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 individuals 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 after prerequisite requirements are met.


Nursing Program Regular Office Hours

Building 34, Room 256

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm



The TEAS exam is scheduled to change versions between October 2021 and June 2022.  We will accept both the TEAS 6 and TEAS 7 version through our 2022 application periods. Starting Spring 2023 application period only the TEAS 7 will be accepted.  No change with the policy on attempts: Grossmont College Nursing Program will accept the best score of applicants' first two attempts of TEAS 6 or TEAS 7 version as long as they are at least 30 days apart. Please make sure to review the TEAS Policy page.


UPDATE 6/29/2021

The unprecedented situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic has been continuously changing. The Grossmont College Nursing program's goal is to provide as much information as possible.  Please continue checking this site for the latest updates.


UPDATE  Required Immunizations - Covid Vaccine 9/9/2021

Upon acceptance into the nursing program, applicants will be required to be fully vaccinated with the COVID Vaccine 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. This requirement is put in place by the clinical facilities in order for nursing students to attend their clinical site rotations. The clinical sites do not offer an exemption of any kind to students. Those who are unable to fulfill this requirement will be unable to proceed in the program. (Policy is currently in effect)


Frequently asked questions from applicants:


Q: I applied to the nursing program for Spring 2022. What should I expect?

A: The processing of all the submitted applications will take about 3 months from the close date. Once those have been completed, applicants will receive information via email regarding the status of their application. Because we have limited access to the campus, we can't confirm if the application that you mailed to us was received. 


Q: When is the next application period?

A: The Grossmont College Nursing program plans on accepting applications for Fall 2022 in spring. However, changes at the clinical sites caused by the pandemic might affect the application period and process. Once dates are determined they will be posted on the applying page.


Q: Are there going to be any changes with the application process?

A: To minimize possible exposures and spread of COVID-19, the Grossmont College Nursing program made temporary revisions to the application process. Please refer to the Applying for the Nursing Program page for the updates.


Q: How will Pass/No Pass (P/NP) be handled?

A: Applicants should get grades for prerequisites, no P/NP will be accepted.


Q: How will Excused Withdrawals (EW) be handled?

A: If applicants had to EW because of COVID-19, the Grossmont College Nursing program will not count those courses as attempts and won't count them against applicants.


Q: Will online prerequisite labs be accepted for the Grossmont College Nursing program?

A: If applicants took classes with labs on-line during the COVID-19 pandemic anytime in 2020, 2021 and spring of 2022, the Grossmont College Nursing program will accept those courses and won’t count them against the applicants.


Nursing Program Preview Sessions

Nursing Program Previews provide an overview of the Nursing Program at Grossmont College. These sessions are now being conducted virtually. Please see the  Nursing Program Preview Flyer for details, dates, and how to register.

Introduction to Health Professions Sessions

Intro to Health Professions sessions provide an overview of the Allied Health programs offered at Grossmont College including Cardiovascular Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Orthopedic Technician, EKG/Telemetry Tech, and a short overview of Nursing. Please see the Intro to Health Professions Flyer for details, dates, and how to register.



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


Admission Process
Admission to the program is based upon the California State Chancellor's multi-criteria screening tool, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS ) 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.


*Please note, 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.


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. 

Flu update (10/26/2018)
Following the fall 2018 semester, the Nursing Program will no longer be able to accept a declination of the flu vaccine for any reason due to recent requirements enacted by local clinical facilities.  Students are required to be vaccinated yearly. 
LVN to RN Transition Program

An LVN-RN Transition Program began in the summer of 1981 and graduated a class of 33 in 1982. Currently, the LVN-RN Transition Program may admit qualified applicants based upon space availability each Fall semester.

Background Check and Drug Screen
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 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 at


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 Ashley Majoros, M.S., Program Advisor at (619)201-4883 or 

Point Loma Nazarene University

RN-BSN Application Deadlines



Semester Starts


Application Deadlines

Classes Begin
Summer 2020 April 11, 2020 May 11, 2020
Fall 2020 August 7, 2020 September 7, 2020
Spring 2021 December 18, 2020 January 18, 2021


Biology 120 prerequisite for the Grossmont College ADN Program

Effective fall semester 2014, Grossmont College 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 for specific instructions. 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 for specific instructions. 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 and 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.

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