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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Accelerated RN-MSN program requires an associates degree from an accredited community college, completion of all courses in the Pre-Nursing Core (or the equivalents of these courses) with an overall GPA of 2.75 in the Core and with no grade lower than a C (2.0).  Nursing courses and Pre-Nursing Courses for which the student earns less than a grade of C (2.0) may be repeated once with consent of instructor, but only on a space-available-basis.  While in the BSN component of the program, the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA.  Those who do not perform at this level may elect to complete the baccalaureate via the RN to BSN program. 

For students enrolled in the Accelerated RN-MSN program, physical assessment and nursing research will be taken at the graduate level. One year of recent Registered Nurse experience is required prior to advancement to candidacy.

Students should have computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work including word processing and statistical software programs. Admission decisions will be influenced by the strength of the undergraduate program, academic achievement, community service, and the educational goals of individual applicants.

A complete application consists of:

  • A California RN License and completion of college course work from a regionally-accredited college/university, such as WASC (or other regional affiliate), including LVN coursework, if taken separately.
  • a completed application form (see "How to Apply")
  • one set of official transcripts from colleges and universities attended
  • evidence of completion of an undergraduate or graduate level bioethics course
  • proof of licensure as a registered nurse in California
  • a current resume
Transfer Students

For the returning RN student interested in the Accelerated RN to MSN track, it is anticipated that many of the required general education courses may have been completed at a community college.  These students will be required to meet the same mandatory standards either by transferable course work, certification of general education requirements by previous academic institutions, or by completion of general education requirements at CSUSM.  These courses will be included in the maximum transfer credit of 70 lower-division units from a community college.  Imbedded in these 70 units are 32 units, which will be articulated for lower-division nursing courses from a regionally accredited community college nursing program which is Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved.  Some prerequisite and required preparatory courses for the nursing major are also imbedded in the 51 units of required general education courses.