Nursing Program Admissions

All nursing applicants must complete the following steps prior to applying for admission to the nursing program:

Nursing Program Admission Screening Process


The Nursing Program uses a competitive admission procedure. Sixty students are admitted each fall and spring semester. Applicants are responsible for making sure that all admission materials are submitted by the deadline and all admission requirements have been met. Admission deadlines are January 15 to start in the fall semester and August 15 to start in the spring semester. Incomplete applications will not be screened. Applications will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • PSB-Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (30% of admission score)
    • Scores in each category must be at the 25 percentile or above.
    • The PSB exam must be completed before submitting an application.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) scores of science pre-requisites (30% of admission score)
    • BIO 110: prerequisite for BIO 245, 246, and 265 and does not have a time limit.
    • BIO 245: taken within the last 10 years.
    • Note: Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better before applying.
  • GPA of pre-requisite general education courses (10% of admission score)
    • PSY 100: prerequisite to PSY 218
    • PSY 218
    • Note: Must be completed with a grade of C or better before applying.
  • GPA of additional science courses required by the program (25% of admission score)
    • BIO 246 must be completed prior to nursing program admission or taken concurrently with first semester nursing courses.
    • BIO 265 must be completed prior to entering the second semester of the nursing program.
    • Note: Completion of BIO 246 and BIO 265 is strongly recommended before applying. Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better within the last 10 years.
  • GPA of additional general education courses completed for degree completion (5% of admission score)
    • ENG 101 and 102
    • Liberal Education Elective (3 credits): HUM 216 Ethics recommended.

Students may use the Nursing Admission Calculator to help determine their nursing application score. Nursing admission screenings will occur after the January 15 and August 15 deadlines. The screening process takes approximately one month. Students will be notified of their status (admitted, waiting list, or requirements incomplete) after the screening is complete. The following policies also apply:

  • Preference is given to candidates who are legal residents of Community College District 509. Working in-district does not meet this requirement.
  • Students must achieve a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in all nursing and general education courses in order to complete the program.
  • Students are required to attend a mandatory nursing orientation session after acceptance into the program.
  • Students must provide their own uniform and transportation to and from all clinical sites. Students must submit medical forms, health insurance, American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) CPR certification, and complete the drug testing and criminal background check through the CastleBranch system within 30 days before the first day of class in the nursing program. Students demonstrating a positive drug test will be denied admission to the nursing program. Students demonstrating a positive background check may not be allowed to start nursing classes based on the background check results. Students demonstrating a positive background check or annual drug test while enrolled in the nursing program may be dismissed.
  • Other nursing program student policies are outlined in the most recent version of the nursing student handbook.

Note: Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.