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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. Prior succesful theory and clinical courses must be within three years of entry to the SAC Nuring Program semester. 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 SAC re-entry and advanced-placed students with alternating entry based on space availability .

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.

  • Effective Spring 2016, all Nursing students are required to pass a drug test. Failure to pass the drug test will result in NOT being able to enter the program.
  • Students seeking advance placement must submit a different application, called Prerequisite Verification Forms. This application is accepted for second, third (for St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph Home Health LVNs), and fourth semesters at any time of the year. A meeting with the Program Director to determine appropriate placement is required - See Advanced Placement / LVN-RN Entry Information.

Webpage Updated 5/16/2017

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