Advanced Standing in the Registered Nursing Program (LVNs, Psychiatric Technicians, and Transfer Students and Others)

The Application Period for the Registered Nursing Program is January 15 through March 1 for the following Fall and Spring semesters. See the Annual Academic Application Cycle.

Who is Eligible?

Please note that the Registered Nursing Program is severely impacted and returning Ohlone College nursing students have first priority for placement. It is wise to apply to several programs.

Advanced standing in the Registered Nursing Program is an option for students who fall into one of the following categories:

  1. California Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Military Personnel, and Psychiatric Technicians,
  2. Transfer students from other accredited U.S. college or university nursing programs who have successfully completed courses beyond the first semester within the past three year, and
  3. Other healthcare workers, who by law, are eligible to apply for advanced placement.

Options for Placement

Routes to advanced standing placement are delineated below for those who qualify for entry to the Registered Nursing Program beyond semester one. The point of entry is determined after evaluation by the Nursing Department and is dependent on space availability.

Generic RN Transfer

Students who have successfully completed courses in an accredited U.S. college Registered Nursing Program may receive transfer credit for equivalent course work. Transfer credit is awarded for:

  1. General education courses.
  2. Nursing support courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL-103A and BIOL-103B); Microbiology (BIOL-106); Developmental Psychology (PSY-108); Nutrition (CFS-109) and either COMM 111 (formerly SPCH-101, Public Speaking) or COMM 113 (formerly SPCH-103 Interpersonal Communication). Only courses with a grade of "C" or better are accepted.

Advanced Placement for LVNs

LVNs with a valid California license and one year LVN experience may be admitted to the third semester of the Registered Nursing Program on space-available basis following completion of all required courses and other requirements.

30-unit option for LVNs

In compliance with regulations by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) may seek eligibility for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) without meeting the requirements for an Associate in Science degree by successfully completing the “30-unit option”. Students who select this option will be required to sign a statement of understanding regarding the limitations of this option. Students who select this option are eligible for licensure only in California, and will not be able to attain endorsement for licensure in other states without the AS degree in registered nursing.

Advanced Placement for Psychiatric Technicians

Psych Techs with a valid California license and one year Psych Tech experience may be admitted to the second semester of the Registered Nursing Program on space-available basis following completion of all required courses and other requirements.

Minimum Requirements Prior to Acceptance in the Registered Nursing Program

Generic RN Transfers

  1. Completion of all required general education and prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.
    • Completion of Ohlone College ENGL-101A or equivalent
    • Completion of Ohlone MATH-153 or MATH-155 (Intermediate Algebra) or any higher level college math course
      or
      math clearance from ACCUPLACER Math Assessment Test
    • Completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103A) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • Completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103B) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • Completion of Microbiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-106) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • Completion of CFS-109 (Nutrition) or equivalent
    • Completion of PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or equivalent
    • Completion of COMM 113 (formerly SPCH-101, Public Speaking) or COMM 113 (formerly SPCH-103 Interpersonal Communication) or equivalent
  2. Science (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbology) and English GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  3. Achieve a score of 62% or higher on the ATI TEAS after one (1) attempt.
  4. A written statement that addresses your reasons for seeking admission to the Ohlone College Registered Nursing program.
  5. A statement from the Director of the Nursing program where the student is transferring from outlining why you are leaving the program and verifying that you are academically and personally eligible to continue in that program.

Advanced Placement (LVNs)

  1. Valid California LVN license
  2. One year minimum experience working as an LVN
  3. Completion of all required general education and prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.
    • ENGL-101A or equivalent
    • MATH-153 or MATH-155 (Intermediate Algebra) or any higher level college math course
      or
      math clearance from ACCUPLACER Math Assessment Test
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103A) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103B) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • Microbiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-106) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • CFS-109 (Nutrition) or equivalent
    • PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or equivalent
    • COMM-111 Public Speaking, (formerly SPCH-101) or COMM-113 Interpersonal Communication (formerly SPCH-103) or equivalent.
  4. Completion of an LVN-RN bridge course at any accredited Nursing program. The bridge course must include theory in LVN-RN transition, clinical skills practice and check off, and physical assessment. These classes must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Validation of prior knowledge of Nursing Fundamentals, Medical-Surgical Nursing Level I, and Maternal-Child concepts by passing the Kaplan Integrated tests in these 4 areas (Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing I, OB, and Pediatrics).
  6. Achieve a score of 62% or higher on the ATI TEAS after one (1) attempt.

