ADN Admission Policies

Please read and complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an online application for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program. A non-refundable $50.00 applicant fee is required to apply. Click here to apply now and start your admissions application process for an early decision.
    • If you are not ready to apply, but would like more information, please attend an information session and campus tour offered on campus. Click here to view the info session schedule. Please note, all prospective students must apply online before moving on to the entrance exam step.
  2. Take the Accuplacer examination after submitting your online application and achieve the following preferred minimum scores on each test of this examination: Reading 240; Writing 234; Arithmetic 226; and Statistics Algebra 206. Scheduling your exam will be coordinated by your dedicated Admissions Representative.  Applicants to the ADN program must achieve a minimum Reading Comprehension score of 90 to be eligible for the ATI Critical Thinking Assessment Exam.
  3. Take the ATI Critical Thinking Assessment Entrance Exam and achieve a preferred minimum score of 68% to be eligible for an interview.
    • Upon completion of steps 1 through 3, applicants may proceed to the following:
  4. Submit an official transcript of record showing possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as GED, from an accredited secondary school or an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  5. Complete a background check.
  6. Schedule and attend a meeting with a Financial Aid Officer.
  7. Submit Official Transcripts of all courses taken at all high schools, colleges, and/or universities.
  8. Interview with the Program Director or designee, write a timed essay, and take an impromptu math quiz on dosage calculation.
    • The interviewer will use a Candidate Interview form for the interview and will award points for the applicant’s essay and responses during the interview according to a departmental rubric. The interviewer will also award points according to the departmental rubric for the applicant’s score on the Accuplacer examination; completion of an academic degree; completion of relevant prerequisite courses; grade point average for the completed prerequisite courses; and current certificates and/or work experience or volunteer work. The interviewer will combine these points with the points awarded for the interview into a total score according to the departmental rubric. Based on the total score, the applicant will be ranked among the other applicants who are applying for admission to the program with the current cohort.
    • The thirty (30) applicants who have met the minimum requirements for admission to the ADN program, and who have the highest number of combined points awarded according to the departmental rubric, will be accepted for admission to the current cohort. Should an opening occur, the applicant who has the next highest number of combined points may be accepted for admission.
    • If there are more than thirty (30) individuals qualified for admission to a given cohort, those who are not admitted to the current cohort may reapply to be considered for admission to a subsequent cohort.
  9. Submit the Transfer of Credit Request form and related documentation for evaluation of possible transfer credit. Transfer credit will only be granted under the following conditions:
    • The course is equivalent to one required in the ADN program.
    • Required prerequisite science courses must have been completed within two (2) years of the date of enrollment. Prerequisite English and math courses must be completed prior to the date of enrollment. Nursing courses must have been completed within three (3) years of the date of enrollment.
    • The grade in a prerequisite course in science (Human Anatomy, Physiology, General Microbiology) is 3.0 or higher; in another prerequisite course (English Composition, College Algebra I) or general education course (Introduction to Sociology, Developmental Psychology, Speech Communication) is 2.0 or higher; or in an RN nursing course is 77% or higher.
    • An applicant may receive competency-based credit for an RN nursing course by passing a written examination on the theory objectives and a skills demonstration on the clinical objectives of the course. The Program Director will administer this process.
  10. File all required documents with Admissions at least two (2) calendar weeks prior to the interview with the Program Director or designee and ensure all required proof of physical examination, immunizations, and valid CPR card issued by the American Heart Association is submitted to Admissions seven (7) days prior to the start of orientation.

The applicant may take each of the Accuplacer tests required for admission to a program up to three times initially, with at least 48 hours between attempts.  If the applicant does not achieve a passing score on the required tests after three attempts, the applicant must wait three months before retaking the failed test(s).   After the three month waiting period, the applicant may take the failed Accuplacer test(s) up to three more times.  If the applicant does not achieve a passing score after these three attempts, the applicant must wait one calendar year before retaking all of the Accuplacer tests required for admission to the program.  The applicant will be allowed to take each of the Accuplacer tests up to three times after the one calendar year waiting period.  If the applicant does not achieve a passing score on each of the required test(s) after these three attempts, the applicant will not be able to take the Accuplacer tests again for admission to a program at the university.

Applicants will be notified of admission to the program by a letter of invitation. An applicant may only decline the letter of invitation twice and must repeat steps 2-10 above if he or she reapplies for admission to the program.

Applicants who are not admitted to the ADN program may reapply for admission by repeating steps 2-10.

Applicants reapplying for admission only have to resubmit official transcripts of record if they have taken additional courses since the previous application for admission.

Applicants with Criminal Convictions

Background Check and Licensure

California law allows for the denial of registered nursing licensure on the basis of any prior convictions substantially related to nursing practice. The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires that all convictions be reported, except for minor traffic violations, on applications for licensure.  Both misdemeanor and felony convictions must be reported.  This includes “driving under the influence.”  Convictions must be reported even if they have been expunged.  All prior or current disciplinary action against a healthcare related license must be reported, whether it occurred in California or in another state or territory.  The BRN reviews all prior convictions substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a registered nurse.  Each application for licensure is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  See the California Board of Registered Nursing website at http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/lic-faqs.shtml#disc for further information.

Background Check and Clinical Facilities

Some clinical facilities require background checks for all employees, volunteers, and students working in the facility, independent of the required licensure background check (see below).  Students will be required to submit their personal information for a background check in order to attend clinical sessions.

  • Each facility judges the background of student nurses with misdemeanors or felonies on an individual basis. Denial of admission to the ADN program for students with convictions will be based on a pattern of convictions, felonies, or certain misdemeanors which will bar a student from completing a clinical rotation.
  • Failure to disclose a previous conviction is typically viewed as seriously as the conviction itself, if not more so.
  • Some clinical facilities may require submission of fingerprints as part of the background check.