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CSU San Marcos Academic Offerings: Nursing


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
    • Generic Option
    • Entry Level Baccalaureate Option
    • RN-to-BSN Option


The purpose of the nursing profession is to help patients/clients achieve health goals. Nurses provide health care for individuals, families and communities by performing supportive, preventive, therapeutic, and restorative interventions. Nurses are employed in institutional and community-based health care settings. They can provide health related interventions through independent action or as a collaborating member of a health care team.

The nursing curriculum at CSUSM is built on a self-care model. This model assumes that persons are usually capable of providing their own needs related to health. Sometimes persons cannot take care of themselves because of injury, disease, or insufficient health-related knowledge. Nursing care helps such people recover their self-care abilities through health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration.

The Nursing program at CSUSM places strong emphasis on delivering skillful, culturally sensitive nursing care. Each student will be proficient in a language-other-than-English and be aware of culturally driven health care practices. Students will be able to provide nursing care to diverse individuals and communities. Students take advantage of clinical experiences in a variety of acute care and community settings, and are able to provide nursing case management interventions for a variety of vulnerable populations.

The Nursing Program at Cal State San Marcos prepares students for multiple career tracks within the profession. Students who complete the undergraduate program will have knowledge and skills for general nursing practice, will be well prepared for entry into graduate level nursing programs, and will be qualified to assume leadership roles in health care organizations, clinics, and community agencies.


To learn more about Nursing programs at CSU San Marcos, please visit the School of Nursing website.