Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ADN to BSN) Collaborative


Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
(ADN to BSN) Collaborative


The ADN to BSN Collaborative program is designed to advance the associate degree RN to the next level in the profession, preparing BSN nurses for professional leadership roles in society. 

The program provides a seamless transition for students who want to complete an Associate Degree in Nursing and then continue to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education and School of Nursing have partnered with the following community colleges to develop and deliver this innovative program:

  • American River College
  • Sacramento City College
  • Sierra College
  • Yuba College


  • Seamless transition to a BSN program while completing an RN program
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years
  • Courses taught by knowledgeable and skilled faculty with diverse clinical backgrounds and expertise in nursing
  • Cohort-based learning which facilitates student learning, sharing of experiences and development of long-term professional relationships


The ADN to BSN Collaborative program is designed for individuals pursuing a BSN degree who have been accepted to an ADN program through American River College, Sacramento City College, Sierra College or Yuba College.

Students completing the ADN program at their respective community college will go through the selection process at their school to enter the program.


Courses are offered in-person at community colleges and the Sacramento State campus. Students will complete lab/skills and clinical courses using traditional, face-to-face teaching strategies for skills labs and human-patient simulation experiences.

Clinical rotations will be completed at healthcare agencies within the Sacramento metro region and partnering community colleges.

Degree Requirements

Completion of the BSN requires a total of 120 units. This includes:

  • A maximum of 70 units transferred from any CA Community College to any California State University
  • 50 units of upper division credit
  • 9 units of upper division GE taken at Sacramento State

Additional CSU credit may be awarded for passing the NCLEX RN examination.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 units in residence on the Sac State campus.

ADN to BSN Roadmaps

View Roadmaps for each partnering community college:


Please note: Candidates may be disqualified for a variety of reasons. Those candidates who are disqualifed may receive an application refund.  

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check.

Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Dr. Tara Sharpp, Coordinator, ADN to BSN Program,

Applicants who determine that they may not be able to meet licensure or credentialing qualifications and no longer wish to be admitted into these programs may have their application fees refunded.