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Beginning April 03, 2015
An Allied Health and Nursing counselor will be available on Fridays* from 8:00am - 1:00pm in building 34, room 259 for any students interested in attending the Nursing Program.  For Students that are not currently enrolled at Grossmont College, walk-in counseling will be accepted on Fridays during the spring semester.  For current Grossmont College students needing an appointment for advisement, or questions, please call the Nursing Program office at 619-644-7301.

*Effective June 2015, the satellite counseling hours will change to Mondays, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Upcoming application periods

For Fall 2015 consideration,
applications will be accepted from:
For Spring 2016 consideration,
applications will be accepted from:
February 17, 2015 - March 13, 2015 July 01, 2015 - July 31, 2015

If Financial Aid is needed for either cohort, make sure to apply for financial aid in January or February in order for it to be available if you are invited into the program. 

Program Description

As defined by the American Nurses Association, professional nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual and high-risk health problems. The Associate Degree Registered Nursing Programs at Grossmont College prepare men and women for national licensure to practice professional nursing in critical, acute, chronic, ambulatory and home health care settings. For students without previous nursing education, the nursing courses cover four semesters plus the prerequisite science courses. Nursing science didactic is coordinated with laboratory experience in local hospitals and health agencies under the guidance of nursing faculty members. In addition to the nursing courses, the major requires selected general education courses from the natural, behavioral and social sciences. A special application for this major is required. Applications to the Nursing Program will be accepted for both programs after prerequisite requirements are met.

New on-campus RN to BSN program!

Get your BSN here at Grossmont College through Point Loma Nazarene University.  Complete the ADN program at Grossmont College and receive your RN license, then begin taking classes through PLNU on our campus.  For enrollment eligibility and complete information visit or contact Megan Fausz, Graduate and Professional Studies Enrollment Advisor at (619)563-2821 or

Communication requirement (posted 5/12/2014)
If applying to the Nursing Program for the fall 2015 semester or thereafter, students completing the communication requirement must take Communication 122, Public Speaking. Communication 120, Interpersonal Communication will no longer be accepted for the Associates Degree in Science in Nursing. If you have not yet taken the Communication requirement or have taken Communication 120 previously and will not be applying during the spring 2015 application period (7/01/14-7/31/14), you will need to complete Communication 122 in order to apply during the next application period.

Biology 120 prerequisite (posted 7/08/2014)
Effective fall semester 2014, the Grossmont College Nursing Program will accept a one year high school biology course with lab and a grade of "C" or higher to fulfill the Biology 120 prerequisite needed for the required science prerequisites for students majoring in nursing only.

If you are a local area high school student, you must submit high school transcripts verifying successful completion with a "C" or higher of a biology course with a lab to the prerequisite clearance specialist at Click on Nursing. When emailing the request for clearance, attach an unofficial copy of your HS transcripts listing the course and grade. It takes approximately 2 weeks for your request to be processed.

If you are a non-local area or out of state high school student, you must submit high school transcripts verifying successful completion with a grade of "C" or higher of a biology course with a lab, a copy of the course description and/or a letter from the registrar or campus administrator verifying the biology course taken contains a lab and meets the requirement for the prerequisite. Submit the above items to the prerequisite clearance specialist at Click on Nursing. It takes approximately 2 weeks for your request to be processed.

Please note that the required science courses are highly rigorous and multiple attempts are not allowed by the Nursing Program. Should you need to complete a General Biology course to successfully pass the Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology, it is strongly recommended that you continue your education beyond high school biology and first complete Biology 120.

High School biology can be used to clear Biology 120 for Biology 140, 141, 144 and 152 for Grossmont College Nursing Majors only. Cuyamaca College nor other Grossmont College Health Professions programs will not accept this method to clear their prerequisites. This option no longer applies if the student changes their major.

Important update for applicants regarding immunizations
All applicants are required to have completed all necessary immunizations and/or tests in order to apply to the Nursing Program beginning with the April 2013 application period. Please refer to the application packet to find out what immunizations and tests are required to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the Hepatitis B series immediately as the vaccine schedule and test for seropositivity takes approximately 6-7 months to complete.

Bachelor's in Nursing

Assembly Bill 1295 required California State Universities (CSU) to develop a seamless pathway for the Associate Degree Registered Nurse to obtain a Bachelor's in Nursing. The CSU in our area that we have partnered with is San Diego State University.

We strongly encourage our students to enroll in a BSN immediately after completing their degree at Grossmont College. During enrollment at Grossmont College students may cross enroll at SDSU for a nominal fee and begin their upper division nursing courses. The articulated nursing degree transfer pathways shall comply with both of the following requirements:

  • A campus of the California State University shall not require an ADN-to-BSN student to complete any duplicative courses for which the content is already required by the Board of Registered Nursing for licensure or that the student has already satisfied by earning the associate degree in nursing and becoming licensed as a registered nurse.

  • A campus of the California State University shall not require an ADN-to-BSN student, who has taken a prerequisite course at a California community college to earn the associate degree in nursing, to take the same prerequisite course or same content from that prerequisite course at the university for the bachelor of science in nursing degree.

On the application please indicate if you will be continuing on at SDSU for your Bachelor's in Nursing. If you check yes please indicate if you plan on cross enrollment and completing your degree immediately following completion of your ADN.

Background Check and Drug Screen
Any prior conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may influence eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse. A flagged background check or drug screen may also prohibit entrance and/or participation in the nursing program. Applicants with prior convictions are required to contact the Director of Nursing for confidential advisement and planning prior to applying to the program and visit the California Board of Registered Nursing website for general information.

LVN to RN Update
Licensed Vocational Nurses will be considered for the program once a year during the spring semester. If the minimum number of qualified applications are not received for the spring semester, no LVN's will be admitted.

Spring 2015 Acceptance letters
If you have applied for the spring 2015 semester, acceptance letters have been sent. If you have been selected for the spring 2015 class, you should have received an invitation via email. The invitation sent is for a specific semester and cannot be deferred. Please note that it takes a period of time to fill a class and you may be contacted at a later date to join the spring 2015 cohort. Unfortunately we are unable to disclose point totals for each individual, please refer to the Criteria for Admission Grid if you would like to estimate the points possible for your application. Applicants will be notified at a later date when application packets will be available for pick up.

Update - Effective January 01, 2012
If you are enrolled or have accepted a seat into any other Grossmont College Health Professions Program, you will be ineligible to receive an invitation to the Nursing Program. Students wishing to apply to the program must apply for an entry date which does not conflict with the completion of the program currently enrolled in.

Admission to the program is based upon the California State Chancellor's multi-criteria screening tool, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) score, degrees, work experience, life experiences, and second language proficiency. See grid for the new multi-criteria and point values for admission screening purposes. Please see Applying for complete information.

Discrimination Statement
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, nationality, gender, age, or handicap in admission or access to, treatment of, or employment in, its programs and activities.

Last Updated: 03/23/2015
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