Nursing

Nursing Application

 

Summer 2022 Nursing Application Period: Closed/Ended

Fall 2022 Nursing Program News:
  • Starting fall 2022, the SMC Nursing program will resume requiring science prerequisite courses (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology) be completed with an on-ground lab. Science prerequisite courses completed fall 2022 or later are required to have an on-ground lab.
  • Nursing program prerequisites, major (with the exception of Nursing clinical courses), and Nursing graduation requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C or higher. P/NP or CR/NC evaluative symbols are not acceptable.
  • Save/keep your course syllabus for science prerequisite courses, especially for courses completed spring 2020 or later. 
 
Nursing Program Criteria/Requirements:
Admission to the Nursing program MUST meet the following criteria:
  • An overall grade point average of 2.5 for the Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology prerequisite courses, taken in the last 5 years, with no grade less than C for each course.
  • Only one repetition (excluding W) in the group of science prerequisite courses (Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology) is allowed within the last 5 years at the time of application.
  • College-level English composition class (minimum 3 semester units) with a grade no less than C;
  • Be in good standing at Santa Monica College (not on academic or lack-of-progress probation);
  • Meet the minimum physical qualifications and essential functions (for more information review the Nursing Student Handbook at smc.edu/nursing);
  • Must have negative criminal background check and drug screening. Persons who have been convicted of misdemeanor or felony may not qualify for licensure to practice nursing in California;
  • Must take and achieve the required score on an Admission Assessment; and
  • Must have a valid Social Security Number or a valid Individual Tax Identification Number. 
Admission to the Nursing program MUST meet our eligibility requirements.
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. 

Thank you for your interest in the Nursing (AS) Program

Step 1: Get Ready to Apply Have you requested all (except SMC) college/university transcripts, College Board AP score report, and/or evaluated foreign transcript be sent directly to SMC Admissions and Records Office ? College Board AP scores and/or other (transfer) college coursework cannot be used/verified from a different college/university transcript. Review additional information on college/university transcripts, College Board AP score report, and/or evaluated foreign transcript below. Schedule a Health Sciences counseling appointment if you have additional questions regarding college/university transcripts, College Board AP score report, and/or evaluated foreign transcript.
 
Step 2: Important information/steps to complete PRIOR to applying
  • New students must apply to Santa Monica College through SMC Admissions and Records Office .
  • Returning students: if you have not attended SMC for two consecutive semesters, you must reapply to SMC .
Important Transcript/College Board AP Score Report/Evaluated Foreign Transcript Deadline.
Request ALL official college/university transcripts (excluding SMC), College Board AP Exam Score Report, evaluated foreign transcript be sent to directly SMC Admissions & Records Office  by June 30, 2022.
  • Reapplicants: request an updated transcript be sent to SMC Admissions and Records Office by June 30, 2022 if you enrolled in courses outside of SMC since you applied such as Winter 2022, Spring 2022, and/or earned an AA/AS/BA/BS degree and the degree has posted on your transcript. 
  • College Board AP Exam Score Report information: A College Board AP Exam Score Report is required to be on file with the SMC Admission and Records Office at the time of application to the Nursing program if you received a 3 or better on exam(s).
  • Evaluated foreign transcript/coursework information: An evaluation report of foreign coursework (from an approved SMC evaluation agency with a course-by-course analysis) is required to be on file with the SMC Admission and Records Office at the time of application to the Nursing program if you have transferred units/credits to a US college/university for the purpose of AA/AS/BS/BA degree and/or seeking points toward the Nursing Program Multicriteria admission process.
  • Minimum Prerequisites: Completed prerequisite requirements with grades posted (as of Spring 2022) on your official transcript: ENGL 1, ANATMY 1, PHYS 3, MCRBIO 1.
  • In-progress intersession sciences courses do not qualify as completed.
  • For any non-SMC science prerequisite course completed outside of the California Community College system, please have course syllabus to upload with the Nursing program online application.
  • Allow sufficient time to request an employment or volunteer verification letter. It may be helpful to provide your employer/HR/volunteer coordinator a copy of the Nursing Program Multicriteria Admissions Model as it details information required for healthcare employment or volunteer verification letter. Verify the letter specifies total number of hours worked/volunteered. 
  • Create PDF of the document you plan to upload with the Nursing program online application.
  • Relevant licensed healthcare employment or certified healthcare employment (such as LVN, EMT, CNA) documentation include:
    1. PDF of current state issued certification or licensure card (front and back) or PDF of online verification. Do not include PDF of school/training program certificate of completion or diploma.
    2. PDF of employment verification letter must include total hours worked and all information as outlined on the Nursing Program Multicriteria Admissions Model.
    3. Practicing LVN applicant: request official transcript from LVN program be sent directly to the SMC Admissions and Records Office.
Note: Nursing Program Multicriteria Admissions Model requires BOTH the healthcare employment verification letter and current license or certification to be considered for points under licensed healthcare employment or certified healthcare employment. 
  • Volunteer/other allied healthcare employment verification letter must include total hours volunteered/worked and all information as outlined on the Nursing Program Multicriteria Admissions Model.
Review the Nursing Program Multicriteria Admissions Model for Proof of Life Experience Verification documentation.
  • Create PDF of document you plan to upload with the Nursing program online application.
 
Step 3: Complete and submit the AS Registered Nursing program online application when available.
Important information:
  • Application to the SMC Nursing Program will require an applicant to login with their SMC email account/username (not SMC student ID#) and password.
  • The application is timed to 45 minutes, you may save and continue later.
  • Complete all sections of the Nursing Program application.
  • Upload all relevant supporting documentation as a PDF, once, and in the designated area.
  • Do not submit the application while filling out/reviewing application, use the save option and return to your application later.
Important: once your application is submitted you cannot edit your application or submit a second application.
  • Your application will be considered incomplete if all official transcript(s), AP score report, and/or evaluated foreign transcript are not on file with the SMC Admissions and Records Office.
  • Incomplete applications will not move forward in the application process and will be deemed ineligible. 
 
PDF Tips and Suggestions:
If you do not have a printer to scan and upload official printed documents, you may use a free scanning app on your mobile device to take pictures and upload official documents.
  • For iPhone users: Scannable or Scanner App: PDF Document Scan
  • For android users: Clear Scan
How to convert Word documents into PDF files:
  • Open the Word Document.
  • Click the File button on the upper left-hand corner.
  • Click Save As.
  • In the File Name list, type or select a name for the document.
  • In the Save as type list, click the arrow for the drop-down menu and select PDF.
  • Click publish.
  • If you want to open the file immediately after saving it, select file again and click Open file after publishing.