LVN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the admissions requirements for the LVN to BSN?
Please visit the Admissions Requirements page for more information.
- Where do I access the Cal State Apply application?
- There is no LVN major in Cal State Apply. What major do I choose?
Choose the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN) major. LVN to BSN students join a cohort of TBSN students when admitted to the program.
- Is there a supplemental application for the LVN to BSN program?
There is no supplemental application.
- Can you evaluate my transcripts prior to me applying for the LVN to BSN program?
Unfortunately, no. However, California Community college equivalent courses can be found at www.assist.org. Select by “major” and “Nursing.”
- Is a CNA license acceptable to apply to the LVN to BSN?
Unfortunately, no. However, CNA experience does count towards Work/Volunteer Experience points towards application to the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN) program.
- Do I have to complete a skills assessment to apply to the LVN to BSN program?
No, there is no required a skills assessment.
- Can I attend the LVN to BSN program part-time?
Unfortunately, no. The LVN to BSN is a full-time highly rigorous program. The program courses are sequenced and can only be taken in order according to the LVN to BSN Plan of Study.
- Can I apply to the LVN to BSN program if I have a criminal record?
It depends. All admitted LVN to BSN students must have a clear background check and drug screen in order to enroll. If a Criminal Record Exemption or expungement is possible and can be completed prior to being offered admission, then it is possible to be accepted to the program.
- Do I have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to join the LVN to BSN program?
Yes. Applicants to the School of Nursing programs must be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 upon admission and prior to enrollment. While CSUSM is able to make exceptions based on medical and religious circumstances, School of Nursing programs require vaccination in order to meet clinical requirements. Any student who enrolls in a School of Nursing program and does not show proof of vaccination prior to registration must change their major or withdraw from CSUSM.
- Do you admit for Spring?
Unfortunately, no. The LVN to BSN program only begins in Fall terms.
- Are there physical expectations for the TBSN program?
Yes. All School of Nursing students must meet the requirements outlined in the Nursing Student Health & Clinical Compliance policy, Fitness for Clinical Practice policy, and will be asked to complete a Health and Physical Exam annually prior to clinical placements.
- Can I work full time in the LVN to BSN program?
The most successful LVN to BSN students do not work full-time. The coursework and clinical placements are demanding and take between 30 – 40 hours per week.
- Are there prerequisite courses for the LVN to BSN program?
Yes. Applicants must complete the Pre-Nursing Core in order to be accepted to the LVN to BSN program.
- Does transfer coursework expire?
Not usually. As long as coursework for the Pre-Nursing Core courses were completed at an accredited institution(s) and met the course equivalency standards at the time the units are usually accepted.