Applying to the Nursing Program

Grossmont College



Application Period:  July 1 - July 31  Apply Now!

 


Application Process

The Grossmont College Nursing Program admits a cohort of students every fall and spring semester. Applications will be submitted online. Admission to the program is based upon the California State Chancellor's multi-criteria tool. Applicants are awarded points based on this criteria and the top 40 applicants with the highest number of points receive invitations into the program.

 

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Spring applications for fall enrollment

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Recommended Preparation

 

Recommended Preparation

 

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Attend a Zoom Nursing Program Preview session

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Establish a non-Grossmont College email address such as a gmail accountAll correspondences are conducted via email.  It is crutial that you maintain a valid email address

 

 

 

Before you Apply 

 

Prerequisites

See the Criteria for Admission Grid for point values for admission screening purposes. No waitlist is maintained. Re-application is permitted.

 

 

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Science

Anatomy, Physiology & Microbiology
 

 

Subject & Number

Title

Units

BIO 140

Human Anatomy

5

BIO 141

Human Physiology

3

BIO 141L

 Lab in Human Physiology

 

OR  

BIO 144

 

Anatomy and Physiology I 4
  AND  

BIO 145

Anatomy and Physiology II 4

 


Must satisfy the following:

 

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Must be the course number listed above, or the equivalent course if taken at another college


 

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Combined GPA of 2.5 or higher


 

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No grade less than a 'C'


 

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At least 13 units combined


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Each science course must have a lab component 


 

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Taken at a regionally accredited institution


 

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Physiology & Microbiology within 7 years, and Anatomy within 10 years of applying. If at least one course falls within the recency requirement, all sciences will be considered current


 

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No more than one repeated course within the prerequisite sciences


 

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Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit will not be accepted. Applicants must receive a letter grade to satisfy  prerequisite requirement.


 

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Courses must be fully completed before submitting an application to the Nursing program


 

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If applicants had to get an Excused Withdrawal (EW) due to COVID-19, the Grossmont College Nursing Program will not count those courses as attempts


 

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Biology 120 is a prerequisite for the science courses listed above. The Biology 120 requirement can be satisfied with one year of high school biology. 


Learn more:

BIO 120 satisfyance Information 

 

General Education

 

English Composition

Fixed Set

 

Subject & Number

Title

Units

ENG 120

College Composition & Reading

3

 

OR  

ENG 124

 

Adv. Composition: Critical Reason/Write 3

 

 


Intermediate Algebra 

 

Subject & Number

Title

Units

MATH 103

Intermediate Algebra

3

 

OR  

MATH 160*

 

Elementary Statistics 3

*Recommended for transfer

 


General Psychology 

 

Subject & Number

Title

Units

PSY 120

Introductory Psychology

 

3

 

  


Introductory Sociology 

 

Subject & Number

Title

Units

SOC 114

Intro to Race & Ethnicity

 

3

 

OR  

SOC 120

 

Introductory Sociology

 

3

 

 


Public Speaking

Subject & Number

Title

Units

COMM 120

Interpersonal Communication

 

3

 

OR  

COMM 122

 

Public Speaking

 

3

 

 


Must satisfy the following:

 

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Must be the course number listed above, or the equivalent course if taken at another college


 

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No grade less than C


 

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Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit will not be accepted. Applicants must receive a letter grade to satisfy  prerequisite requirements.


 

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Must be fully completed before submitting an application to the Nursing program


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If applicants had to get an Excused Withdrawal (EW) due to COVID-19, the Grossmont College Nursing Program will not count those courses as attempts

 

 

 

 

Testing

Test of Essential Academic Skills 

 

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Successfully complete the TEAS exam and submit your results with a minimum score of 62%


 

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Grossmont Nursing will accept both the TEAS 6 and TEAS 7 versions through the summer 2022 application period. Starting in the Spring 2023 application period only the TEAS 7 will be accepted. Applicants are awarded points based on their passing TEAS score.


 

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All attempts within the current version must be included in the application. The best score from your first two attempts (within the same version) will be used as long as the attempts are a minimum of 30 days apart.


 

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If an applicant scored below a 62% on their first attempt, they will need to complete the remediation requirement that is outlined on the TEAS Testing page before taking the second attempt.

 


Visit www.atitesting.com for more information and to register for the TEAS test.

 

 

 

 

Apply for Admission 

Grossmont College

 

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All applicants must have a Grossmont College student ID prior to submitting an application for the nursing program. 


 

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Students are issued a college ID when they apply for admission to the college. This process may take 24-48 hours for first-time applicants.


 

 

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Provide Documentation

If necessary

 

Applicants may earn additional points on their application by providing applicable documents below.

See the Criteria for Admission Grid for details on how points are awarded.

 


Healthcare Certification

 

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LVN license information and LVN transcripts

OR


 

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Official government document indicating past or present Corpsman status

OR


 

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Copy of an Allied Health certificate


Including but not limited to:

Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Home Health Aide, Dental Assistant, Surgical Technologist, Speech-Language Therapist, Dietician, or Optometric Assistant

 

 


Relevant Work or Volunteer Experience

 

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Work/Volunteer Experience Verification Form signed by an employer or volunteer supervisor verifying a minimum of 100 hours of relevant experience within the past 3 years


 

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A letter from your employer on company letterhead verifying dates of employment in a healthcare-related role.


