Thank you for your interest in becoming a Registered Nurse. The Associate Degree Nursing Program provides pre-licensure education. Students completing the two year full-time program are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The Nursing Program office cannot complete prerequisite course evaluations. If you have taken a prerequisite course outside of Sierra College and it is not listed on the Equivalency Grid under the Application and Selection link, you may wish to contact a Sierra College academic counselor. The Counseling Center can be reached at: (916) 660-7400. Additionally, online counseling is available through the Sierra College website.
All prerequisites must be completed, with a grade “C” or better, and posted to the appropriate Official College Transcript before submitting an application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
Prerequisites “in progress” are not accepted.
Note: Statistics courses at any level do not meet the math prerequisite.
The TEAS V must be completed prior to, and within one year of, applying to the program (February 1st). The official TEAS V results from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) may be sent to the Sierra College Nursing office; unofficial results may be included in the nursing application packet. Students must achieve a cumulative score of 62% to be accepted into the program.
This link may be helpful for locating testing sites/dates and resource materials: atittesting.com
Advisory: Co-Requisites must be completed before the student enters the last semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Courses must be completed with a grade “C” or better.
Applications for the Associate Degree Nursing Program are ACCEPTED ONCE A YEAR - during the spring semester - beginning FEBRUARY 1 until 4:00 p.m. APRIL 15 (or the last business day prior).
Only one submission will be accepted per applicant; multiple applications will result in disqualification.
Only complete application packets are evaluated for potential admission. A complete application packet consists of the following:
Advisory - Official Course Descriptions must be from the College Catalog. The course descriptions must state the name of the college, the year, and the semester in which the course was completed as documented on the Official Transcript. Course descriptions submitted without the above “official” information are not accepted. College schedules, counseling notes, and/or course information typed on a sheet of paper by the applicant are not accepted.
Official course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online through the institution’s website.
Once the application acceptance period has ended, all applications will be randomized and evaluated in order of the randomization until a full, qualified cohort is selected; therefore, not all applications will be evaluated.
Selected students ONLY will be contacted via the email address provided on the application within 4 weeks of the close of the acceptance period (April 15). Please be sure the email address is legible. Non-selected applicants will not be contacted.
Qualification and selection will be based on the following criteria:
The Chancellor’s Office Predictor of Success formula includes the following:
Chancellor’s Predictor of Success Formula: Excel spreadsheet formula (.xls). Used to determine your qualifying score.
I know the English 1A is required to get into the program. If I have a better grade in English 1B may I use the English 1B grade in the Chancellor’s Office Predictor of Success formula?
When calculating a student’s predictor of success score, the grade a student achieved in their most recent English composition course is used. This could be English 1A, English 1B, or English 1C depending on when the course was completed.
How many applications do you receive, and how many students are selected?
For the past two years, we have received 300-500 applications for the ADN program. Budget and staffing permitting, we accept 30-40 students and 10-15 alternates, determined by random selection, every Fall semester. Alternates who are not admitted in the class for which they were chosen as an alternate automatically receive placement in the next class.
Do I need to take the CPR course before applying to the program?
No. We no longer require CPR as an application requirement.
I have one pre-requisite course left to take. Can I still apply to the program?
No. All prerequisite courses must be completed and posted to the appropriate transcript prior to applying for the program.
Do I have to have my Communication Studies and Sociology/Anthropology courses completed before I apply?
No. Communication studies and Sociology/Anthropology are co-requisites to third semester of the nursing program. This means you may take these courses concurrently with nursing courses in the third semester or before completion of the fourth semester. This must be completed in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
I took my pre-requisites at another college. You are asking for course descriptions for those courses. How do I obtain the course descriptions?
Official college course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online through the institution’s website.
I am confused about Math D being required. Can you explain this?
We recommend you see an academic counselor for all graduation requirements.
I see that the science courses and Nutrition cannot be more than seven years old when I begin the program. One of my courses is older than seven years. Do I need to retake the course?
We recommend that you see an academic counselor regarding course repetition and/or course challenge process.
I took my Anatomy and Physiology at a school where the courses were combined for two semesters. At Sierra they are offered separately. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. We accept equivalent course work. Two semesters of combined Anatomy and Physiology is equivalent to two semesters of separate course work.
Some of my pre-requisites are upper division from a four-year university. Is this okay?
We will accept upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites. Students using upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites will not receive units for the upper division courses and they may need to complete coursework to satisfy graduation requirements. We recommend that these students see an Academic Counselor for guidance.
Is it okay if I turn my application in late? I have a really good reason.
No. All applications must be received by the due date/time. Postmarks are not acceptable.
I was not accepted into the nursing program. Will my application materials be returned to me?
If not selected, all submitted materials will be destroyed; transcripts of selected students only will become property of the District and posted.
My employer wants to write a letter of recommendation for me to get into the nursing program. Should I enclose that with my application?
Our method is random selection. Letters of recommendation are not considered. We request that you not enclose any in your application packet.
I have work experience in the health field. Will this increase my chances of being admitted?
Our method is random selection. Your experience will benefit you on a personal level, but is not considered when applying to the nursing program.
Is the TEAS V required to apply?
Yes. Effective Fall 2015 the TEAS V must be completed prior to, and within one year of, applying to the program (February 1st). Students must achieve a cumulative score of 62% to be accepted into the program.
Can I use my assessment results from another college?
If assessment is completed at another institution, contact the Assessment Center at Sierra College (916-660-7430) for an equivalency form. Include completed form with application.
When should I expect to hear the results of the selection process and how will I be notified?
Only selected students are notified via e-mail using the e-mail address clearly documented on their application. It takes approximately 4 weeks after the close of application acceptance to complete the selection and notification process.