LVN to BSN applicants must take a mandatory nursing skills assessment test, in May for a fall admit, prior to being admitted to the program, to demonstrate retained competency from their
LVN coursework/military training. More information is provided via the separate LVN Skills Assessment link, regarding the specific skills that applicants must demonstrate in order to
be admitted to this program, and the dates/fees for this special assessment. Because
our LVN to BSN students actually join our Traditional BSN Cohort, we need to make
sure that the applicant's skills have been kept up to date for their LVN coursework,
if we are to exempt them and award 17 units of NURS course credit for this coursework. If
an applicant's nursing skills are not adequate, Licensed Vocational Nurses may choose/need
to pursue our Generic/Basic BSN program instead of our LVN to BSN, or complete an
LVN to RN step-up program at another regionally-accredited institution and then enter
CSU San Marcos for our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs.
In addition to completion of the required entrance requirements and the actual LVN
to BSN Nursing course work, students will also need to complete any outstanding CSU
GE and Cal State San Marcos graduation requirements, as outlined in the "Non-NURS
Degree Requirements" link, in order to graduate with the BSN degree. Students may
have already completed some or all of the Pre-Nursing Core and/or non-NURS degree
requirements, but if students have completed 70 or more units at community colleges,
they may want to complete any outstanding, non-science, Pre-Nursing Core and support
courses at CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) to possibly avoid taking unnecessary electives.
Your Community College Counselor can assist you in making this decision.
Requirements for entry into the LVN to BSN Program:
- A current CSUSM student or an applicant to the University as a Transfer Student for
Fall admission. If you are not a current, matriculated student at CSUSM, you must
be admitted to the University by June 1st in order to be considered for admission
to our Fall LVN to BSN program.
- A California LVN License; and Vocational Nursing coursework completed at a BVNPT-approved
(Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians) Nursing Program, or program
approved by a State Board for VN licensure other than in California or equivalent
coursework completed through military training; and completion of LVN coursework at
a regionally-accredited institution (WASC or other regional affiliate), at which college
credit is earned for the LVN coursework and is reflected on a college/university transcript
from a regionally-accredited institution, or equivalent coursework through military
training. Proof of an active California LVN licence must be provided to the School
of Nursing by the submittal deadline for a fall admit to the program.
- Completion of the Pre-Nursing Core, or their equivalents, with an overall GPA of 2.75. For
program entry, all Pre-Nursing Core courses or equivalents must be completed by the
end of the Spring semester prior to Fall admission. We do not have a limit on how
many Core courses can be in progress in the Spring semester.
- Students must complete prerequisite (Pre-Nursing Core) courses with a grade of C or
better (grade of C- is not acceptable), and courses with substandard grades can be
repeated only once. This includes any science labs which may be listed as separate
courses. For repeated Pre-Nursing Core courses, the first grade earned will be averaged
with the second grade earned, in the calculation of the overall Core GPA.
- Minimum overall college/university GPA and at least 2.0
- Applicants must show proof of being IV Certified. Proof of IV certification must
be submitted to our School of Nursing by the submittal deadline for a Fall admit to
- Students must successfully pass the LVN Nursing Skills Assessment, covering skills
learned from LVN coursework or equivalent military training. If students do not pass
the Assessment, they cannot be admitted to this program, and must seek admission to
one of our other BSN programs, if desired. More details of this assessment are provided
via the separate link, LVN Skills Assessment.