What are the application requirements?

Complete the required courses with a grade of “C” or better: ENG G100 – English Composition or equivalent (English AP score of 3 or higher), PSYC G118 – Life Span Development and COMM G110 – Public Speaking. Complete BIO G220 – Human Anatomy, BIO G225 – Human Physiology, BIO G210 – General Microbiology with a minimum 2.5 GPA for points on the Multi-Criteria Guidelines. (Please note that the science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years). Pass the TEAS with a score of 62% or higher on your FIRST attempt to be eligible to apply. (Visit the ATI website www.atitesting.com to prepare for the TEAS exam). Be in adequate health to perform the duties of a Registered Nurse. A Golden West College student ID# is required to apply to the nursing program. Please refer to the “Admission Information” link on the nursing website.

What is the application process?

Please review the information on our website at www.goldenwestcollege.edu/nursing by scrolling down & clicking on the links and tabs, most of your questions can be answered there. We accept applications in February for Fall admission and in June for Spring admission. We do not maintain a wait-list. Selection is based on meeting the eligibility requirements and the Multi-Criteria Guidelines. Please refer to the “How to Apply” link for the application and detailed instructions.

Does Golden West College offer the TEAS exam? If so, when?

Occasionally, GWC School of Nursing offers the TEAS exam; check the nursing website for dates and times.

What is the application deadline?

Review the “How to Apply” link for the updated filing dates.

What are the minimum points (on the Multi-Criteria Guidelines) required to be accepted?

There is no minimum required point total. The total points of selected applicants changes based on the application pool, therefore, we cannot provide an exact number. The more points you have the more competitive applicant you are.

How are students selected?

All complete applications that are submitted by the deadline are evaluated based on the Multi-Criteria Guidelines. Qualified applicants are ranked based on points earned in the Multi-Criteria. Students with the highest number of points are selected until all spaces in the program are filled. A limited number of alternate applicants are also selected. Students who are eligible to enroll in nursing coursework must submit required paperwork by specified deadlines or their space will be given to an alternate. Qualified applicants who are not selected for entry are encouraged to reapply during the next application period. We do not maintain a wait-list.

Do you have a wait list?

No. Qualified applicants who are not selected for entry are encouraged to reapply during the next application period.

Can I still apply/be accepted into the program if I do not have a clear background (i.e.: DUI, misdemeanor, other criminal conviction)?

Yes, you can still apply to GWC School of Nursing. If you are accepted, you are then required to complete a background check to be eligible to participate in the clinical component. Students currently serving a court-ordered probation may not attend clinical at most hospitals, based on contractual requirements. This may prevent a student from completing the nursing program. If your background is not cleared, you will need to meet with the Director of Nursing to discuss your situation. This is required of all students who have any records. All records must be reported to the Board of Registered Nursing after completion of our program, it doesn’t matter if it was expunged. Please visit the Board of Registered Nursing’s website http://www.rn.ca.gov/ to research which background issues would prohibit you from taking the licensing exam.

**Students who complete the program are not guaranteed the ability to take the licensing exam – that is determined by the BRN**

How much does the program cost?

Approximate cost to start program – $2,643.00
Approximate cost of entire program – $6,320.00

*estimated costs include all materials & fees, books, stethoscope, uniform, tuition, parking, CPR, malpractice insurance, etc.
**Costs subject to change

What does the course curriculum include?

For course curriculum, units, and class descriptions please refer to the GWC catalog by visiting this link: http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/catalog/ (please be advised that all courses are subject to revision). You can also review the School of Nursing Student Handbook for more information.

What clinical sites do you assign students to?

Our clinical contracts are currently with local hospitals close to GWC community and vary each semester.

Are clinical rotations assigned or are any elective?

All clinical rotations are assigned/mandatory; none of the hours are elective.

Is there a simulation lab?


Do you offer an in person orientation for your program and/or application information session?

No, all information regarding the application, eligibility, the selection process, cost, etc.; can be found on our website and online orientation.

Can I make an appointment with someone to discuss the application process?

The application and filing instructions are posted under the “How to Apply” link: www.goldenwestcollege.edu/nursing. Complete the online orientation for more information.

Is there any way I can schedule a counseling session to get more information?

Golden West College School of Nursing does not have a counselor in the office. Contact the Counseling Department – counselors are available to assist you with educational planning, course selections and transcript evaluations.

Is there a course equivalency form to know whether courses I'm taking (or previously have taken) will be equivalent?

Yes, on the website www.goldenwestcollege.edu/nursing click on the “Admission Information” link to view the Course Equivalency Grid listing the acceptable courses within the Region 8 Colleges. For courses taken outside of the Region 8, contact the Counseling Department.

According to the Board of Registered Nursing, I am required to take some additional course(s) (i.e.: OB/Pediatrics; medical/surgical; etc.) Do you offer these courses?

GWC School of Nursing does not currently offer individual nursing courses. All nursing content must be completed in its entirety as a Program.

Do you offer a LVN-RN Bridge Program?

The LVN-RN Career Bridge Program is contingent upon grant funding. If funds are available, the Bridge course is offered during the summer. Please check the website for updated information regarding the program and the application process.

Are courses available evenings, weekends, or online?

No, GWC School of Nursing does not offer evenings, weekends or online courses. The program is a full-time commitment.

What are the current accreditation(s)?

California Board of Registered Nursing www.rn.ca.gov. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing www.acenursing.org. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges www.accjc.org.

What is the difference between ADN and BSN programs?
  • ADN – Associate degrees (two-year programs) are offered at technical schools, community colleges or universities. They focus on the core of nursing information, sciences, and general education to support nursing. These programs provide the foundation to enter the nursing discipline at a beginning level.
  • BSN – Baccalaureate degrees (four-year programs offered at colleges and universities) prepare nurses to provide comprehensive service to individuals, families, groups and communities. These programs are designed to develop critical thinking and nursing skills at a higher level.

*All programs prepare students to sit for the same National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The difference is in the academic degree conferred by the college or university. Many facilities hire RNs from any level; others hire only those with baccalaureate degrees or higher. Most management opportunities go to those with the higher degrees. A baccalaureate degree in nursing is needed to pursue graduate nursing education.

What is the GWC School of Nursing pass rate?

Updated results can be found at: www.rn.ca.gov/schools/passrates scroll down until you see Golden West College