Application Requirements

 
Application Deadlines

If the final application date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will extend to the next business day.

  • January 15 - January 31 (Fall entry)
  • July 1 - July 15 (Spring entry)

LVN to ADN applicants: LVN to ADN applications will be accepted during the application cycles shown above, and an LVN to ADN cohort will begin each fall and spring semesters along with the generic ADN cohorts.

Important: If you were previously enrolled in a state-accredited registered nursing program within the past year and in good standing, a letter describing the reason for withdrawal/dismissal written by the program director must accompany your application.

Information and deadlines are subject to change. Please check the website periodically.

Application Information
  • The SBCC ADN program uses a multi-criteria points admission selection process. About 30-35 applicants are accepted each application cycle. Each cohort will be filled as follows: 80% of the seats will be filled by the highest-points applicants, and 20% will be filled using a random selection.  No waitlist is maintained. If you are not offered a seat, you may re-apply.

    Changes to the multi criteria points, beginning with the January 2023 application cycle, have been made.

    • Please click HERE for the multi-criteria sheet for generic ADN applicants.
    • Please click HERE for the multi-criteria sheet for LVN-ADN Bridge applicants.


    The multi-criteria sheet for the July 2022 application cycle, and prior cycles, is found HERE

  • All prerequisites must be completed at the time of application. In-progress prerequisites are not accepted and your application will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

    1.  Apply to Santa Barbara City College: All applicants must apply to the college and have a student profile created, which includes a student ID number (K#) and Pipeline email address.

    2.  ADN Application Packet: Fill out the ADN Application packet completely and submit with all other prerequisites.

    3.  Academic Transcripts: Submit your High School and all college transcripts, regardless of if coursework was for nursing related courses. To submit your transcripts, visit the Admissions & Records website. Electronic transcripts are preferred. If only a hard copy, in its original sealed envelope, is available include it with your mailed ADN application.

    4.  Course Prerequisites: Each of the following must be a college credit course completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Courses may be taken Pass/No Pass. A Pass will be calculated as a “C”. A No Pass will be calculated as a repeat.  All grades must appear on your transcript(s). Course descriptions are required with your application for prerequisite courses completed at a non-California Community College. Course descriptions must come from the specific catalog year in which the course was taken.

    • English Composition and Reading
      • At SBCC is English 110.
      • For English not taken at SBCC, please submit this form by the ADN application deadline to have your English course evaluated. If instructions are needed, click here. If the form is submitted after the application deadline, then your application will be considered incomplete.
      • If the English prerequisite was met with an AP score of 3 or higher, the AP Score Card must be included with your ADN application. You must also submit your AP score for evaluation, follow these instructions. If your evaluation request for your AP score is submitted after the application deadline, then your application will be considered incomplete.
    • Anatomy with Lab
      • At SBCC is BMS 107.
      • Must have been taken within seven (7) years of the application cycle (does not apply to LVN-ADN Bridge applicants).
      • For Anatomy not taken at SBCC, it must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units.
    • Physiology with Lab
      • At SBCC is BMS 108.
      • Must have been taken within seven (7) years of the application cycle (does not apply to LVN-ADN Bridge applicants).
      • For Physiology not taken at SBCC, it must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units.
    • Microbiology with Lab
      • At SBCC is BMS 127.
      • Must have been taken within seven (7) years of the application cycle (does not apply to LVN-ADN Bridge applicants).
      • For Microbiology not taken at SBCC, it must be at least 4 semester or 5 quarter units.


    NOTE to Transfer Students
    : If you take a combined Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) course, in order to satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites above, you MUST complete the entire sequence at your college of attendance. If not, you will need to complete separate Anatomy and Physiology courses.

    5.  TEAS Test: A minimum overall total score of 62% is required. TEAS test results must be submitted to SBCC directly from ATI; copies from students are NOT accepted. 

    • Only the first TEAS attempt results of the accepted TEAS test version(s) are accepted, if taken multiple times. For LVN-ADN Bridge applicants, the first attempt after completion of your LVN program, can be accepted, of the accepted TEAS test version(s).
    • SBCC will accept a TEAS test given by Proctorio via the ATI website. SBCC offers the TEAS test as a courtesy for students applying to the SBCC ADN program prior to each application cycle. Please visit our TEAS Info webpage for more information. 
  • Please submit your complete ADN application as explained below during one of the application periods above.  Applications are accepted by mail only. Application materials must be postmarked by the application deadline to be eligible for review.  Applications may not be dropped off or submitted in person.

    Santa Barbara City College
    Health Technologies Office - ADN Program
    721 Cliff Drive
    Santa Barbara, CA 93109

    • It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all required application materials are submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the nursing review committee. 
    • Please follow the application instructions above thoroughly.
    • Application documents will not be reviewed prior to submission by nursing or counseling staff, nor will applicants be notified during the application and review cycles of missing items. Do not contact the Nursing Program for status of admission. The first communication will be sent via the applicant's email address that is provided on the nursing application once all review has been completed.
    • Please do not use staples, paperclips, or special folders when submitting the application. 


    Information and deadlines are subject to change. Please check the website periodically.

