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The cost of the vocational nursing program is currently estimated to be about eighteen hundred dollars ($1,800). The greatest direct expense is at the beginning of the first semester. Textbooks, enrollment fees and uniforms are the major cost items. Livings expenses, general education textbooks and cost of transportation to class and the clinical facilities are not included in the estimate and are additional major expenses. Expenses increase in the third semester related to the State Board licensure application and graduation, if the students choose to hold a ceremony.

Applications accepted year round.

Deadline for Spring 2014 is October 1, 2013

30 students accepted every 18 months:

Next class is Spring 2016 

Some financial assistance is available through the Financial Aid Office. Applications for assistance should be made in the Financial Aide Office either at the Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa or on the main campus in Chula Vista.

Qualifications for Final Clearance for Enrollment in Nursing Courses:

The vocational nursing program is three (3) semesters.  Students may apply after completing the pre-requisite courses listed below.  Completion of all of the pre-requisites usually takes 2-3 semesters.

Class Course # Units GPA Prerequisites
Human Anatomy/
Bio 190 or
Bio 260 & 261
4 w/ lab
5/4 w/lab
2.5 Chem. 100 (Math 45) or Chem. 170 (Math70); Bio 260 (Bio 100 & 101)
Principles of Child Dev. CD 170 3 2.5 Recommended Rdg. 158
Fundamentals of Nutrition Hlth 204
3 2.5 None
Math 45 4 2.5 Math 35
Reading & Composition English 115 4 2.5 *Recommended
Nursing Assistant Training

*CNA 8.5 - *Must have obtained license within last 5 years

TEAS Version 5: Passing score 55 CPR Certification
Attendance at class orientation in semester prior to starting the program HS Diploma/GED
** From a U.S. accredited school
Evidence of required immunizations and tuberculosis screening. Background check and drug screening required by clinical facilities


Official transcripts of courses from other colleges must be mailed directly to the Nursing Department. Transfer credit shall be given for related previous education completed within the last five years, and will be considered on a case by case basis (Vocational Nursing Practice Act, Article 5, Section 2535).

In addition, students are not offered a space in the vocational nursing program until they have submitted verification of completion of the series of vaccinations for Hepatitis B or immunity to Hepatitis B.

Students who have limited English speaking ability may find course work too difficult since there are objectives related to communication. Students who believe this may cause a problem for them should request a counselor or a nursing faculty member to evaluate their ability to speak, read and comprehend spoken English prior to beginning the program.

A student may be ineligible for entry into the program due to:

  1. Academic probation. (See current College catalog for criteria for academic probation).
  2. Previous dismissal from a nursing program for cause.
Previous unsatisfactory performance in the Southwestern College vocational nursing program. (Nursing courses may be repeated no more than once with a maximum of one re-entry during the program.)

The Board of Vocational Nurses 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 Board directly at this address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95833 or discuss it with the Director of the nursing programs.
Last updated: 9/17/2013 8:51:11 AM