Watch this short video to see an overview of the School of Nursing programs offered at CSUSM.
Traditional BSN: IMPACTED PROGRAM! A full-time program which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Upon program completion, students are students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX State Board Exam. This program is impacted, with a limited number of seats, and requires two summers a well as fall and spring semesters, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a total of four years.
Accelerated BSN: COMPETITIVE SELECTION PROCESS! A 24-month B.S. in Nursing program designed for those who will have already completed a Bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing. This program is being offered through the University Office of Extended Learning.
LVN to BSN: A 33-month, part-time program which leads to a B.S. in Nursing for licensed LVN’s. Students will be admitted on a space-available basis each fall. Upon program completion, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX State Board Exam.
RN to BSN: A fully on-line program for California licensed RN’s which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, offered through the University Office of Extended Learning. This program is designed for the working RN.
MSN: A 2-3 year program with concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Post-Master’s certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Requirements for All Nursing Programs
All Nursing students must:
- Pass Background Check & Drug Test
- Meet Pre-Nursing Core Requirements
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- Understand the program's expectations of Nursing students
- Nursing Student Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
- Military SB 466 (Hill) Military Education and Experience and SB 1348 (Cannella) Licensure Policy
- Military Personnel Advanced Placement & Challenge Policy
- Credit for Prior Education Policy
- Other CSU Nursing Programs
Nursing Licensure and Credentialing Requirements
Admissions into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.
Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from:
CEHHS Student Services
333. S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Select the program you are interested in (above) for more information.