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The Nursing Program has implemented a new Admission Policy; all students are admitted under our Multicriteria Points Formula. This change in admission policy was done under the guidance and recommendations from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office – Nursing Advisory Committee.

Once the 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.


Please email to cancel your application, if you are accepted elsewhere. Letters of acceptance are emailed out by early May prior to the Summer semester. Applicants who are accepted into the program will NOT be able to postpone their space and will need to reapply.

The deadline to apply for the Step-Up program will always be every January of any given year to begin in the Summer of any given year. 
  • Students must submit a completed application with unofficial transcripts.

  • 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.

Applications must have an attached copy of a Student Education Plan within the past 12 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.



 The total cost of the Step-Up Program is currently estimated to be approximately

$1,500 to $1,800

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.

In addition to the above costs, students are required to pay approximately $110 per semester for testing services provided by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). 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 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: 9/18/2013 8:44:16 AM