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Applying to the Grossmont College Nursing Program

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 30. 2015

 

The Grossmont College Nursing Program admits a cohort of students every fall and spring semester and uses the California State Chancellor's multi-criteria screening tool for admittance.  Applicants are awarded points and considered for acceptance based on this criteria.  No waitlist is maintained.

Requirements needed to apply:

To be eligible to submit an application to either program, 2-year ADN or LVN to RN Transition, applicants must submit proof of the following criteria to the Nursing Office with the application:

1.  High School diploma or transcript, high school equivalency or a higher degree.
(If you have completed High School from outside of the United States, your foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluating service.  Please see below for additional information).

2.  Completion of the following science prerequisite courses.  Official transcripts reflecting a combined G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, no grade less than a "C" and a total of 13 units;

  • Anatomy and Physiology* (8 units); both must include a classroom lab 

  • Microbiology* (5 units); with classroom lab

     Physiology and Microbiology must be completed within 7 years; Anatomy within 10 years of applying to the program. 

▪For Nursing majors only, the prerequisite to Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology is Biology 120.  The equivalent to BIO 120 may be met with 1 year of High School biology with lab and a grade of "C" or higher.  Please visit the Grossmont College Prerequisite Clearance webpage to clear this requirement.  A copy of your HS transcripts are required.  Additional information is needed for students that have not attended High School locally.

Online lab courses are not acceptable for admission to the Nursing Program.  Lab courses must be conducted in a classroom setting.

For those students whose G.P.A. is 2.5, but whose science courses were taken more than seven years ago, the completion of Physiology with a grade determined by the Nursing Program will satisfy the recency standard for science courses.  Science recency is determined from the date of the last science course taken.

When the three courses combined G.P.A. is not 2.5 and if repeating one course could bring the science G.P.A. to 2.5, the student may repeat one science course, one time within a 5 year period.  All three courses should not be repeated.

     A withdraw "W" from one of the science prerequisites is considered an attempt to take the class therefore, is considered a repeat.  The student is then ineligible to repeat a science course at this time.

Please contact the Nursing Office if you have concerns on specific course recency, G.P.A. questions, repeating science prerequisites or if your transcripts show more than one repeat of any of the 3 science prerequisites.

3.  Completion of any of the general education "fixed set" courses for the Nursing Major.  Official transcripts reflecting any of the following courses completed with a C or better.  Points are awarded for completed courses only.  Applications may be submitted without the completion of all of these courses however, no points will be awarded until completed and a grade is posted on the official transcript.  It is highly suggested that all of these courses are completed when applying in order to get the maximum amount of points in this category.

  • English Composition (Eng 120 or 124)

  • Intermediate Algebra (Math 103 or higher, Math 160 recommended for transfer)

  • General Psychology (Psy 120)

  • Introductory Sociology (Soc 114 or 120)

  • Public Speaking (Comm 122 -required for any RN student entering the program beginning fall 2015, Comm 120 will no longer be accepted as of fall 2015)

     Classes indicated in parenthesis are Grossmont-Cuyamaca College courses.  Please consult the Equivalency Grid if courses were taken outside of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.  If your college is not listed on this grid, course descriptions from the college catalog are required.


4.  Completion of the TEAS 5.0 exam with a minimum score of 62%.  Successfully complete and submit an official transcript from the ATI website of the TEAS 5.0 exam with a minimum score of 62% .  No matter the score of the 1st exam, do not repeat the TEAS without first consulting the TEAS Policy and Remediation Procedures.   Students who fail to achieve a passing score on their first attempt must complete additional pre-nursing course work as directed by the nursing department.  You must adhere to all Grossmont College Nursing Program policies when taking the TEAS and submitting a score.  You may take the exam anywhere it is proctored and remediation must be adhered to.  Please visit the TEAS testing page prior to taking the exam and for detailed information.

 

5.  Documented proof of the following completed immunizations and TB test;

     MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)- series of 2 vaccination or seropositivity,
Hepatitis B- series of 3 vaccinations and test for seropositivity,
     }negative seropositivity must include a booster or repeat of the series and re-test.
    
}approximate time period of 7-8 months to complete.
    
}accelerated versions of the Hep B series is subject to approval, please contact the
       Nursing Office prior to receiving this type of immunization.
    
}students are not eligible to decline the series without a physician's statement documenting
       an adverse reaction or a statement from their pastor indicating refusal for religious reasons.
●Tdap (Tetanus/Diptheria and Acellular Pertussis)- given 2005 or after,
Varicella (Chickenpox)- series of 2 vaccinations or seropositivity,
TB (Tuberculosis)- negative 2-step test or positive results from TB test with clear chest x-ray
       and Questionnaire.

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To apply to the Nursing Program:

Submit in person to the Nursing Office, during the designated Application Periods, a complete application packet to include:

1.  Application to the Nursing Program 2-year ADN Application (pdf)
                                                                               
 
2-year ADN Application (docx)

2.  Proof of High School graduation, GED certificate or proof of a higher degree.

  • High School foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing evaluations service for US equivalency.  Applicants may use the following services; IERF or ACEI.  A general report is all that is required for proof of High School completion outside of the United States.  This official, sealed evaluation must accompany the application.

3.  Official sealed transcripts of the required science prerequisites and any of the completed Nursing Major "fixed set" courses (as noted above).  Include course descriptions if necessary.

