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How to Apply

The minimum requirements for admission are:

  • *Bachelor's degree 
  • Mathematical proficiency at a minimum level of college Algebra
To apply for admission to the Healthcare IT Program:
  • Submit resume
  • Send official transcripts (mailed or hand delivered) to:

California State University San Marcos
             Extended Learning
             Attn: Student Services/HIT Program

          333 S.Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
          San Marcos, CA 92096

*This program is open to applicants of any discipline with a bachelor's degree. In addition, CSUSM students with senior standing and relevant background knowledge or experience (e.g., IT, Computer Science, MIS, Nursing) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

**F-1 visa students are not eligible for this program at this time.

Students are admitted each Fall semester. The next admission period is for Fall 2015.


STEP 1: Submit your application to CSUSM

Application Instructions:

  1. Click the following link: HIT Application;
  2. Click the "Register" link and follow the instructions to create your account;
    1. Be sure to write down your username and password to use at a later time
  3. Click the "Start New Application" link:
    1. If you have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher, please update the fields as detailed below:

                                                               i.      Country of Citizenship:

                                                             ii.      Career: Graduate or Second Bachelor Degree

                                                           iii.      Admit Term: Fall 2015

                                                           iv.      Program: Certification Program (Postbaccalaureate)

                                                             v.      Plan: Health Information Technology Certificate Program

  1. If you have NOT earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher (CURRENT CSUSM students only), please update the fields as detailed below:

                                                               i.      Country of Citizenship:

                                                             ii.      Career: Undergraduate Career

                                                           iii.      Admit Term: Fall 2015

                                                           iv.      Program: Undergraduate Certificate

                                                             v.      Plan: Health Information Technology Certificate

  1. Click the Start Application button;
  2. Complete the remainder of the application;
  3. Upload resume to application;
  4. At the end of the application, click Validate to confirm all required fields are complete. Fill in all required fields, then click on Validate again.
  5. Once all the fields have been validated, check the box certifying that your application is accurate and click the Submit button.

Once you have completed your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $105 program application fee. Your application will not officially be submitted until payment has been received. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, log into your account and ensure the status of your application states "Posted". An application in any other status than "Posted" has not been successfully submitted to the University.

Application Notes:
1. This application does NOT register you for courses.
2. Application through CSU Mentor is no longer required.

STEP 2: Submit official transcripts to CSUSM

In addition to submitting the University application and application fee, you must submit official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions you previously attended to the following address:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning/HIT
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Applicants with foreign coursework please note:  You must submit academic records from foreign institutions. The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation.

STEP 4: Satisfy English Proficiency* Requirement (Applicants who have taken coursework internationally only):

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Submission of these test scores should be sent to the following address:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning/HIT
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Provided below are the CSU required minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:













*At this time, this program is not eligible to accept F-1 visa students.

We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible. Please review your Student Center at MYCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.


Note: The administration of the Healthcare Information Technology program is contingent upon having the appropriate number of qualified candidates. In the event the number of minimum qualified candidates is not satisfied, the program may be delayed or cancelled prior to the program's stated start date. Accepted applicants will be notified in writing if the program is cancelled or delayed. We encourage you to visit our website frequently for the most up-to-date information. 

Certificate Requirements

Each course is 2 units of credit. Students take 6 units per term, for a total of 12 semester units.

The following credit courses are required for the certificate and must be completed with a grade point average of a "C" or better. All 12 units of the program are fully transferable academic units.

  • HIT 500 – Healthcare Systems: Structure and Process (2)                                                        
  • HIT 510 – Data Management for Healthcare Decision Support (2)                                        
  • HIT 520 – Electronic Health Records (2)                                                                                               
  • HIT 530 – Data Communication and Security for Healthcare (2)                                           
  • HIT 540 – Managing Healthcare System Change (2)                                                              
  • HIT 550 – Project Management and Process Improvement for Healthcare (2)