  • Fall Entry

    • Applications received between January 15-31 (if end date falls on a weekend or holiday, the application deadline will extend to the next business day)
    • Applications reviewed through end of March (may extend into April if necessary)
    • Applicants notified of program status during the first two weeks of April via email address provided on application (may extend into late April if necessary)
    • Mandatory Orientation Meeting - Admitted students will be notified of the date after acceptance

    Spring Entry

    • Applications received between July 1-15 (if end date falls on a weekend or holiday, the application deadline will extend to the next business day)
    • Applications reviewed through end of August (may extend into September if necessary)
    • Applicants notified of program status during the first two weeks of September via email address provided on application (may extend into late September if necessary)
    • Mandatory Orientation Meeting - Admitted students will be notified of the date after acceptance
  • The nursing review committee is comprised of nursing faculty, staff, and academic counselors who follow the application process thoroughly and consistently in order to be fair to all applicants during the review process. Application requirements are all stated within the application information above. 

    These are the most common reasons an application is incomplete:

    • Missing transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges attended are required, even if the coursework was not part of the nursing major. The applicant's SBCC Student Academic Profile reflects previous colleges attended and the time attended, which is provided by the student at the time of school application. If a college attended is listed in the student's school records, on the nursing application, or listed on other transcripts, a copy of that school's transcript must be submitted to SBCC.
    • Missing High School transcripts when no college degree is posted: If no degree is posted on college transcripts, official High School transcripts are required. If the applicant is in doubt of whether or not their degree is posted on their college transcript, they should submit official High School transcripts, just to be safe.
    • TEAS results other than the first attempt: SBCC requires the first TEAS attempt of results showing a minimum overall total score of 62%, or higher. Exceptions: 1) LVN-ADN Bridge applicants may submit their first attempt after completion of an LVN program; 2) If the score from the first attempt is lower than 62% and a remediation plan was followed prior to retesting, the subsequent attempt will be accepted, along with proof of having completed the remediation plan.
  • Students who are not selected for admission have the option to re-apply during subsequent application cycles. 

    • Re-Applicants with a COMPLETE previous application: Application documents, transcripts, and TEAS scores will remain on file for two (2) years from the date that the initial complete application was received, but are not considered active unless the following is done. Submit (1) the Intent to be Included in Selection form and (2) a new application packet (without the checklist page). 
    • Re-Applicants with an INCOMPLETE previous application: Incomplete applications are not kept on file. Submit a new, complete application per the application information above, as if applying for the first time. 
  • Fall 2018 application selection - 140 ADN applications for 27 seats - minimum points 72 / 23 LVN to ADN applications for 3 seats - minimum points 71

    Spring 2019 application selection - 125 ADN applications received for 35 seats - minimum points 75

    Fall 2019 application selection - 174 ADN applications received for 35 seats - minimum points 77 / 29 LVN to ADN applications for 10 seats - minimum points 68

    Spring 2020 application selection - 126 ADN applications received for 35 seats - minimum points 78

    Note:  The students who were admitted to the Fall 2020 cohort were shifted to a Spring 2021 entry due to Covid-19 and no new students began the program in Fall 2020.

    Spring 2021 application selection - 174 ADN applications received for 37 seats - minimum points 81 / 20 LVN to ADN applications for 8 seats - minimum points 53

    Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 application selection - 266 ADN applications received for 69 seats (34 in summer 2021 and 35 in fall 2021) - minimum points 80 / 27 LVN to ADN applications received for 10 seats (5 in summer 2021 and 5 in fall 2021) - minimum points 66

    Spring 2022 application selection - 155 ADN applications received for 25 seats - minimum points 83 / 26 LVN to ADN applications for 5 seats - minimum points 78

    Note: Due to unexpected staffing changes, ADN semester one admitted students were shifted to a Spring 2023 entry. LVN-ADN Bridge admitted students will begin Fall 2022 as scheduled.

    Fall 2022 application selection - 170 ADN applications received for 40 seats (will be starting Spring 2023) - minimum points 73 / 30 LVN to ADN application received for 20 seats (starting Fall 2022) - minimum points 48

    Note: Due to unexpected staffing changes, no LVN-ADN cohort was admitted for Spring 2023. 

    1. LVNs:  LVNs who have met all prerequisites and who have a current LVN license may apply to the LVN to ADN bridge program during an application cycle, and will be selected using the multi-criteria selection process.  LVNs may pursue one of two program options to qualify for RN licensure.  Specific information regarding these options and their different program requirements is available on this webpage:  http://www.sbcc.edu/nursing/adn/lvn_information.php.  LVN to ADNs are admitted to the program two times per year.

    2. International Nurses:  Nurses from countries other than the United States may be admitted, on a space available basis.  To apply, the applicant must submit the ADN program application and a letter from the California Board of Registered Nurses.

    3. Transfer Nursing Students:  May submit an application at any time. Students previously enrolled in a state-accredited registered nursing program within the past year and in good standing (no failed courses), may transfer into the SBCC ADN Program on a space available basis.  Transfer students must meet all SBCC ADN Program application and entrance requirements. Transfer students are required to provide a letter from the previous nursing program(s) verifying performance and placement in theoretical and clinical levels, in addition to official transcripts and course descriptions of the nursing courses taken from the catalog year that they were completed.

    4. Military Personnel Credithttp://www.sbcc.edu/nursing/adn/militarypersonnelcredit.php

  • It is highly recommended that you have completed all of the General Education courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing prior to starting the program.  The list of courses are found on this webpage:   https://catalog.sbcc.edu/academic-departments/nursing/nursing-rn-adn-as/

    A student does not need to have taken courses at SBCC prior to applying to the ADN program.  (Please note that where it states in the information in the above link "A total of 12 units through SBCC" refers to graduation requirements, which will be met by the nursing coursework taken while in the nursing program.)  

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