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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.

For Fall 2014 consideration, applications will be accepted from:   February 18, 2014 - March 14, 2014


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 and test for seropositivity takes approximately 6-7 months to complete.

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 and visit the California Board of Registered Nursing website for general information.

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 Bachelorís in Nursing. If you check yes please indicate if you plan on cross enrollment and completing your degree immediately following completion of your ADN.

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 LVNís will be admitted.

Fall 2014 Acceptance letters

If you have applied for the fall 2014 semester, letters have not yet been sent out.   If you are selected for the fall 2014 class, you will receive an invitation via email.  The invitation sent is for a specific semester and cannot be deferred.  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 Admission Procedures 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.

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