Southwestern College

Program Updates

  • ADN 140 Reading and Composition for Nursing and Allied Health Occupations (3 Units). The  English  requirement  for Nursing has decreased from 4 units to 3 units. All prospective students are required to complete ADN 140 (3 units). Equivalent English coursework will be accepted (i.e. English 115, 4 units).
  • Sciences: Anatomy is 4 units , Physiology is 4 units, Microbiology is 4 units (all must have a Lab). ONLINE SCIENCE LAB COURSES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  
  • TEAS version 6: Passing score 62
    • Important Note regarding TEAS: If you plan on submitting your application between October 3, 2016 and January 31, 2017, with a passing score using Version 5, it will be accepted. However, once you have taken Version 6 we will only accept TEAS Version 6. Beginning March 1, 2017, Version 6 will be mandatory. NO EXCEPTIONS.

About Registered Nurses


A Registered Nurse has completed a minimum of two years of a specific nursing 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 Board of Registered Nursing.)

Application Process

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's Nursing Program.

The application period for Fall 2017 is October 3, 2016 at 9:00 am - January 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm.

  • Students must submit a complete application with unofficial transcripts.
  • Prior to submitting your application, official transcripts must be submitted directly from your educational institution to the SWC Admissions & Records Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
  • You must also have a current SWC Student ID # at the time of application.
  • Applications must also be accompanied by a complete physical exam and up-to-date immunizations documented on Nursing Department forms (download form from website).

Test of Essential Academic Skills

All ADN, LVN-RN, and LVN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). For more information on the TEAS test and available test dates, please click on the TEAS Testing link on the sidebar. TEAS version 6 will be required as of March 1, 2017. Please refer to "Program Updates" above for more information regarding TEAS for the current application period.

San Diego State University

School of Nursing Transfer Requirements: ADN students

San Diego State University Partnership

For more information on SDSU's Nursing Programs and transfer options/requirements, click on the link in the box on the right hand side. 

Programs available at SDSU are:

  • BS in Nursing
  • RN to BSN
  • MS in Nursing
  • LVN to RN
Last updated: 10/17/2016 9:37:46 AM