Requirements for Enrollment in the Registered Nursing Program

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

  1. Proof of a current CPR certificate for health care provider. The American Heart Association's Basic Cardiac Life Support for healthcare providers is required. You are required to submit proof of a current CPR certificate (a copy of the card) only after you have been accepted to the Registered Nursing program and well before the semester begins. Your CPR certification must remain valid during the two-year Registered Nursing program.

  2. Physical health, adequate to demands of practice of nursing. Physical exam provided by your health care provider.

  3. Proof of Immunizations: 2-step PPD (negative) or if PPD is positive, a negative chest x-ray; proof of immunity from Measles, Rubella and Rubeola (positive MMR titers); immunity from Hepatitis B (positive Hepatitis B titer), non-reactive Hepatitis C, immunity from Chicken pox (positive Varicella titer), proof of Tetanus, Diptheria, and attenuated Pertussis (Tdap) injection in the last 10 years (Tdap) and seasonal flu shot. If there is no proof of immunity (negative MMR , Varicella and Hepatitis B titers), then proof of immunizations will be required (series of injections). All immunizations and 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 However, failure to fully disclose may be considered falsification, and will result in offer of enrollment being rescinded and is grounds for immediate termination upon discovery, at any time during enrollment. Per Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) policy, 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. Read the BRN Policy Statement on Denial of Licensure (PDF).

  6. Undergo a urine drug screen. Failure to pass drug urine screening may result in offer of enrollment being rescinded.

For assistance with questions, see the Contact Information for the Registered Nursing Program.