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For Prospective Students

The Nursing Department believes that nursing is a great career for you to be entering at this time. Students are admitted to the university as Pre-nursing majors and are tracked based on their completion of 8 prerequisite courses, GPA in these prerequisites, length of time on campus, and are required to go through a secondary application process in order to be admitted to the Nursing major.

 

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Minimum Entrance Requirements

In order to be accepted into the Nursing program, students must pass (or have in progress) all eight prerequisite classes with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (a 'C-' grade is not considered passing). Students cannot repeat previously passed (‘C’ or higher) prerequisite courses in order to raise their GPA to be eligible to enter the Nursing program (exception: repeated courses that were initially taken more than five years ago). Students who have failed two or more required classes (prerequisite, co-requisite, or Nursing) are disqualified from being eligible for the Nursing program (the minimum passing grade in NURS/NURL classes is C+). Furthermore, before entering the Nursing program, all students must be medically cleared in order to ensure the safety and well-being of patients encountered in the clinical setting. Please note: The TEAS is NOT required for admission to the Nursing program.

Prerequisite and BSN Requirements -- A list of the eight prerequisite courses and all courses required for the BSN degree.

*NEW* Fall 2014 Application Process -- The priority deadline for admission to the Pre-nursing major was Feb. 1, however the Office of Admissions is still accepting applications. The priority deadline for spring 2015 will be Sept. 1.

Admission Process for Transfer Students

Students will be applying to the Pre-nursing major but should declare Nursing on their general application to the university. See above for information about changes that will affect fall 2014 Pre-nursing applicants.

Due to the increased popularity of the Nursing major, most Pre-nursing transfer students are typically enrolled two or three semesters before being admitted into the Nursing program (even if they transfer to the university with ALL prerequisites completed). All students must complete a secondary application once on campus. If necessary, prerequisite courses can be completed at Dominican in preparation for entrance into the Nursing program (however, the majority of the core science prerequisites should be completed prior to applying).

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions (415-485-3204). If you have questions about requirements specific to the Nursing program, please contact Erin Aradi, Student Services Administrator, at erin.aradi@dominican.edu

Please note: Transfer students who have failed two or more required classes for the major (within the last 5 years) or those who have been disqualified from another Nursing program are not eligible for admission to the Nursing major.

*If you are a student whose nursing education was obtained outside of the U.S. and you have been informed by the Board of Registered Nursing that you must take certain nursing courses in order to sit for the NCLEX licensing exam in California, please contact Jody Hoppe (jody.hoppe@dominican.edu) in the Office of Admissions.*

Transferable Courses from Other Colleges and Universities

Check out our transfer course equivalency chart to see whether your classes satisfy the university's Nursing prerequisite requirements. We also have general education articulation agreements with many Bay Area community colleges.

High School Students

The following high school classes are considered minimum preparation for the college-level science classes required for Nursing majors:

  • 2 years college preparatory  math -- algebra, geometry, etc.
  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of chemistry

Four-Year Guarantee for Freshmen

Beginning in fall 2014, the four-year guarantee will no longer apply to Nursing majors.

LVN to RN (CURRENTLY CLOSED due to lack of space)

In compliance with the regulations of the California Board of Registered Nursing, Dominican University of California offers an LVN to RN option plan for LVN's who are currently licensed in California and who wish to prepare only for licensure as a registered nurse in California. Upon successful completion of the required courses, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure. This program does not lead to a BSN and licensure may not be recognized in all states. 

The LVN to RN option is 30.5 units and is open to students on a space by space basis. In order to enter clinical nursing classes, students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and have completed Microbiology and Human Physiology (with a grade of C or better).

NCLEX Pass Rates

For information regarding Dominican's most recent pass rates on the NCLEX, please refer to the California Board of Registered Nursing website.

Clinical Lab Fee

Clinical lab fees become part of students’ tuition expenses once they enter the Nursing program (i.e., Second Year Nursing) and continue until graduation. These fees help sustain the successful operation of the Skills Lab, Assessment Lab, and Simulation Labs where students spend over 200 hours learning and refining the mandatory skills for patient care. Specifically, they support the cost of purchasing equipment and supplies; training actors for practicing clinical scenarios; maintenance and/or replacement of high-fidelity and low-fidelity equipment; repair and maintenance of the recording systems; implementation and maintenance of the electronic medical records system; and all other materials essential to developing the laboratories into simulated hospital environments and optimal learning experiences.

 


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