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Registered Nursing (ADN)

About Registered Nurses

Effective Fall 2012

ALL  ADN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Version 5.

Passing Scores are as follows:

  • ADN 62 or better

The Registered Nurse has completed a minimum of two years of a specific course of study and has successfully passed a State Board of Examination giving them a license to practice nursing.

The RN is a professional who is well versed in caring for patients in all stages of illness, including health promotion and disease prevention.

All Registered nurses are required to continue their education on an ongoing basis. Documentation of courses completed must be submitted to the licensing authority every 2 years. (in California, it is the BRN.)


Please note: If a student fails out of ANY nursing program for unsafe clinical practice or a violation of professional, legal, or unethical conduct, may be ineligible for admission to Southwestern College Nursing program.

The ADN Application Deadline for the Fall 2013 cohort is January 31, 2013:

  • Students must submit a completed application with unofficial transcripts.
  • Prior to submitting your application, official transcripts must be submitted to the main campus at 900 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91910, directly from your educational institution.
  • You must also have a SWC Student ID # at the time of application.
  • Applications must also be accompanied by a complete physical which includes all immunizations required by hospital and clinical facilities.

Essential Academic Skills

Effective Fall 2007, all ADN, LVN-RN, and LVN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

TEAS Testing Dates

San Diego State University School of Nursing Transfer Requirements

This is a diagnostic test that covers basic Math, Reading, and Science. Students who fail to achieve a passing score must complete additional pre-nursing course work as directed by the nursing department. Students may prepare for this test by going to the ATI testing site (http://www.atitesting.com/) and then go to ASSESSMENTS; go to Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS test will be given by the nursing faculty prior to starting the nursing program at a time set by the nursing department. To be considered for acceptance into the ADN Nursing Program, the student is permitted to take the TEAS Test a maximum of TWICE to achieve the accepted score of 62 or higher.

PASS (NC 118) - a free 24-hour course offered through Continuing Education. This course will assist you to prepare for TEAS-type exams. It also will assist you in remediation if you have not successfully completed the TEAS test. Please contact Continuing Education for further information at (619) 482-6376.


Southwestern College's Associate Degree Nursing Program was re-accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission on Nov. 4, 2005  and received the full eight years of accreditation with no non-compliances.

We would like to invite public comments about our nursing program in writing or per e-mail to the College or directly to the NLNAC. Contact information is provided below.

Current students and previous ones are also asked to comment about their experience going through Southwestern College’s nursing program.

Southwestern College Nursing Program
Attn: Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa

8100 Gigantic St
San Diego Ca 92154
(619) 482-6352
(619) 216-6603 (fax)

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediation Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Upon completion of degree requirements, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) may refuse licensure to individuals who have been convicted of crimes and/or certain misdemeanors.

Further information may be obtained from the BRN at 1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 150, Sacramento, CA  95834 or the Program Director may be consulted.

Program information may also be obtained from the National League for Nursing, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.

California Board of Registered Nursing
Mailing Address:
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA. 94244-2100
Call: (916) 322-3350
TDD: (916) 322-1700