Southwestern College


All ADN nursing students are admitted under our Multicriteria Points Formula. As of Fall 2014 there have been changes to the Multicriteria Points Formula. To learn more about those changes we recommend attending an informational workshop. Once the LVN Step-Up pre-requisites are completed, you may submit your application with all required documentation to the Nursing Department at 8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA. 92154. The office is located in Room 4502.


Please email  to cancel your application, if you are accepted elsewhere or choose not to attend this program. Letters of acceptance are emailed out by  late April prior to the Summer semester. Applicants who are accepted into the program will NOT be able to postpone their acceptance and will need to reapply if they defer acceptance.

Summer 2018 application period: October 2, 2017 at 9:00 am - January 31, 2018 3:00 pm.
The deadline to apply for the LVN Step-Up program will always be on the last business day in January of any given year. Students admitted into the program will begin in the summer with a transition course. 
  • Students must submit a complete application packet. Please reference the checklist which accompanies the program application for a complete list of application packet materials. 

  • Prior to submitting your application, official transcripts must be submitted to the main campus at 900 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91910, directly from your educational institution.

  • You must also have a SWC Student ID # at the time of application.
  • All applicants are required to pass a Dosage Calculations Test with a 90% or higher score in the year that they are applying.

Applications must have an attached copy of a Student Education Plan within the past 6 months (see Counseling Department). Please note: if a student fails out of ANY nursing program for unsafe clinical practice or a violation of professional, legal, or unethical conduct, the student may be ineligible for admission to Southwestern College Nursing Program.

STEP-UP APPLICATION for 2017-2018 will be available by May 1, 2017 after revisions completed

PHYSICAL EXAM/IMMUNIZATION FORMS will be available by May 1, 2017after revisions completed








 The total cost of the Step-Up Program is currently estimated to be approximately $3,300 to $3,700.

The greatest direct expense is at the beginning of the program. Textbooks, instructional supplies and uniforms are the major cost items. Living expenses and cost of transportation to campus and clinical facilities are not included in this estimated cost nor are the pre-requisite or general education courses for the degree.

The above costs include testing services provided by Kaplan. Students are required to pay approximately $145 per semester for testing services provided by Kaplan. These diagnostic tests are administered periodically throughout the nursing program and include a “mock" State Board exam. These comprehensive tests will aid in the progression and success of students, identify strengths and weaknesses, and assist in appropriate remediation and success in the program. A review course will be required for students who do not perform well on the “mock” test before the student’s name will be submitted to the Board of Registered Nursing as a candidate for the licensure (NCLEX) exam. 

Some financial assistance is available through the Financial Aid and Placement Office. Application for assistance should be made early (preferably by March or April for new students) with the Financial Aid Office. It is recommended that nursing students not work more than 20 hours per week.
Last updated: 3/15/2017 8:28:34 AM