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Application Requirements

The application process has changed from a wait list to a multi criteria selection process.  The multi criteria points distribution worksheet is found from the list to the left.  Note that the most recent worksheet has some changes from the previous version.  Each cohort will be filled with a combination of students from the preceding application period and the existing wait list until the existing wait list is exhausted.  No new students will be added to the wait list.  

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

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

LVN to ADN applicants: Applications will be accepted during the application period for Fall entry only.

Students who are not selected for admission will have the opportunity to reapply.   To reapply, submit a new ADN program application and a "Intent to Remain in Selection Pool" form during an application period.  Applications will remain on file for two years from the date that the initial application was received.  If a student is not selected for admission during that time, a new application and supporting documents must be submitted.

 I.  Program Prerequisites

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 111 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) 

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

Nursing Academic Counselor  

Kimberly Taylor

(805) 965-0581 ext 3734 

 II.  How to Apply

During the application period, submit to the Health Technologies Office (may be brought in person or mailed to:  SBCC, School of Nursing, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA  93109):  Office Hours:  Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please note that during the summer months, the office may be closed on occasion due to short-staffing.  In this event, the applications may be brought to the Information Desk and will be put in our mailbox. 

Mailed documents must be postmarked by the last day of the application period. If the last day of the application period falls on a weekend or holiday, the application deadline will be extended to the next business day.

*If you are new to SBCC, you must apply to the college so that an email account will be set up for you.  This is the only email that will be used to communicate with the applicant.

  1. Program Application 

  2. Application checklist 

  3. Supporting Documentation Form, if applicable  

  4. Copy of LVN license, if applying to LVN to ADN bridge

  5. Transcripts:  Official (sealed) transcripts from all colleges attended other than Santa Barbara City College OR a print-out from your pipeline account showing the transcripts that the Admissions Office has received.  SBCC transcripts will be obtained internally after the application is received.  The transcripts must include all prerequisites and the grades received - no "in progress" courses are accepted.

  6. Official (sealed) high school transcripts (waived if college transcripts post an Associate or Bachelor degree).

  7. Completed TEAS exam demonstrating a minimum composite score of 62%.

III. Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Requirements

The TEAS exam is required as part of the application process. You must take the TEAS and have results (minimum score 62%) as part of a completed application. The TEAS will be offered at SBCC free of charge to applicants on a first come, first served basis. You should register early to secure a testing date. Once all spots are filled, you will be responsible for taking the TEAS exam at another testing center and at your own expense. TEAS scores are factored into the applicant's overall points for the selection process.

SBCC TEAS testing dates:

November 18, 2016,

December 2, 2016,

December 16, 2016, and

January 6, 2017 (all Fridays);

9:00 a.m. (the test is timed, a maximum of four hours is allotted) in room A181.  

To sign up for a TEAS testing date, please email  

If you are a DSPS student and will be utilizing testing accommodations, please provide Laura Hill with your DSPS accommodation paperwork at least two weeks prior to your test date;  

Note:  Effective August 31, 2016, a new TEAS test was implemented; it is called ATI TEAS.  For more information on this, please visit the ATI website:  The sixth edition study manual is available now on the ATI website.


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

Fall 2016 application selection

Spring 2017 application selection 

IV. 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 acceptance period, 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. Re-entry students:  Re-entry students must re-apply to the ADN program and will be admitted on a space-available basis.  If they have been out of the program longer than two years, they must meet current program prerequisites.

  4. 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.



V.  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:  (scroll to page two).  For the corresponding list of G.E. requirements, click on this link: 













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