Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. I am interested in attending the associate degree in nursing (ADN) program. What should I do to get started?

    Registered nurses are required to know how to access resources. We recommend that you start by thoroughly reviewing the ALL information on the ADN web pages located at:  If you have already applied for admission at SRJC you can begin by scheduling an appointment with a Health Science counselor. You can find information about the counseling department at: Also, it is strongly encouraged that you plan to attend a pre-ADN workshop meeting. You can obtain information about when the workshops are scheduled in the counseling department or on the Counseling website.

  • 2. What are the program prerequisites?

    Information about the prerequisites for the ADN program is available at: Click the “Program Requirements” link on the left of the page. Please click on the link that says “Major”. It is recommended that you meet with a Health Sciences counselor to develop a plan for completing the program prerequisites.

  • 3. How much does the program cost?

    For a detailed list of estimated costs please see the “Program Costs” page on our ADN website.

  • 4. Do you have a waitlist?

    No, we do not have a waitlist. Applicants must apply every year to be considered for admission.

  • 5. How long does it take to get into the program?

    This depends on how long it takes you to finish your prerequisites. Most students spend about two years completing prerequisites for the program. The ADN program uses a lottery system to select qualified candidates for admission. Some students are admitted the first time they apply and some students end up applying for several years. It is really a matter of luck so there is no way to project how long it will take you to get into the program.

  • 6. How long does it take to complete the program?

    After completing the program prerequisites and being accepted in the ADN program, students must complete four sequential semesters of full time enrollment in nursing courses. Students must also complete the SRJC associate degree requirements. It is highly recommended that students complete all general education requirements, especially math courses, prior to entering the ADN program

  • 7. Can I work while I am in the program?

    The ADN program requires full time attendance and studies. Generally you will be expected to be in class about 32 hours a week with an additional 20-30 hours a week of study time. Most students find it difficult to work while in the program. Courses in the ADN program require students to be available five days per week (which may include weekends) and to be available during both day and evening hours for clinical rotations.

  • 8. Do you have a weekend or evening program?

    We do not offer an evening or weekend program and we are unable to work around student work schedules.

  • 9. Are there physical or health requirements for the program?

    Yes, there are physical, health, and immunization requirements for being admitted to the ADN program. Additionally, students must clear a background check and urine drug screen. Please see the general requirements and clinical site requirements on our web page.

  • 10. I am disabled. Can I be enrolled in the ADN program?

    Students are encouraged to view our Technical Standards web page for guidance at

  • 11. Where will I complete my clinical experiences?

    Students in the ADN program rotate through various clinical sites within Sonoma County. All students must be able to attend clinical during the day or evening on any day of the week assigned (usually on  Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday or Saturday). Every student in the program will be rotated through different shifts and days, which includes the evening shift and weekend assignments. We do not make accommodations for student personal/work schedules or child care needs.

  • 12. What degree will I have when I finish the nursing program?

    When you have completed the nursing program curriculum and the additional associate degree requirements, you will receive an Associate Degree in the Science of Nursing (ASN) upon graduation. You will then be eligible to take the National Council for Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN), and to continue your education for a Bachelor in Science of Nursing (BSN), if desired.

  • 13. When and how do I apply to the nursing program?

    The ADN program has one application period per year, October 2nd through February 7th. Students will be selected from the annual applicant pool for the fall and spring semesters of the next academic year. Applications must be received in the Health Sciences office by 5:00pm PST on the application deadline of February 7th.  

  • 14. How are the students selected for admission?

    The selection process for admission is a "qualified" lottery:

    Two requirements to qualify for the lottery (1) Applications are screened using the California Community College Chancellor's composite formula to determine eligibility for admission, and must achieve an 80% score (see Getting Started for description of scoring). (2) Applicants must achieve a 62% on their first ATI TEAS test which is submitted with their application.

    Selection for provisional admission by random lottery: All qualified students (above) are entered into a random lottery and the first 120 selected are offered conditional admission pending completion of all admissions requirements. Provisional admission offers must be formally accepted by the deadline or offers will be made to the next applicants in the lottery by number.  We do not reveal lottery numbers to applicants.  Please refer to the “Getting Started” page for specific information on the program selection process:

  • 15. What is provisional acceptance?

    Provisional acceptance into the program means that you have a space in the program pending completion of all health requirements, background and drug checks, and immunization verification.  Additionally, provisionally accepted students must clear a background check, drug screen, complete American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Providers, and must complete all health requirements by the established deadline. Please refer to the “Getting Started” page for specific information on the qualifications and eligibility:

  • 16. What is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)?

    All applicants will be required to submit a copy of their first Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with their application for admission OR if the first TEAS score was below 62% there must be a minimum of 6 months between the first test and all subsequent tests taken to achieve a 62%. 

    The ATI TEAS measures skills in the content area domains of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language usage and is HIGHLY predictive for success in nursing programs. The ADN program requires a score of 62% as partial qualification for the lottery. However, ATI recommends that scores of 70-75% demonstrate the best predictor of success in nursing programs. Information on the study guide may be found at 

  • 17. Do you have a LVN to RN program?

    We do not have an LVN to RN program.

  • 18. Do you offer the 30 unit option for VNs?

    Yes, we offer the 30 unit option; however, space is limited and this admission cohort receives the lowest priority for admission. It is uncommon for the ADN program to have space available for student enrollment in the 30 unit option program.

  • 19. I am an internationally trained student and the BRN is requiring me to take additional classes in a specific subject. Can I take the classes in your program?

    Unfortunately, we do not accept students for individual courses. We have a very impacted program and only admit students that will complete our full program.

  • 20. Do you accept transfer students from another nursing program?

    We accept transfer applications from September 1st to September 30th each year.  Transfer spots are only offered on a space available basis, with completed prerequisites and nursing courses that articulate with the SRJC ADN program requirements and curriculum.  All transfer students must meet the SRJC ADN Chancellor's qualification score of 80% and a minimum TEAS test score of 62% to be considered for admission. Transfer applications must be complete, and include official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all colleges the student attended which validate completion of all required SRJC prerequisites and nursing coursework.  All nursing course work must also be accompanied by the course description from the college catalog to determine nursing content articulation. We require a letter from the director of the nursing program(s) stating the student exited/withdrew from the previous program in good standing, and would be candidate for readmission.  Due to our status as an impacted nursing program, transfer spaces are rarely available.

  • 21. Do you accept online prerequisites?

    Online science/lab prerequisites will be accepted for application ONLY if they were completed in Spring 2020 through Summer 2022, meet the program requirement unit values, and are approved by an SRJC counselor.

  • 22. Am I required to get the COVID-19 Vaccine to participate in the ADN Program?

    Even though the SRJC vaccine mandate is coming to an end, the COVID-19 vaccination will still be mandatory for students admitted to the ADN program.  This is due to contractual requirements required by our clinical agencies who offer clinical practicum placements. For more information, please see our Health and Safety Requirements.