Admission Requirements & Application


  • Click here to download Applicant Eligibility flyer above.

To find out if your BIO courses will be acceptable, please contact the Science Division or email them at


Applications are accepted twice a year usually in February for fall entry and September for spring entry. There is no limit to the amount of times you can apply. We do not have a waiting list. Admission to our RN program is based on the Saddleback College ADN Program Multi-criteria for Enrollment. Those with the highest points will be invited into the program. Competitive points can range from 80+. However, the point cut off varies each application period.

Spring 22 entry application period is now closed. Last day to apply was on 9/14. All notifications were sent out October 1st, 2021 through your Submittable account.

Our next application period will be held in February 2022 for Fall 2022 entry. Check back for specific dates.


ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS should be sent to the Admissions & Records office, prior to applying. If official transcripts are not on file at time of evaluation, you will receive a non-qualified letter. Please confirm receipt of official transcripts with the Admissions office. 

  • No official transcripts required if all coursework taken at Saddleback/IVC college. We have access to these transcripts.

  • No official HS transcripts needed for 2nd language proficiency verification. You can attach an unofficial with the application. Will only need official HS transcripts sent if you are using it for a prerequisite or relevant nursing coursework. 

  • Previously, submitted transcripts are kept on file and do not need to be resubmitted, unless additional RELEVANT nursing coursework has been completed and you need to update.

  • International transcript must be evaluated by an acceptable third party, at:

Petition for Course Substitution or Waiver- If you need to find out if you will be receiving credit for a course taken outside of Saddleback/IVC college, please verify first with a counselor or the Department pertaining to that course. A "Petition for Course Substitution or Waiver" may be required in order to receive credit. If required, these must be submitted PRIOR to the application period starting to allow time to process. Do not forget to include a course syllabus and unofficial transcript when submitting this form to the according Department

Who do I submit my Petition for Course Substitution or Waiver form to? The Nursing Division would only receive petitions for N 160-Pharmacology, N 165- Lifecycle I, Fundamentals of Aging, & N 161-Lifcycle II, Growth & Development courses. The Math/Science Division would receive petitions for Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and any Math courses. The Communication Studies Division would receive petitions for Speech 1 or 5 courses. The Psychology Division would receive petitions for Psych 1 courses. 

Calculating GPA of Bio Prerequisites (must have 2.8 or higher)- details on how to calculate your GPA of BIO prerequisites only. We do not include + or - into the equation. If you do not meet the 2.8 GPA requirement, you will receive a non-qualified letter. 

Employer Letter- Work Experience Template- details on what to include in your letter.

Employer Letter- Volunteer Experience Template- details on what to include in your letter.

2nd Language Proficiency- Examples of verification.

TEAS Score- details on how to obtain TEAS score and which scores we take.

We do NOT need the following when submitting your application:

  • Recommendation letters
  • HS Diploma (unless using for proof of 2nd lang. proficiency in foreign country)
  • W2/Paycheck Stubs (no longer accepting)
  • Driver License or Social Security Card
  • BLS/CPR card (will need it once accepted into program)
  • 1st generation letters

If you have any questions email us at


Invitation to program: Once invited into the program, the student must accept or decline admission during the required response time as indicated in their letter. If a student declines the invitation into the program, he/she must re-apply. A student is allowed only one declination of invitation.

***Those invited into the program must be in adequate health to perform the duties of a nurse. Students will be required to have a physical examination within 3 months of admission. The following immunizations/titers will be required: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, TDAP, Hepatitis B, TB skin test, COVID vaccine & seasonal flu shot. Students will also be required to complete a background/drug test and obtain liability insurance prior to registering for nursing courses. 

Click to view Mandatory Health Assessment Packet

Registration for the Nursing core courses  (N 170/N 171 lecture + lab) will take place AFTER the following have been completed:

1) Notification was sent to the student that they were accepted into the Nursing Program (check your submittable accounts for any updates)

2) Attend a paperwork session were we will go over all the requirements needed- Those accepted will be notified of the date/provided a zoom link.

3) Complete all Nursing requirements which will consist of: background/drug test, obtaining liability insurance, completing a health clearance and more. 

Students will be cleared to register once they have completed their requirements. If your registration date comes up, you do not need to worry about registering for the Nursing core courses then as these courses are reserved for those accepted into the Nursing program.