What is the program schedule?
The RN to BSN program requires 14 months of study and is divided into eight-week classes
during the fall and spring semesters and 10-week classes during the summer semester.
Unlike other RN to BSN programs, CSUSM builds in breaks between semesters and holidays
to allow you to pursue your education without compromising your life and family priorities.
How big are the class sizes? Is it hard to contact your professor?
The RN to BSN program is limited to 44 students per cohort. CSUSM intentionally designed
this program to have small class sizes with unprecedented access to your professors
in an online format.
Will I need to visit the campus at any point?
No, this program is designed to be completed online (except for clinical hours).
When can I start?
CSUSM offers five starts per year: twice in the fall, twice in the spring and once
in the summer.
Are there prerequisites for this program?
To enroll in the RN to BSN program, CSUSM requires you to hold an associate degree
in nursing and an active RN license. Aside from the degree and license, a small list
of previously completed courses are required.
Can I apply to the program if prerequisites are in progress?
Prerequisite courses can be in progress upon application; however, all prerequisites
(with the exception of statistics and chemistry) must be completed prior to your requested
Can I apply before I take the NCLEX?
Yes, if you will have your ADN conferred and license issued prior to starting the
program, you may be conditionally admitted to the program. Conditional admission may
impact the disbursement of financial aid funds.
Can I apply if my license is probationary?
You need to have an active/current license to ensure you have access to complete the
clinical hours in the program. You are responsible for securing clinical placements.
Can I apply to an earlier start date so I may be evaluated and get started on any
Yes, many students do this so they can have a road map of what they need to complete.
What about transcripts?
You need to request transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions attended and have
them sent to CSUSM. An application is not considered complete until we have all transcripts.
We will not be able to review your application for any start dates until we have all
Once I apply and all of my transcripts are received, how long will it take to find
out if I am admitted?
It typically takes around four to six weeks to receive your evaluation worksheet outlining
the requirements you have met and any that are still needed. Admission decisions are
typically sent after the evaluation process is complete.
Can clinicals be completed at your place of employment?
The leadership clinicals can usually be completed at your place of work; the community
health clinical hours must be completed at a community/public health facility.
How do I meet the statistics requirement?
Courses typically approved to meet our requirement carry a CSU GE designation of B4
or (if taken outside of California or at a non-CSU) have similar course descriptions/content
to our MATH 200. Typical course content includes regression analysis, ANOVA, correlation,
T-tests, comparative analysis, etc.
What are the changes to the Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER) and how
do they affect me?
All transfer students who have NOT completed coursework to meet the CSU GE Area C3
must complete a college level language course to meet this requirement. Students who
have already met C3 will not be required to take any language courses.
What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?
Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help you with VA benefits, campus resources, financial aid and