  • College foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing evaluations service if any of the courses are being used for equivalency to apply to the nursing program.  If a foreign degree was earned, the evaluation must state its equivalency to a U.S. degree.  Applicants must obtain a detailed report and submit an official, sealed transcript evaluation from the International Evaluations Research Foundation IERF.  Do not request that the evaluation be sent to the nursing program; it must be included with your application packet.

    • Do not send transcripts separately to the Nursing Office to be held; they must accompany your application.  The Nursing Program office will obtain transcripts of courses taken at Grossmont or Cuyamaca Colleges.

4.  Official TEAS V exam sent directly to Grossmont College from the ATI website.  If more than one exam was taken, an unofficial printout of previous or subsequent exams must be included with the application.

5.  Documentation of all completed immunizations as noted above.

6.  2x2 passport photo (no copies of passport photos or personal photos).

7.  If your are licensed as an LVN, a copy of the license and LVN college transcripts must be included.

The Criteria for Admission Grid gives additional information on all requirements listed above and for acquiring any additional points listed below.  Please use the check off list in the application packet to reference specific criteria needed prior to submitting your application.

Documents needed for additional points; if applicable.

1.  Official transcripts of an Academic degree awarded and obtained in the United States
     (Associates, Bachelors or Master's Degree).
2.  A copy of an awarded Allied Health Certificate.
3.  Documentation of relevant work or volunteer experience from an employer or volunteer supervisor
     on company letterhead.  Must have a minimum 100 hours within the past 3 years of application.
4.  Documented proficiency or advanced level coursework in languages other than English.
5.  A copy of a DD214 form for a Veteran or military ID for active military status.
6.  A copy of a card indicating refugee status.
7.  A copy of a DSPS evaluation or a letter from a Physician describing the disability.
8.  Documented copy of Financial Aid, Cal Works, BOGFW-B, Federal Pell Grant or EOPS eligibility.
9.  Documentation from employer on company letterhead verifying dates of employment while
     completing prerequisites and courses for the Nursing major.
10. Statement from applicant indicating first generation of family to attend college.
11. Statement from applicant describing disadvantages in a social or educational environment.
12. Statement from applicant addressing difficult personal or family situations or circumstances.

  • The application must be completed in its entirety with all requirements and appropriate documentation submitted as a package, in person, to the Nursing Program Office. 

  • No late or incomplete applications will be accepted for consideration.

  • No emailed applications will be accepted.  Mailed applications will only be accepted if living out of the San Diego County area or out of state.

  • Due to the amount of applications received, we are unable to review application materials at time of submission.  However, individual immunizations and tests will be reviewed with applicants to ensure all vaccination requirements are met.

IMPORTANT:  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.  Please visit the California Board of Registered Nursing website for general information.  http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/lic-faqs.shtml#disc.

Students applying to the Grossmont College Nursing Program are required to have a social security number and be able to provide proof when applying to the program.  This is a requirement to be licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

If you are selected for a class, the Nursing Program will notify you at the most recent email address submitted.  All correspondence will be conducted through email only.  It is extremely important that you maintain a valid account with the Nursing Office.  If you have a Yahoo or Hotmail account, please obtain an alternate address when applying.  We may not be able to contact you with updated information on with an invitation to the program.  Any changes in your contact information must be submitted in writing at grossmont.nursing@gcccd.ede.  Verbal changes are not accepted.

  •      If accepted to the Grossmont College Nursing Program;
         a.  Enroll in the college by completing the online application
         b.  Obtain a GCCCD student ID
         c.  Send official transcripts of all previous coursework to Admissions and Records  
              immediately upon accepting an invitation to the Nursing Program.
         d. Complete all Grossmont College admission requirements as noted in the catalog.

 

  •      After acceptance to the Program the following requirements must be met by the date indicated in your New Student Requirement packet.  This packet will be given to the student after acceptance:
          a. Submit the following forms to the Nursing Office:

    • A satisfactory physical exam report documented on the Nursing Program form obtained from the New Student Requirement Packet.

    • A signed Essential Functions of the Nursing Student form acknowledging the ability to
      perform the core skills outlined. 

    • Current American Heart Association CPR card for Healthcare Providers.  No other card
      will be accepted.

    • Evidence of malpractice insurance -information provided in the Nursing Program New
      Student Requirement Packet.

    • Completed ADB background check and drug screen for hospital compliance-information provided in the Nursing Program New Student Requirement Packet. 

Note: Before initiating the challenge policy for any Nursing course. the student must first meet with the Assistant Director of Nursing and cannot be enrolled in the course that they are planning to challenge.

Licensed Vocational Nurses are eligible to apply during the application period for spring entry to the 2-year ADN Program as an LVN to complete the requirements in three semesters for RN licensure.  All requirements to apply to this program are the same as for the 2 year ADN Program including a current LVN license and transcripts for previous LVN coursework .  Students accepted into the spring LVN to RN cohort will begin their 1st semester in Nursing 118, 119 and 130 then continue to Nursing 220, 222, 230 and 235 for the remaining 2 semesters.  If the minimum numbers of qualified applications are not received , a dedicated LVN to RN Transition Program will not be offered.  Applicants, if eligible, will have the opportunity to be considered for the 2-year ADN Program for the spring semester.  A current license must be submitted with the application.

If you have not yet seen a counselor at Grossmont College, please make an appointment to discuss general education and major requirements specific to the Nursing Program.

The Nursing Program office is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA  92020 in the Health and Science Complex (Bldg 34), office #256.  The hours of operation are 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Health & Science complex

Phone (619)644-7300
Fax (619)644-7904
Email grossmont.nursing@gcccd.edu

Last Revised 09/19/2014