Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

Located in San Luis Obispo, California, Cuesta College is a public institution that offers diploma and associate's degree programs, which can take 2 to 4 years to complete.

Cuesta College has an open admission/open enrollment policy. The only requirement for entrance is a high school diploma or equivalent (such as GED certificate).

Cuesta College's in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $1,196 and fees $38. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $6,370 and $38 respectively.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio26:1
Open AdmissionYes
Religious Affiliation -
Level2 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. LPN
  2. LPN to ADN
  3. ADN

    The Cuesta College ADN Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  Cuesta College is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

    All courses and curricula have been approved by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.  

    The program prepares students for an Associate in Science Degree. The curriculum is based on caring. A variety of clinical settings and diverse faculty offers students a well-rounded education. Community based internships and preceptorships equip students to become successful members of a health care team and encourage continued education.  

    Cuesta College employs a multi-criteria screening to assess candidates on the basis of previous degrees earned, relevant certificates, GPA for pre-requisite coursework, Science/English repeats, work volunteer experience in healthcare, language proficiency, score on assessment test and special life circumstances.

    Admission will be offered to the highest scoring eligible applicants with random computer selection used to break a tie. Some of the admission requirements include: general admission requirements to Cuesta College, TEAS exam score.

    The following course pre-requisites need to be completed with a ‘C’ grade or higher:

    Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology (all including lab) and English Composition.
    The Cuesta College Registered Nursing program prepares students to sit for the National Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

    Applicants who submit completed application and meet the general admission requirements for the college and fulfill the program pre-requisites will be required to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen, at their own expense, before they are able to begin clinical and internship rotations in the facilities of our community partners. 

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Certificate 0
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Certificate 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 36
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years 39

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Cuesta College

Allan Hancock College
32.25 miles away
West Hills College-Lemoore
84.01 miles away
Santa Barbara City College
86.92 miles away
San Joaquin Valley College - Bakersfield
94.58 miles away
College of the Sequoias
105.26 miles away
Hartnell College
106.21 miles away
Monterey Peninsula College
108.01 miles away
Porterville College
108.84 miles away
Ventura College
112.33 miles away
Fresno City College
112.44 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1968 - Current



Acceptance Rate

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$8,538
30k to 48k$9,459
48k to 75k$11,339
75k to 110k$13,530
Over 110k$14,968
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $46.00 $245.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $0.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Non-resident alien

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Cuesta College
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

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