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 NEW as of FALL 2014:


English  requirement has decreasing from 4 units to 3 units. All prospective students are highly recommended to take ADN 140 (3 units) instead of the English 115 (4 units) 

Science requirements decrease by 2 units! 

Anatomy is 4 units , Physiology is 4 units, Microbiology is 4 units (all must have a Lab). NO ONLINE COURSES.

ALL  ADN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Version 5. With a passing score of 62 or higher.  


The Registered Nurse has completed a minimum of two years of a specific course of study and has successfully passed a State Board of Examination giving them a license to practice nursing.

The RN is a professional who is well versed in caring for patients in all stages of illness, including health promotion and disease prevention.

All Registered nurses are required to continue their education on an ongoing basis. Documentation of courses completed must be submitted to the licensing authority every 2 years. (in California, it is the BRN.)


Please note: If a student fails out of ANY nursing program for unsafe clinical practice or a violation of professional, legal, or unethical conduct, they may be ineligible for admission to Southwestern College Nursing program.

The Deadline for the incoming cohort (Fall 2015) is January 31, 2015:

  • Students must submit a completed application with unofficial transcripts.
  • Prior to submitting your application, official transcripts must be submitted to the main campus at 900 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91910, directly from your educational institution.
  • You must also have a SWC Student ID # at the time of application.
  • Applications must also be accompanied by a complete physical which includes all immunizations required by hospital and clinical facilities.


Essential Academic Skills

Effective Fall 2007, all ADN, LVN-RN, and LVN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).

TEAS Testing Dates

San Diego State University

School of Nursing Transfer Requirements

This is a diagnostic test that covers basic Math, Reading, and Science. Students who fail to achieve a passing score must complete additional pre-nursing course work as directed by the nursing department. Students may prepare for this test by going to the ATI testing site ( and then go to ASSESSMENTS; go to Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS test will be given by the nursing faculty prior to starting the nursing program at a time set by the nursing department. To be considered for acceptance into the ADN Nursing Program, the student is permitted to take the TEAS Test a maximum of TWICE to achieve the accepted score of 62 or higher.

PASS (NC 118) - a free 24-hour course offered through Continuing Education. This course will assist you to prepare for TEAS-type exams. It also will assist you in remediation if you have not successfully completed the TEAS test. Please contact Continuing Education for further information at (619) 482-6376.

Last updated: 4/29/2014 8:33:13 AM