Nursing FAQs


What is the difference between ADN and BSN programs?
Is the program accredited?
What is the GWC School of Nursing pass rate?
Do you offer an in-person orientation for your program and/or application information session?
What is the TEAS?
What is the difference for TEAS test scores (Unofficial vs. Official)?
Does Golden West College offer the TEAS exam? If so, when?
Is there any way I can schedule a counseling session to get more information?
I already have RN from another program and 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?
Can students dual enroll with another university?

Application and Selection Questions

What is the application process?
What is the application deadline?
How many applications do you receive?
Do you have a waitlist?
How are students selected?
How many students are admitted into the program each semester?
How many alternates get accepted into cohort?
If I am an alternate, do I need to begin my clinical requirements?
Do I need to provide my history of immunizations and health record during the application process?
When do you accept Transfers?
If transferring from another nursing program, is there opportunity for advanced placement?
What is the difference between a transfer student and new applicant?
Can I still apply/be accepted into the program if I do not have a clear background (i.e.: DUI, misdemeanor, other criminal conviction)?
Can I make an appointment with someone to discuss the application process?

Requirements and Multi-Criteria Questions

Can I apply with prerequisite courses in progress?
Do I need a Social Security Number or ITIN to apply?
Do my completed courses have to match the required Academic and Science requirements for acceptance into the nursing program?
How do I know whether the courses I am taking (or previously have taken) will be equivalent?
Where should I look to find out if my courses are equivalent to the required courses based on the multi-criteria guidelines?
What are the minimum points (on the Multi-Criteria Guidelines) required to be accepted?
Science course seven years recency, does it start when I apply or when I start the program?
Can I apply if my BIO GPA is below 2.5?
How do I complete the GPA table if my biology lecture and lab are separate in the application?
If I received a C- in my required coursework, will it deem me as an ineligible applicant?
Do I need to apply to the college before I submit my official transcripts from other schools?
If I applied in the past, do I need to resubmit my official transcripts?
Will I be considered ineligible for the application period if my official transcripts are received after the deadline?
What needs to be submitted to be eligible second language point criteria?
Does German count or any other languages not listed on Multi-Criteria Guidelines?
Is Nursing G101 part of the nursing program? Does it count toward the multi-criteria guidelines?
Does volunteer and work experience expire?
What is direct patient care?
What is considered a volunteer setting?
Does helping a sick relative count as direct patient care?

Program Questions

What does the course curriculum include?
Are courses available evenings, weekends, or online?
What is a nursing students weekly schedule like?
How much does the program cost?
Is there a simulation lab?
What clinical sites do you assign students to?
Are clinical rotations assigned or are any elective?
What are the clinical requirements for the program? What can I do to be prepared?
Do you offer a LVN-RN Bridge Program?
Is the 30 Unit Option for Licensed Vocational Nurses offered at GWC?


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