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Admission Process

**Attention: Prospective Nursing Students**
The Santa Monica College nursing program is in the process of making a major curriculum revision and is considering changing the admission criteria.  Effective immediately, the nursing program will not be accepting applications in October 2013, March 2014, and October 2014.  Currently, there are 312 students on the waitlist who meet the existing criteria for the program.  These students will be provided an opportunity for entry into the program before we implement any change to the admission criteria.  The nursing program admits 40 students in the fall and spring.

Please Note: Waiting list time to enter the Associate Degree in Nursing Program is now 3 semesters.

Application For Admission To Santa Monica College

Persons not enrolled at Santa Monica College must complete the application process for the semester he/she wishes to attend by visiting SMC Admissions.

If the SMC general education requirements in English and Math have not been met, students must arrange to take the assessment tests at the time of enrollment. Visit the Assessment Office website for details.

Admission Process To SMC Nursing Program

  • Upon completing an application (See Application Procedures), students seeking admission to the Nursing Program are required to have one official copy of all transcripts from schools attended, including high school or GED equivalence, sent to Admissions and Records at 1900 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA  90405.  Official transcripts should be mailed directly (hand-carried transcripts are not accepted by Admissions and Records).
  • Students are advised to make an appointment with a nursing counselor to develop an education plan and to evaluate transcripts from other schools.
  • International students with transcripts from foreign universities may require additional transcript evaluation. Check with international student counseling for additional assistance.
  • Once student has officially applied, his/her name will be placed on the waiting list. **
  • Applicants accepted into the nursing program will receive an acceptance letter for either Fall or Spring semesters.
  • Students should be prepared to spend approximately $1,000 the first semester for books, equipment and uniforms. The estimated cost of the entire nursing program over two years is $3,000 - $4,000.
    ** Due to the impaction of our nursing program, we are aware the most students apply to multiple programs. Therefore, it is expected that you will notify the SMC Nursing Program immediately if you accept admission or enter a Registered Nursing Program at another college or university. Once we are notified, you will be removed from our waitlist.

Admissions Assessment

Prior to admission, all students who have submitted an application must also pass a diagnostic assessment test (basic math, English, reading, and science) in addition to meeting the requirements stated below. You will be invited to take this assessment while you are on the waitlist.  Students who fail to achieve a passing score will be required to complete additional pre-nursing readiness activities prior to admission and enrollment in the nursing program. Pre-nursing readiness activities and clearance of diagnostic assessment deficiencies must be completed within one year of initial diagnostic assessment. Please click here for our frequently asked questions (FAQ's) regarding the admissions assessment. 

Acceptance Procedure

  1. Application selection is based upon completion of admission criteria and date of application (first come first served)
  2. Approximately 40 students are accepted into the Nursing Program each Fall & Spring semester. Applicants will be notified by email and mail of their acceptance.
  3. All applicants are responsible for keeping the Health Sciences Department informed of any changes that may affect their eligibility status. This includes official transcripts, change in address or phone, and any documentation that is essential for determination of readiness to begin the nursing program. Inactive files are destroyed after four semesters.

Advanced Placement

LVNs and/or transfer students must schedule an appointment with a nursing counselor in order to discuss their eligibility. Transfer students are required to meet the same standard for admission in addition to the following: successful completion of Nursing 19/transition class. There are limited spaces for this type of entry into the program.

Note: Persons who have been convicted of a felony may not qualify for licensure to practice nursing in California. For further details, students must contact Associate Dean of Health Sciences.