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Application Requirements

The application process has changed from a wait list to a multi criteria application process.  The next application acceptance period is February 1 through 29, 2016.  From this applicant pool, available seats in the Fall 2016 semester will be filled, combined with students from the existing wait list who were previously given this entry date.  

All classes from Fall 2016 and forward will be filled in this manner until the existing wait list is exhausted, after which time all seats will be filled using the multi-criteria selection process.  No new students will be added to the existing wait list.  Students who are not selected for the Fall 2016 semester will have the opportunity to reapply in future application acceptance periods (there will be two per year).

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 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) 


A Health Technologies counselor can determine if courses taken at other colleges will meet SBCC pre-requisites and requirements for graduation, and assist you in planning your SBCC coursework. You must have an SBCC application on file to meet with a Counselor in person, online or by phone. To speak to a Health Technologies Counselor, contact the Academic Counseling Center at 805-965-0581, ext 2285. You may also email your questions to the Health Technologies Counselors, using the following webform:


During the application acceptance 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):
  1. Program Application (obtained from website)
  2. Application checklist (obtained from website)
  3. Supporting Documentation Form, if applicable (obtained from website) 
  4. Copy of LVN license, if applying to LVN to ADN bridge
  5. Transcripts:  Official transcripts from colleges other than Santa Barbara City College are to be submitted to the Admissions Office.  SBCC transcripts will be obtained after the application is received.


  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. San Marcos High School Health Careers Academy CNA Program Graduates who have met all ADN program prerequisites may be given expedited entry to the ADN program.  Students who meet this criterion should contact the Health Technologies Office for specific information.  Phone 805-730-4166 or email  

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.



A minimum score of 62% on TEAS Version V (five) is required for admittance to our program.  Qualified applicants will be invited to take the TEAS at SBCC after the application acceptance period.  If you have taken the TEAS test elsewhere, you  must have ATI submit results directly to SBCC.  We will not accept a copy from the student.  Students whose results do not meet the minimum score will be required to complete remediation. We require results from the first attempt of taking the TEAS.



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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