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    Geraldine L.

    “My mentors were educated nurse leaders who were supportive of educational advancement and available to help in any way imaginable. They demanded rigorous scholarship and gave fantastic constructive feedback. CalSouthern’s flexibility helped me throughout my program because I was able to work at my own pace and develop as a nurse and healthcare leader at an affordable cost.”

    Geraldine L, BSN Program, 2021


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    Nursing Programs

    Prepare to lead the future of nursing with CalSouthern’s BSN and MSN degrees for working nurses. Our programs cultivate creativity, professional accountability, and academic integrity in order to promote the ethical and equitable care of patients throughout all levels of healthcare.

    Through our flexible and collaborative programs, we enable nurses to enhance their professionalism and critical thinking skills in order to foster a culture of trust with patients and help provide both theoretical and evidence-based care.

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    Our RN-to-BSN program offers an “Early Start” pathway for those preparing to take their NCLEX-RN exam. It prepares learners to practice nursing within complex healthcare systems and focuses on the integration of knowledge and skills to become a provider of care, manager, and coordinator of care.

    Quick Facts:
    • Credits Required: 120
    • Cost Per Credit: $395
    • Program Length: 1-3 years
    • Max Transfer Credits: 90

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    The MSN is a leadership-based degree that develops advanced analytical and problem solving skills, and utilizes the latest evidence, technology, and information systems to focus on the care of diverse patients in various healthcare settings.

    Quick Facts:
    • Credits Required: 36
    • Cost Per Credit: $645*
    • Program Length: 2 years (full-time)
    • Max Transfer Credits: 6
    • Concentrations in nurse executive leadership, nurse educator, and healthcare administration.

    * Effective for new learners enrolling June 1, 2024 and after.


    They emphasize delivery excellence in patient care, quality and safety; embrace positive outcomes; ensure team members have the skills to adhere to safe nursing practices and medical standards; bridge gap between policy and practice for team; make sure individuals act as a team; foster communication, encourage opportunities for personal growth through education and upgraded medical knowledge and skills; always with a key focus on patient care, and to ensure safety and quality improvement of your profession.

    Why Choose CalSouthern?

    Your Degree
    on Your Time

    Our online programs allow you to learn and study when it's convenient for you. And monthly course starts enable you to take courses at your own pace.

    Taught & Mentored by Healthcare Leaders

    Our nursing programs are centered around experience-based curriculum and are taught by expert faculty mentors who are actively working in the field.


    Backed by 40 Years of Expertise

    We've championed remote learning from the beginning, and we've been perfecting our craft ever since. We have proven that a quality education does not require four walls.

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    Department Chair

    Douglas M. Turner, PhD, DNP, RN, CNE, NE-BC, NEA-BC

    Dr. Douglas Turner has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including practice, instruction, and research. He holds an associate, bachelor, two masters, and a doctoral degree in nursing and is educated as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). He has also earned a PhD in International Health with a focus in Education. Dr. Turner is currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in multiple states and certified as a Nurse Educator (CNE), a Nurse Executive (NE-BC), and a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).



    Can I transfer my credits?

    Absolutely! We accept most course credits and degrees awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what qualifies for transfer.


    When can I start?

    Immediately. At CalSouthern, new courses start every month instead of every quarter or semester. Register by this month’s deadline to start courses next month on the 1st.


    Who will support me?

    While you may study on your own, you will never be alone. You will have access to Learner Support Services with a team of diverse staff, faculty mentors, and school-specific academic teams who will assist you throughout your academic journey at CalSouthern.

    Millie S

    "I find CalSouthern's flexible online BSN program to be a perfect match with my busy work schedule. The ability to work at my own pace has made improving my career in nursing a reality."

    Millie S., BSN Program, 2020

    California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Institutional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

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