Santa Ana College

Students must pass a diagnostic assessment test (Basic Math, English, Reading, Science) prior to program enrollment.  Students who fail to achieve a passing score will be required to complete additional pre-nursing course work.

In order to apply, a student must complete BIO 11* (Anatomy), BIO 12* (Physiology). BIO 15* (Microbiology), and ENG 1A* (Principles of Composition 1) or their equivalents with a grade of "C" or better. BIO 12* (Physiology) must have been completed within the past seven years.

Students must also have a qualifying GPA of 2.5 to apply.

Students qualified for application will be ranked according to points received for prerequisite biologies and overall GPA greater than or equal to 3.0. In this ranking system grades will be weighed as follows: A = 5 points, B = 3 points, and C = 1 point. A 3.0-3.49 GPA = 1 point, 3.5-3.99 GPA = 2 points, and 4.0 GPA = 3 points.

Three-fourths of the students will be admitted from the highest ranking to the lowest ranking in the applicant pool. Ties will be decided by the number of required core nursing courses completed. one-fourth of the remaining applicants will be selected by lottery.



Santa Ana Nursing School Requirements

1.      Attend a Nursing Orientation (call Santa Ana College Counseling at 714/564-6100 or 714/564-4100 for Santiago Canyon College Counseling for dates).

2.      Supply high school diploma transcripts, or GED scores, and official transcripts from all colleges attended to: Santa Ana College – Admissions Office, 1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398. Transcript requests may take several weeks. Please alert the college to possible name changes (e.g. maiden name). It is the student’s responsibility to follow-up and make sure transcripts have been received.

3.                  Completion of the following achievement tests in the Testing Center is required of ALL applicants except those who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited United States institution:

a. Rancho Santiago Community College District Test in Reading – with a minimum score of  25.

b. Rancho Santiago Community College District Test

-Math Level I with a minimum score of 35 OR

-Math Level II with a minimum score of 17 OR

-Completion of Elementary Algebra 060 or higher with a grade of "C" or better.

A student unsuccessful in achieving the above scores must complete the following remediation prior to being added to the entry list:

a. Reading – required remediation software at the SAC Success Center OR completion of a specified reading course with the Nelson-Denny Reading Test at the 12th grade level. Students who choose to remediate at the Success Center need to contact either the Veteran's Office or the Nursing Department for a referral.

b. Math – successful completion of Elementary Algebra 060 with a grade of "C" or better.

As of January 2008, achievement testing is required per college entrance requirements.

4.      Completion of the courses listed below, or equivalents, with grade of  “C” or better.

Please note: Science courses must have been completed within five (5) years prior to the student being added to the entry list for the Nursing Program.

a. Biology 239, General Human Anatomy (4 units). b. Biology 249, Human Physiology (4 units).

c. Biology 139, Health Microbiology (4 units) OR Biology 229, General Microbiology (5 units).

d. English 101/101H, Freshman Composition.

5.      A current copy (within one year of issue date) of American Heart Association “CPR for the Healthcare Provider” or American Red Cross “CPR for the Professional Rescuer” card.

As of January 2008, a current CPR card for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) is required upon entry to the Nursing Program.

As of January 2008, upon acceptance to the first semester of the Nursing Program, diagnostic assessment testing of preparation is required as mandated by the State of California (Scott Bill, 2006). Remediation is required if testing is not passed.

6.      After prerequisites are completed, contact the Graduation Specialist at the Veterans Office, SAC (564-6050) for a prerequisite verification appointment. Students who are completing their last prerequisite class need to contact the Graduation Specialist during that semester's week of final exams for an appointment time.  Students who have completed prerequisites are placed on the entry list at this time. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Graduation Specialist/Prerequisite Verification Officer when a change of address or phone number has occurred. If mail is returned due to wrong address, student's name will be removed from the entry list.

Admission into the program will be based on an entry list:  Half of the students are accepted for entry into the Nursing Program on a “first to complete all of the requirements, first admitted” basis.  This is determined by the date of receipt of the prerequisite verification form. The other half of the students are accepted based on a priority numerical ranking of grades in the prerequisite courses.  The ranking system is A=10 points, B=5 points, and C=1 point.  Students will be placed on the numerical ranking list from highest to lowest points. A student who successfully completes all requirements, but is not accepted because of limited class size, will be accepted as soon as space becomes available.

7.      Students on the entry list will be notified of when to enroll in N-RN 112, Beginning Nursing Concepts and N-RN 103, Pharmacological Concepts for Nursing.


8.      Evidence of a physical examination by a M.D., Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner will be required prior to entry in the program.  Physical exam forms are distributed to incoming students for completion. The completed physical exam form must be returned to the Nursing Department.  Evidence of a physical exam and immunizations must be submitted verifying the applicant’s health and physical ability to perform the academic and clinical requirements of an RN student.  Examinations must have been performed within 4 months prior to beginning the Nursing Program.  All new nursing students are required to have Hepatitis B vaccination. Students with incomplete physical information will not be allowed into the clinical setting because of mandatory hospital and program requirements for current physical, CPR, and malpractice insurance.  A background check, at the student’s cost, is required of all students upon acceptance in to the program. If a student does not continue in the program, a new background check must be provided upon re-entry.  All background checks must be “cleared” by the Program Director

Students who are a “NO SHOW” for the first day of class will be dropped and replaced by an alternate.

Students who turn down entry (other than an alternate) will go to the end of the entry list.