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Application Requirements

Please read all of the information on this entire page - scroll down for the "How to Apply" section.

Selection process:  The SBCC ADN program uses a multi-criteria admission selection process.  The multi criteria points distribution worksheet is found from the list to the left.  Beginning with the June-July 2018 application cycle, each cohort will be filled as follows:  80% of the seats will be filled by the top-ranking applicants in that application cycle, and 20% will be filled using a random selection.


The application cycle for Fall entry is: January 15-February 15.

The application cycle for Spring entry is: June 15-July 15.

LVN to ADN applicants: Applications will be accepted during the application cycle (January 15 - February 15) for Fall entry only

If the final application date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will extend to the next business day.

Applications may be mailed to:  SBCC, School of Nursing, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.  Applications that are postmarked on the final application cycle date will be accepted. Applications may also be submitted in person; the Health Technologies Office hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  In the event the office is closed during those hours there are instructions next to the door where to submit the applications.

It is the applicant's responsibility to be sure that all required application documents are included.  Incomplete applications will not be included in the selection cycle.  Applicants will not be notified during the application cycle of missing items.  

I.  Program Prerequisites

All Prerequisites must be completed and the grades included on transcripts at the time of application.

Each of the following must be a college course completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Courses taken pass/no pass will be calculated as a “C”. 

  1. Intermediate Algebra: at SBCC Math 107 or assessment into Math 117 or higher 

  2. English Composition and Reading: at SBCC English 110

  3. Anatomy with lab: (at SBCC BMS 107) must at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units 

  4. Physiology with lab: (at SBCC BMS 108) must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units 

  5. Microbiology with lab: (at SBCC BMS 127 or BMS 157) must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units 

  6. Overall GPA of 2.0 in all college coursework (this meets graduation requirements) 

If English or Math prerequisite was met with an AP score of 3 or higher, AP Score card must be included at the time of application.

TEAS:  TEAS test results must have been submitted to the Health Technologies Office PRIOR to application submission.  The TEAS results must be submitted to SBCC directly from ATI; copies from students are NOT accepted.  If the TEAS test is taken at SBCC, results are available to us on the day of testing.  The TEAS is offered at SBCC prior to each application cycle.  Check the TEAS page for the scheduled dates. 

Please read TEAS Info for complete TEAS information


II.  How to Apply

How To Apply information sheet - please read and follow instructions

Required Forms:

Program Application 

Application checklist this form must be filled out and included with application; if not, application will be considered incomplete

Supporting Documentation Form, if applicable

It is the applicant's responsibility to be sure that all required application documents are included.  Incomplete applications will not be included in the selection cycle, nor will the applicant be notified of missing items during the application cycle.


Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs


Students who are not selected for admission have the option to reapply during subsequent application cycles.  During an application cycle, submit a new ADN program application and a "Intent to Be Included in Selection Pool" form, and, if applicable, a Supporting Documentation Form.  This will reactivate the student's application and will be included in that application selection cycle.  Applications will remain on file for two years from the date that the initial application was received, but are not considered active unless the applicant submits the Intent to Remain in Selection Pool form. 


Application Statistics

To view the points distribution from a particular application period, click on the link below 

Fall 2016 application selection - 128 applications received for 27 seats

                                                         13 LVN to ADN applications for 4 seats

Spring 2017 application selection  86 applications for 27 seats

Fall 2017 application selection - 137 applications for 26 seats

                                                        15 LVN to ADN applicatiaons for 4 seats

Spring 2018 application selection - 120 applications received for 29 seats

Fall 2018 application selection - 140 applications for 27 seats

                                                      23 LVN to ADN applications for 3 seats 

III. Special Application Circumstances

  1. LVNs:  LVNs who have met all prerequisites and who have a current LVN license may apply to the LVN to ADN bridge program during an application cycle, and will be selected using the multi-criteria selection process.  LVNs may pursue one of two program options to qualify for RN licensure.  Specific information regarding these options and their different program requirements is available on this webpage:  LVN to ADNs are admitted to the program once per year.

  2. International Nurses:  Nurses from countries other than the United States may be admitted, on a space available basis.  To apply, the applicant must submit the ADN program application and a letter from the California Board of Registered Nurses.

  3. Transfer Nursing Students:  May submit an application at any time. Students previously enrolled in a state-accredited registered nursing program within the past year and in good standing (no failed courses), may transfer into the SBCC ADN Program on a space available basis.  Transfer students must meet all SBCC ADN Program application and entrance requirements. Transfer students are required to provide a letter from the previous nursing program(s) verifying performance and placement in theoretical and clinical levels, in addition to official transcripts and course descriptions of the nursing courses taken from the catalog year that they were completed.

  4. Military Personnel Credit


 IV.  Graduation Requirements

It is highly recommended that you have completed all of the General Education courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing prior to starting the program.  The list of courses are found on this webpage:













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