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  • Completion of a Nursing Orientation is strongly advised - call (714) 564-6103 for Santa Ana College Counseling.
  • Advanced placement in the program may be granted to those students with certain prior experience, vocational nursing, or registered nursing education or equivalent. Advanced Placement/Transfer/Challenge applicants require an individual appointment with the Program Director. Advanced placement students are accepted on a space-available basis. Priority class placement is given to continuing and SAC re-entry students.
The student with previous nursing education or experience may challenge any Nursing course. Application for "Credit by Examination" may be obtained in the Admissions Office. The application must be completed by the student, processed by the Admissions Office, and submitted to the Nursing Department. The student will be directed to the appropriate faculty and will be given objectives for the course. An appointment will be made to take the examination(s). ​The student must be currently enrolled in the course. The application to challenge must be submitted within the first two weeks of the course. The theory course must be successfully passed before challenging the concurrent clinical course. Challenge courses require registration fees. Students may attempt "Credit by Examination" only once in a particular course. If a course has been failed, credit by examination will not be allowed. Grading of the examination is on a pass/no pass basis.


Potential students who have a letter from the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN):

If you have a letter from the BRN indicating you need to take courses requiring obstetric and/or pediatric and psychiatric content, please contact the Health Sciences/Nursing Office to make an appointment to discuss procedures.

If you have a letter from the BRN indicating you need to take courses requiring ONLY psychiatric content, you will need to contact a different Nursing Program as Santa Ana College's Nursing Program is not accepting new students to the third semester which is where the psychiatric content is placed in the curriculum.

If you have a letter from the BRN indicating you need to take courses requiring medical/surgical content (regardless if other content is needed or not), you will need to complete the entire Nursing Program; therefore, you would need to apply through the multi-criteria admission process and be selected to enter the program as any other applicant. Please see the multi-criteria admission process information in the First Semester Entry Information link.


►►► Students entering the Nursing Program may be required to pass a drug test. Failure to pass the drug test will result in NOT being able to enter the program.

► A new multi-criteria admission process is being implemented for first semester - See First Semester Entry information.
►  New applications (Prerequisite Verification Form) for the entry list to third semester (advanced placed, LVN to RN, and 30-unit LVN option) have not  been accepted since June 2011, due to the length of the list. However, effective July 1, 2015, applications (Prerequisite Verification Form) will be accepted from St. Joseph Hospital and Home Health LVNs working as LVNs.
► Applications (Prerequisite Verification Forms) are accepted for second, third (for St. Joseph Hospital and Home Health LVNs), and fourth semesters at any time of the year. A meeting with the Program  Director to determine appropriate placement is required.
Prerequisite Instructions and Forms A and B.pdf

​​​​​Webpage Updated 09/15/2015
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