How to Apply

Nursing Program Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in the Golden West College Registered Nurse (RN) program. 


To be eligible to apply for admission to the nursing program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of admission.

  • Completion of 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

    • COMM G110 Public Speaking.

  • Completion of the sciences courses with a minimum of 2.5 or higher GPA for points on the Multi-Criteria Guidelines.  Science courses must be completed within the last 7 years.

    • BIO G220 Human Anatomy

    • BIO G225 Human Physiology

    • BIO G210 General Microbiology 

  •  Pass the ATI TEAS with a score of 62% or higher on your first attempt to be eligible to apply.

    • If you do not receive a minimum score of 62%, you must wait 365 days from the date of your first attempt to retake the test.

    • The TEAS test can be taken at any testing site.

    • Print the ATI TEAS Exam Report and upload to the online application. 

      •  Note:  ATI TEAS V results are not accepted effective February 2017.

  • Review and acknowledge the Online Nursing Orientation Modules.

  • Be in adequate physical, mental and emotional health to perform the functions of a Registered Nurse. Requirements are detailed in the college catalog  

    • Health requirements must be cleared to complete the nursing program's clinical training.
  • Have a GWC Student ID # and CCCD email address.

  • Submit official transcripts to the Admissions and Record by of the last day of the application filing period.

    • Failure to submit complete official transcripts will void your application.

  • Please review the Course Equivalency Grid listing the acceptable courses.

Students admitted into the Nursing Program must complete clinical training hours at our affiliated healthcare agencies. All clinical health requirements must be completed prior to the program start date:

  • Have a clear background check for the last 7 years. (no criminal or civil records)

Review the BRN website for background concerns prohibiting a graduated nurse to be eligible for the State RN Licensure Examination. Link to BRN FAQs regarding prior convictions and disciplinary actions and webinar

  • Have a clear urine drug screening.

  • Titer and immunizations per the health agency requirements and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

  • A Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is required by the Board of Registered Nursing to be eligible for the State Licensing Examination.

Transcript Evaluation

Please review the Course Equivalency Grid for local Community Colleges: If you do not see your course listed there then you may need to request a transcript evaluation.

If you need to request a transcript evaluation, you must have a Student ID# from one of the Coast Community College District Colleges: Golden West College, Coastline College or Orange Coast College. Official Transcripts must be on file at Admissions and Records. Please review the A&R website for instructions on how to send Official Transcripts. DO NOT send them to the School of Nursing: Please click on the Transcript Evaluation link.  Please allow two to four weeks for your evaluation to be completed. You will receive a notification once your evaluation is complete.

Fill out the Application

Attach unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended to your application including GWC, OCC and Coastline, even if the coursework is not being applied toward the nursing program. Highlight the 6 required courses and any earned degrees. Note: All foreign transcripts must be translated by an official agency prior to filing an application to the Nursing Program. This is mandatory to evaluate equivalency of both high school education and college courses, if not translated it will not be eligible for review.

  • Complete the Online Nursing Application.

  • Upload all supporting documentation as indicated. 

  • All documents submitted with your application cannot be returned.

  • Applications submitted after the filing deadline and incomplete applications is ineligible for processing and voided.

  • Send all official transcripts separately to Admissions and Records by the last day of the application filing date.

    • Failure to complete this process results in an incomplete application. All incomplete application is ineligible for processing. 

    • Graduates of the Coast District (GWC, OCC, and Coastline Colleges) do not need to submit official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

Filing your Application

Spring 2022 Admission: CLOSED

The Spring 2022 application is currently under review.  Notifications for the Spring 2022 admission is scheduled to be sent in mid-October 2021.

* Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be offering individual review of applications.  Please do not call the nursing office to discuss your application.

Apply Here

Mail Official Transcripts to: 

Golden West College
Attn: Admissions & Records
15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647 

Electronic Transcripts: Official transcripts may be submitted electronically to Admissions and Records from your sending institution via PDF. The transcripts must be sent directly from the sending institutions authorized agent to GWC will not accept forwarded transcripts from the student. 

Admission Selection

  • Qualified applications are reviewed for points accuracy in accordance to the supporting documents, transcripts and the Multi-Criteria Guidelines.

  • All qualified application are ranked based on highest total points earned on the application. 

  • Admission is awarded to applications with the highest points for the total number of cohort space available.  A limited number of alternate applicants are also selected in the event of a cancellation. 

All admitted students must complete and submit the required program documents by the specified deadlines.

   -  Failure to complete this process will award their cohort space to an alternate.

Qualified applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply during the next application period.

The program does not maintain a wait-list.