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Update - Effective January 01, 2012

If you are enrolled or have accepted a seat into any other Grossmont College Health Professions Program, you will be ineligible to receive an invitation to the Nursing Program.  Students wishing to apply to the Nursing Program must apply for an entry date which does not conflict with the completion of the program you are currently in.

Update - Effective April 28, 2011

All 3 required science prerequisites must include a lab.

  • All students applying to the Nursing Program must have labs in Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology.
  • All students that were placed on the waitlist prior to the new admission criteria must also have labs in all required science prerequisites in order to be considered for entry.

If you have taken Physiology lecture without the lab component, you will be able to  meet this new requirement within GCCCD. Grossmont College offers Biology 142 and Cuyamaca College offers 141L;  both courses satisfy the lab component for Physiology if the lecture was taken separately.

Students that have been accepted into the spring 2012 semester only must complete the Physiology lab by the end of the fall 2011 semester in order to begin the program in January.


Please note that the application period for the Spring 2012 semester has changed.  Applications will now be accepted starting July 5th through August 31st, 2011.

For Spring 2012 consideration, applications will be accepted from July 05, 2011 - August 31, 2011.

For Fall 2012* consideration, applications will be accepted from March 01, 2012 - April 30, 2012.

*Update - Effective January 01, 2012

All students must have completed the Hepatitis B vaccinations (3) and seropositivity in order to begin the program beginning with the fall 2012 cohort.  Please note that the series and seropositivity takes approximately 7-8 months to complete.  Applicants wishing to be considered for fall 2012 should begin the series immediately.

The Nursing Office has moved from our old location.  Please visit us in the new Health and Physical Sciences Complex, Building 34 North, Room #256.

Program Description

As defined by the American Nurses Association, professional nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual and high-risk health problems.

The Associate Degree Registered Nursing Programs at Grossmont College prepare men and women for national licensure to practice professional nursing in critical, acute, chronic, ambulatory and home health care settings. For students without previous nursing education, the nursing courses cover four semesters plus the prerequisite science courses. Nursing science didactic is coordinated with laboratory experience in local hospitals and health agencies under the guidance of nursing faculty members. In addition to the nursing courses, the major requires selected general education courses from the natural, behavioral and social sciences. A special application for this major is required. Applications to the Nursing Program will be accepted for both programs after prerequisite requirements are met.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses are eligible to apply for a three-semester LVN-RN Transition Program. California LVN's also may take the "30-unit option" but will not be graduates of the Nursing Program or the college unless all other requirements are met. An individual evaluation will be made for students wishing to transfer into the Nursing Program or to receive credit for previous education.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEXRN).


Spring 2012 Acceptance Letters

If you have applied under the new admission criteria for the spring 2012 semester, letters have been sent out via email.  The invitation sent is for a specific semester and cannot be deferred.  All students were sent notice no matter their status.  If you have not received an email, please contact the Nursing Office to verify that your email address is correct.   Unfortunately we are unable to disclose point totals for each individual, please refer to the Criteria for Admission Grid if you would like to estimate the points possible for your application.  Application packets will be available for pick after January 31st until February 28th for those that did not receive an invitation for the spring 2012 semester.


Effective February 17, 2010, due to changes in California State legislation, admission criteria for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will change.

Admission to the program will include the use of a multi-criteria screening tool including, but not limited to: pre-requisite course GPA, a “fixed set” of general education courses for the Nursing Major GPA (see grid), Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores, degrees, work experience, life experiences, and second language proficiency. See grid for the new multi-criteria and point values for admission screening purposes.

Starting February 17, 2010, the waitlist for the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) and the Licenses Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN Transition) will be CLOSED.


Any candidate on the waitlist is eligible to reapply during the application period under the new admission criteria. A new application packet must be completed.
(see application packet requirements).

For those entering classes of Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Fall 2012 only, seventy-five percent (75%) of candidates will be chosen from the new multi-selection criteria selection and twenty-five percent (25%) will be selected from the current wait list as of February 17, 2010. Starting Spring 2013, all Grossmont College nursing students will be selected using the multi-screening process.

Any candidate on the waitlist that does not get accepted to the program within the next 2 years must reapply under the new criteria if they plan on attending Grossmont College’s Nursing Program.

As of February 17, 2010 there will be no additions to the waitlist.


The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, nationality, gender, age, or handicap in admission or access to, treatment of, or employment in, its programs and activities.

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