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Registered Nurse Program

Our Associate in Arts in Nursing Program is a two-year, full-time p rogram offered in four consecutive semesters excluding summers.

The program prepares you to:

  1. Graduate with an Associate in Arts in Nursing,
  2. Be qualified to take the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) and upon passing, become a registered nurse,
  3. Continue your educational pursuit for a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) (see roadmap ), and
  4. Work within a variety of healthcare settings.

Who can apply?

Anyone is welcome to apply, however

  1. If you were in the Chabot Nursing program within the last 2 years and want to be readmitted, contact the Nursing Program office.
  2. If you are currently a LVN, you may be eligible for the LVN to RN program .
  3. You must have a social security number.

How applicants are selected:

  1. The nursing program accepts applications only once a year. Each Fall, 40 applicants are selected.
  2. Application opens November 1 until January 31 for the following incoming fall.
  3. Applicants not selected may reapply the following year. There is no waiting list.
  4. Chabot College uses a “merit based” system. The criterion score or eligibility worksheet is a 100 point system based on these 7 categories requiring all supporting documentations:
    • Academic Degrees
    • Health Care Experience
    • GPA in Science, fixed courses and Statistics
    • Life experience
    • Military
    • Second Language
    • TEAS score
  5. The top 1/3 of qualified applicants will be entered into a random selection process and 40 applicants will be accepted. The remaining will be notified when a space becomes available.
  6. Accepted applicants are required to attend a mandatory orientation during the summer. Date, time and location will be provided in the acceptance packet.

Admission Requirements:


Click to Enlarge Pre-Requisite Science Flowchart

Complete the Chabot College equivalent of the following science courses:

Anatomy 1: Human Anatomy
Physiology 1: Human Physiology
Microbiology 1: Microbiology

The following criteria applies to the science prerequisites :

  1. Each course must include a lab and must be 4-5 semester units.
  2. One term Anatomy/Physiology semester is not accepted.
  3. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required in the science courses. Only one C is allowed in the science courses.
  4. Students who have withdrawn or repeated any science prerequisite will have a one time deduction of 2 points for one withdrawal or non-passing grade or 5 points for more than one withdrawal or non-passing grade.
  5. Chabot College does not have a recency requirement.
  6. The science prerequisites must be completed by the Fall (12/31) prior to the year of application. This means the grades must appear on the official transcripts. In progress grades are not accepted.

2. FIXED COURSES. Complete the Chabot College equivalent of the following “fixed courses”:

English 1A: English Composition
Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology
Psychology 1: Introduction to Psychology
Communications 1 or 10: Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication

The following criteria applies to the Fixed Courses:

  1. Each course must have a grade of C or higher.
  2. The fixed courses must be completed by the Fall prior to the year of application. This means grades must appear on the official transcripts at the time on application. In progress grades are not accepted.
  1. Pass the TEAS at adjusted individual score of 62% or higher.
  2. An unofficial copy must be submitted with your application. If admitted, official test results from ATI Testing must be submitted unless test is taken at Chabot College.
  3. Students who do not acquire an Adjusted Individual score of 62% or higher will be required to complete remediation prior to testing again.
  4. If you do not pass the TEAS on your second attempt after remediation, you are not eligible for the Chabot Nursing Program.
  5. Only the first valid score will be accepted if you have taken the test multiple times.

4. Attend a mandatory Nursing Program Information Meeting. Proof of attendance is required with application materials.

  • Comparable course from U.S. Regionally Accredited Colleges/Universities are accepted. Check the equivalency chart .
  • Students who have attended college outside the United States, except students from the Philippines, must have transcripts evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES ) approved independent agency. The evaluation needs to include a course by course equivalency as well as indicating equivalency to an AA/AS degree or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • Students who process a BA/BS degree or higher from a U.S. Regionally Accredited College/University are exempt from Chabot s specific General Education and graduation requirements. EDC 66055.8 Students who do not have a BA/BS degree will need to complete Chabot College AA/General Education and Graduation Requirements. See a counselor for assistance.
  • First time applicants are encouraged to meet with a Chabot College Counselor for a review and evaluation of prerequisites. You need to have a Chabot College application on file in order to make an appointment.

After-admission requirements

All admitted students are required to complete the following:

  1. Maintain a grade of “C” or better in each nursing course for progression in the program and for an Associate in Arts Degree in Nursing.
  2. Submit a background check by social security number. This is required for student lab time in hospital facility.
  3. Submit a felony/misdemeanor criminal conviction search.
  4. Pass a drug screening. All students are required to have clear drug screen prior to program admittance. Positive results on any non-prescription drug will result in dismissal from the program. Additional information is available in the Background Checks for Student Clinical Placement document.


Students are responsible for:

  1. Program costs approximately $7000.
  2. Costs for uniforms, laboratory fees, necessary equipment and transportation to off-campus locations.
  3. NCLEX-RN licensure exam fees approximately $500.

All costs/fees are subject to change.

How to apply to the Nursing Program

  1. Apply to Chabot College.
  2. Review the admissions requirements above. Make sure you have completed/passed and can fulfill all requirements.
  3. Apply to the Nursing Program on Class-Web from November thru January each year. Check the calendar for specific dates.

General Advisement

Can I work while I am in the program?

There is no restriction against working while enrolled in the Nursing Program. However, it is not recommended to work more than 16-20 hours a week as it can interfere with your success in the program. It is not advised to work on days in which classes or clinical experiences are assigned. You will not be permitted to leave early or arrive late to clinical or class.

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