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Extended Learning Program Application & Evaluation Process

We currently have cohorts planned for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The Fall program will accept one cohort in Temecula; the Spring program will accept one cohort in San Marcos and the Summer program will admit one cohort in Temecula. Applications received now will be considered for admission into all planned cohorts.

Admissions are processed on a rolling basis. The Extended Learning Evaluation Team makes admissions decisions, which can be done only with a complete application package.

A complete application package contains:

  • Program Application
  • Paid program Application Fee
  • All official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Bachelor degree conferred on official transcript
  • TEAS exam scores

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Application Materials

All prospective students are required to submit a program application with official, hard copy transcripts, and TEAS Exam score.  Submission of the application, official, hard copy transcripts, and TEAS Exam scores will allow the School of Nursing and Extended Learning to provide each prospective student with an educational plan for program acceptance.  Each applicant will receive an individualized advising worksheet showing course requirements completed and outstanding requirements that need to be met. 

ABSN Program Application Fee

There is a $55.00 non-refundable Program Application fee.  The fee must be submitted online at the time of submission of the program application.  Applications will not be processed until the Program Application fee has been paid, submission of official, hard copy transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions, and TEAS Exam score have been received.

Before submitting your application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable $55 Program Application fee. You should receive an email confirming your application submission and payment. 


Note: Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150 "Intent to Enroll" fee upon acceptance.This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.


Request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended.

CSU San Marcos receives electronic transcripts through e Transcript California from many California Community Colleges (Palomar, MiraCosta, Southwestern, etc.).  Participating institutions will provide electronic transcripts through the established process.

Electronic transcripts provided through external, or third party, vendors (Credential Solutions, Docufide, Parchment, etc.) should be emailed to the following address: *

*Please note that all international transcripts and coursework needs to be submitted via postal mail. 

All other official transcripts must be enclosed in sealed envelopes and mailed or delivered to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA. 92096-0001

Attn: ABSN


All other documents, including your TEAS Exam score, should be sent to:

California State University San Marcos
Extended Learning
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA  92096-0001
Attn: ABSN

Please note:  For your initial evaluation please compile all official, hard copy transcripts from each college and university attended in one single package.  This prevents any delay of the evaluation/admissions process.  It is preferred that all transcripts are collected and mailed together in one single package.  Please ensure that all official, hard copy transcripts from all colleges and universities attended have been sent directly from the institution to the student's home address.  Once you receive all official, hard copy transcripts, please mail them to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at the address listed above.  Please do not open the transcripts or they will be deemed "unofficial."

International Student Admissions Requirements

For all Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. You must submit academic records from foreign institutions.  The original foreign transcript must be on file and if the transcripts are not written in English, each must be accompanied by certified English translation.  In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  A course by course evaluation is requested from one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  Please note that both the evaluation and the original foreign transcript must be submitted to Extended Learning.

International students, please note: With a part-time RN-BSN, RN-MSN, MSN program Cal State San Marcos will not be able to sponsor F-1 students as the requirement to be an F-1 is full-time student status. However, the program will still be open to other non-immigrant visa holders who do not need an I-20 document for their status (including H-1 and E-1).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

As required by Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, campuses of the California State University require that English competence be established by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction. Most frequently, such students document competence in the English language via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test (TOEFL) has been and is available in three scoring formats.

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

Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based (iBT)
Undergraduate 500 173 61
Graduate 550 213 80



Admissions Point System

The University will utilize a point system to identify candidates for admission to the Accelerated BSN program.  To review the Point System.  In the event of a point "tie," the School of Nursing and Extended Learning will revert to a lottery system to determine candidate admission to the cohort.

Background Check

Students admitted to the cohort will be required to complete a background check including, statewide, county, and federal screening before placement in a healthcare agency for clinical assignment.  Background checks are required of all individuals seeking a nursing license in the State of California.  Students who have reason to believe that a background check would reveal a prior misdemeanor or felony should seek to have these matters expunged from their record if possible.