Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

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).

Program Outcomes

ADN Program Outcomes (PDF)

Military Credit

For more information about military credit for previous coursework and experience for nursing and health occupation programs, open the SWC ADN Student Handbook (PDF).

Application Process

The application period for Fall 2020: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9:00 am - Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 am

Update: Student Education Plan's (SEP) will be accepted until February 12, 2020 (after the January 31 program deadline to apply)

  • Students must submit a complete application packet which includes unofficial transcripts, SWC Nursing Department physical exam and immunization form; up-to-date immunization records; titer results (if applicable); TB test results; and flu shot record.
  • Prior to submitting your application, official transcripts from previously attended college(s) must be submitted directly from your former educational institution to: SWC Admissions & Records Office at 900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
  • You must also have a current SWC Student ID # and SWC email account at the time of application.
  • Download ADN Application and SWC Nursing Department physical exam/immunization forms from nursing website (click the Admissions Procedures button below).

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.

TEAS Testing

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.

San Diego State University Partnership

For more information on SDSU's Nursing Programs and transfer options/requirements, view the SDSU School of Nursing Transfer Requirements

Programs available at SDSU are:

  • BS in Nursing
  • RN to BSN
  • MS in Nursing
  • LVN to RN