Palomar College

San Marcos, CA 92069
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Palomar College is a community college that is located in San Marcos, California. This is a two-year school that was established in 1946. It is a very large school that serves over 26,000 students. The school is actually made up of one main campus, three centers, and four different education sites. There are several educational facilities located throughout north San Diego County. With such a large student population, this college is capable of catering to the needs of just about any student. The educational opportunities at this school are vast and there are many different degree programs to choose from. This diverse college always does its utmost to provide a safe and engaging learning environment for all types of students.

The Nursing Education Department at Palomar College is a very important part of the school. This program allows students to pursue an associate degree in nursing. It is a program that will provide students with clinical learning experiences, as well as theoretical ones. All the curriculum that is in place holds up to the stringent standards of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) organization. The philosophy of this nursing program is to acknowledge that nursing and medical care, in general, is an ever-evolving thing. Nursing students are trained to be able to think critically and to adapt to situations as skillfully as possible. 


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students23,848
Student to Faculty Ratio26:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 12 52
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 91.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1952 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
12/10/1971 - 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$257/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 $11,565
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $17,990
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $32,125
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, 63% of Palomar 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 36% $4,472
Other Federal Grant 12% $501
State Grant & Scholarships 60% $1,821
Institutional Grant & Scholarships -- $690
Federal Student Loans 1% $2,839
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$2,374
$30,001 to $48,000$3,004
$48,001 to $75,000$5,774
$75,001 to $110,000$7,554
Over $110,000--

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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: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Palomar College
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA 92069

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