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Special COVID-19 Updates

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Admissions & Cost

Students are admitted to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN/RN) and Step-Up LVN to ADN Program using the Multi-Criteria Points Formula. Once the program prerequisites and other requirements are completed, you may submit your application with all required documentation during the designated application period.

Submit your application by U.S. Mail only to: Southwestern College, Attention: Nursing & Health Occupation Programs, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mail delivery is the only option until further notice (updated 7/13/20). 

Letters of acceptance will be emailed to SWC email accounts after the application deadline and after all applications have been reviewed. Notifications will not be sent to personal email accounts. Applicants who are accepted into the program will NOT be able to postpone their acceptance and will need to reapply if they defer acceptance.

Spring 2021 Applications

Important note: the Step Up class in 2021 will begin in spring semester, and not during the summer as it had in previous years. Program applications will be accepted during the dates indicated below due to change in program start date. 

Application Period for Spring 2021: July 1, 2020 at 9am - September 10, 2020 at 12 pm

Please reference the checklist which accompanies the program application for a complete list of all application packet materials.

Note: if a student fails out of ANY nursing program for unsafe clinical practice or a violation of professional, legal, or unethical conduct, the student may be ineligible for admission to Southwestern College Nursing Program.


Important update regarding applications due to COVID-19 (PDF) updated 7/13/20

Approximate Cost

The total cost of the Step-Up Program is currently estimated to be approximately $4,810 to $5,307.

The greatest direct expense is at the beginning of the program. Textbooks, instructional supplies and uniforms are the major cost items. Living expenses and cost of transportation to campus and clinical facilities are not included in this estimated cost nor are the prerequisite or general education courses for the degree. The above costs include testing services provided by ATI. Students are required to pay approximately $613 per semester for testing services provided by ATI. 

Financial assistance is available to cover program costs. Visit the SWC Financial Aid website for information, applications for FAFSA, the California College Promise Grant (CCPG, formerly the BOG Fee Waiver) and scholarships. An application for assistance should be made early with the Financial Aid Office. It is recommended that nursing students not work more than 20 hours per week.