Nursing is a profession concerned with the total health care of the individual and the family. This total care includes the physical, psychological, sociocultural and environmental problems as they relate to daily life. Nurses practice in homes, schools, clinics, hospitals, and other settings where people are in need of health care services. The nursing profession believes in preventing illness, caring for those who are acutely ill, and helping people with long-term rehabilitative problems live in the healthiest way possible. Nursing is both a science and an art. It has its foundation in biophysical and behavioral humanistic sciences as well in specific practice skills and techniques.

Students in the SDSU program are provided experience which enable them to acquire knowledge from the natural, social, medical, and nursing sciences; develop critical thinking and professional decision-making abilities; utilize current research in the application of the nursing process; develop leadership potential and accountability in professional practice; become aware of the emerging roles of the professional nurse and of the social forces and trends affecting health and health care systems; and to learn to balance professional and personal growth and values.

Program Overview

The School of Nursing at SDSU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse in California and certification as a public health nurse. The four-year undergraduate curriculum leading to the degree requires an intensive program of study, a disciplined commitment to professional ideals, and a genuine concern for people.

After completion of the lower division prerequisite coursework, nursing majors are admitted to a program that consists of co-requisites and courses in nursing science, client relationships, adult and child health, maternal and neonatal health, and psychosocial nursing. The senior year provides each nursing major with courses in management and community health nursing, and an elective in major health problems in the acute care or ambulatory setting.

The SDSU School of Nursing has a comprehensive Web site that provides information about applying to the School, graduate programs, the RN to BSN program, and job opportunities. Please refer to the School of Nursing Web site for up-to-date information.

Career Opportunities

Nurses are in great demand throughout the country and are needed in such settings as acute care hospitals, community health agencies, outreach programs, public schools, health maintenance organizations, and clinics which serve disadvantaged, ethnically diverse, and rural populations. Career opportunities are particularly good for bilingual and/or bicultural persons, and men.

The Bachelor's degree serves as the basic foundation and preparation for graduate study in nursing for those students who have demonstrated advanced academic capabilities.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Website for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Nursing program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.