After Admission to the Registered Nursing Program, the LVN must complete these courses with a grade of “C” or better

Courses to be Completed by LVNs After Admission to Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program
Course Number Course Title Units
Total Nursing Units 20
Total Program Units 20
NUR-304 Nursing Care of the Medical-Surgical Patient II 5
NUR-305 Nursing Care of the Medical-Surgical Patient III 5
NUR-306 Nursing Care of the Mental Health Client and Advanced Gerontologic Care 5
NUR-307 Nursing Leadership and Preceptorship 5

Advanced Placement (Psych Techs)

  1. Valid California Psych Tech license
  2. One year minimum experience working as a Psych Tech.
  3. Completion of all required general education and prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.
    • ENGL-101A or equivalent
    • MATH-153 or MATH-155 (Intermediate Algebra) or any higher level college math course
      or
      math clearance from ACCUPLACER Math Assessment Test
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103A) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103B) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • Microbiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-106) or equivalent within the last 7 years
    • CFS-109 (Nutrition) or equivalent
    • PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or equivalent
    • COMM-111 Public Speaking (formerly SPCH-101) or COMM-113 Interpersonal Communication (formerly SPCH-103) or equivalent
  4. Completion of Pysch Tech bridge course taken at any accredited school in the state of California.
  5. Validation of prior knowledge of Nursing Fundamentals and beginning Medical-Surgical nursing by passing the Kaplan tests in these 2 areas
  6. Validation of basic nursing skills, complete physical assessment, medication administration (all routes), written application of the nursing process, concept mapping/pathophysiology diagramming, and other skills deemed essential to be able to start in the second semester of the program
  7. Pass a drug dosage calculations tests according to the Nursing Program’s math policy
  8. Achieve a score of 62% or higher on the ATI TEAS after one (1) attempt.

After Admission to the Registered Nursing Program, the Psych Tech must complete these courses with a grade of “C” or better

Courses to be Completed by Psych Techs After Admission to Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program
Course Number Course Title Units
Total Nursing Units 28
Total Program Units 28
NUR-303 Nursing Care of Women and Children 8
NUR-304 Nursing Care of the Medical-Surgical Patient II 5
NUR-305 Nursing Care of the Medical-Surgical Patient III 5
NUR-306 Nursing Care of the Mental Health Client and Advanced Gerontologic Care 5
NUR-307 Nursing Leadership and Preceptorship 5

Getting Started

Students seeking to transfer into the Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program from another nursing program must be in good standing with their previous program. Each request will be reviewed individually and placement made as spaces are available. Make an appointment with the Registered Nursing Program Director at (510) 742-3116. Bring your transcripts, and a course syllabi for each course completed with a grade of "C" or better in your nursing program within the past three years. Course syllabi will be reviewed for equivalency.

LVNs who have completed a program in a U.S. accredited college, with a California LVN license, may request transfer into the third semester of the Registered Nursing Program. Placement is made on space-available basis.

Psych Techs who have completed a program in a U.S. accredited college, with a California Psych Tech license, may request transfer into the second semester of the Registered Nursing Program. Placement is made on space-available basis.

Application Procedure

Generic Transfers

  1. Make an appointment with a Registered Nursing Counselor for assistance with the Academic Evaluation process.
  2. Complete the Advanced Standing Application (PDF) and return to the Health Sciences Division Office at the Newark Center campus at least 6 weeks before the start of the semester for which you are seeking admittance with:
    1. Copies of sealed official transcripts from previous colleges.
    2. Syllabi of registered nursing courses successfully completed.
    3. Letter indicating your reasons for seeking admission to the Ohlone College nursing program.
    4. Letter from the director of the previous nursing program verifying that you are academically and personally eligible to continue in that program.
    5. Advanced Standing Nursing Student Academic Evaluation (PDF) signed by counselor.
  3. Submit college application to the Admissions and Records Office.

LVNs

Selection Process

Generic Transfers

Applications are reviewed to verify:

  • Completion of required or equivalent courses with grade of “C” or better.
  • Overall college GPA 2.7.
  • Review of nursing course equivalency.
  • Verification of good standing in previous RN program from program director.

