TBSN Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the admissions requirements for the TBSN?
Please visit the Admissions Requirements page for more information.
- Where do I access the Cal State Apply application?
- Is there a supplemental application for the TBSN 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.”
- Can I attend the TBSN program part-time?
Unfortunately, no. The TBSN is a full-time highly rigorous program. The program courses are sequenced and can only be taken in order according to the TBSN Freshman Plan of Study or Transfer Plan of Study.
- Can I apply to the TBSN program if I have a criminal record?
It depends. All admitted TBSN 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 admitted, then it is possible to be accepted to the program.
- Do I have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to join the TBSN 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 can 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 TBSN 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 TBSN program?
The most successful TBSN 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 TBSN program?
Yes. Applicants must complete the Pre-Nursing Core to be accepted to the TBSN program.
- Can I complete Pre-Nursing Core courses virtually or online?
It depends. The science prerequisites with a lab component (i.e. Anatomy/Physiology sequence, Microbiology, and I/O Chemistry) must be completed in person except for coursework that was completed between January 2020 to May 2021.
- 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.
- Can I switch my major to the TBSN if I am a student at Cal State San Marcos?
Unfortunately, no. The TBSN is a “direct-entry” admission program meaning students can only enroll in the program if they are new First-Time Freshman or Transfers. Current or continuing Cal State San Marcos students may want to consider the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) to add a Bachelor of Science in Nursing once graduated with a first bachelor’s degree.
- Is the TBSN more expensive than other majors at Cal State San Marcos?