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Frequently Asked Questions

The program is accredited with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

  • Do I have to wait to apply to the program?

     No. If you feel you have completed many of the required courses and may be eligible to enter the program, we recommend that you visit the Extended Studies website, submit the Program Application the $55 application fee, and official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. Submission of the Pre-Admission Advising Application will allow the School of Nursing and Extended Learning to provide you with an educational plan for program acceptance. Each applicant will receive an individualized advising worksheet showing course requirements completed and outstanding requirements that need to be met.
  • Can I apply even if I have not completed all of the pre-nursing core course work?

    Yes, you can apply to this program at anytime. However, we encourage applicants to wait and apply when they have started their final semester of pre-requisite courses. Because we operate on a rolling admissions process, your application will stay on file with us for one calendar year from the date you apply. Once your file is complete you can be ranked for admission and you will be considered for all cohorts we admit for during the 12 month period in which your file is active. If you do not complete your pre-requisites or are not accepted within the 12 months, you may choose to reapply. When you reapply you will only need to complete a new application and pay the application fee. You do not need to resend transcripts unless you have completed additional coursework. 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. 
  • How is the last 60 units calculated?

    We will start with the most recent course work and work our way back 60 units or 90 quarter units. If 60 units falls within the middle of a semester, the whole semester will be used. There is a possibility that the last 60 units is actually more than 60 total units. 
  • Is there a time limit on how long ago science pre-requisite courses have been taken?

    No, there is no time limit. We will accept courses regardless of how long ago they were taken.
  • What Chemistry courses will articulate, or be equivalent, to your CHEM 105 and CHEM 105L?

    Articulation agreements with local Community Colleges for the Pre-Nursing Core are available on the Assist Web site. Select Cal State San Marcos from the first drop-down menu, select the Community College you wish to attend from the second drop-down menu, choose Select By Major, and then select Nursing from the list of majors. If an integrated chemistry course with a lab that covers inorganic, organic and biochemistry, is not available at your institution, ideally we are looking for a General Chemistry course with lab (not an Intro to General Chemistry) or an Organic Chemistry course with lab.
  • I noticed that the Anatomy and Physiology courses at CSUSM are offered as a year-long sequ

    Yes. We will accept these courses for the Pre-Nursing Core as long as each Human Anatomy or Human Physiology course is taken separately as a 4-5 semester unit course that includes a lab. We will not accept a single semester of combined Anatomy/Physiology intended as a 'stand alone' course. It must be a two semester sequence of Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II, or separate semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology, both with labs.
  • Can I meet with a Counselor or Advisor at CSUSM to review my transcripts?

    Unfortunately we do not have the "manpower" to meet individually with prospective students to review transcripts. If you feel you have completed many of the required courses, we recommend that you visit the Extended Learning website, submit the School of Nursing Application, the $55 application fee, all official transcripts and your TEAS scores. Once we receive the application, transcripts and TEAS scores you will be evaluated and we will be able to help you develop your educational plan.
  • Do you offer Information Sessions?

    Yes. Information Sessions are typically offered every month for prospective students who are interested in learning more about the Accelerated BSN program. At the end of each session, additional time is provided for individual questions. To see available information session dates, please go to our main program page.
  • I have completed college coursework or a degree outside of the United States. How will I k

    You will need to have your coursework evaluated by an independent evaluation company. Please see our webpage on the How To Apply for a list of foreign transcript evaluation companies that have been approved by CSUSM. You may choose any evaluation company on the list. Once you receive the official evaluation, please send a photocopy of the evaluation to:
            Cal State University San Marcos
            Office of Admissions and Recruitment
            333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
            San Marcos, CA 92096
            Attn: ABSN
    *The University will not accept Area A courses (A1, A2, and A3) from institutions outside of the country.
  • Will you accept a degree from Maric College?

    The CSU campuses only accept units from institutions which are regionally accredited through WASC (Western Association of Schools &  Colleges), or other associated regional accrediting agencies such as Middle States, North Central, etc. We do not recognize any academic units earned through Maric College for the pursuit of any Nursing Licensure, to be applied towards a BSN degree at Cal State San Marcos, until such time as the institution achieves WASC accreditation. Furthermore, if Maric College obtains WASC accreditation in the future, only those units completed by a student after the date of accreditation will be accepted.
  • When does the program begin?

    At this time, the ABSN program accepts one cohort (60 students) to our Temecula location in the Fall (August), one cohort (60 students) in San Marcos each Spring (January) and one cohort (60 students) in Temecula each Summer. More information regarding Admissions deadlines.
  • Do I need to take the TEAS exam?

    Yes.  The TEAS Exam, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is one of the admissions criteria and is required for a complete application.  The TEAS Exam is designed as a predictor of success for Nursing program applicants.  Applicants must score a minimum composite score of 71.0% on this exam in order to be eligible for being admitted into the ABSN program. Points are awarded from composite scores ranging from 71.0% to 100%, as part of the Supplemental Admission Criteria for admission to the program. Please see ATI Testing for information about review books and online practice exams. You do not need to be an admitted student at the University in order to take the exam here. Please note the current version of the TEAS exam is version 6.
  • I have heard that all Bachelors degree students at the University must complete a Language

    No. A graduation requirement for all Bachelor Degree students at the University is the Language Other Than English Requirement.  However this requirement DOES NOT apply to the 2nd Bachelor degree students.


  • Since I already have a Bachelors degree, will I be required to complete any other classes

    Yes. Students admitted to the ABSN program are required to complete the THREE 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 cohort. Each cohort will begin the ABSN program during fall semester by taking the required upper-division courses listed below:
            BB BIOL 323 The Physiology of Nutrition & Disease (3)
            CC PHIL 345 Bioethics and Medical Ethics (3)
            DD ANTH 301 Culture & Medicine Healers & Healing Practices (3)


  • Is acceptance to the program based solely on GPA?

    No. Acceptance to the program is based on a number of items:
         A. Completion of the Pre-Nursing Core
         B. Completion of the Additional BRN, lower division GE coursework and Additional
         C. G.P.A. in the Pre-Nursing Core
         D. G.P.A. in the last 60 units
         E. Score on TEAS Exam
         F. Grades for science courses
    Please see the Point System for more information regarding the admissions point system.
  • I still have Biology and Chemistry courses to complete. Can I start the program and finish

    No. The Pre-Nursing Core must be completed prior to being admitted into the program.  Furthermore, we anticipate that students will have completed the Additional BRN, lower division general education and additional graduation requirements prior to being accepted into the program.
  • May I continue to work during the program?

    No. The Accelerated BSN is a full-time program and will require a major commitment of time to complete.  Each student will be required to complete 74 semester units of study within the five academic-term program. Approximately 25 units of the program consist 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.
  • Are classes offered during the day or evening?

    Depending on the semester class schedule and clinical rotations, courses will be held during the day and in the evening.
  • Am I eligible to receive Financial Aid as a 2nd Bachelor degree student?

    Yes.  All persons seeking Financial Aid must submit a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA between January 1 and March 2 for the following academic year to receive priority consideration for funds.  FAFSA Applications are accepted after March 2; however, funding options may be limited.  Applications are available in the CSUSM Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and other colleges or local high schools. Be aware that in order to apply for any type of financial aid, all males between the ages of 18 and 26 are required to register with the Selective Service. CSUSM's Title IV School Code is 030113. Please visit CSUSM Financial Aid for more information.