Application Requirements

Please read all of the information on this entire page - scroll down for the "How to Apply" section. 
Please check this website periodically as information is subject to change.

Selection process:  The SBCC ADN program uses a multi-criteria admission selection process.  The multi criteria points distribution worksheet is found here.  Each cohort will be filled as follows:  80% of the seats will be filled by the top-ranking applicants in that application cycle, and 20% will be filled using a random selection.


The application cycle for Fall entry is: January 15 - January 31.

The application cycle for Spring entry is: July 1 through July 15.

Applications and transcripts must be received by the final date (not postmarked).

If the final application date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will extend to the next business day.

LVN to ADN applicants: Applications will be accepted during the application cycle (January 15 - January 31) for Fall entry only.

Applications may be mailed to:  SBCC, School of Nursing, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.  Applications must be received by the final application cycle day. Applications may also be submitted in person to the Health Technologies Office.  The Health Technologies Office is located in the Administration building - room A218 - hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  In the event the office is closed during those hours there are instructions next to the door where to submit the applications.

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.  Applicants will not be notified during the application cycle of missing items.

Deadlines are subject to change. Please check website periodically.

  • 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. English Composition and Reading: at SBCC English 110

    2. Anatomy with lab: (at SBCC BMS 107) must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units

    3. Physiology with lab: (at SBCC BMS 108) must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units 

    4. Microbiology with lab: (at SBCC BMS 127) must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units 

    English prerequisite:  For evaluation of external English coursework, submit this: ADN Application - English Coursework completed at another college Evaluation Form .  Instructions for the online form: English Form Instructions.

    Note:  The student may submit the application materials while the English review is ongoing; you do NOT need to wait for the English review process to be complete.

    If English prerequisite was met with an AP score of 3 or higher, AP Score card must be included at the time of application.

    Electronic transcripts are accepted, and are to be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office:

    Course descriptions for prerequisite courses completed at a non-California Community College.  Course descriptions must come from the specific catalog year in which the course was taken.

    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.  The TEAS is offered at SBCC as a courtesy for students who are applying to SBCC's ADN program prior to each application cycle.  Check the TEAS page for the scheduled dates. 

    Please read TEAS Info for complete TEAS information

  • 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

    Please do NOT submit the multi-criteria worksheet; this is filled out internally after the application has been received.

    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, nor will the applicant be notified of missing items during the application cycle.

    Note:  Due to the high number of applications received, the Nursing Program cannot review an application for completion with each applicant at the time of submission, nor provide confirmation that a specific document will be accepted toward points.  Please follow the checklist and the application instructions thoroughly.  The first communication will be sent via the applicant's pipeline email address at the end of the application cycle.

    Please do not contact the Nursing Program for status of admission. 

     Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

     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 Be Included in Selection Pool" form, and, if applicable, a Supporting Documentation 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 during the application cycle. 

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

    Fall 2016 application selection - 128 applications received for 27 seats
                                                                  13 LVN to ADN applications for 4 seats

    Spring 2017 application selection  86 applications for 27 seats

    Fall 2017 application selection - 137 applications for 26 seats
                                                                 15 LVN to ADN applications for 4 seats

    Spring 2018 application selection - 120 applications received for 29 seats

    Fall 2018 application selection - 140 applications for 27 seats
                                                                 23 LVN to ADN applications for 3 seats

    Spring 2019 application selection - 125 applications received for 35 seats

    Fall 2019 application selection - 174 applications received for 35 seats                                                                                                                                                      29 LVN to ADN applications for 10 seats

    Spring 2020 application selection - 126 applications received for 35 seats

    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
  • 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:

    (please note that where it states on the information in the above link "A total of 12 units through SBCC" means graduation requirements, which will be met by the coursework taken while in the program)  A student does not need to have taken courses at SBCC prior to applying.