For Prospective Students

Whether you are a first year student admitted to Dominican as pre-nursing major, or transferring, we believe nursing will be a rewarding career for you.

Admission Requirements

Office of Admissions, 415.485.3204


Nursing Students in Skills Lab

Prerequisite Requirements A list of the seven prerequisite courses required for admission to the Nursing program coursework. High school students applying to pre-nursing should consult with the Office of Admissions regarding minimum grade and test score criteria.

Before entering the Nursing program, admitted students must meet the health clearance requirements of all associated agencies in order to ensure the safety and well-being of patients encountered in the clinical setting. This includes a physical, health history, two ­step TB screening, and required immunizations. It also includes drug test and background check. Please contact the Department of Nursing for more detailed information.

Admission Process for Transfer Students

Dominican offers direct entry to the nursing program for transfer students. Transfers should declare Nursing on their general application to the university. 

All students will go through a competitive selection process primarily based on prerequisite and cumulative GPA. All seven prerequisites should be completed (or in progress) at the time of application to the program. There is a five year recency requirement for anatomy, physiology, health science chemistry, and microbiology. The TEAS is NOT required for admission to the Nursing program.

Students should start their inquiry process regarding nursing admission by contacting the Office of Admissions, 415.485.3204. Questions specifically about the nursing major can be directed to Erin Aradi, Student Services Administrator, Dept. of Nursing

Transfer students enrolled and in good standing at an accredited RN Nursing school or who have been enrolled and in good standing within one semester, may apply for advanced standing in the major. All missing prerequisite courses must be completed within one semester of matriculation to Dominican University of California. Course equivalency for previous nursing education is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer students who have less than a passing grade in more than one required class for Nursing (within the last five years) or those who have been disqualified from another program are not eligible for admission to Dominican's Nursing program.

*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, contact the Internationally-Educated Nurses program.*

Transferable Courses from Other Colleges and Universities

Before applying, 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. Any course not listed on the equivalency chart will be evaluated based on the student providing a course description or syllabus.

High School Students

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

4 years English
2 years college preparatory math -- algebra, geometry, etc.
2-4 years of science -- biology, chemistry; physics and computer science also recommended
3-4 years of social studies
2 years international language

LVN 30 Unit Option

In compliance with the regulations of the California Board of Registered Nursing, Dominican University of California offers a LVN 30 unit option 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. 

Admission to the LVN 30 unit option is on a space-available basis. In order to enter clinical nursing classes, students must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have completed Microbiology and Human Physiology (with a grade of B or better).

LVN's who are interested in the full BSN program must enter at the beginning of the nursing program and complete all BSN requirements.

Courses required for the LVN 30 unit option:



Human Physiology

up to 5


up to 5

Nurs 2014 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


Nurs 2150 Geriatric Foundations 


Nurs 3106 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing


Nurs 4100 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing


Nurs 4200 Leadership & Nursing Care Management




NCLEX Pass Rates

Review the California Board of Registered Nursing website for information regarding Dominican's most recent pass rates on the NCLEX.

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.