About the School of Nursing
and Nursing Degree Programs at CSU San Marcos


The School of Nursing at California State University, San Marcos was established in 2006.  The University admitted its first Pre-Nursing Students in Fall 2005, and we admitted our first nursing cohort students in Fall 2006.  We are now proudly part of the new College of Education, Health and Human Services, established effective July 1, 2011 at CSU San Marcos.

In Fall 2007 we began a partnership with Extended Learning, a division within the University which offers degree programs on a self-support basis.  These Nursing Degree Programs are taught by the School of Nursing faculty, but are administered through Extended Learning.  This partnership has expanded the opportunities for Nursing degree options at the University and for meeting the health care needs in the region for Baccalaureate and Master Degree Nurses.

The Univesrity graduated its first Nursing students in Spring 2009, representing graduates from the following Nursing programs:  Traditional BSN, LVN-to BSN, RN-to-BSN, and Accelerated BSN programs. 

We now offer the following Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs, currently available through Extended Learning: (1) RN to MSN; (2) Nurse Educator; (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist; (4) Clinical Nurse Leader; (5) Family Nurse Practitioner; and (6) Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Our School of Nursing facilities were made possible through a 2.5 million dollar donation by the Palomar Pomerado Health District.  Located in the PPH Building on the edge of the campus, the School of Nursing facilities are on the 2nd floor and include state-of-the-art classrooms, a patient Simulation Lab, Hospital Simulation rooms, and a Skills Lab with 8 hospital beds.  Each student in our Nursing degree programs, will complete at least three separate simulations per lab class, per semester.