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New Student Orientation Information

Welcome new nursing students!


Health Compliance Requirements

Per the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the San Diego/Inland Empire Nursing Service Education Consortia, all nursing students must be in compliance with the requirements mandated by these organizations.  It is CSUSM School of Nursing's responsibility to ensure all students in our nursing programs are in compliance at all times.  Every semester we are audited by various clinical sites and must produce current student health compliance documents. 

Most of the requirements, once met, will not expire for the duration of your nursing program, with the exception of TB, annual influenza vaccination and CPR. 

Student Health Compliance Requirement Policy 

  • Clinical Health Requirements
     Tuberculosis: Initial two-step negative TB skin test (PPD) or Negative QuantiFERON blood test. This test is required annually. For a positive result, a clear chest x-ray is required (within the last 2 years) and the CSUSM School of Nursing TB symptom questionnaire is required annually.
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: Positive titers (blood work) for Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, and Rubella within the last 5 years.
    • Varicella (Chickenpox): Positive titer (blood work) for Varicella within the last 5 years.
    • Hepatitis B: Positive titer (blood work) for Hepatitis B Surface Antibody within the last 5 years.
    • Tdap: Documentation of Tdap immunization given within the last 10 years
    • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: Documentation of the influenza vaccine is required annually, beginning in October each year.
    • Health and Physical Exam: CSUSM School of Nursing form must be completed annually by a healthcare provider.
    • CPR Certification: Only accepted course is the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers. Information can be found at:

    For questions regarding Clinical Compliance, please email: 


Health Insurance

Students must upload a current health insurance identification card to his/her Complio account annually. Students will not be allowed to start any nursing courses if insurance proof cannot be provided by the deadline given at the new student orientation. 

Suggested sources:

*ABSN students: If you start nursing courses in the spring or summer, or if you're taking classes in Temecula, you will need to call CSU Healthlink and explain that you are a CSUSM student. They made need to make an exception as to the start date of your policy.

Required Items to Have/Purchase

  • Shoes
    Any brand of shoes is allowed, as long as they are white leather (not cloth) and closed heel.
    No clogs allowed. 
  • Stethoscope

    Students must have a stethoscope prior to starting nursing courses.

    Any type or brand of stethoscope is allowed. The School of Nursing encourages new students who need to purchase a stethoscope to consider buying one through the CSUSM Student Nurses Association (SNA). More information will be provided at the new student orientation.  

  • Health Tote
    The CSUSM University Bookstore provides a customized health tote that all nursing students are required to purchase prior to starting nursing courses. The tote is used in the skills lab throughout the duration of the nursing program. No used totes are allowed!
  • ATI

    This is a required purchase prior to the start of nursing courses. The ATI package contains textbooks for all of the subjects covered on the NCLEX as well as an online access code for taking exams and practice tests during the program. ATI is incorprated throughout the nursing program to prepare students for taking the NCLEX after graduation. 

    An ordering flyer will be distributed at the new student orientation. 

If you have any questions, please email