Student applicants will be rank ordered for admission according to the following point structure. Up to 85 possible supplemental criteria points can be earned. Students must still meet the minimum prerequisite course requirement for admission to be eligible for admission to the Generic/Basic Program. All applicants are also required to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Points will be awarded based on criteria being completed by the end of the Spring 07 semester (end of May, 2007). If coursework is completed after this date, we will make every effort to include such coursework in the calculation of points; however, this will depend on when we receive transcripts for such coursework.

An Overview of the Total Points Possible

Supplemental Admission Criteria


Approx.% of Total

Total Maximum Points


1. Pre-Nursing Core GPA



2. Overall GPA



3. TEAS Test Composite Score



4. Language other than English Proficiency



5. Applicable Work Experience



6. Applicable Volunteer Experience



7. Residency, based on last school attended





Supplemental Criteria Points for Cal State San Marcos – for Fall 2007 applicants to the Generic/Basic BSN program


Criteria 1

Grade point average in Pre-Nursing Core courses or equivalents: Maximum Points: 25

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed for the eight Pre-Nursing Core courses (or their equivalents). Courses with substandard grades can be repeated only once. All grades earned will be averaged. You must earn a C or better in each course (a C- is not acceptable in any separate course, including labs) and you must earn an overall minimum GPA of 2.75 in the Pre-Nursing Core. The University does not allow for courses to be repeated if a grade of C or better was earned initially. Courses should not be taken Credit/No Credit. If a course has already been taken for Credit, and the Credit was equivalent to at least a grade of C or better, we will assume a grade of C for such course (s) in the calculation of the GPA. If course credit was earned through AP exams taken in high school, those exams with a score of 3 or higher, meeting the Cal State San Marcos requirements (, will be accepted and will not be calculated into the Pre-Nursing Core GPA. The Pre-Nursing Core must be completed by no later than the end of May, 2007.



Criteria 1 Cont.

Pre-Nursing Core Requirement

CSUSM Course

If Completed Elsewhere

Oral Communication

GEO 102

Any CSU A1 course

Written Communication

GEW 101

Any CSU A2 course

Critical Thinking

Any A3 course

Any CSU A3 course


MATH 115

If will complete Pre-Nursing Core Chemistry requirement here at Cal State San Marcos, must take College Algebra or higher (statistics is not acceptable); otherwise, we will accept any CSU B4 Math course provided the Chemistry requirement is completed elsewhere

Anatomy or Anatomy/Physiology I

BIOL 175

A 4-5 unit Human Anatomy course with lab or a 4-5 unit Anatomy/Physiology I course with lab

Physiology or Anatomy/Physiology II

BIOL 176

A 4-5 unit Human Physiology course with lab, or a 4-5 unit Anatomy/Physiology II course with lab


BIOL 160

A 4-5 unit Microbiology course with lab

Introduction to Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry

CHEM 100/100L

Must be an approved, single, comprehensive Chemistry course for the Heath Professions with lab, or we will accept any Introductory or General Chemistry course with lab AND a one-semester course of introduction to organic and biochemistry course with lab or the first semester of organic chemistry with lab


Points Assigned Based on cumulative GPA for Pre-Nursing Core







2.75 – 2.80


3.21 – 3.25


3.66 – 3.70


2.81 – 2.85


3.26 – 3.30


3.71 – 3.75


2.86 – 2.90


3.31 – 3.35


3.76 – 3.80


2.91 – 2.95


3.36 – 3.40


3.81 – 3.85


2.96 – 3.00


3.41 – 3.45


3.86 – 3.90


3.01 – 3.05


3.46 – 3.50


3.91 – 3.95


3.06 – 3.10


3.51 – 3.55


3.96 – 4.00


3.11 – 3.15


3.56 – 3.60


3.16 – 3.20


3.61 – 3.65




Criteria 2

Overall Cumulative GPA in last 60 units (or less) completed Maximum Points: 12

The cumulative GPA for the last 60 units (or less) of college level work completed is used to assign

these points.

Less than 2.75 = 0 points

2.75 - 2.85 = 1 point

2.86 - 2.96 = 2 points

2.97 - 3.07 = 3 points

3.08 - 3.18 = 4 points

3.19 - 3.29 = 5 points



Criteria 2 Cont.

3.30 - 3.40 = 6 points

3.41 - 3.51 = 7 points

3.52 - 3.62 = 8 points

3.63 - 3.73 = 9 points

3.74 - 3.84 = 10 points

3.85 - 3.95 = 11 points

3.96 - 4.00 = 12 points

Criteria 3

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Composite Score Maximum Points: 15

All applicants to the Cal State San Marcos Generic/Basic BSN program are required to take the TEAS exam, produced by Assessment Technologies, Inc. (ATI). No other assessment will be accepted in lieu of the TEAS exam. You must score a minimum of 71.0% for your composite score on this exam. This test can be taken multiple times and we will use your highest composite score, as defined in more detail below, in determining your points earned. The exam is offered at Cal State San Marcos periodically throughout the year for a fee (; but can be taken at any location it is offered. It is recommended that you wait to take this exam until you have completed at least some of the science pre-nursing core requirements.

