Can I work during the program?
The nursing program is a rigorous program. It demands time
and flexibility. The amount of hours a
student can work is dependent on the individual. The amount
of expertise in the area, i.e. experience in the field and
academic level of the student all relate to how demanding
the program is of his/her time.
Typically the class time hours involve 6 hours of lecture
per week and 14 hours of clinical in the hospital
per week. This schedule is an APPROXIMATE.
This does not count the number of hours
required to study each week.
The college uses hospital facilities as they are available,
so having a flexible schedule is important. Often hospital
assignments are not available until just before the
beginning of the semester so flexibility is a key success.
I am just starting out, where do I begin?
See admission criteria
If you have not ever taken a college course, first enroll as
a student in the college by completing out an application
from the Admissions Office. It costs nothing and will allow
you to select the classes you need.
See admission criteria for the required prerequisite
It is highly recommended that you meet with a counselor to
discuss a plan for completion of your prerequisite and
General Education requirements.
How long will it take me?
The 2 year ADN
2 years of sequential Nursing courses. This means you cannot
take any nursing courses part-time or out of sequence. The
summer between the first and second year is typically not
scheduled with nursing courses.
Is there a Nursing Counselor?
There is not a dedicated counselor for the Nursing Program
however all counselors at Grossmont College are
knowledgeable about the requirements necessary for
completion of the Associates Degree in Nursing.
This web site can answer most questions you may have
regarding the program. If you need additional assistance, the
Health Professions Specialist for Nursing can answer most questions.
How many hours a week of study is it?
The RN programs at Grossmont College involve intensive
community college level coursework. A student could easily
dedicate 40 hours a week to the class-time and coursework.
What is the difference between an Associate degree Registered Nurse (ADN) and one with a Bachelors Degree
Actually, the state license is the same. Entry level patient
care is similar. The baccalaureate degree
has additional education in leadership, research and
community health. The BSN
nurse may have more management opportunities. There are
many types of nurse specialties that require a BSN
to be employed. For example, a public health
nurse typically requires a bachelorís degree. Grossmont
College School of Nursing strongly encourages our students
to continue their nursing education and seek a BSN and MSN.
I want to be a Pediatric Nurse. Can I do that
with just my Associate Degree in Registered Nursing?
Associate Degree Nurses can work in
any setting that requires a Registered Nurse. During the program students are educated
in Geriatric, Pediatric, and Psychiatric, Medical / Surgical
and Intensive Care nursing. If a
student feels inclined towards a specialty, the student is
encouraged to seek employment in the area of interest and
allow the particular health care delivery system employing
them to assist in the specialization/certification, during
New Graduate Programs.
I have a conviction, will I be denied
There is a possibility that a prior conviction may keep you
from entering, continuing in becoming a licensed health care practitioner.
If you have had a
prior arrest or conviction, please visit the California
Board of Registered Nursing website at
It is required to then make
an appointment to speak with the Dean of Allied Health & Nursing
at (619)644-7149 to discuss your options.
I turned in my application and I havenít heard
whether I was accepted, what should I do now?
Applicants will be notified for both fall and spring
semesters following the end of each application period
and until the class is filled.
How much does the Nursing Program cost at Grossmont
The approximate cost of the
program is $5,800.00. This is based on the the college's
current tuition fees of $46.00 per unit, health fees,
parking permits, immunizations and hospital
requirements. Uniforms, testing and materials for each
class and books are also included in this estimate. The
approximate cost is not due all at once and Financial
Aid is available to those who qualify. Upon acceptance
to the program the individual is encourage to visit the
Financial Aid office for needed assistance prior to
registering for nursing classes.