Southwestern College


Three science courses must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher prior to applying to the program.

    Class Course # Units GPA Recency
    Human Anatomy Bio 260 4 w/ lab 2.5 10 years
    Physiology Bio 261 4 w/ lab 2.5 7 years
    Microbiology Bio 265 4 w/ lab 2.5 7 years
    Reading & Composition ADN 140 (preferred)
    or equivalent English coursework
    (ie. ENGL 115)
    3 2.5 None
    Intermediate Algebra Math 60 4 2.5 None
    Communications 103 or 174 Child Development 170 or Psych 230
    Psychology 101 TEAS Version 6: Passing score 62


    DOSAGE CALCUATION TEST: All students must pass with a 90% or higher score, no exceptions. Testing is scheduled after application deadline, the nursing department will notify applicants of test days and times. The dosage calculation score is valid during the application year the student applies.  

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a certified credentials evaluation service before credit can be granted, and must be submitted at time of application to be used to meet program or graduation requirements.  Quarter units are not equal to semester units. Transfer courses taken on the quarter system may not be equivalent to the required semester units.

Eligibility for admission may be restricted by:

  1. Previous withdrawal from or unsatisfactory performance in a nursing course;

  2. Failure to pass a licensure exam in nursing;

  3. Any information that might be deemed to seriously limit an individual’s potential for success in nursing at the associate degree level. 

Note:  Applicants who have met all the above requirements are eligible to take the medication math exam which will establish LVN level proficiency.  A letter with the schedule of test date(s) will be sent to each eligible applicant in the spring.  This dosage calculation test must be passed with an 90% or higher for final clearance for acceptance into the program.

The hospitals and health care agencies that provide sites for the clinical training experiences require a background check and drug screening prior to starting the nursing program.  Instructions for completing the required background check will be provided at the time of acceptance into the program.

The Board of Registered Nursing may refuse licensure to individuals who have been convicted of crimes and/or certain misdemeanors.  If you have concerns about this, you may write the BRN directly at 1625 N. Market Blvd. Suite N-217, Sacramento, CA  95834-1924.

Last updated: 4/2/2018 11:27:29 AM