The program requires twelve quarters of full time study over a three year period. The full time study program includes general education courses as well as nursing theory and clinical nursing courses. The course categories include biological and behavioral sciences, humanities, arts, and professional nursing courses. A minimum of 189 quarter units is required for program completion.
These units minimally include the 90 hours of core content required in Article 9, Public Health Nurse, Section 1491: Qualifications & Regulations. Upon successful completion of the 12 quarter program, the Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree is awarded and the BSN graduate is also eligible to apply to the State of California for the Public Health Nurse Certificate. The BSN graduate nurse who has demonstrated competency in all of the theoretical and clinical courses is eligible to sit for the NCLEX examination to become a registered nurse.