This page contains frequently asked questions regarding SBCC's ADN program.

Application and General Information

Applications are accepted during two (2) application cycles per year.

  • Fall cohort entry - January 15 through January 31
  • Spring cohort entry - July 1 through July 15


If the final deadline falls on a weekend, the following Monday is the final date to submit your application.

Applications are currently being accepted via mail only. Please send your completed application to the mailing address below:

Santa Barbara City College
Health Technologies - ADN Program
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Electronic transcripts are preferred, submit your transcripts electronically to SBCC Admissions & Records. Otherwise, transcripts can be submitted along with your mailed application as long as they are in the original un-opened envelope you received from your previous school's Admissions & Records or Registrar's Office.  They must be received by the deadline of the application cycle.

Applicants will be notified via the email address provided on their application about 2-3 months after the application deadline.

Application evaluation results from applicants who are not selected for the specified entry cohort will be retained for a period of two (2) years from your original application date.

If you wish for your application to be included during each subsequent application period, the applicant must submit the following information. All forms can be found on this page.

  1. "Intent To Be Included in Selection Pool form"
  2. New ADN Application
  3. New "Supporting Documentation" form, if applicable

Yes. The dates and times can be found here.

Cost is estimated at about $7,000 for the entire program, excluding living expenses.

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 their 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.


Visit the link below for a list of all prerequisites:

You can take the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites as separate courses, or as a combined A&P series if your college offers it.

If you take a combined A&P series, in order to satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites, you MUST complete the entire sequence at your college of attendance. If not, you will need to complete separate Anatomy and Physiology courses.

Yes. Grades must be posted on your transcript(s) at the time of application with a "C" or better. In progress courses at the time of application do not apply.
Yes. We will accept the highest grade earned. We do not average grades. We only accept coursework completed at regionally accredited institutions.
There are only a few circumstances that may be approved to allow a student to retake a class that they have already earned a "C" or better at SBCC. Please visit the following link for instructions:
Yes. The science prerequisites must have been completed within seven (7) years prior to the application date. This does not apply to the LVN-ADN Bridge applicants.

Please view the multi-criteria sheet in the "Selection Process" section of the webpage below. Note that there is one for Generic ADN applicants and one for the LVN-ADN Bridge applicants.

We only use a college level English Composition and Reading class, or the equivalent. We do not use any other college level English class.
Yes. Only a score of three (3), or higher, is accepted. We will use the AP score in place of a completed equivalent college class for the English Nursing prerequisite.
Yes. Only a score of three (3), or higher, is accepted. However, the AP score may need to be higher than a three (3) to show completion of fourth level/semester of a particular language. For example, for Spanish you would need an AP score of 5 for equivalency of SBCC Spanish 104.
No. Substandard letter grades "D," "F," "FW" and No Pass (NP) are counted as repeats.
General Education (GE) Requirements
It is highly recommended to complete all general education (GE) requirements before you apply. If you are offered admittance, you will begin the program the following semester. It is not recommended to complete your general education (GE) requirements during the nursing program. There is no waitlist or deferment.

Please visit the link below for more information. 

NOTE: There are some GE courses you can take which are specific to SBCC's ADN program: Soc 101 (Intro to Sociology) or Anth 103 (Cultural Anthropology); Psy 100 (Intro to Psychology); and, Comm 131, Comm 121, or Comm 141 (Oral Communication). Please review the general education information required for the Associate Degree at


Please visit ATI's website to sign up for the TEAS Test:

Additionally, the SBCC ADN program will also offer a limited number of tests to students applying to the ADN program. Visit for more information as to when they are offered.

NOTE: You will need to have ATI submit your TEAS Test result electronically to SBCC. TEAS results submitted by the student are not accepted.

Applicants must receive an overall TEAS Test score of 62%, or higher.

No. Results from the first TEAS attempt only of the accepted TEAS test version are accepted, with an overall score of 62% or higher. If the overall score is below 62%, a remediation plan must be completed prior to retesting. Go to the TEAS webpage for information regarding remediation plan after submitting the TEAS results. 

*The SBCC ADN program currently receives a grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. The conditions of the grant require the SBCC ADN program to follow these regulations. The grant stipulates that the SBCC ADN program is required to accept the first ATI TEAS attempt only. Therefore, additional TEAS attempts taken with the intent to raise an applicant's score will not be accepted.

 Only TEAS 7 will be accepted starting with the July 2023 application cycle.