Pre-Health Science and Pre-Nursing


All students admitted to the University in Fall 2010 or later, who want to pursue Nursing, are admitted as Pre-Health Science majors. 

Transfer Students:  Your major will be administratively changed to Nursing once admitted directly into a Nursing program.

First-Year Students Entering College after High School:   Your major will stay as Pre-Health Science until you qualify, per the approved Impaction Criteria for this major, to begin taking the Pre-Nursing Core science courses.  Once approved to enroll in the Pre-Nursing Core Science courses at CSU San Marcos, we will administratively change your major to "Pre-Nursing". If you are not approved to move forward into the Pre-Nursing Core science courses, the advisors will work with you to find another major of interest to you, or to counsel you on how to approve your changes of moving into the science courses the following year.  You will also have the option of completing a degree in another discipline and then pursuing the Accelerated BSN program at CSU San Marcos. 


The Best Three Pathways to a BSN Degree at CSU San Marcos:

Traditional BSN Accelerated BSN RN to BSN or
RN to MSN
  • Highly Impacted
  • Admit 40 students per year
  • Extremely Difficult to be Admitted
  • Recently Impacted
  • San Marcos and Temecula Cohorts
  • Admitted 132 students in past year
  • Need degree in another discipline;
    have alternative major in mind while
    pursuing Pre-Nursing coursework.
  • Currently not impacted
  • 2.0 GPA in Core and Overall
  • Must have have a CA RN license and have completed an Associates Degree in Nursing
  • RN coursework must be completed at a
    WASC-accredited (or other regional affiliate) college or university


Please visit the Nursing Programs link under Prospective Students for detailed information on all of our Nursing programs.