MiraCosta College

Oceanside, CA 92056
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MiraCosta College is one of the fifty public 4-year colleges in California. The campus is located in a suburb, in Oceanside.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 14,617 students attend the school. Every year 31% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

MiraCosta College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,104, and fees were $48. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $6,720 and $48 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students14,617
Student to Faculty Ratio26:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs

The Miracosta college Registered Nursing program prepares students with patient care in a range of healthcare settings.

The program emphasizes nursing theory and clinical practice for direct patient care. Students who successfully complete the Associate Degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Upon successful performance on the examination, they are licensed as registered nurses (RNs).

Admissions procedures:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  • Complete pre-requisite college level courses with a GPA of 2.5 or above  
  • Submission of mandatory health record information as per the institutions requirements (including immunization records)

A point system using multi-criteria developed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is used to accept students into the RN program. 90 percent of student admission is based on the point system, and 10 percent of admitted students will come from the established wait list.

Students accepted into the RN program must take the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) and receive a composite score of 62 percent in order to begin the program. Students who do not receive at least a 62 percent will be counseled and have a remediation plan designed. They will have one year to complete the remediation plan before retesting for admittance. This program has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 8
Associate's degree 0 8
Certificate 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 96.4%
  • NCLEX-RN: 94.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
07/01/1952 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$280/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $12,600
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $19,600
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $35,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 61% of MiraCosta College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 40% $4,663
Other Federal Grant 11% $522
State Grant & Scholarships 59% $1,822
Institutional Grant & Scholarships -- $826
Federal Student Loans 1% $4,396
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$995
$30,001 to $48,000$1,771
$48,001 to $75,000$4,280
$75,001 to $110,000$6,918
Over $110,000$6,422

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Student Population













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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
MiraCosta College
One Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056

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