B.S. in Nursing Program (RNBSN)

Available at

Concord Campus

via Distance Education

Start Date: September 9, 2019

Program Information

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts offers a 3-semester distance education program for RNs to complete their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in one year. Each semester of RN to BSN program is 15 weeks in length and covers 5 courses. Each week day a new lecture will be opened by course instructors and assignments must be submitted by students by specified deadlines, set by the course instructors and indicated in the course syllabi.

The two clinical courses, Community Health Nursing Clinical and Leadership/Management in Nursing Clinical, require the student to do 6 hours each week for 15 weeks each in a clinical setting. Students are responsible for obtaining their own clinical site/preceptor locally to where they reside (may use current place of employment). Gurnick Academy has agreements with multiple clinical sites in the Bay Area, California, where students can alternatively complete their clinical/preceptorship.

Normal completion time for RN to BSN program is forty five (45) weeks excluding holidays and vacation times. Instructor to Student ratio is 1:25 in lecture and 1:1 during clinical.

Program Description

Students will study a wide range of curricular content to develop an advanced skill base, which is in demand by employers, students will also study the organization and function of health services, ethics and law in health care, writing skills for health professionals, leadership and management, nursing research, and essentials of patient education. Emphasis will be placed on evidenced-based practice and critical thinking skills in the provision of safe and effective care to patients from diverse and multicultural populations and communities across the life span. Students will also take Community Health Nursing, which includes certification in reporting of child abuse and in disaster management.

RN to BSN Program is a Bachelor of Science degree program.

Pathways for non-Registered Nurses are currently not offered and will become available upon approval by the California Board of Registered Nurses.

Mission Statement


Program Goals

Terminal Education Objectives

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements:

  1. General Admission Requirements for All Prorgams
  2. Additional Admission Requirements per Program
  3. Minimum Requirements for Students Enrolling in Distance Education Courses

RN to BSN Program Length and Schedule

  • 45 weeks of professional courses

  • Total 120 Semester Credit Hours: 40 Semester Credit Hours (excluding 80 Semester Credit Hours transferring in as a prerequisite). 3 Semesters.

Program Fees

Registration Fee (non-refundable) $75.00
Books  $250.00
Tuition Fee 10,160.00
Total cost $10,485.00

Several books must be obtained by students on their own and the cost of these books is not included in Books and Materials fee. Please refer to the RN to BSN Program Textbook Distribution Disclosure for details. Textbook fee waived for Gurnick Graduates.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about  Financial Assistance.

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RN Job Outlook and Salary in California

Click on the link for Occupational Profile for Registered Nurses in California provided by State of California Employment Development Department. Additionally, some information is presented by County: RNs in San Francisco Bay AreaRNs in East Bay AreaRNs in Fresno County, and RNs in Stanislaus County.

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