Friday, July 3, 2015

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - All applicants must meet the following qualifications to submit an application and be placed on the priority list:

  1. Provide proof of graduation from high school in the United States or a satisfactory score on the G.E.D or a college degree from a U.S. accredited instruction is acceptable.
  2. College level reading:
    a. Satisfactory score on the Southwestern College reading assessment process;
    b. Earning a “C” or better in Reading 56 or equivalent reading course;
    c. The equivalent as demonstrated by an approved petition;
    d. A transcript indicating an earned associate or baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution.
  3. Requisite math proficiency:
    a. Eligibility for Math 60 or higher as demonstrated on the math assessment process;
    b. Earning a “C” or better in Math 45 or higher numbered math course;
    c. The equivalent as demonstrated by an approved petition.

Qualifications for Final Clearance for Enrollment in Nursing Courses:

  1. Background check and drug screening required by clinical facilities;
  2. Attendance at class orientation in semester prior to starting the program.
  3. Pass Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with score of 60 or higher.
  4. A physical examination (able to life approximately 30 pounds), and CPR certification.
  5. Evidence of required immunizations and tuberculosis screening.
  6. Payment of malpractice insurance premium and Kaplan Testing Service fee.

REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE COURSES: Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better is required prior to being offered a space in the nursing program:

Biol 190

Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 units w/lab

CD 170

Principles of Child Development

3 units

Hlth 204

Fundamentals of Nutrition

3 units

CNA 10

Certified Nursing Assistant or equivalent

0-7 units

Official transcripts of courses from other colleges must be mailed directly to the Nursing Department. Transfer credit shall be given for related previous education completed within the last five years, and will be considered on a case by case basis (Vocational Nursing Practice Act, Article 5, Section 2535).

In addition, students are not offered a space in the vocational nursing program until they have submitted verification of completion of the series of vaccinations for Hepatitis B or immunity to Hepatitis B.

Students who have limited English speaking ability may find course work too difficult since there are objectives related to communication. Students who believe this may cause a problem for them should request a counselor or a nursing faculty member to evaluate their ability to speak, read and comprehend spoken English prior to beginning the program.

A student may be ineligible for entry into the program due to:

  1. Academic probation. (See current College catalog for criteria for academic probation).
  2. Previous dismissal from a nursing program for cause.
Previous unsatisfactory performance in the Southwestern College vocational nursing program. (Nursing courses may be repeated no more than once with a maximum of one re-entry during the program.)

The Board of Vocational Nurses may refuse licensure to individuals who have been convicted of crimes and/or certain misdemeanors. If you have concerns about this you may write the Board directly at this address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95833 or discuss it with the Director of the nursing programs.