LVN to BSN Program Entry Requirements


LVN to BSN applicants must take a mandatory nursing skills assessment test, in May for a fall admit, prior to being admitted to the program, to demonstrate retained competency from their LVN coursework/military training.  More information is provided via the separate LVN Skills Assessment link, regarding the specific skills that applicants must demonstrate in order to be admitted to this program, and the dates/fees for this special assessment. Because our LVN to BSN students actually join our Traditional BSN Cohort, we need to make sure that the applicant's skills have been kept up to date for their LVN coursework, if we are to exempt them and award 17 units of NURS course credit for this coursework. If an applicant's nursing skills are not adequate, Licensed Vocational Nurses may choose/need to pursue our Generic/Basic BSN program instead of our LVN to BSN, or complete an LVN to RN step-up program at another regionally-accredited institution and then enter CSU San Marcos for our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs.

In addition to completion of the required entrance requirements and the actual LVN to BSN Nursing course work, students will also need to complete any outstanding CSU GE and Cal State San Marcos graduation requirements, as outlined in the  "Non-NURS Degree Requirements" link, in order to graduate with the BSN degree. Students may have already completed some or all of the Pre-Nursing Core and/or non-NURS degree requirements, but if students have completed 70 or more units at community colleges, they may want to complete any outstanding, non-science, Pre-Nursing Core and support courses at CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) to possibly avoid taking unnecessary electives. Your Community College Counselor can assist you in making this decision.

Requirements for entry into the LVN to BSN Program:

  • A current CSUSM student or an applicant to the University as a Transfer Student for Fall admission.  If you are not a current, matriculated student at CSUSM, you must be admitted to the University by June 1st in order to be considered for admission to our Fall  LVN to BSN program.
  • A California LVN License; and Vocational Nursing coursework completed at a BVNPT-approved (Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians) Nursing Program, or program approved by a State Board for VN licensure other than in California or equivalent coursework completed through military training; and completion of LVN coursework at a regionally-accredited institution (WASC or other regional affiliate), at which college credit is earned for the LVN coursework and is reflected on a college/university transcript from a regionally-accredited institution, or equivalent coursework through military training.  Proof of an active California LVN licence must be provided to the School of Nursing by the submittal deadline for a fall admit to the program.
  • Completion of the Pre-Nursing Core, or their equivalents, with an overall GPA of 2.75.  For program entry, all Pre-Nursing Core courses or equivalents must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to Fall admission. We do not have a limit on how many Core courses can be in progress in the Spring semester.
  • Students must complete prerequisite (Pre-Nursing Core) courses with a grade of C or better (grade of C- is not acceptable), and courses with substandard grades can be repeated only once. This includes any science labs which may be listed as separate courses.  For repeated Pre-Nursing Core courses, the first grade earned will be averaged with the second grade earned, in the calculation of the overall Core GPA.
  • Minimum overall college/university GPA and at least 2.0
  • Applicants must show proof of being IV Certified.  Proof of IV certification must be submitted to our School of Nursing by the submittal deadline for a Fall admit to the program.
  • Students must successfully pass the LVN Nursing Skills Assessment, covering skills learned from LVN coursework or equivalent military training.  If students do not pass the Assessment, they cannot be admitted to this program, and must seek admission to one of our other BSN programs, if desired.  More details of this assessment are provided via the separate link, LVN Skills Assessment.