We currently have cohorts planned for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The Fall program will accept one cohort in Temecula; the Spring program will accept one cohort in San Marcos and the Summer program will admit one cohort in Temecula. Applications received now will be considered for admission into all planned cohorts.
|Term||Priority Deadline||Application Link|
|Summer 2020||December 4, 2019||Summer Application|
You must apply to the program through this website ONLY. Instructions to apply to each type are included below. The instructions must be followed exactly to receive full consideration for admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. We look forward to reviewing your application and all supporting documents by the deadline.
A. Select the term you'd like to apply for
B. Create your CSU Apply account
C. Complete your profile (write down your username and password to use at a later time)
- Select "Undergraduate" for the level of degree you are seeking
- Select "Second Bachelor's Degree" for the type of degree
D. Start your application:
E. Follow instructions for rest of application. Be sure to complete all 4 quadrants as your application will not be submitted until all four sections are complete.
F. In the program materials section, please upload the PDF of your TEAS score that is sent to your emial. You may also download the PDF from the ATI website and upload the score to your application. TEAS Version 6 is the only version that we are accepting for consideration into the ABSN program. We will not accept a photo of any kind for the TEAS score.
Once you have completed your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $55 program application fee. Your application will not officially be submitted until payment has been received. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, log into your account and ensure the status of your application states "Posted". An application in any other status than "Posted" has not been successfully submitted to the University.
In addition to submitting the University application and application fee, you must request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended.
Electronic delivery is the preferred transcript delivery method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient email address.
If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope
sealed by your school and addressed to:
Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Previous CSUSM students who have not completed coursework at CSUSM in the last year should resend all official transcripts as the originals may have been archived.
AP Scores: If you have completed AP coursework and sat for the exam, please understand that official AP scores may be required in the case that we cannot find specific coursework to meet a requirement. In order to avoid delays in determining your eligibility we recommend you send your official AP scores when you send your transcripts.
Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email email@example.com to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent and the program name of Accerlerated BSN.
International students: You must submit academic records from foreign institutions. The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. Official transcripts from foreign institutions MUST be sent through postal mail to the address listed above.
All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or Cambridge English score report. Submission of these test scores should be sent to the following address:
California State University San Marcos
ATTN: Extended Learning, ABSN
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
*NOTE: We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible. Please review your Student Center at MYCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.
Provided below are the CSU required minimum scores for each option:
Once you apply to your program there are several steps a student must take to be set up for success in their first semester and beyond. Please visit our applicant resource page for more information about your next steps.
1. All students are required to complete a background check upon conditional admission to the School of Nursing.1 Students who have a flagged background check will not be admitted to the nursing program. Students will be able to join a later cohort pending Space Available when their background check is unflagged.
2. Prior to the completion of Nursing 502, all students are required to complete a Nursing Consortium background check and drug screen prior to their first nursing clinical course. An additional background check and drug screen may be required by the School of Nursing at a later time during the program. Students are required to have a negative urine drug screening and background check which includes a state, county, and federal screening. This background check is accessed by the clinical agencies for approval for clinical placement. If a student receives a dilute reading on his/her drug screen results, then the student is required to go back and re-test within a twenty-four hour time period. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in dismissal from the program.
3. In addition, some clinical sites will require students to complete a Live Scan clearance. If the student does not clear the Live Scan process, then s/he may not be permitted to attend the clinical rotation. The student risks dismissal from the program should this occur.
4. The Office of Extended Learning will mail each student in the cohort a letter of conditional admission. Soon after, students will receive a letter with instructions on how to place an order for a background check/drug screen. Students will have approximately two weeks to order their background check online and complete the drug screen. If this deadline is not met, the student will not be guaranteed a seat in the cohort.
All students must provide proof of current healthcare insurance to the School of Nursing by the designated deadline. The deadline information will be provided at the School of Nursing orientation session. This is a mandatory requirement.