ADN Application Info
Read Steps, Requirements & FAQs


The application period runs March 4 – 7, 2024 and Aug. 5 – 8, 2024.

Associate Degree Nursing Application Process

Step 1: Information Meeting

  • Tuesday, July 30 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 27 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 29 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26 @ 5:00 p.m.

Information meetings are held by Zoom video conference and are regularly held during the Fall and Spring semesters. To attend, email Marc Smith, Nursing & Allied Health Coordinator, at for Zoom link.

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Step 2: Meet Application Requirements

View documents of interest to ADN program applicants: LBCC ADN Documents 

When applying to any of the nursing programs at Long Beach City College, it is important to understand the academic requirements needed to enter the programs. Please refer to the following requirements before submitting your application and associated documentation.


Completed at LBCC with a passing grade or successful completion of a college English course at the level of English 1 from another college. To determine which level of English is required, please see a Counselor.


The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher before admittance to the program:

  • ANATOMY 1, Human Anatomy
  • PHYSIOLOGY 1, Human Physiology
  • BIOLOGY 2, General Microbiology

Life Science courses must have a combined GPA of 2.5 or higher and be completed within five (5) years prior to the application deadline. Equivalent courses taken at other colleges must be reviewed by LBCC). If you would like to have your courses evaluated, please submit the with your application. 


For more information, please refer to the graduation proficiency requirements section under Plan A of the General Education Plan or see a Counselor.


Satisfying this proficiency may be achieved by any one of the following:

  • Completion of the Guided Placement Tool with the result of Proficiency Met. The Guided Placement Tool can be found on the Viking Student System.
  • Completion of a Critical Thinking course which meets Area A3 on Plan B (the CSU GE-Breadth plan).
  • Completion of READ 82, 83, or 84 (or equivalent from other colleges)
  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Successful completion with a grade of “C” or higher in a college math course at the level of Mathematics 1300, 130A or higher. The following information must also be included with your application:

  • HIGH SCHOOL/GED: Students without an Associate Degree or higher are required to submit proof of High School or equivalent completion.
  • OVERALL/CUMULATIVE GPA: must be 2.5 or higher; based on all grades from all colleges attended. Attach an unofficial transcript of LBCC courses completed and an official, sealed transcript from all colleges other than LBCC.
  • INFORMATION MEETING: Attendance is strongly recommended. Meetings are held on the posted dates. Check the website for current dates, times, and locations. Reservations are not required, but the meetings are subject to change and/or cancellation.

Step 3: Submit the Nursing Application

Complete the Application during the posted application periods, which are usually during the first week of March and the first week of August. Overall and Life Science GPAs of 2.5 are required in order to qualify for entrance into the Nursing Program.

Step 4: Take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)

Long Beach City College adheres to the guidelines provided by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office with regard to the TEAS test and remediation policy. After acceptance into the nursing program, students must pass the TEAS test with a 62% or higher on their first attempt. If students do not pass on their first attempt, they will be referred to the Learning and Academic Resource Center to be assigned a remediation plan.

Please note that we do not accept TEAS results from online exams.

Students can also enroll in free non-credit TEAS courses to prepare to take the TEAS exam. Visit the College Workplace Readiness page for more information.

Step 5: Complete a Background Check

Students are required to complete a background check. Clinical facilities reserve the right to refuse placement based on previous convictions on background checks. Ability to obtain licensure may also be affected by a record of convictions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Social Security Number to apply to the program?

No, we do not require a social security number, but you do need either a social security number or a taxpayer I.D. number to apply for licensure to the California Board of Registered Nursing. One of our facilities also requires documentation of legal residency for students who are not citizens.

Do I need a high school diploma?

If you do not have an Associate or Bachelors degree, you will need to show proof of high school graduation or the equivalent when you apply to the program.

Do I need to attend an information session?

We strongly recommend viewing the information meeting recording. For link to Information Meetings, please email Marc Smith, Nursing & Allied Health Coordinator, at If you have questions after viewing the recording you are welcome to attend a question and discussion session by Zoom. Available meeting dates and times are listed under Step 1.

Do I need a Student ID?

No, you do not need to apply to LBCC or have an LBCC Student ID before applying to the ADN program.

Do I need to see a counselor before applying?

No, you do not need to meet with a counselor before applying. If you wish to meet with a counselor, A counselor will be available to meet with you in the C building during the application week, but meeting with a counselor is not required.

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

Please submit the Life Science Equivalency Form to Marc Smith, Nursing & Allied Health Coordinator, at He will return the form to you indicating whether the course is equivalent or not. Please submit this form with your application. If he does not return it to you in time, you can submit the form without approval with your application.

What if my life science courses are more than five years old?

The three life science courses, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology must be no more than 5 years old at the time of your application.

Do I need to take a computer technology or Physical Fitness/Wellness course?

You must take a computer technology and physical fitness/wellness course before you graduate if you are on Plan A. This course does not need to be completed at the time of your application. If you complete your general education requirements through Plan B or Plan C, you do not need to complete these degree requirements.

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

Reading proficiency is required for graduation, but is not required to apply to the nursing program. Reading proficiency can be met through completion of a Critical Thinking course meeting Area A3 on Plan B, by having a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or by the completion of the Guided Placement Tool on the Viking Student System with a result of Proficiency Met.

When do you accept applications?

Applications will be accepted twice a year in March and in August. The application period runs March 4-7, 2024 and Aug. 5 – Aug. 8, 2024.

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

The minimum cumulative GPA required is 2.50 and the minimum life science GPA required is 2.50. If either GPA is lower, your application will not be accepted.

Is there a part-time option for the ADN program?

No. It is a full-time program with classes on weekdays. Hospital clinical hours may be on weekends or evenings depending on the course. It is important to have flexibility in your work schedule while you are in the nursing program. Many students must decrease their work hours to do well in the program.

How do you select students?

We accept applications and make selections twice a year. You may re-apply if you are not selected. Only overall and life sciences GPAs are considered when we make selections. We choose 50% of our students from those with a GPA of 3.5 to 4.0, 25% from those with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5 and 25% from students with a GPA of 2.5 to 3.0. We accept 40 students and 20 alternates each semester. Our typical number of eligible applicants is 1200 to 1400.

What is the cost of your program?

The cost of student fees including parking is approximately $3500.00 USD. Books for the entire program cost approximately $1000.00 USD. The main financial burden is related to being unable to work due to the time requirements of the program. You will need to be available for four days a week in addition to the study and skills practice time required.

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?

We do admit students to the program to complete single course requirements, but only on if space is available. If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Maricela Arnaud, Nursing Program Director.

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

Yes. Please visit the Financial Aid or Scholarship departments for more information.

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

We recommend Pharmacology, Nutrition (FN 20), Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, and Chemistry as courses to complete if you are waiting to enter the nursing program. You can also take courses required for admission into a BSN program. Refer to Plan B in the college catalog for those requirements.

Is there an opportunity to continue on to a BSN program?

Yes. We have collaborative partnerships with BSN programs at CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Fullerton, CSU Dominguez Hills, and Vanguard University as well as Grand Canyon, University of Phoenix and Ohio University. These partnerships allow qualified ADN students to transfer into the ADN-BSN program. In collaboration with the CSU campuses, we have developed educational roadmaps to guide you in achieving your BSN degree.

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.

How do I determine if the general education courses I have taken at other colleges are equivalent?

You can go to the TES system to determine equivalency and/or meet with a counselor. Final determination of General Education course equivalency can be made once you are in the nursing program.