The Ohlone nursing program reserves the right to obtain information surrounding the circumstances under which the student exited the previous nursing program. If the exit involved lack of patient safety or a break of ethics or misconduct without remediation, the student may be denied admission or admitted with conditions. The conditions will be clearly communicated to the student before the first day of class.

Students who have previously failed a nursing course in another nursing program will be subject to the conditions of the Ohlone College nursing program readmission policy. The policy states that a second failure will result in ineligibility for readmission to the nursing program. The failure from the previous nursing program will be considered the first failure. A failure in any nursing course in the Ohlone College nursing program will be considered the second failure and thus render the student ineligible to continue.

LVNs

Applications are reviewed to verify:

  • Completion of required or equivalent courses with grade of "C" or better.
  • Overall college GPA 2.7.
  • Valid LVN license in California and proof of at least one year experience working as an LVN.
  • Passing ATI competency test scores in Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Nursing Care of Children, and Maternal-Newborn Nursing.

Psych Techs

  • Completion of required or equivalent courses with grade of "C" or better.
  • Overall college GPA 2.7.
  • Valid Pysch Tech license in California and proof of at least one year experience working as a Psych Tech.
  • Satisfactory completion of Psych Tech bridge course from an accredited school in California.
  • Passing competency test scores in Fundamentals of Nursing and level 1 Medical-Surgical Nursing.
  • Satisfactory demonstration of selected skills required for admission to the second semester of the nursing program.

Generic Transfers and LVNs/Psych Techs

Incomplete applications will be removed from the pool. Final acceptance is based on space availability. Returning Ohlone College nursing students have priority for available spaces. Applications are not kept from semester to semester.

Applicants will be notified within 20 working days and questions regarding application status may be directed to the Health Sciences Division Office at (510) 742-3100. The Director of the Registered Nursing Program will accept written appeals from applicants not admitted within 7 working days from the date of denial of admission.

Requirements for Enrollment in the Registered Nursing Program

Once a student has been accepted to the Registered Nursing Program, the student must meet the following requirements before enrolling in classes.

  1. Physical exam provided by your health care provider. Physical health, adequate to demands of practice of nursing.
  2. Essential physical and sensory competencies required to function safely in a variety of clinical setting: extended walking and standing daily; ability to grasp, push and/or pull; ability to bend and stoop; moving quickly in response to an emergency; using upper body movements; ability to reach; carrying and moving equipment; reaching and/or lifting; vision that allows detecting physical changes; hearing that allows responding to physical and verbal cues; a sense of touch that allows for assessment and palpation. Your health care provider will be asked to complete our required form and attest to your abilities with these physical and sensory requirements. If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfill these requirements, please contact Disabled Students Programs and Services: Phone #: (510) 659-6079; email: dsps@ohlone.edu.
  3. Proof of Immunizations: 2-step PPD (negative) or if PPD is positive, a negative chest x-ray; proof of vaccinations or immunity from Measles, Rubella and Rubeola (positive MMR titers); proof of vaccinations and immunity from Hepatitis B (positive Hepatitis B titer); proof of vaccinations or immunity from Chicken pox (positive Varicella titer); proof of non-reactive Hepatitis C; proof of Tetanus, Diptheria, and attenuated Pertussis (Tdap) injection in the last 5 years (Tdap) and seasonal flu shot. All immunizations and/or titers must be current and up-to-date prior to the first day of class.
  4. Sign the Nursing Student Conduct Disclosure.
  5. Undergo a criminal background check. Students must pass a background check upon acceptance into the nursing program. Existence of convictions will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from enrollment. However, failure to fully disclose may be considered falsification, and will result in offer of enrollment being rescinded and is grounds for immediate termination upon discovery, at any time during enrollment. Students accepted into the nursing program are required to disclose “any crime” (misdemeanor or felony including motor vehicle or driving violations with fines exceeding $1000) incurred prior to the program start date or if any such crimes occur throughout enrollment in the program. “Crimes” must be reported whether or not they have been expunged. Such offenses may be grounds for immediate dismissal. The student must discuss any potential issue with the Director of the Nursing Program. ?Students should be aware of the provisions of the California Nurse Practice Act which requires the Board of Registered Nursing to review the history of previous misdemeanor and felony convictions. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts, which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, functions, or duties.
  6. Undergo a urine drug screen. Failure to pass drug urine screening may result in offer of enrollment being rescinded.
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