Advanced Placement for Military-Trained Healthcare Personnel Policy

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, specifically: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C) may achieve advanced placement into the 2nd semester of the nursing program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of the challenge exams, math exam and skills competency evaluation.

  1. Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, including completion of designated prerequisites and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  2. Acceptance of Military Challenge students into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is contingent upon space availability, skills competency, 75% or above on the Challenge Exams and 100% on the math exam.
  3. Military Challenge students admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program after academic failure at another school will not be eligible for re-entry after academic failure, or withdrawal to avoid academic failure, from the Ohlone College Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  4. Applicant must provide proof of active military service in the last 5 years and honorable discharge.
  5. Military personnel must have at least 1 year experience working as Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C) in the last five years.

Required Courses

The following courses must be completed before applying to the Registered Nursing Program with a grade of C or better. No In-Progress Grade will be accepted. A grade of C- or below will not be accepted in any course. Online or distance education science lab courses are not accepted.

  1. ENGL-101A or equivalent
  2. MATH-153 OR MATH-155 (Intermediate Algebra) or any higher level college math course, or math clearance through the Math Accuplacer Assessment Test
  3. BIOL-103A (Human Anatomy and Physiology) or equivalent within the last 7 years
  4. BIOL-103B (Human Anatomy and Physiology) or equivalent within the last 7years
  5. BIOL-106 (Microbiology) or equivalent within the last 7 years
  6. CFS-109 (Nutrition) or equivalent
  7. PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or equivalent
  8. COMM-111 Public Speaking (formerly SPCH-101) or COMM-113 Interpersonal Communication (formerly SPCH-103)

*(*Refer to the articulation grid for a list of equivalent courses. Courses not listed in the grid should be evaluated for equivalency by an Ohlone College counselor).

Other Requirements

  1. ATI TEAS score of 62% or higher. Only 1 attempt allowed.
  2. Validation of prior knowledge of Nursing Fundamentals, Ohlone Caring Science, and beginning Medical-Surgical nursing by passing tests in these 3 areas with a grade of 75% or higher.
  3. 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.
  4. Pass a beginning level math exam following the nursing program math policy.

Ohlone College Associate Degree General Education Required Courses

Ohlone Nursing Prerequisite coursework fulfill most areas of the General Education breadth requirements for an AS degree in Registered Nursing.

There are two areas that are not covered by nursing prerequisite coursework:

  • AREA III: Fine Arts/Humanities (must complete 3 semester units from Fine Art or Humanities)
  • AREA V: Physical Education/Wellness (must complete two PE activities or one wellness course.

See the current Ohlone Catalog: Ohlone College General Education: Plan A for a list of courses that will satisfy the two areas.

After Admission to the Registered Nursing Program, the Military-Trained Healthcare Personnel must complete these courses with a grade of "C" or better
Course Number Course Title Units
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 Clinical Preceptorship 5


Interested candidate must request an appointment with the Program Director at least eight (8) weeks before the start of semester to discuss eligibility requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

  1. Applicants who may be eligible for advanced placement include those individuals who have satisfactorily completed, within the last five years, education and experience for the following:
    1. Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP)
    2. Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic)
    3. Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C)
  2. Applicants applying for advanced placement must submit the following materials verifying education and experience:
    • Official transcripts from appropriate education program(s), demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience;
    • documentation of experience
  3. After a review of the applicant's documentation, and upon determination that the applicant has the met the educational and experience requirements, as well as the additional nursing program admission requirements, the student will be required to take Nursing Fundamentals, Ohlone Caring Science, and beginning Medical-Surgical nursing exams and pass each exam at 75% or higher.
  4. The applicant will also undergo a competency skills evaluation and pass the basic Math exam per Program policy.
  5. The following materials will be available to the applicant once challenge confirmation is made:
  1. course syllabus, including course objectives;
  2. content outline;
  3. bibliography and textbook lists; and
    1. example of style and format of examination.
  1. Written and skills competency examinations for advanced placement or challenge must be completed four weeks prior to admission to the program, unless waived by the Director of the Nursing Program.
  2. Advanced Placement will be granted if applicant meets minimum requirements equivalent to those required of students enrolled in the actual course.

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:
  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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