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Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Social Security Number?

Yes, in order to sit for your State Board Exam you must provide a social security number.


Do I need a high school diploma?

Yes, a high school diploma or GED is required. Any foreign school must be evaluated by Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI). 


Do I need to attend an information meeting?

Yes, it is mandatory. It is also a good opportunity to get your questions answered by a counselor and the program director.


Do I need to have a student ID?

Yes, all applicants must have a LBCC school ID!


Do I need to see a counselor before applying?

Yes, if you have taken any course at another college and are transferring those credits to Long Beach City College.


Do I need to see a counselor if I have taken all my courses here at Long Beach City College?

It is recommended but not required.


What do I do if I took a required science course at another college?

Meet with a counselor to check for equivalency. If a counselor is not able to verify equivalency you will need to submit a request for approval to the Science Department Chair.


What if my science course is five and half years old?

All science courses must be no older than 5 years at the time of most recent application.


Do I need to take a computer technology course?

You must take a computer technology course before you graduate. This course may be in progress at the time of your application.


Do I need to meet the reading proficiency before I apply?

Yes, it must be done here at LBCC unless you already have a Bachelor's Degree.


But what if I took the reading proficiency at another college?

LBCC does not accept other college's reading proficiency.


What if I have a Bachelor's Degree?

 A Bachelor's Degree waives your reading proficiency.


When do you accept applications?

Applications will be accepted twice a year in March and August beginning Spring 2016.


What is the minimum required overall GPA to apply into the program?

The minimum required cumulative GPA is 2.5 and a science GPA of 2.5.


What if my science GPA is not a 2.5 can I still apply?

No, your application will be denied.


What if my overall GPA is not a 2.5 can I still apply?

No, your application will be denied.


Can I work while in the program?

It is recommended that the students give 100% of their attention to the program. Some students with good study skills are able to work.


Can I attend part-time in the ADN program?

No. It is a full-time program with classes during the week days and clinical may be day/weekends or evenings depending on the semester.


Do you have time limitations on accepted prerequisite classes? 

Yes. The core science prerequisites must be taken within five years of application to the program.


What are the required prerequisites?

English 1; Math 130; Human Anatomy; Human Physiology; General Microbiology.

Click here and access links on that page for more information about the ADN or LVN-RN program.


Can I take Anatomy and Physiology together, as a combined course?

If it is approved by the life science department as equivalent.


I s your program full time?

Yes, but hours vary between classroom lecture, labs, clinical, studying, and homework obligations.


Do you have a wait list?



Do you have a lottery?



How many students are accepted each semester?

Forty (40).


What is the cost of your program?

Approximately $4500.00 but this is subject to change.


Do you have a RN refresher course?



Do you offer a surgical nursing course?



I became a nurse in another country. For licensure in California, the BRN is requiring I take a class. Am I able to take it at your college?

Individual nursing classes are not offered by Long Beach City College.


I've been accepted to the program, but due to extenuating circumstances, I can't enter the nursing program at this time. Can I defer until the following semester?



Do you have an LVN-to-RN bridge program?

Yes. Please click here and access links on that page for more information about the LVN-RN ladder program.


When should I attend an informational session?

When you first show interest in enrolling in the nursing program.


Is there financial assistance available to help defray the cost of the program?

Yes. Please access the links to Financial Aid and Scholarship departments for more information.


Which courses can I take while waiting for admittance into the program?

Refer to plan B in the college catalog to fulfill requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

Also highly recommended courses are: Pharmacology; Nutrition; Medical Terminology; Pathophysiology; Chemistry.


Is there an opportunity to continue onto a BSN program?

Yes. Please click here and access links on that page for more information about the roadmap to BSN.


Is there a club I can join if I am interested in nursing?

Yes. Any LBCC student may join the Nursing Student Association (NSA). Please email LBCC-NSA for further information.