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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
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Nursing Video

Nursing, BS



Undergraduate Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Vivan Wong.

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing  prepares you for professional careers with a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

The following courses (or their equivalents) are to be completed for the baccalaureate degree. Extended campus facilities include public health departments, home health agencies, sub-acute facilities, skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory care clinics, acute care hospitals, Nurse-Managed Centers and a wide variety of community-based agencies for clinical experience. Students must provide their own transportation to extended campus facilities. Some community agencies require home visits, therefore students must have individual use of an automobile. 

Overall requirements: Students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better or “Credit” in each nursing course and in all prerequisites and corequisite courses for the nursing major (see admission impaction supplemental criteria for exceptions). In addition, students must pass background and drug clearances. Policies are posted on The Valley Foundation School of Nursing website at www.sjsu.edu/nursing.

All students must meet all health requirements and obtain personal professional liability insurance through the School’s designated vendor. Students must carry personal health insurance at all times as well. Those who do not meet the health clearance guidelines must meet with the advisor for follow-up.

Students should be aware that the application requirements and prerequisite courses are subject to change. Interested students should check the Nursing web page frequently for updates and changes.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 24
Major Preparation 35
Major Requirements 61
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4.5-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses required in the major (preparation, major, and electives) require a grade of “C” or better or “Credit” (see admission impaction supplemental criteria for exceptions ). In addition, students must pass background and drug clearances. Policies are posted on The Valley Foundation School of Nursing website.

University Requirements


Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements  apply to this major. 

Core Lower Division General Education (15 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 24 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a major advisor for details. Of the 39 units, the following 12 units are not satisfied in the major:

Upper Division General Education (3 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with a major advisor for details. Of the 9 units, the following 6 units are not satisfied in the major. 

American Institutions (6 units)


Complete one 6-unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies sequence (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) or Humanities Honors course (HUM 2B ; 6 units) satisfies the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Physical Education


The Physical Education Requirement is waived for this major. See the Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


At SJSU, students must pass a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course with a  grade of C or better (C- not accepted) to meet graduation requirements. For students in the Nursing, BS major, the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  is fulfilled with NURS 100WE - Evidence Based Practice Writing Workshop .  

Major Preparation (35 units)


Additional Major Support (6 units)


Total Units Required (120 units)