Frequently Asked Questions

  1. As a prospective student what steps should I take first?
  2. What prerequisite courses, if any, do I need to take?
  3. May I take the prerequisites and other general education courses at other schools?
  4. Is there a GPA requirement for the prerequisite courses?
  5. May I work while going through the program?
  6. What sites do you use for the clinical (hospital) learning experiences?
  7. What is the passing grade for nursing courses?
  8. What are the specific costs for the program?
  9. What if I am an LVN already?
  10. What is the average starting salary for an RN?
  11. What if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?
  12. Would the nursing courses I take at City transfer to other Universities if I wanted to get my Bachelor's degree?
  13. What is the pass rate on the State Board Exams for City's Nursing Graduates?
  14. Can I transfer into your nursing program if I have taken nursing courses at another school?

1. As a prospective student what steps should I take first?

a. Submit a general application to the College http://www.sdccd.edu/
b. Attend a Nursing Workshop; please email Terri Francis to confirm attendance:  tfrancis@sdccd.edu 
     Spring 2013 Nursing Workshop Schedule:
          Wednesday, February 6th 1-3 pm, room V-304
          Monday, March 4th 1-3 pm, room V-304
          Wednesday, April 3rd 1-3 pm, room V-304
          Monday, May 6th 1-3 pm, room V-304
c. Schedule an appointment with a College Nursing Counselor Laura Renker:  619-388-3540 

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2. What prerequisite courses, if any, do I need to take?

You will need to take Human Anatomy with a lab, Human Physiology with a lab, and General Microbiology with a lab. Equivalent courses taken at other colleges and universities may be acceptable; see a College Counselor to determine equivalencies (equivalency grid). 

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3. May I take the prerequisites and other general education courses at other schools?

Yes, you can take these courses at other colleges; however, you will need to check with a College Counselor to determine their equivalency to City's courses (equivalency grid).

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4. Is there a GPA requirement for the prerequisite courses?

Yes, in order to be accepted into the nursing program, you must have a 2.50 Cumulative GPA in the prerequisite science courses.

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5. May I work while going through the program?

The nursing program is a very rigorous program and requires a lot of preparation and study time. We do not recommend working while attending this full time nursing program.

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6. What sites do you use for the clinical (hospital) learning experiences?

We use a variety of health care agencies for our clinical experiences such as Scripps Mercy, Sharp Memorial, Sharp Coronado, Scripps Green, Balboa Naval Medical Center, Paradise Valley and Kaiser Permanente.

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7. What is the passing grade for nursing courses?

In order to progress in the nursing program, you must achieve a grade of "C" in each nursing course. A "C" is equivalent to 75%.

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8. What are the specific costs for the program?

The majority of costs associated with the program include those costs associated with the purchase of textbooks, uniforms, instructional supplies and materials, and immunizations. Estimated costs are approximately $2500 per year.

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9. What if I am an LVN already?

City College has an LVN-RN Advanced Placement Track. You will need to meet the same entrance requirements as the generic students. In addition, you must provide us with a copy of your current active California LVN license.

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10. What is the average starting salary for an RN?

The average starting salary for a new graduate in San Diego is approximately $55,000 annually. For current estimates check out the Salary Wizard. Salary advances occur with additional education and experience.

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11. What if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?

You will need to have these courses evaluated by an International Credentialing Center such as Academic and Professional International Evaluations, Inc. in Los Alamitos, CA at (562) 594-6498. There is usually a fee associated with this service. Then, make an appointment with a College Counselor to develop an educational plan.

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12. Would the nursing courses I take at City transfer to other Universities if I wanted to get my Bachelor's degree?

The local Universities do accept graduates from Associate Degree Nursing Programs who want to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. You will need to contact the specific Universities to determine their entrance requirements (See response to #14).

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13. What is the pass rate on the State Board Exams for City's Nursing Graduates?

For the Class of 2011 and 2012, the pass rate for first-time test-takers was 97% (not all results have been reported as yet). Historically, individuals who do not pass on their first attempt are successful the second time.
Pass Rates

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14. Can I transfer into your nursing program if I have taken nursing courses at another school?

Eligibility for transfer credit and/or advanced placement is determined on an individual basis. You will need to contact the Program Director for specific information. All nursing courses must have been taken within the last two years.

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