Registered Nursing Prerequisites and Application Process

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Admissions Requirements: Registered Nursing and LVN to RN Programs
In order to be eligible for the RN and LVN to RN programs, applicants must have a high school diploma, current CPR certification and have completed the necessary prerequisites with a GPA of 2.5 or higher from a regionally accredited institution. LVN to RN students must have a current LVN license. Prerequisites include English, Math, Speech, Sociology, Psychology and several life sciences.

Prerequisite Courses: 

    • • Writing and Composition
    • • Intermediate Algebra
    • • Human Anatomy with Lab
    • • General Chemistry with Lab
    • • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
    • • Introduction to Public Speaking/Oral Communication
    • • Microbiology with Lab
    • • Human Physiology with Lab
    • • General Psychology

In addition, students must complete 3 units within GE Breadth Area C2 (literature, philosophy, foreign language) to fulfill the general education associate degree requirements. If the student does not have units to transfer, the following course may be taken at SJVC: PHIL 1C: Ethics (3.0 Units)
Ethics must be taken at SJVC if not transferred in at the time of enrollment.

Applicants must also have current CPR certification through the American Heart Association for Health Care providers. To be considered for the program, applicants must also meet the technical standards. Technical standards provide a reference against which candidates for enrollment to the program are evaluated by the Admissions Committee in the selection of students for the RN program.

Application Process
The RN and LVN to RN programs have a highly-selective application process in which only the most qualified candidates are chosen to fill available seats.

RN Application Process

For RN, applicants are evaluated on several criteria, including GPA, assessment tests, work experience and a personal interview.

Admission is determined based on a point scale of the following categories:

  • • ATI TEAS assessments, to be administered during the application process
  • • Postsecondary education (Attainment, GPA)
  • • Healthcare work experience
  • • Application panel interview

LVN to RN Application Process

For LVN to RN, prospective students are responsible for providing proof of admission requirements and submitting additional required documents related to the application process. During the process, prospects will earn points, and final selection is based on total points earned. When a complete application file is received, the applicant takes entrance assessment exams, writes a personal goal statement and meet with the Registered Nursing Program Director and faculty committee for a personal interview.

The final selection will be based on points earned in the following categories:

  • • ATI LPN-STEP results
  • • Personal Goal Statement written on site
  • • GPA scores for general education pre-requisite classes
  • • Interview

Only applicants with the highest point totals based on their GPA on their prerequisite courses and their LPN-STEP exam will be scheduled for interviews. You must be selected for an interview to be considered for enrollment into the LVN to RN program at SJVC.

When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the capacity of the class, applicants may apply for admission the following year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to reapply. No waiting list is maintained or priority given for previous applicants. Each class is selected of candidates with the highest points.

For both RN and LVN to RN, applicants with the highest number of points will be selected.

To begin the application process to SJVC’s Registered Nursing program, download the application and necessary admissions forms.

To begin the application process to SJVC’s LVN to RN program, download the application and necessary admissions forms.

Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions attended must be included in the application packet. The applicant must request transcripts of all completed prerequisite courses be sent to SJVC by the application deadline.

30-Unit Option
In accordance with the Board of Registered Nursing Policy (Section 1435.5) California Licensed Vocational Nurses may apply for the non-degree program. This program is commonly referred to as the “30-Unit option” and prepares the student to take the NCLEX-RN Examination, but does not award an A.S. Degree. Completion of this option may not meet the criteria to practice in other states. Non-degree applicants will be considered on a space available basis only and if program resources allow. See the Program Director for more information.

Foreign Institutions & Transfer of Credit
Applicants who have completed coursework outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) or equivalent organization. An official copy of the Academic Detailed Report from IERF or an equivalent organization must be included with the application. All applicants must include course descriptions of prerequisite coursework in the application packet.

SJVC accepts credits for the following courses or their equivalents from accredited Colleges and Universities upon evaluation of their transcripts:

Course Number Course Name Semester Units
ENG 1 Reading/Composition 3.0
MTH 55 Intermediate Algebra or Higher* 3.0
CHEM 3 General Chemistry with lab 4.0
SPC 1A Intro to Public Speaking/Oral Communication 3.0
BIOL 10 Human Anatomy with lab 4.0
PHIL 1C Ethics** 3.0
SOC 1 Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology 3.0
BIOL 14 Microbiology with lab 4.0
BIOL 45 Human Physiology with lab 5.0
PSY 1 General Psychology 3.0

*Intermediate Algebra must be equivalent to SJVC’s Math 121/122. **Ethics must be taken at SJVC if not transferred in at the time of enrollment.

A one-page written personal statement explaining why the applicant wants to become a registered nurse (to be done during the interview orientation meeting) must be submitted with the application packet, along with two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of and able to evaluate the applicant’s health care experience.

Qualified candidates will be considered for invitation to interview with the selection committee.

For additional information, please contact the RN Admissions Advisor at (559) 651-2500 ext 109 or email