Nursing at College of San Mateo - Overview
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The College of San Mateo's (CSM) Nursing Program provides students with opportunities for learning in the classroom, high-tech skills lab, local hospitals, and community health agencies and has consistently received approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Upon graduation, the candidate is eligible for an Associate degree in Nursing and is qualified to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) for RNs. The majority of students are concurrently enrolled in the SFSU BSN program and graduate with both degrees within the same year. 

Applicants are encouraged to review the Merit scoring sheet for point allocation – Note: Higher GPAs and HESI scores = Higher Merit points. The CSM Nursing Program is a GOLD STAR program indicating higher earnings and living wages after graduation.  Our success and retention rates are above 95% and the program NCLEX pass rate is 94% (2020/21).

Come teach with us!  We are always looking for new instructors to join TNT (The Nursing Team) – fostering the growth through excellent instruction of our future nurses.  APPLY HERE 

COVID-19 UPDATE (Summer 2022) **The Fall 2023 Mandatory Information Workshop Video will post in Summer 2022. All forms are currently being updated to reflect Fall 2023 applications. Please check back frequently for updates.

The CSM Nursing program is aware of the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has created in education, specifically concerning the prerequisite requirements for the program, and has made some temporary changes in policy to adapt to these conditions.

Pass/No-Pass Grading

The nursing program will temporarily accept PASS gradesand apply a point value of 2.75 to the PASS grade. This accommodation to the policy will be applied ONLY to the Spring 2020 through Summer 2022 sessions. It is STRONGLY encouraged that, if given a choice, to select a letter grade option over the Pass/No-Pass option.

Online Science Courses

The Nursing program will temporarily accept online science prerequisite courses (Health Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology and  Microbiology) with a lab component (hybird). This accommodation to the policy will be applied ONLY to the Spring 2020 through Fall 2022 sessions.  Although courses offered outside of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) will be accepted, it is STRONGLY encouraged that, if given a choice, to take these courses within the SMCCCD over other courses offered outside of the District. 

HESI Scores

Beginning with Fall 2021 admission, a HESI cumulative score of 70% or better will be accepted. The test may be repeated one time within 5 years. The better of the two scores will be applied.  

Contact Us

CSM Nursing

Health & Wellness Building 5, Room 361
1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 574-6218
Fall Hours 
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

2-year program leading to an associate's degree in nursing

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)-to-RN Program

1-year program for current certified LVNs

Other helpful information sheets

Fall 2023 applicants will be notified May 2023 via email of the department's decisions. Please do not contact the nursing department, faculty, staff, and counselor about your application status until decisions are made in May 2023.