complete the GWAR prior to completing 84 units. Contact Testing Center at https://www.csudh.edu/testing-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.