Nursing FAQs



Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) FAQs


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 attending an information session before applying.  At the meeting, we will review the requirements to apply, explain the process, and review the time and financial commitment you will need to make to the program if you are accepted. The meeting 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?

No, you do not need to apply to LBCC before applying to the ADN program.  A student number is required to meet with a counselor, but we provide the opportunity to speak with a counselor without a student number during our information sessions and during the application week.

Do I need to see a counselor before applying?

No, you do not need to meet with a counselor before applying.  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?

You will need to submit the Life Science Equivalency Form to Marc Smith, in LAC, C-101.

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. You will need to retake any life science courses that are over 5 years old at LBCC or at another college. If you have been in enrolled in a nursing program, the recency requirement may be extended or waived.

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

You must take a computer technology 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 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 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 400 to 550.

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 Sigrid Sexton, 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. 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.

The ADN-BSN collaborative program with CSULA is a formal program with a selected cohort of students who are currently in the LBCC ADN program. Special information sessions are provided to those students in the first year of the ADN program.

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.

Vocational Nursing (VN) FAQs

What are the advantages of taking the LVN path vs the RN path from the start? how difficult is it for an LVN grad to get into the RN program?

The LVN program offers an easy route to the RN program, although you must still meet all RN pre-requisites. The LVN program is a gradual introduction to the healthcare field so that students can become more comfortable with nursing skills.

How can I get my transcripts evaluated?

A student must have completed 12 units at LBCC to have transcripts evaluated; however, this may not impact your ability to apply to the VN program. A student must show official transcripts with the program application. You can use the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) to get the most accurate information about course equivalencies.

If I have foreign transcripts, how do I get them evaluated? 

LBCC does not accept foreign transcripts for nursing equivalency or pre-requisites.

Do you have financial aid? If so, How do I find more information?

Contact the Financial Aid office for more information. Also, a student is encouraged to look for scholarships through the LBCC Foundation.

What are the prerequisite requirements before applying to the VN program?

Students must meet the following requirements before entering the program:

  • Have a current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate.
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Meet the proficiency standards for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Completed the following courses: Human Biology 1, Nursing Applications of Pharmacology, CNA/Nursing Fundamentals, Transition to Vocational Nursing.

Can I take the prerequisite courses at other schools? Will I have a better chance of getting in if I take them at LBCC?

Not necessarily. A student must take VN240 (Mental Health) and VN 220 (Transition to Vocational Nursing) here at LBCC, while the CNA may be taken elsewhere. A student must get a CNA certificate from the State of California. A student may take Pharmacology elsewhere but be sure it meets the requirements for application. 

For more information, please refer to the VN Information Sheet.

Should I take the RN level science courses now because I want to take the ladder route to RN? 

It is up to you. However, grades from the RN science courses (Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology) weigh heavy upon admission. It is best to take Biology 60 or an equivalent course, finish the VN program, and then take RN science prerequisites. Doing so will ensure that they are current within the required 5 years time period and students generally do much better in the classes.

Do I have to get an Associate Degree in order to take the state exam for VN? 

No. An Associate Degree in Vocational Nursing or a Career Certificate in Vocational Nursing is sufficient. You may apply for either depending on the number of units completed. 

What is the pass rate on the state exam?

At least 92% of applicants pass the state exam.

What is the selection process for who gets into the class? 

Please review the VN information sheet. The selection process is based mostly on the science GPA (Pharmacology and BIO 60 or an equivalent).

Is there a waiting list?

No, we do not keep a wait list. Students must re-apply for the Spring and Fall entry.

How long is the program?

A total of 40 weeks within the Spring and Fall semesters.

How many graduates do you usually have?

The graduating class is usually around 60 students per academic year.

How often do you students graduate from the program?

We hold graduations twice a year in June and December.

What hospitals or medical facilities do you go to for clinicals?

Clinicals may be at acute care, sub-acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics etc. Students rotate through various sites to meet the requirements of the program. The VN program uses facilities within and close to the Long Beach area.

Facilities are subject to change. 

How much does the program cost?

The estimated cost of the program is around $5000.00 and is comprised of enrollment fees, books & supplies, uniforms, and various program-related expenses.