- Bachelor’s degree (from a regionally accredited institution, or U.S. equivalent for degree coursework completed outside of the U.S.)
- Minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units completed
- Passage of the TEAS exam version six with a minimum 71.0 percent composite score; if you send CSUSM
your TEAS score through ATI, please email email@example.com to ensure they have been received as failure to do so may result in a late application
- When you are completing your application, in the program materials section, please upload the PDF of your TEAS score that is sent to your email or download the PDF from the ATI website and upload the score to your application
- TEAS Version 6 is the only version that we are accepting for consideration into the ABSN program and we will not accept a photo of any kind for the TEAS score.
- You may take the TEAS exam as many times as you’d like (although each testing site may have limits, you may use various sites if needed); your highest score is taken under consideration
- Minimum 2.75 GPA in the pre-nursing core (see below)
You are required to fulfill the pre-nursing core prior to the program start date. The pre-nursing core can be fulfilled through coursework taken at other universities or community colleges. For a list of articulated courses at other institutions, please visit the Assist Website. Please be aware that pre-nursing core courses for which you earn less than a grade of C (2.0) may be repeated only once.
Pre-Nursing Core Information
- We require a CSU B4 Statistics for the BSN degree. The course must include a prerequisite of intermediate algebra in the course description to be approved for articulation.
- Anatomy and physiology are taught at CSUSM in a combined sequence. We will accept approved anatomy and physiology courses and labs taught as separate semester-long courses. Courses taken in these different sequences cannot be combined.
- The pre-nursing core requires a single chemistry course (and associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken) or approved equivalents. An integrated chemistry course is recommended. An introduction to chemistry course may not meet the requirement.
- Some students take more than one A1 or A3 course. In these instances, we will use the course with the highest grade. Thus, if a student wants to earn a higher pre-nursing core GPA, they have the option of taking a completely different course and content than was previously completed for an A1 or A3 course, and we will use the course with the highest grade. However, if a student completed a MATH B4 Statistics course and then takes a PSYC B4 Statistics course, we consider this the same content even though the courses were completed through different academic departments.
- All pre-nursing core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better. We do not accept a grade of C- or below for any separately listed courses to be utilized for meeting the pre-nursing core.
|Course (GE area)||Course (units)||Co-requisite (C)
|BIOL 175 (B2)||Intro to Anatomy/Physiology I (4)||None|
|BIOL 176 (B2)||Intro to Anatomy/Physiology II (4)||P - BIOL 175|
|BIOL 160 (B2)||Microbiology (4)||None|
|CHEM 105 (B3)||Organic & Biochemistry for Life (4)||P - ELM requirement|
|CHEM 105L (B3)||Organic & Biochemistry for Life Laboratory (1)||C - CHEM 105|
|MATH (B4)||Any CSU B4 Statistical Mathematics Course (3)||P - ELM requirement|
|GEO 102 (A1)||Oral Communication (3)||None|
|GEW 101 (A2)||Written Communication (3)||None|
|Choose One (A3)||LTWR 115 - Critical Reading & Thinking (3)||P - GEW 101|
|MATH 110 - Critical Thinking (3)||None|
|PHIL 110 - Critical Thinking (3)||None|
|PSYC 110 - Critical Thinking in Psychology (3)||None|
Please note: All science courses completed must include labs.
International Applicants: Oral Communication, Written Communication and Critical Thinking must be taken in the United States.
All students must provide proof of current healthcare insurance to the School of Nursing by the designated deadline. The deadline information will be provided at the School of Nursing orientation session. This is a mandatory requirement.
Background Check and Drug Screening
Additionally, you will be required to complete a background check upon conditional admission to the School of Nursing. Below is the background check and drug screen policy:
- The Office of Extended Learning will email each student in the cohort a letter of conditional admission. Once offer is accepted, students will receive an email with instructions on how to place an order for a background check/drug screen. Students will have approximately two weeks to order their background check online and complete the drug screen. If this deadline is not met, the student will not be guaranteed a seat in the cohort.
- Students who have a flagged background check will not be admitted to the nursing program. Students will be able to join a later cohort pending space available when their background check is unflagged.
- In addition, some clinical sites will require students to complete a Live Scan clearance. If the student does not clear the Live Scan process, then s/he may not be permitted to attend the clinical rotation. The student risks dismissal from the program should this occur.