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Entrance Requirements

two students in a hospitalTo be eligible to receive an Entrance Date and enter the nursing program, the applicant will be required to apply to the college and complete all of the program requirements.

One semester prior to entering, students will be required to:

  1. Attend a Mandatory Group Orientation Meeting. Accepted students will be notified of the date and time of the session. If a student does not attend this Mandatory Group Orientation, they will be removed from the wait list and another student will be called to enter in their place.
  2. Submit a completed physical examination on the form provided by the Health Technology Office by the deadline. If the form is not submitted by the deadline, the student may not enter the program.
  3. Obtain a CPR card for professional rescuers. CPR certification must be kept current throughout the program. Contact the American Heart Association, Red Cross, or a local fire station for class schedules. If the student does not submit the card by the deadline, they will not enter the program.
  4. Students are required to clear a criminal background check by the deadline.  A student who fails to complete this process by the deadline will not enter the program. Should a clinical agency refuse to allow a student based on the outcome of either the background check or drug screen, the program is not responsible for arranging alternate placements.

         5. There are some one-time materials fees that will be paid at time of registration for  

             applicable courses.

Advisory for Career Choice: Mental and Physical Qualifications for Nursing

There are essential functions required for professional nursing practice. Typically, nursing employers specify these as "minimal essential standards and functions" for employment as a nurse. The following qualifications are required of the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Associate Degree Nursing Program applicants and accepted students.

1.  The ability to demonstrate physical capabilities that include endurance and motor skills such as working and walking in a standing position for eight to thirteen hours, transferring patients from a stooped to upright position, pull the weight of an adult up to three feet, applying pressure for bleeding site and apply ten pounds of pressure in the performance of CPR.

2.  The ability to interpret and communicate in verbal, written and electronic forms; in order to interpret client responses, to communicate nursing actions and health interventions, and to understand, document, and teach nursing activities. This includes using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and word usage.

3.  The ability to appropriately interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

4.  The ability to think in a timely manner, in order to make clinical decisions, identify relationships between clinical data, and develop nursing care plans. 

5.  The ability to perform mathematical calculations necessary for the preparation and administration of medication,.

6.  The ability to demonstrate fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to read calibrated scales of 100th increments in not more than three inch space and use small instruments and equipment.

7.  The ability to hear well enough to monitor and assess clients health needs. This includes, but not limited to hearing cries for help, emergency signals and alarms, and breath and heart sounds.

8.  The ability to see well enough to observe and assess client's health status and changes in condition. This includes seeing facial expression, movement, changes in skin color, and other observed client changes or responses.

9.  The ability to have tactile capabilities sufficient for physical assessment. This includes performing palpation, noting temperature changes in skin and other changes in client condition.

Note: SBCC and employers will evaluate written evaluate written requests for reasonable accommodations for person with disabilities to assist with the performance of the essential functions. Accommodations will be provided when available. However, with accommodations, the employee must be able to perform "essential functions" of the position. 

Courses that can be taken while you are on the Wait List:

  1. General Education Requirements-see a Health Technologies Cluster Counselor if you are not sure what you need to take.
  2. Transfer Requirements for BSN-statistics, logic are often required, It is a good idea to talk to a Health Technologies Cluster Counselor to see what is required for the school you may want to transfer to.
  3. SBCC Certified Nursing Assistant Program (CNA), 965-0581, ext. 2366.
  4. SBCC AH 120–Medical Terminology course.
  5. SBCC Math 103-Nursing and Allied Health Math
  6. For High School Students: Enrollment in and completion of San Marcos Health Academy. This is required for advanced placement.

The Health Technologies Cluster Academic Counselors in Student Services can advise you on courses that will help you transfer to a four-year institution to pursue your advanced degree upon completion of the ADN.

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