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The College of San Mateo (CSM) Nursing Program provides students with opportunities for learning in the classroom, a high-tech skills lab, at local hospitals, and community health agencies.

CSM Nursing has consistently received approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) since the program began in 1963. Upon graduation, the candidate is eligible for an Associate of Science degree in Nursing and is qualified to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) for RNs. The majority of students will concurrently enroll (must apply) in the SFSU BSN program and graduate with both degrees within the same year.

The CSM Nursing Program is a GOLD STAR program indicating higher earnings and living wages after graduation.  Program success and retention rates are above 95% and the NCLEX pass rate is currently 92.45% (2021/22).

Effective May 19, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 19, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326


MUST Do'sApplicants, you MUST review our program specifics and watch the ADN 2-Year Information Workshop Video and submit the Workshop Quiz to be considered as an applicant.


Pass/No Pass Grading
The nursing program will only accept PASS grades (applying the point of 2.75 for a PASS grade) for all prerequisite courses taken ONLY between Spring 2020 and Summer 2022. 

Online Science Courses
The nursing program will accept (retroactively) prerequisite science courses (Chem. Anatomy, Physio. And Micro.) with an online lab component between the Spring 2020 and Summer 2022-time frame.  

Admission Assessment Test
College of San Mateo will accept the TEAS or HESI Exam for the 2024 admission cycle (after 2024 we will only accept TEAS). The applicant must achieve a 62% or better for TEAS OR a HESI cumulative score of 70% or better for the application to be accepted. The test may be repeated one time within 5 years where the better of the two scores will be applied.  

Chemistry Course Updates
Beginning with the 2024 Application Cycle, we will accept Chem210 OR Chem410.

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 experienced 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.

Faculty Application

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.

Military Personnel and Family Admissions

Fall 2024 applicants will be notified May 2024 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 2024.