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Accelerated BSN Requirements

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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 approximately 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 180 students per academic year. In the Fall semester, 60 students will be admitted to our Temecula campus cohort. For the Spring semester, 60 students will be admitted to our San Marcos campus cohort. In the Summer semester, 60 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).
  • Passage of the T.E.A.S. exam with a minimum 71.0% composite score. Please note that anyone starting the program Fall 2017 or later must take version 6 of the exam. 

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. Please note that anyone taking the TEAS exam September 1st, 2016 or later must take version 6.

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

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

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.