This exam includes the following four subtests:

            1. The MATH subtest covers whole numbers, metric conversions, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion.

            2. The READING subtest covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions.

            3. The ENGLISH subtest measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling.

            4. The SCIENCE portion of the exam covers science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.


Your overall composite score is a predictor of your likelihood of success to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. You must score a minimum of 71% for your overall, composite score based on the four subtests, as noted above. Your composite score is located between the headings of “Assessment” and “National Percentile” on your copy of the TEAS results and is labeled as “Your Score” or “Score”. Refer to the scale below to determine the number of points awarded for your score.










71.0 – 72.9


81.0 – 82.9


91.0 – 92.9


73.0 – 74.9


83.0 – 84.9


93.0 – 94.9


75.0 – 76.9


85.0 – 86.9


95.0 – 96.9


77.0 – 78.9


87.0 – 88.9


97.0 – 98.9


79.0 – 80.9


89.0 – 90.0


99.0 - 100




Criteria 4

Proficiency in a language other than English Maximum Points: 10

If met in Spanish 10 Points earned If met in any other language 5 Points earned

One of the following methods must be completed in full by the end of the Spring 2007 semester (May 2007) in order to meet proficiency in a language other than English. Partial completion does not earn any points. Methods to meet the proficiency include:

1. Completion of the equivalent of level “201” language course at Cal State San Marcos (first semester of the intermediate -level course) in a language other than English at the college level with a grade of C or better or

2. Passing a language proficiency exam or successfully challenging the equivalent of an intermediate-level language course at Cal State San Marcos. This option is available (for a fee) to current Cal State San Marcos students. This exam is also available (for a fee) to non-students provided you have applied for admission to the University for Fall 2007 AND have applied for admission to the School of Nursing Fall 2007 Generic/Basic BSN program.

Additional methods of determining language proficiency by exam would include:

2.1. Successfully challenging the equivalent of an intermediate-level course in a language other than English at the college level (known as ‘credit by exam’ at many community colleges)

2.2 Successfully receiving a score of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement Foreign

Language Examination

2.3. Having received one of the following minimum scores for a CLEP Language Exam: French – score of 45; German – score of 48; Spanish – score of 50

3 Successful completion of the TOEFL, as required for admission to CSUSM, can be used as proof of proficiency in another language.

4. Graduation from or completion of instructional requirements delivered in a language other than English that include the following:

4.1 Graduation from a high school that used a language other than English as the language of instruction

4.2 Completion of at least a semester at a college that used a language other than English as the language of instruction

For more information and/or updates regarding the University policies for meeting the language other than English requirement, please visit the following Web site: graduation_ requirement.asp.



Criteria 5

Applicable Work Experience Maximum Points: 10

Work experience will only be accepted if completed in an acute care, long-term care, or clinic setting providing direct patient care. Documentation must be provided before points are awarded according to the following structure:

Points for Points for

Amount of Experience Part-time* Full-time*

Less than 6 months experience 1 2

6 months – 1 year 2 4

Over 1 year – 2 years 3 6

Over 2 years – 3 years 4 8

Over 3 years - 4 years 5 10

* Part-time is based on 20 hours/week or less; full-time is 40 hours/week

Applicable work experience categories include:

            1. Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

            2. Medical Assistant (MA)

            3. Military Experience as a designated Corpsman

            4. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

            5. Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

            6. Psychiatric Technician

            7. Clinical Laboratory hours as part of previous healthcare occupation education may be used for work experience credit.


Criteria 6

Applicable Volunteer Experience Maximum Points: 5

Volunteer experience will only be accepted if completed in an acute or long term care facility and must involve personal interaction with patients or residents. Volunteer hours can be accumulated from multiple locations, and they can include volunteer hours performed during high school and anytime thereafter. Documentation must be provided before points are awarded according to the following structure:

50 hours or less 1 point

51 – 100 hours 2 points

101 – 150 hours 3 points

151 – 200 hours 4 points

201 or more hours 5 points



Criteria 7

Residency, Based on Last School Attended Maximum Points: 8

Residency will be based on your last school attended, as of Spring 2007 or before, within the following college/university and public school districts areas. The same geographical boundaries apply to non-public schools. To be eligible for these points, you must have completed a minimum of 9 semester units

at the institution you are using to qualify for these points.

Point Structure

1. Last school attended in North San Diego County, 8 points Southwest Riverside County or South Orange County

Description of the eligible regional boundaries and school districts earning 8 points:

North San Diego County includes the contiguous region north of State Highway 56 served by MiraCosta Community College District, Palomar Community College District and the following school districts: Carlsbad Unified School District, Escondido Union High School District, Fallbrook Union High School District, Oceanside Unified School District, Poway Unified School District, Ramona Unified School District, San Dieguito Union High School District, San Marcos Unified School District, Valley Center - Pauma Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, and Warner Unified School District.

Southwest Riverside County includes the contiguous region of Riverside County bordering San Diego County and served by the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District and the following school districts: Hemet Unified School District, Lake Elsinore Unified School District, Murrieta Valley Unified School District, and Temecula Valley Unified School District.

South Orange County includes the contiguous region of Orange County bordering San Diego County and served by the South Orange County Community College District and the following school districts: Capistrano Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Tustin Unified School District.

2. Last school attended elsewhere in San Diego County or Imperial County 4 points

3. Last school attended outside the North San Diego County, Southwest 0 points

Riverside County, South Orange County, San Diego County or Imperial


Secondary Criteria to be Applied in the Case of a Tie

1. Applicants who are U.S. Veterans would be given first priority.

2. Member of an underrepresented group in the nursing workforce.