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About Registered Nurses

 NEW as of FALL 2014:

  • ADN 140 READING AND COMPOSITION FOR NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS       (3 UNITS)           The  English  requirement  fro nursing has decreased from 4 units to 3 units. All prospective students are strongly recommended to take ADN 140 (3 units)  instead of the English 115 (4 units). 
  • Anatomy is 4 units , Physiology is 4 units, Microbiology is 4 units (all must have a Lab). NO ONLINE COURSES.
  • ALL  ADN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Version 5 with a passing score of 62 or higher. A second TEAS attempt will be accepted with proof of remediation prior to retesting and a minimum of  six months between test dates to allow for remediation.    


A Registered Nurse has completed a minimum of two years of a specific nursing course of study and has successfully passed a State Board of Examination giving them a license to practice nursing.

The RN is a professional who is well versed in caring for patients in all stages of illness, including health promotion and disease prevention.

All Registered nurses are required to continue their education on an ongoing basis. Documentation of courses completed must be submitted to the licensing authority every 2 years. (in California, it is the Board of Registered Nursing.)


Please note: If a student fails out of ANY nursing program for unsafe clinical practice or a violation of professional, legal, or unethical conduct, they may be ineligible for admission to Southwestern College Nursing program.

The application period for the incoming cohort (Fall 2015) is October 1, 2014 - January 30, 2015:

  • Students must submit a completed application with unofficial transcripts.
  • Prior to submitting your application, official transcripts must be submitted directly from your educational institution to the SWC Admissions & Records Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
  • You must also have a current SWC Student ID # at the time of application.
  • Applications must also be accompanied by a complete physical which includes all immunizations required by hospital and clinical facilities (refer to application).


Essential Academic Skills

 All ADN, LVN-RN, and LVN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

TEAS Testing Dates

San Diego State University

School of Nursing Transfer Requirements

This is a diagnostic test that covers basic Math, Reading, and Science. Students who fail to achieve a passing score must complete additional pre-nursing course work as directed by the nursing department. Students may prepare for this test by going to the ATI testing site ( and then go to ASSESSMENTS; go to Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS test will be given by the nursing faculty prior to starting the nursing program at a time set by the nursing department. To be considered for acceptance into the ADN Nursing Program, the student is permitted to take the TEAS Test a maximum of TWICE to achieve the accepted score of 62 or higher.

Last updated: 9/24/2014 12:07:23 PM