Frequently Asked Questions
Is Nursing the correct major if I want to eventually become a doctor and attend Medical
The courses needed for a career in Nursing are completely different than the coursework
needed to enter Medical School. If you want to become a doctor and attend Medical
School after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree, we encourage you to pursue to one
of the science majors: Majors in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or
Please consult the online University Catalog for a list of courses for such majors.
I only want to pursue Nursing. What are my options?
- Apply to the Nursing major in high school as a freshman student.
- Attend the community college and apply to the Nursing major as a transfer student.
Follow the transfer articulation for the nursing major using www.assist.org.
- Pursue an RN degree at the community college and apply to an RN to BSN program.
- Receive your Bachelor's Degree in another major and take pre-nursing core courses
through a Community College or Extended Learning. Once completed, apply to the Accelerated
BSN program offered through CSUSM Extended Learning.
What are the Pre-Nursing core courses needed to apply to a Nursing Program?
Transfer students and other majors, must complete 8 core courses to apply to a Nursing
CSU "Golden Four" Basic Skills Courses
- A1 Oral Communication
- A2 English
- A3 Critical Thinking
- B4 Statistics
Pre-Nursing Core Science Courses
- Integrated Chemistry
What are my options if not accepted into the Nursing major?
- Take the opportunity to learn about other health related careers and/or majors that
involve helping people.
- Explore other majors that have a health focus, such as Human Development (HD).
- Consider other majors that lead to 'helping' professions, such as Liberal Studies
(teaching), Sociology, or Speech Language Pathology (SLP).
- Keep your options open. Learn about your aptitudes, interests, and career values to
find an alternate career in which you will find fulfillment.
- Visit the Career Center where you can do a career assessment and explore other major
Can I attend the university under one major and then apply to nursing?
No, while we would like to offer admission to every CSU-eligible applicant at CSU
San Marcos, our enrollment capacity and resources do not permit this. The TBSN Nursing
major has a limited number of seats and uses impaction criteria for admission. Eligible
local area applicants are admitted either as a first year student or a transfer student.