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

  3. 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 at phone (510) 659-6079 or email

  4. 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.

  5. Sign the Nursing Student Conduct Disclosure.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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