ADN Nursing FAQ

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Why do I see so little information on your website?

The college has recently launched a new website and is in the process of migrating the existing content. If you need more information regarding our programs, you can visit the Nursing section on our Archive Site.

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 in order 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?

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 Viking Student ID?

Yes, you will need to complete an LBCC admissions application and obtain a student number in order to apply to the ADN program.

Do I need to see a counselor before applying?

Yes. Each application must be reviewed by a counselor before it is submitted. You can have a nursing counselor review your application at any time or you can wait for the application period when counselors will be available in the C building.

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

You should 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 Life Science Department Chair.

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 five years old at the time of your application.

Do I need to take a computer technology course?

You must take a computer technology course before you graduate. This course does not need to be completed at the time of your application.

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

Yes, it must be completed before you apply. The reading proficiency test given here at LBCC will determine your proficiency or will tell you what additional courses you will need to take to improve your reading proficiency. If you completed a reading proficiency test at another college you may submit those results to the Reading Department Head for approval. If you have a Bachelor’s Degree you do not need to complete the reading requirement.

When do you accept applications?

Applications will be accepted twice a year in March and in August. The exact dates will be posted on our website.

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 will need to re-apply if you are not selected. We use a single criteria selection process meaning 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 250 to 350.

What is the cost of your program?

The cost of student fees including parking is approximately $4000.00 USD. Books for the entire program can cost as much as $1000.00 USD The main financial burden of being in the program is related to not being able to work due to the time requirements of the program. For much 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 are instituting a policy of determining overall nursing knowledge and skill before admitting students into single courses of the program. If you are interested in applying, please email Sigrid Sexton.

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?

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 several BSN programs. Please click here and access links on that page for more information about opportunities to obtain your 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.