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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.  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 cycle and the existing wait list* until the existing wait list is exhausted.  No new students are added to the wait list.  


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

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

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 period date will be accepted.  Applications may also be submitted in person; the Health Technologies Office hours are generally Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the summer months, however, the office may be closed at times due to staff vacations, etc.  In this event, applications may be submitted to the Information Desk that is located in the main downstairs hallway of the Administration building.

It is the applicant's responsibiity to be sure that all required application documents are included.  Incomplete applications will not be included in the selection cycle.

LVN to ADN applicants: Applications will be accepted during the application cycle (June-July) for Fall entry only.  

*Existing wait list: The generic ADN wait list currently has students (about ten per semester) scheduled to enter the generic ADN program through and including the spring 2019 semester.  The LVN to ADN wait list extends to the fall 2018 semester.  These students were on the wait list when the application process transitioned from wait list admittance to multi-criteria admission selection.  No new students are added to the wait list.

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 Remain in Selection Pool" 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. 

 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 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.

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. 

Please read TEAS Info for TEAS information.

Nursing Academic Counselor  

Kimberly Taylor

(805) 965-0581 ext 3734 


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. 


Application Statistics

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

Fall 2016 application selection

Spring 2017 application selection 

Fall 2017 application selection Number of applications received:  Generic ADN: 137 (for 26 seats)  LVN to ADN:  15 (for 4 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:  (scroll to page two).  For the corresponding list of G.E. requirements, click on this link: 













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