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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing , Accelerated Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nurisng, Accelerated is a full-time program and will require a major commitment of time to complete.  Each student will be required to complete 78 semester units of study within the six academic-term program.  Approximately 27 units of the program consists of clinical study, which begins as early as 7:00 a.m. or extends as late as 11:00 p.m.  Prospective students should take into consideration the demanding nature of this program prior to submitting an application for admission.  Clinical rotations may vary by day and time each month; therefore, students should not plan on working while enrolled in this program.  Please note, classes and clinicals may be scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.

Program Cohort

The program will admit three cohorts of approximately 150 students per academic year. In the Fall semester, 50 students will be admitted to our Temecula campus cohort. For the Spring semester, 50 students will be admitted to our San Marcos campus cohort. In the Summer semester, 50 students will be admitted to our Temecula campus cohort. The program will consist of six academic-terms of study, including two summer terms.  Students admitted to the Accelerated BSN cohort will enter with a pre-designated course of study and are guaranteed a space in every class. 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (from a regionally accredited institution, or U.S. equivalent for degree coursework completed outside of the U.S.)
  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in the last 60 units completed.
  • Completion of the Pre-Nursing Core.
  • Minimum of 2.75 G.P.A. in Pre-Nursing Core ("C" grades or higher, "C-" grades are not acceptable).
  • Completion of additional CSUSM lower-division GE BRN-required courses, and other CSUSM graduation requirements.
  • Passage of the T.E.A.S. exam with a minimum 71.0% composite score.

Pre-Nursing Core

Students are required to fulfill the Pre-Nursing Core prior to the program start date.  The Pre-Nursing Core can be fulfilled through coursework taken at other universities or community colleges.  For a list of articulated courses at other institutions, we recommend visiting the Assist Website Please be aware of the Repeat Rule. Pre-Nursing Core courses for which the student earns less than a grade of C (2.0) may be repeated only once. 

Additional BRN, Lower-Division CSU GE, and Additional Graduation Requirements

Students are required to fulfill most or all of the following additional BRN and CSU lower-division GE requirements prior to entering the program.  For a list of articulated courses at other institutions, we recommend visiting the Assist Website  For courses taken out-of-state, please consult the Extended Learning academic advisor.

TEAS Exam

Students are required to Pass  the T.E.A.S. exam with a minimum 71.0% composite score. Please review the TEAS Exam information carefully to ensure you are signing up for the correct version of the test.

CSU Upper-Division GE Requirements

Students admitted to the program are required to complete the CSU Upper-Division GE courses in residence at CSUSM.  These courses are considered part of the ABSN program and will be scheduled through Extended Learning for the first semester of your scheduled cohort.  For additional information, please consult with the Extended Learning academic advisor.

Accelerated BSN Course Requirements (69 units)

Students admitted to the Accelerated BSN program will complete the following courses as part of a 2 year cohort.  Students may not take the courses independently or fulfill program course requirements by taking courses at other institutions.

Background Checks/Drug Screening

Background Check and Drug Screen Policy

Pre-Licensure Programs

  1. All students are required to complete a background check upon conditional admission to the School of Nursing.1,2  Students who have a flagged background check will not be admitted to the nursing program.  Students will be able to join a later cohort pending Space Available when their background check is unflagged. 
  1. All students are required to complete a Nursing Consortium background check and drug screen prior to their first nursing clinical course.  An additional background check and drug screen may be required by the School of Nursing at a later time during the program.  Students are required to have a negative urine drug screening and background check which includes a state, county, and federal screening. This background check is accessed by the clinical agencies for approval for clinical placement.  If a student receives a dilute reading on his/her drug screen results, then the student is required to go back and re-test within a twenty-four hour time period.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in dismissal from the program.
  1. In accordance with the California Board of Registered Nursing regulations, a person with a history of certain offenses may not qualify to be licensed as a registered nurse.  Conditionally admitted nursing students are strongly urged to consider this requirement prior to investing substantial time in a nursing program if it appears that past criminal acts or convictions may jeopardize a student’s eligibility for licensure in the practice of nursing.  Applicants for Licensure by Examination in the state of California must take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).  The California Board of Registered Nursing requires a Live Scan fingerprint application as part of the application process. The Live Scan includes a State (DOJ) and Federal (FBI) level criminal history record check. Please access http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/enforcement/appdocs.pdf for additional information.
  1. Some clinical sites will require students to complete a Live Scan clearance.  If the student does not clear the Live Scan clearance then s/he may not be permitted to attend the clinical rotation.  The student risks dismissal from the program should this occur.

1 The Office of Extended Learning will mail each student in the Accelerated BSN cohort a letter of conditional admission.  Soon after, students will receive a letter with instructions on how to place an order for one’s background check.  Students will have approximately one week to order their background check online.  If this deadline is not met, the student will not be guaranteed a seat in the cohort.

2 “Upon conditional admission to the School of Nursing” is defined as the date that a student in the Traditional BSN program states that s/he accepts a seat in the cohort.  An email confirmation from the student to the advisor ensures that the student’s seat is secured in the Traditional BSN program.

Approved:   November 4, 2013 Faculty Meeting

Health Insurance

All students must provide proof of current healthcare insurance to the School of Nursing by the designated deadline.  The deadline information will be provided at the School of Nursing orientation session.  This is a mandatory requirement.

Expectations of a BSN Program

It is important to understand not only the mental, but also the physical expectations required from a student in a BSN Program.