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

The Application Period for the Registered Nursing Program is January 15 through March 1, 2015 for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 admissions. 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) 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: Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL-103A and BIOL-103B); Microbiology (BIOL-106); Developmental Psychology (PSY-108); Nutrition (CFS-109) and either SPCH-101 (Public Speaking) or 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.
    • Reading Clearance:
    • 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 Anatomy with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103A) or equivalent
    • Completion of Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103B) or equivalent
    • Completion of Microbiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-106) or equivalent
    • Completion of CFS-109 (Nutrition) or equivalent
    • Completion of PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or equivalent
    • Completion of SPCH-101 (Public Speaking) or SPCH-103 (Interpersonal Communication) or equivalent
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher from the most recent 60 units completed.
  3. Achieve a score of 62 or higher on the ATI TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
  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.
    • Reading Clearance:
    • 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 Anatomy with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103A) or equivalent
    • Completion of Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103B) or equivalent
    • Completion of Microbiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-106) or equivalent
    • Completion of CFS-109 (Nutrition) or equivalent
    • Completion of PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or equivalent
    • Completion of SPCH-101 (Public Speaking) or SPCH-103 (Interpersonal Communication) or equivalent
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher from the most recent 60 units completed
  5. Completion of Chabot College theory and lab bridge courses (N-70 LVN-RN Transitions; and N-70L Clinical skills practice and assessment lab) with a grade of "C" or better.
  6. Validation of prior knowledge of Nursing Fundamentals and Maternal-Child concepts by passing the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) tests in these 3 areas (Fundamentals of Nursing, Nursing Care of Children, and Maternal-Newborn Nursing).
  7. Achieve a score of 62 or higher on the ATI TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

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.
    • Reading Clearance:
    • 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 Anatomy with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103A) or equivalent
    • Completion of Physiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-103B) or equivalent
    • Completion of Microbiology with lab (Ohlone BIOL-106) or equivalent
    • Completion of CFS-109 (Nutrition) or equivalent
    • Completion of PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or equivalent
    • Completion of SPCH-101 (Public Speaking) or SPCH-103 (Interpersonal Communication) or equivalent
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher from the most recent 60 units completed
  5. Completion of Pysch Tech bridge course taken at any accredited school in the state of California.
  6. Validation of prior knowledge of Nursing Fundamentals and beginning Medical-Surgical nursing by passing the HESI tests in these 2 areas
  7. 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
  8. Achieve a score of 62 or higher on the ATI TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

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

  • Make an appointment with a Registered Nursing Counselor for assistance with the Academic Evaluation process.
  • 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. Transcript should include completion of N-70 and N-70L at Chabot College with a grade of "C" or better.
    3. Copy of current license.
    4. Results of three ATI tests sent to the Registered Nursing Program (Fundamentals of Nursing, Nursing Care of Children, Maternal-Newborn Nursing).
    5. Advanced Standing Nursing Student Academic Evaluation (PDF) signed by counselor.
  • Submit college application to the Admissions and Records Office.

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.
  • Satisfactory completion of bridge courses (N-70 and N-70L at Chabot College).
  • Passing ATI competency test scores in Fundamentals of Nursing, 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 HESI 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

All students who are admitted to the Registered Nursing Program are required to provide the following before the first day of class:

  • Provide proof of current American Heart Basic Cardiac Life Support card for health care providers that must not expire during the entire nursing program.
  • Proof of physical and mental health as required by the profession and current immunizations and titers.
  • Undergo a mandatory criminal background check as mandated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC).
  • Undergo a mandatory urine drug screen.

Note: In accordance with Regulation 480 of the Board of Registered Nursing, if you have been convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation, you may not qualify to be licensed as a registered nurse. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN), PO Box 94421, Sacramento, California 94244-2100 or check their website at www.rn.ca.gov.

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