 

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Check back soon for the link to the above form, which will be posted here soon. 

 

 


Need to Work During Prerequisites

 

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Work/Volunteer Experience Verification Form verifying dates of employment while completing prerequisite courses.


 

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A letter from your employer on company letterhead verifying dates of employment in a healthcare-related role.


 

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Check back soon for the link to the above form, which will be posted here soon. 

 

 


Proficiency in a Language Other than English

 

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Transcripts demonstrating advanced level language coursework equivalent to the 220 course level at Grossmont College

 

OR


 

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Language Verification Form signed by your employer

 

OR


 

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Fluency test results

 

OR


 

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A letter from your employer on company letterhead stating that you are bilingual


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Check back soon for the link to the above form, which will be posted here soon.

 

 


Military Service

 

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Veteran status: DD214, or

 

OR


 

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Active Duty status: Answer 'yes' to active duty status question within the online application and provide proof upon acceptance into the program. 

 

 


Refugee

 

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Official government document demonstrating refugee status

 


Disability

 

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Disability Verification Form signed by a healthcare provider or the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)

 

OR


 

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A copy of the ARC evaluation

 

OR


 

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Other documentation of a disability with sensitive diagnosis information removed. Grossmont Nursing promotes equity in our admission practices but does not require applicants to disclose their specific disability


 

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Check back soon for the link to the above form, which will be posted here soon.

 


Low Income

 

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A copy of Financial Aid, Cal Works, Promise Grant, Federal Pell Grant, or EOPS eligibility


 

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Please do not submit pay stubs or W-2s

 

 

Acceptance

 

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Acceptance letters will be sent within three months of the close of the application period. If you are invited into the program, the Nursing Program will notify you at the most recent email address submitted.


 

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All correspondence will be conducted through email only. It is crutial that you maintain a valid account with the Nursing Office. 

 


Recommended:  Establish a non-Grossmont College email address such as a gmail account

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Information

 

 

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Convictions & Felonies

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. 


More Info:  California Board of Registered Nursing website 


 

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Social Security Number

A social security number is not required to submit an application, but will be required upon acceptance into the program. This is a requirement to be licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing.


 

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Previous Nursing Coursework

We do not accept applications from those who have been unsuccessful in-another nursing program. You must be in good standing with program in which you left with no indication of a failing grade in any nursing course.


 

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Licensed Vocational Nurses

LVNs are eligible to apply during the application period for Fall entry to the 2-year ADN Program as an LVN to complete the requirements for RN licensure based on an individualized evaluation of the applicant. All requirements to apply to this program are the same as for the 2-year ADN Program, with the addition of a current LVN license and transcripts for previous LVN coursework. A current license must be submitted with the application. Also, applicants, if eligible, have the opportunity to be considered for the 2-year ADN Program in Fall and Spring.


 

 

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Counseling

For information about General Education requirements or to develop an educational plan, contact the Grossmont College Counseling Department at: 619-644-7208 to schedule an appointment with a Counselor or to find out more about walk-in services.


 

 

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Financial Aid 

 

If you are invited into the program and are requesting financial aid for the fall or spring cohort, please be sure to apply for Financial Aid during the months of January or February so that aid is available in time for the program start. 

 

 

 

FAQ

 

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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 key.

 

 

 

I am just starting out, where do I begin?


If you have never taken a college course, first enroll as a student in the college by completing an application from the Admissions Office. The application is free and will allow you to select the classes you need. See admission criteria for the required prerequisite coursework. 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 is 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 website 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 class-time and coursework.

 

 

What is the difference between an ADN and a BSN? 

 

ADN:  Associate Degree Registered Nurse

BSN:  Bachelor's Degree Registered Nurse

 

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 or MSN to be employed. For example, a public health nurse typically requires a bachelor's 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 an ADN? 

 

Associate Degree nurses can work in any setting that requires a Registered Nurse. During the program students are educated in Geriatric, Pediatric, Psychiatric, Medical/Surgical, and Intensive Care nursing. If a student feels inclined toward 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 licensure?

 

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 participation in the nursing program due to the requirement for clinical experience.  All flagged background checks and drug screens are reviewed by the clinical facility the student may be assigned to.  The clinical facility makes the decision on whether or not to accept the student for clinical placement.  A denial of clinical placement due to a flagged background check or drug screen can occur at any point in the nursing program, including the final semester. Please visit the CA BRN website for related general info.

 

How much does the Nursing Program cost at GC?

 

The approximate cost of the program is $5,800.00. This is based on 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 encouraged to visit the Financial Aid office for needed assistance prior to registering for nursing classes.

 

I am enrolled and/or have accepted a seat in another GC Health Professions program. Can I still apply to the nursing program?

 

Student who are enrolled/have accepted a seat in another Grossmont College Health Professions program are 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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