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Registered Nurse Application Process

APPLICATION CYCLE OPENS FOR OPTION A (GENERIC): 

JANUARY 3, 2023 - FEBRUARY 15, 2023 

Apply To BE A PART OF OUR NURSING FALCON FAMILY!

 

Nursing Option A: Application Video  

Option A applicants must watch the video tutorial for assistance with completing the application. If after watching the video, you have questions that were not addressed you may attend an application drop-in session with counseling for quick questions on a first come first serve basis.  For drop-in session dates and times please visit the Counseling website in December.  

 

ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY.

*OPTION A (Generic):

Applicants are evaluated according to the number of points accrued in the areas designated in this MultiSelective Criterion (see application). Applicants are ranked according to points accrued. The nursing program will fill the first 50% of admission seats with the top point scorers. In case of a tie, a lottery draw will be utilized for selection. The remaining applicants will be placed into a Random Selection (Lottery) process and the next 50% of admission seats will be filled through the lottery. The nursing program will then maintain a list of alternates who will be utilized to fill admission seats, as needed, for applicants who do not end up enrolling. The Alternate List will be utilized for enrollment for that academic year only.  The nursing program does not keep an ongoing alternate list / waitlist from year to year.   Once all applications have been reviewed, the selections will be made using the Blended Selection approach (50% points / 50% lottery). That application cycle is to secure the new nursing student admissions for the following fall and spring terms.  Applicants not admitted will need to reapply the following application cycle. Application cycle is only once a year, from January to February. 

  • A&P 150, A&P 151, ENGL 100, and MICR 200 with GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Only ONE of the prerequisite courses (A&P 150, A&P 151, ENGL 100, MICR 200) can be repeated for a grade of “C” or higher.  Two or more repeated prerequisites due to grades of “D” or “F” will disqualify the applicant.   
  • If an applicant repeats a prerequisite for "recency" but passed the prerequisite with a “C” or higher the first time taken, that is not considered a “repeat prerequisite”. This is fine. 
  • 6-year recency on all prerequisites is highly recommended, not required. 
  • TEAS 7 Exam with 62% or higher (TEAS 6 exam taken in past 365 days will be accepted in this cycle)

 

FOLLOW APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS CLOSELY!

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
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OPTION A  APPLICATION

 

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED?
Applications are received from January - February. 

Screenings and Selections will occur from February - May.

Notification of admission to the program will be done by late-May. 

Mandatory Orientation will be in late June.

During the orientation, important information is discussed regarding the registration process, course demands in the program, time management, college support systems, financial aid, veterans support, health requirements, background checks, drug screens, immunization records, textbooks, uniforms, and other required items.

Applicants who do not gain enrollment must reapply the following application cycle. Any new coursework, repeat TEAS Score (greater than 365 days), work experience, etc. should be reflected in the new application.

 

OPTIONS C/D (LVN-RN TRANSITION):

Applicants applying to the nursing program under one of the other options, other than A, will be screened and evaluated individually.  These applicants are NOT admitted utilizing the Multiselective Criterion Tool or any other point based system.   Applicants will complete the required prerequisites for their program option and then will fill in the Application for Options C/D (not A).  Applicants will turn in the application and supporting documents electronically, after the last required course is completed and the grade is posted on the transcript.  Applicants do not need to wait for January to apply.   As your application is received and evaluated, you will be notified from the Director of Nursing if there are deficiencies, questions, or areas of necessary clarification.   You will be selected for admission based on seats available.  You will be notified on an individual basis.   *Option C/D applicants often have a waiting period of 2-3 semesters for enrollment. 

OPTION C/D APPLICATION
WORK VERIFICATION FORM 

 

OPTION B  LPT - RN Mobility;  OPTION E - TRANSFER; OPTION F - BRN REFERRAL:

Submit an inquiry email FIRST to Nursing-Apps@cerritos.edu explaining your situation.  The Nursing Director will review your inquiry and will reach out to you with further instructions. These application options are managed individually. 

**Please note: Incomplete applications, or those submitted in an incorrect format or with a file size that is too large will not be accepted. The college server will not deliver any files larger than 10 MB in size and will not notify the sender that their e-mail was not delivered.  To ensure that your application is received, please open and read each link carefully to view the entire application process. Follow the instructions exactly. Once you have submitted your application successfully to Nursing-Apps@cerritos.edu, you should receive a confirmation e-mail reply. 

Applicants are not considered according to date and time turned in; therefore, applicants who turn in their application packet on January 3 have no advantage over an applicant who turns in their application packet February 15.  All application packets must be COMPLETE when submitted. Applicants will NOT be allowed to resubmit the application or more material or documents.  If vital documents are missing, the application will be disqualified.  It is the applicant's responsibility to assure the application is complete, not the secretarial staff, nor Counseling, nor the Director of Nursing.  Submit ALL required documents with appropriate headings as instructed.

Once the application cycle is complete, all applications will be reviewed for completeness, eligibility, qualifications, and criterion points.  Applications not meeting basic requirements OR missing components of the application, will be disqualified.

 

UPON ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM, STUDENTS MUST:

1) Be in adequate health to perform the duties of a nurse. Students who are admitted are required to have a physical examination prior to admission into the nursing program. In addition, students need to be aware of the Technical Standards / Essential Functions required in the profession. Students must be able to meet these demands. The department HIGHLY encourages prospective applicants to view these prior to choosing this career path.

2) Submit all current and updated health records that show immunizations to:   MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Influenza (Flu), and COVID + Booster.  *Students cannot be placed in clinical sites without COVID vaccination. The program also requires a current Tdap and a  2-step TB test and/or Chest Xray. Students must also complete BLS CPR for the HealthCare Provider course every two years.  These requirements must be met.

3) Provide a Social Security Card or a TIN.

4) Complete and pass a Background Check and a Urine Drug test. *Although marijuana is now legal in California, applicants must drug screen negative to enter the program. This is required by all clinical sites.

 

REVIEW THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM OPTIONS TO BE SURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT OPTION FOR YOU:

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