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* ATTENTION NURSING APPLICANTS 2020-2021 application cycle*

FIRST: In order to be in alignment with recommendations and mandates set forth from the CDC to reduce the rapid transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus, the nursing department is currently working remotely. Therefore, we appreciate your patience during this challenging time in our response rate to your questions and concerns. We are monitoring our voice mails and emails closely and responding; however, response rates may take a couple of days. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding.

SECOND: Schools have made drastic changes in a proactive approach towards slowing the spread of the Coronavirus and to keep our students and staff safe. We are currently working hard to keep continuity of nursing classes and clinicals for our current students. Enrolled, continuing cohorts need to remain our priority at this time. However, we would like to assure you that if you submitted an application for admission by the March 16th, 2020 deadline, we have your application! We are currently screening and processing these applications through our normal process.


THIRDLY: The Nursing Program continues to be heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our surrounding hospitals, clinics, and community clinical partners.It has negatively effected the number of clinical training spots available for nursing students. Without ample training locations/placements, the nursing program will need to exert our efforts on our currently enrolled student cohorts and their progression towards graduation. The program will need to modify its enrollment numbers and application process for the 2020-2021 academic term. Therefore:

1) All applications received in the January - March 2020 application cycle have been received, reviewed, and evaluated.

2) Fall 2020 admissions were completed in July 2020.

3) Spring 2021 admissions were selected September 14th, 2020, and emails were sent to the applicant's email listed on the application. The program intends on admitting a reduced class size (~30 students) in January 2021. Please check your email inbox, spam, and trash to be sure that this is not missed. Reply by Friday, September 25th, 2020. We will also follow up with a phone call by the deadlines date.

4) Once all Spring 2021 admits have been notified and have accepted, then all other applicants from this application cycle will be notified by regular mail of their non-acceptance for the 2020-2021 academic year. HOWEVER, all applicants will be given the opportunity to move their application forward for selection for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 cohorts.

5) Due to the ongoing pandemic concerns, its effect on the enrollment and progression of the students in the program, and the campus working remotely this academic year, it is the decision of the nursing program that we will NOT have an application cycle in January - March 2021. We will not take any new applications until January 2022 (for any option of entry into the program). Therefore, the enrollment cohorts for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 will be made from the current applications with which the program has.



  • Review the Technical Standards and Essential Functions to ensure that Nursing is a career for you. (left toolbar)
  • Review the Nursing Program Information Packet and Admission Requirements (left toolbar). This will provide you with essential information regarding coursework, gpa requirements, and timelines.
  • Make an appointment with a Health Occupations Counselor and/or attend a General Nursing Workshop with Counseling. (online currently - workshops continue this fall)
  • Take Nursing 3 course in Spring semester to see if Nursing is "for you".
  • Obtain healthcare volunteer hours during this time.
  • Complete the required science pre-requisites
  • Study for and take the ATI TEAS Examination

PRE-NURSING STUDENTS TAKING PRE-REQUISITE COURSEWORK: With the entire campus being taught remotely through Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020, all science prerequisite courses will be held on-line. Our campus will not be alone in these changes. Many of the community college campuses will also be remote. As a result, the Nursing Department has made a decision to accept on-line courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English) that are completed in the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 terms. HOWEVER, nursing students cannot submit "Pass/No Pass" as grades for these courses. Due to the prerequisite gpa requirements fro admission, as well as the points allocated through the MultiSelective Criterion for these grades, it is necessary that pre-nursing students take all science pre-requisite courses for letter grades. Therefore, when enrolling for a science pre-requisite course, please request the instructor to provide you with a grade option.

MATH REQ: The program understands that some pre-nursing students may have taken Math 75 for proficiency requirements. However, in order to appropriately prepare our nursing students for transfer to BSN programs, the program will encourage and require students to take Math 80. Completion of Math 75 in fall 2021 or later will not be acceptable for applying to the Cerritos College Nursing program.

NURSING PROGRam approval / accreditation:

The Cerritos College Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing

Board of Registered Nursing

California Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-21100
Phone: (916) 322-3350

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Cerritos College, located in Norwalk, CA, is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 Phone- 404-975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Cerritos College was Continual Accreditation (in 2013).

National Accreditation


"Option A" - Associate in Arts Degree
"Option B" -LPT-ADN Mobility Program
"Option C" -LVN-ADN Mobility Program
"Option D" -LVN 30 Unit Option
"Option E" -Transfer and Challenge
"Option F" -Board of Registered Nursing Referral
For "Options C and D" - Work Verification Form

*Applicants for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle need to reference the Fall 2019 Nursing Information Packet and must utilize the revised Option A Application (2020-2021 Cycle)

(not the 2019-2020application)


*For OPTION A students only

The Cerritos College Nursing Program accepts applications once a year, from January 1 - March 15th, for the following academic year. Applications for the 2020 - 2021 academic year will be accepted beginning in January 2020. The nursing program will be utilizing a Blended Admission Process using a combination of: 1) Multiselective Criterion Admission Process and 2) Random Selection (Lottery) (began with the January 2019 application period).

All applicants will be given points according the Multiselective Criterion Tool. The program will configure the points for all applicants and the first 50% of admission seats for the 2020-2021 academic year will be filled with the top point applicants. The remaining applicants will be placed into a random selection process (lottery) and the next 50% of admission seats will be filled with the top students in the random selection.

The Multiselective Criterion Admission Process (for Option A Applications) will take into consideration the following:

  1. Grade Point Average (overall and in the sciences)
  2. Previous Academic Degree
  3. Recency of Prerequisites
  4. TEAS Scores
  5. Relevant Healthcare Experience
  6. Volunteer Hours
  7. Life Experiences
  8. Veteran Status
  9. Second Languages

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