Requirements to Enter and Complete the Nursing Program

Requirements to Enter and Complete the Nursing Program

Nursing students in skills labThe Nursing Program provides an optimal learning environment that will enable the culturally diverse learner to begin the process of life-long learning as a registered nurse. By earning an associate of science degree in nursing, program graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, and are prepared for entry-level practice into the profession of nursing. Note: The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students have a social security number in order to take the licensure exam NCLEX.

Minimum Criteria for applying the Nursing Program

  • High School Graduation or Equivalent
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to applying
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for all pre-requisite science courses: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Microbiology
  • Completion of English 1A (or equivalent) with "C" or higher
  • TEAS Version VI Exam with 62% or higher (we accept first passing score only)
Pre-Nursing Course Prere​quisites:
Completion of Biology Pre-requisites-Anatomy, Microbiology and Physiology (with unit equivalent listed below​ for lecture/lab), with a  GPA of 2.5 or above for the sciences, and completion of English 1A with a "C" or better. 
BIOL 071* Human Anatomy5.0
BIOL 072* Human Physiology5.0
BIOL 074* General Microbiology5.0
*Will accept a minimum of 4.0 semester units, equivalent courses
ENGL 001A English Composition 3.0
Note: Nursing will not accept international coursework for the prerequisite classes.

Major Requirements:

Course Supportive of the Major: (Required for graduation and licensure)

PSYCH 001 General Psychology (recommended prior to enrollment in the nursing program)3.0
Major Requirements: All completed with a grade "C" or better
NURS 001 Fundamentals in Nursing 9.5
NURS 002A Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing 5.0
NURS 002B Maternity Nursing 4.0
NURS 003 Advanced Pediatrics and Medical-Surgical Nursing 8.5
NURS 004 Adv. Medical-Surgical/Geriatric/ Mental Health/Leadership and Management Nursing 10.0
General Education:
Area A: Written Communication-English1A (met by Pre-nursing prerequisite course)
Communication Studies 3.0
Area B: Science with lab (met by Pre-nursing prerequisite course)
Area C: Fine Arts3.0
Area D: HIST 17A and 17B OR HIST-001 and POLSC 0016.0
Area E: Life-long Learning and Self Development (met by Nursing curriculum)
Graduation Requirements:
Physical Activity: PE or DANCE
Cultural Pluralism/Ethnic Studies (can be completed in area C or D)
Math competency: Math 013 or 014 OR Equivalent OR Intermediate Algebra Competency Exam
Pre-requisite Courses 15.0 - 18.0
Course Supportive of the Major3.0
Nursing Major Courses37.0
General Education Courses (additional)15.0
Physical Activity1.0
Total units 71.0 – 74.0

Note: For licensure, the Board of Registered Nursing requires one of the following courses to meet the Societal/Cultural Pattern:
ETH 010, 011, 020, 030, 035, 040, 042, SOC 010, 011, ​​​ANTH 063 OR Equivalent

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