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Offerings: Bachelor | Master

Course Description

The purpose of the nursing profession is to help patients/clients achieve health goals. Nurses provide health care for individuals, families and communities by performing supportive, preventive, therapeutic, and restorative interventions. Nurses are employed in institutional and community-based health care settings. They can provide health-related interventions through independent action or as a collaborating member of a health care team.

The nursing curriculum at CSUSM is built on a self-care model. This model assumes that persons are usually capable of providing their own needs related to health. Sometimes persons cannot take care of themselves because of injury, disease, or insufficient health-related knowledge. Nursing care helps such people recover their self-care abilities through health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration.

The Nursing program at CSUSM places strong emphasis on delivering skillful, culturally sensitive nursing care. Each student will be proficient in a language-other-than-English and be aware of culturally driven health care practices. Students will be able to provide nursing care to diverse individuals and communities. Students take advantage of clinical experiences in a variety of acute care and community settings, and are able to provide nursing case management interventions for a variety of vulnerable populations.

The Nursing Program at Cal State San Marcos prepares students for multiple career tracks within the profession. Students who complete the undergraduate program will have knowledge and skills for general nursing practice, will be well prepared for entry into graduate level nursing programs, and will be qualified to assume leadership roles in health care organizations, clinics, and community agencies. The mission of the graduate program in nursing at California State University San Marcos is to provide superior graduate education to qualified students, leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Our objective is to prepare nurses in generalist and advanced practice roles for positions in the health care industry, community or public health agencies, and academia, and for continued study at the doctoral level. The MSN program includes a strong foundation in theory and research inquiry. The School of Nursing acknowledges the responsibility to address the nursing and health care needs in populations and communities around the globe, including those who are underserved and vulnerable. The graduate program builds on the knowledge gained at the baccalaureate level and promotes nursing scholarship at the local, state, national, and international levels through research, service, and practice. Values, ethics, and multicultural perspectives are heavily embedded within the graduate program. Cultural sensitivity and competence are emphasized in the curriculum as students interface with a diverse population both professionally and in the care of clients, families, and communities. The master’s degree program is designed for two groups of students with different pathways. Students who have completed an associate degree program in nursing (ADN) at a community college and seek completion of their baccalaureate and master’ degree follow the RN-to-MSN Option 1. Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree follow the MSN only Option 2. Both options are designed as part-time programs. The RN-to-MSN program is designed to be completed part-time in 4 years (including summers). The (basic) MSN is designed to be completed part-time in 2.5 years, depending on whether a summer session is elected.

  • Traditional BSN
  • LVN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • RN to MSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing

College of Education, Health & Human Services (CEHHS)


  • Bsn
  • Practitioner
  • Registered nurse
  • Rn


  • Birthing center
  • Hospice
  • Hospital
  • Surgery


Birth, Birthing, Care, Cpr, Emergency, Emergency medical training, Emt, Health, Healthcare, Hospice, Hospital, Medic, Medical, Medicine, Orthopedic, Orthoscopic, Orthoscopy, Pediactric, Pediatrition, Preventative care, Psychiatric, Surgeon, Surgery