Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the Registered Nursing Program

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. No additional Mandatory Pre-Nursing Orientations will be held.

[Please note: The following questions and answers are only for the generic Registered Nursing Program.]

FAQ for All Nursing Students

Q. Is financial aid available? Are grants and scholarships available?

Contact the Financial Aid Office for information. There are a number of loans, grants, and scholarships available to students interested in nursing. In addition, the NursingScholarship.US website provides scholarship and financial aid resources to students who are preparing for a career in nursing.

Q. How long is the Registered Nursing Program?

Content for the Registered Nursing Program is scheduled in four sequential semesters. See also the Registered Nursing Curriculum Guide.

Each course in the Registered Nursing Program has time each week identified for theoretical content, skills lab activities, and clinical application. Students spend six hours per week in lecture (theory) classes, two-three hours per week in the skills lab, and fifteen hours per week in the clinical setting. Students will also travel to the clinical site the day before their clinical assignment to gather information on their patient assignment for the next day.

Q. Is there a part-time option in the Registered Nursing major?

There is not a "part-time" option once a student is enrolled in the Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program.

Q. Do I need any special supplies for the Registered Nursing Program?

To start the program: A white nursing uniform with the Ohlone College Nursing Program patch and white nursing shoes are worn in most clinical rotations. Students also purchase a lab coat, stethoscope, pen light, nursing scissors, watch with a second hand (or digital), a surgical mask, surgical gloves, splash-proof protective eyewear, textbooks. Many textbooks are available for purchase in the Ohlone College Bookstore as students progress through the program. The cost for these supplies is approximately $1500.

Information about supplies is available in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Q. Are all the classes offered at the Ohlone College Newark Center campus?

The nursing theory courses and the skills labs are held at the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology. Clinical rotations are scheduled at Bay Area hospitals that meet the course learning activities.

Hospital locations include those as far north as Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, as far east as Valley Care in Pleasanton, and as far south as San Jose. Students rotate to a variety of hospitals and may not necessarily be assigned to the hospital that is nearest their home.

Students are not assigned to agencies where they are employed. Students are not assigned to agencies where they or immediate relatives are employed.

Q. What is the difference between the Asociate Degree in Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Both programs prepare the graduate for entry level practice at the bedside and to sit for the licensing exam. Entry level salaries are the same, as are the entry level job descriptions.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) requires two years as a full-time student. Most students take three years to complete the prerequisites and the nursing major coursework. The focus of the ADN is on delivering direct patient care to clients in acute care and community settings. Experiences in basic theory in managing groups of patients is provided.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree requires a minimum of four years of study. The course of study is similar to the ADN program, but the focus is on management of clients and staff in acute and community settings. Additional content and theory is provided in leadership, research, and community health. Many agencies require the BSN of new nurses seeking management positions.

Q. Are the nursing courses transferable to CSU or UC?

Ohlone College Registered Nursing Associate in Science graduates are accepted for advanced placement in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs at San Jose State University, California State University East Bay, San Francisco State University, Holy Names, Samuel Merrit University, and other colleges and universities.

FAQ for Prospective Nursing Students

Q. When can I apply to the Registered Nursing Program?

There is one application period each year to fill spots in both the coming Fall and Spring semesters. Go to Annual Academic Application Cycle for more information.

Q. Do I have to come to a Registered Nursing orientation session before I apply to the Registered Nursing Program?

Yes. Go to Mandatory Pre-Nursing Orientation for Prospective Applicants for the schedule, location, and additional information.

Q. What are my chances of getting into the Registered Nursing Program?

The Registered Nursing Program is limited in the number of students it can admit each year. We have developed a random selection process which assists us to select qualified applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. Students apply to the program each semester. We do not maintain a waitlist. See also Academic Application Cycle.

Q. What are the minimum requirements to apply to the Registered Nursing Program?

Go to the Eligibility Requirements and Checklist.

Q. What grade point average (GPA) is needed to apply to the Registered Nursing Program?

A GPA of 2.7 or above from an accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S. is required.

Q. My grade point average (GPA) is too low. What can I do?

There are a number of courses that are related to nursing that can be taken to improve your GPA. Recommended courses for students applying to the Registered Nursing Program include:

  • AH-110 Medical Terminology
  • AH-151 Applied Clinical Pharmacology

Please see a Counselor for more information about improving your grades.

Q. Do I have to take college-level Chemistry and Introduction to Biology?

Yes. Chemistry (CHEM-109 at Ohlone) and Introduction to Biology (BIOL-130 at Ohlone) are prerequisite courses to Ohlone College's Anatomy and Physiology courses (BIOL-103A and BIOL-103B).

If you have taken this course work at another college, contact the Counseling Department or the Dean of the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division regarding equivalency. If a student has a equivalent Anatomy and Physiology courses from another college, Chemistry and Introduction to Biology are not required.

See also the Eligibility Requirements and Checklist.

Q. What is the new California Community College math requirement?

All Community College students must complete intermediate algebra or a higher-level college math course in order to meet the General Education graduation requirements.

All students who apply for admission to the Registered Nursing Program must have completed Intermediate Algebra (Ohlone College MATH-153 or MATH-155), or any college math course higher than Intermediate Algebra to meet the California Community College Math graduation requirement.

See also the Eligibility Requirements and Checklist.

Q. What other courses support the Registered Nursing major?

Please note this important change to Ohlone’s Registered Nursing Program support courses:

The courses that support the nursing major are:

  • CFS-109 (Nutrition)
  • PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology), and
  • SPCH-101 (Public Speaking) or SPCH-103 (Interpersonal Communication).

All three must be completed prior to applying to the Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program in addition to completion of other required classes on the Eligibility Checklist.

There will be a one time grace period this coming application period (April 1-15, 2012) where in progress support courses will be accepted as long as they are posted to the official sealed transcript, or are listed on an additional page added to the transcript showing in progress course work that is officially verified by the admissions and records department of the college the course(s) is being taken at. All in progress coursework taken during this one-time-only grace period will need to be completed by the end of the Spring 2012 semester.

Students must meet the requirements for the Registered Nursing Associate in Science degree to graduate (see Registered Nursing Curriculum Guide).

Q. What is the ACCUPLACER Test?

Go to ACCUPLACER Test for information.

Q. Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER Test before applying to the Registered Nursing Program?

Maybe. Review the Reading and Math Eligibility Requirements and ACCUPLACER Test for details.

Q. I am a recent high school graduate and have taken one year of chemistry and one year of biology. Do I need to take college-level Chemistry and Biology before applying to the Registered Nursing Program?

Yes, college-level Chemistry and Biology are prerequisites to other courses. See also the Eligibility Requirements and Checklist.

Q. I have recently moved to the U.S. I was enrolled in a foreign university and would like to continue my education here at Ohlone. What should I do?

The Registered Nursing Program does not accept foreign coursework to support the Nursing major (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, developmental psychology). Please check with the Counseling Department regarding math, English, and any other prerequisite or support courses for the Registered Nursing Associate in Science degree.

FAQ for Admitted Nursing Students

Q. I've already been selected through the random selection process. Why do I have to take the English, math and science prediagnostic assessment (TEAS V) before I can enroll in the Registered Nursing Program?

It is a state requirement. You must pass this assessment test before enrolling in the Registered Nursing Program. Go to ATI TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills) for more information.

Q. What else do I have to do before I can enroll in the Registered Nursing Program?

Quite a few things—go to Enrollment Requirements for a list.