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Breakthrough to Nursing Presentation. Presented by California Student Nurses Association (CNSA) CSUS chapter BTN Committee. Breakthrough to Nursing. 2 Paths to becoming a Registered Nurse 1) Bachelors in Nursing Science 2) Associate Degree in Nursing. Breakthrough to Nursing.

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Breakthrough to nursing presentation

Breakthrough to Nursing Presentation

Presented by

California Student Nurses Association (CNSA)

CSUS chapter

BTN Committee

Breakthrough to nursing

Breakthrough to Nursing

2 Paths to becoming a Registered Nurse

1) Bachelors in Nursing Science

2) Associate Degree in Nursing

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Schools in the Sacramento Valley Area


California State University Sacramento

Samuel Merritt University (Private)


American River College

Sacramento City College

Sierra College

San Joaquin Delta College

Yuba College (Marysville)

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Breakthrough to Nursing

BSN Program: Admission Requirements

Merit-based admissions – Based on points

Test of Essential Academic Skills (75% Minimum Score)

Pre/Corequisite GPA – C or better in each class. Overall GPA of 3.3 for last 30 units including pre/corequisites.

Optional Criteria

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Optional Criteria for BSN Admission

Additional points (up to 12) awarded for:

Bilingual Language Proficiency (3 points)

Health-Related Work Experience (3 points)

Economic Background (3 points)

Environment Background (3 points)

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Repeating Classes

A prerequisite or corequisite class may be taken twice within a 7 year period preceding the first day of the program application filing period without penalty.

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Required Prerequisite Classes

Organic Chemistry w/lab

Anatomy & Physiology w/lab

Microbiology w/lab

English 1A

Oral Communication/Public Speaking

Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Required Corequisite Courses

Life Span Human Development

Introductory Psychology



Societal Cultural Patterns Course

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Breakthrough to Nursing

ADN Program: Admission Requirements

Computerized Random Selection Process

Test of Essential Academic Skills (score of 67% min)

Prerequisite/Corequisite requirements: Grade of C or

better in each class. >3.0 GPA for A & P and

Microbiology. 2.5 overall GPA for all others.

Same course requirements as BSN program.

No repeating courses.

No optional criteria

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Length of Programs

BSN – 2 years at Sac State

3 years at some State Universities

ADN – 2 years

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Program/Degree Differences

BSN – Baccalaureate Degree, Public Health Certificate, Advanced degree prepared, More career opportunities, Higher salaries in some areas, May take longer, More expensive, More coursework.

ADN – Associates Degree, Less coursework, Less expensive, May take longer to get into a program.

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Core Program Structure (BSN & ADN)

Adult Health


Mental Health



Community Health

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Breakthrough to Nursing

RN Careers

Med-Surg Units Mental Health

ICUs Forensic Nurse

Emergency Room School Nurse

Surgery Public Health

Labor & Delivery Home Health

Pediatrics Traveling Nurse

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Where Nurses Can Work

Hospitals Psychiatric Facilities

Outpatient Clinics Government Agencies

Client’s Homes Call Centers

Schools Reservations

Military Corporations

Prisons Summer Camps

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Advanced Practice Careers-MS/Doctorate

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Certified Nurse Anesthetist

Certified Nurse Midwife

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Educator

Clinical Systems Manager

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Breakthrough to Nursing

Nursing Salaries

RN Average Earnings:

$62,450 Annually (National)*

$83,040 Annually (California)*

*According to Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook

Handbook 2009-10 Edition

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Breakthrough to Nursing


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Breakthrough to Nursing

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