Getting Started

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In order to be admitted to the Associate Degree in Nursing program students must complete an application during the annual application period. Students must complete both a Santa Rosa Junior College admission application and a separate application to the nursing program. Please carefully read this page before completing the application for the ADN program. Students interested in applying for the ADN program should also read the Frequently Asked Questions and plan to attend a pre-nursing workshop.  For information about dates and times for the pre-nursing workshop can be obtained by visiting the Counseling Department. Please carefully read the information on our webpage, including the FAQS, before emailing questions to department staff.


Program applications are available beginning October 2nd of each year; please do not use an application from before that date to apply in the current application cycle. The complete application packet is due to Health Sciences Department no later 5:00 pm PST on the due date printed on the application, February 7th. The Health Sciences Department must receive all official transcripts with the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The Health Sciences Admissions and Records Technician can look up SRJC fall grades, if needed.

General Qualifications

  1. Students on academic probation or progress probation are not eligible for admission. Please contact the counseling department for advisement if you have questions.
  2. A cleared criminal background, and screening, and a cleared drug test must be completed by the ADN Program’s approved agency and received prior to acceptance into the ADN program. These fees are paid by applicant and transfers of information from other schools is not accepted. Information on how to obtain these clearances is given to accepted applicants. In addition, ADN graduates are required to clear another background screen including fingerprinting prior to taking the NCLEX-RN state board exam.
  3. Candidates for admission must submit required vaccinations and health exam by a physician or nurse practitioner attesting to sound physical and mental health and ability to provide hands on client care prior to admission (see Technical Standards page). These are clinical agency requirements. These fees are paid by applicant. Information on how to obtain these health clearances and record them with Certified Background Inc. are given to accepted applicants.
  4. Candidates must have a willingness and desire to care for people from diverse backgrounds.
  5. Nursing students must be committed to adhering to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses available at
  6. Ability to understand spoken and written English at college level and to express oneself verbally in English is required.
  7. Math computation skills are required for medication administration. Students are strongly advised to have a good command of basic algebra and mathematics to safely calculate medication doses. A medication calculation and safety exam must be passed each semester. The math competency or appropriate math class (Math 155 or higher) is required for graduation. This must be completed before registering in NR 75C. See a Health Sciences Counselor for details.
  8. Nursing students must have the ability to use a computer and internet, word processing, scanning of documents and uploading to a website, viewing and printing of Adobe and PowerPoint presentations, e-mail skills to include sending attachments and access to computer, printer and internet.

Complete Prerequisites

There are prerequisites that must be completed before applying to the program. See Major for details.


All prospective nursing students are advised to see a counselor for educational planning. For guidance on Counseling hours and locations please see the Counseling Department home page.


Official transcripts must be submitted with the application to the ADN Program. Please submit one set with the application and one set to Admissions and Records.  NOTE:  The ADN admissions specialist does not evaluate transcripts or prerequisites prior to receiving completed applications, this is a function of the main SRJC Counseling Department.

Program Selection Process

Eligibility to enter the Nursing Program is determined by the Chancellor's Formula which is a composite score calculated by (a) overall degree applicable college GPA in the last five years, (b) the most recent letter grade for English 1A or its equivalent, (c) core science (anatomy, physiology, and microbiology) GPA, and (d) core science repetition. Course repetition is defined as repeating a course within five years prior to the fall semester of the application cycle due to a previous grade of “A-F”, NC, No Pass, or “W”. Students will be required to have a composite score of at least 80% to be admitted to the program.

(Note: The core science classes and English 1A course must be completed with a letter grade of "C" or higher before the application screening period closes in order to enter scores into the formula.)

The above formula will determine a probability of success score for each student. All students who have a composite score of 80% or higher will be eligible for the program. If there are more eligible students than seats in the program, a random computerized selection process (lottery) will be used to determine admissions placement in the program. Eligible applicants who are selected by lottery number and have met the minimum composite score, will be provisionally accepted into the program, or placed on an alternate list. The alternate list is not kept from year to year. Students not accepted must reapply each year.


After acceptance in the program all students are required to successfully pass the Test for Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) prior to starting nursing courses. Students that are provisionally accepted into the nursing program will be provided a test date and the college will pay for the cost of the exam. A score of 62% or greater must be achieved prior to starting in the program. Students who score less than 62% will be offered a remediation contract and up to one year to complete the contract to increase their basic skills. Students must complete the remediation contract in order to be eligible to retake the ATI TEAS exam. The ATI TEAS exam may be retaken one time to earn a 62% (proficient level) prior to commencing the nursing course work after completing the remediation plan. More information about the test, books and practice tests are available at Students who wish to study for the exam are encouraged to begin studying when they submit their application to the program. If you take the ATI TEAS exam on your own after May 1, 2016, the first exam score in the past 12 months will be used to determine your eligibility. 

Acceptance Notification

  • Notification of acceptance, alternate status or denial of acceptance will occur by June 15th following the application deadline. Please do not inquire about enrollment decisions prior to this date. Notification will occur via e-mail; therefore it is important that candidates report any change in email to the Health Sciences office. With the e-mail notice, the student will be provided with information that must be completed as a part of the provisional acceptance process: health requirements, CPR certification, background screening, and drug testing. The accepted or alternate applicant will also receive information about the mandatory new ADN student orientation session usually held in July for fall admissions and October for spring admissions.
  • All applicants must ensure that a current email address, telephone number and mailing address are on file with the ADN Program to receive the e-mail notification and to meet the specified deadlines in the notification email for accepted and alternate status applicants. Failure to meet program deadlines on time will result in the position going to the next qualified alternate on the list.