About SMC Nursing Admissions

Enrollment in the Nursing Program is open to persons regardless of sex, age, marital status, disability*, ethnic group, religion or national origin. Persons with previous nursing education and/or experience may be considered for advanced placement and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

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 to the Nursing program MUST meet our eligibility requirements.

Prerequisite Requirements

Admission Process

  • 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.

  • Available admission spaces will be filled each semester by students with the highest number of points.

  • 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.

Admissions Assessment

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Prior to admission, all students who have submitted an application must also pass a diagnostic assessment test (basic math, English, reading, and science).

Once you receive written notice that you have met the minimum requirements for application, you will be invited to take the National League for Nursing-Pre Admission Exam RN (NLN-PAX RN).

Please begin preparing to take the NLN-PAX RN within the next few weeks. You will receive more information regarding the assessment during your application appointment.

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. Visit frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the admissions assessment.

To access the online study prep please visit and create an account at NLN National League for Nursing

Acceptance Procedure

  • Available admission spaces will be filled each semester by students with the highest number of points.
  • The department no longer maintains a waitlist.
  • Approximately 40 students are accepted into the Nursing Program each Fall & Spring semester. Applicants will be notified via SMC email and mail of their acceptance.
  • Applicants who are not selected for admission are encouraged to re-apply during the next application period if they still meet the eligibility requirements.
  • 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 the determination of readiness to begin the nursing program. Inactive files are destroyed after four semesters.

Advanced Placement

LVN's 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 misdemeanor or felony may not qualify for licensure to practice nursing in California. For further details, students must contact the Associate Dean of Health Sciences.