BSN 423 Clinical Placement Process

There are 3 scenarios and each have a slightly different process. Please find your scenario and follow that process.

1) Current DH students who need to complete BSN 423 for their BSN degree.

2) Non-DH students with a BSN from another university who want to apply for the PHN Certificate.

3) Non-DH students seeking BSN 423 as a pre-requisite course for another program.

1) Instructions for current CSUDH RN-BSN students (matriculated)

Students will be required to fill out a Clinical Placement Application and submit during the application window to ensure placements and requirements will meet all necessary deadlines and guidelines. BSN 423 will require a permit. Once your application is processed and approved, you will be contacted about registering for the courses.

  • Students must have an active, unencumbered RN license for clinical. Interim Permits (IP) are not acceptable. 
  • The SON has limited seats in some cohort-based sites but cannot guarantee placement. 
  • If the SON is unable to place you in a cohort-based site you will need to contact the Education Department within one of our contracted sites and request a preceptor
  • View the clinical site list  on the 'Clinical' page here: BSN 423 Clinical Sites
    • If you do not see a site listed within 50 miles of your home, contact the Clinical Coordinator at immediately.
  • Complete the Clinical Application during the appropriate term window.
    • Please allow the Clinical Coordinator 4 weeks after the application window closes to review your application and follow-up with you. Once your application has been processed the Clinical Coordinator will contact you regarding course permits, if you have been placed.
    • No late applications will be accepted. If you miss the application window, please prepare to submit an application for the next available term.


>>Please note that sites where CSUDH does not have an affiliation agreement may take as long as 3-6 months, or even longer to process if approval is possible.<<


Fall Semester: April 1st – June 1st

Spring Semester:  August 1st – October 1st

Summer Semester:  March 1st – April 1st

2) Instructions for Non-CSUDH RN-BSN Students (non-matriculated) taking BSN 423 to satisfy PHN 90 clinical hour requirements set by the California BRN through Open University

Please go to our Post Grad Public Health Certificate page and follow the directions for "Nurses with a BSN from another university".

3) Instructions for Non-CSUDH RN-BSN Students (non-matriculated) taking BSN 423 to satisfy pre-requisites for other programs through Open University

  1. Apply to take BSN 423 here: Non-DH BSN 423 Application
  2. Your application and transcripts will be reviewed and if acceptable, they will be forwarded on to the Clinical Coordinator.
    • Non-DH students who are taking BSN 423 will need to submit an unofficial copy of transcripts showing graduation from an Associate Degree program in nursing and completion of Pathophysiology and Health Assessment
  3. Students will be notified by email toward the beginning of their selected term with information about enrolling in the course via Open University. Current Open University costs: $311/unit for Undergrad; $369/unit for Graduate (Post-Bac’s are charged at the Graduate rate).
    • Seats will be assigned on a space-available basis.  Current CSUDH BSN students are given priority. At this time Non-DH students may only take BSN 423 in the Fall and Spring terms.
    • Non-DH applicants are required to supply their own preceptor and site. Please do not submit an application without a preceptor and site.
      • Please Note: if CSUDH SON does not have an active contract with a site, it may take up to 6 months to secure a contract delaying enrollment in BSN 423. Therefore, it is advisable students find a site from our active site list found on the 'Clinical' page here: BSN 423 sites. If you decide to use a site not on our list you will need to initiate the Request for a Clinical Affiliation agreement process, instructions below:

Instructions to: Request a Clinical Affiliation Agreement

Form to: Request a Clinical Affiliation Agreement

Examples of appropriate public health sites:

  • Head start programs
  • College/School Health Centers
  • Community Health Clinics
  • Community Education
  • LGBTQ Counseling/Health Clinics
  • Public Health Departments




Fall Semester 

 June 1st

Spring Semester 

October 1st