Nursing at College of San Mateo - Overview
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The College of San Mateo (CSM) Nursing Program provides students with opportunities for learning in the classroom, high-tech skills lab, local hospitals, and community health agencies. CSM Nursing 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 enroll (must apply) in the SFSU BSN program and graduate with both degrees within the same year. CSM Nursing is in the candidacy process for ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) to obtain this national accreditation. ACEN: 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 USA. (404) 975-5000

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 92.45% (2021/22).


: Our program is in-person; classroom, clinical and labs. Students are expected to comply with pandemic related requirements determined by the college district and local health care agencies in order to maintain the safety of self and others.

APPLICANTS: You MUST review our program specifics and watch the ADN 2-Year Information Workshop Video and complete the Workshop Quiz to be considered as an applicant. 
Mandatory Information Session

GRADING: Pass/No-Pass is no longer an option.
As per the College District updated Covid-19 policies the CSM Nursing Program return to pre-pandemic standards and will no longer accept Pass/No-Pass grades in any of the prerequisite courses for entrance to the program.

PREREQUISITE SCIENCE COURSES: All prerequisite science courses are to have an in-person lab component. Only those taken (due to pandemic) between March 2020 and December 2022 will be considered. 

HESI ADMISSION ASSESSMENT: College of San Mateo currently accepts the HESI test ONLY; a HESI cumulative score of 70% or better will be accepted. The test may be repeated one time within 5 years where 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
Spring Hours 
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

ATTENTION Prospective Nursing Instructors:
Are you an experience RN? Do you want to give back and teach? Join TNT (The Nursing Team) at College of San Mateo, fostering the growth of future nurses thru excellent instruction. APPLY HERE

Prospective Nursing Students

Apply to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)-to-RN Program (contingent on space availability) 1-year program for current certified LVNs.

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.