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Registered Nursing Application

Application Procedures

Please note that the application process has changed. Applicants who are re-applying to the program must submit updated application materials. The ONLY exception is that we will allow duplications of Signed letters from employers confirming work duties or volunteer hours for two(2) consecutive application periods only. The initial letter must be an original. (The applicant is responsible for duplicating their supporting documents.)

*For complete program information and directions for submission, please refer to the Bakersfield College ADN Program Brochure.

  • Spring 2021 RN Application with Appendix A - .We encourage students to complete the on-line fillable application so that all information is legible. The Nursing program went green, there will not be printed applications made immediately available to students. Due to the current state of the Nation, we will be accepting applications by MAIL ONLY for the Spring 2021 cohort. 
  • Helpful Calculator Tool! - The calculator tool will help you obtain your GPA for the point calculation. (Planned Courses calculator is easiest option)
  • Appendix B - if applicable
  • Appendix C -if applicable
  • Appendix D- if applicable

To address our current students that may not meet the NEW Multi-criteria requirements, we will consider eligibility of students that have had continuous enrollment in the pre-requisite Biology courses (BIOL B32, BIOL B33 and BIOL B16, or their equivalent). The Biology pre-requisites must have been started prior to the implementation of the new program selection requirements ,Fall 2017, and no later than Spring 2018. All equivalent courses must be on the BC transcript at the time of application. There will be no exceptions. This eligibility consideration would allow students that would otherwise NOT meet the NEW Multi-criteria requirements to be ranked using the new selection process. As a reminder, it is a 75% point selection process with a 25% lottery for the current 70 seats. For some, this would mean you are only eligible through the lottery selection.  Review Appendix A to see areas where additional points could be earned. 

Students must complete all prerequisites before being accepted into the Registered Nursing Program. Please see  degree requirements for more information.

What is my Fall 2020 Application Status?

Application Periods

June 1-July 15 (Spring cohort) and December 1-January 15 (Fall cohort)

Current BC Students:

  • Submit an application form to the Nursing Program during the appropriate application period – please note, applications must be filled out completely, all information requested must be provided
  • Submit either your unofficial or official Bakersfield College transcript showing all pre-requisite courses posted
  • Bakersfield College transcripts must be received by the Nursing office prior to the last day of the appropriate application period
  • Failure to meet all application requirements/procedures will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered for selection

Other Students:

  • Apply for Admission to Bakersfield College either in person at the Admissions and Records office or online.
  • Have your college transcript(s) evaluated by:
    • Ordering an Official copy of your transcripts from your previous college(s);
    • Submit the Official copy of your transcripts along with a form “Request for Evaluation”. Please note that the evaluation process will not start until all transcripts listed on the form is received and you have submitted the Request for Evaluation form.
    • Once your transcripts have been evaluated and posted to your Bakersfield College transcripts, either order an official copy to be sent from the Admission and Records office or print your unofficial transcript and submit along with the Application Form to the Nursing Program during the appropriate application periods.
  • Please note – transcript evaluation can take up to twenty four (24) weeks and must be completed prior to the end of the application period. For the December application period your transcripts should be submitted no later than November 1st. For the June application period, your transcripts should be submitted no later than May 1st.

Application Selection

*For complete program information, please refer to the Bakersfield College ADN Program Brochure.

Students will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and placement on a nursing assessment test as per SB 1309.

In accordance with the Jobs for Veterans Act, outline in the Workforce Investment Act, Veterans will receive the highest preference for Program admission. Priority status will only be given to applicants with proof of active military, naval, or air service and discharge under conditions other than dishonorable; students must work with Admissions and Records to determine eligibility. Any eligible spouse/widow(er) or dependent will also be extended the priority status with appropriate documentation by certificate of eligibility(COE). Veterans with previous experience/education should refer to the Advanced Placement by Credit for Military Education and Experience, Previous Education, or Acquired Knowledge Policy. A maximum of 10% of every cohort will be reserved for our Veteran population. If it becomes necessary, we will utilize a waitlist procedure. 

Conditionally Accepted

Conditionally accepted is the reservation of a seat prior to the ATI TEAS Assessment. Once the top ranked students and random lottery selected students have completed the assessment with a minimum score of 62%, they will then move from conditionally accepted to “officially accepted” in the ADN program. *Intake requirements such as drug screen and background must also be met. *For complete program information, please refer to the Bakersfield College ADN Program Brochure.

Assessment Test

All conditionally enrolled students and alternates will be required to take ATI TEAS, a state approved nursing assessment test. Students need to study and test using the ATI TEAS, 6th edition, as earlier editions are no longer accepted. Students must rank at or above 62% on their first attempt on the ATI TEAS exam to be eligible for admission into the program. Students not meeting this criteria will be offered a remediation program. *Current BC students have FREE  access to the Plato Courseware Resource that will provide TEAS study guide material as an option to assist in preparation for the exam. This can be accessed in the Student Success Lab-CSS 143. (Conditionally selected applicants will be expected to take the TEAS exam 4 weeks from the time they are notified of their seat in the program. If a conditionally selected student has already taken and passed the latest version of the TEAS exam, they will not be required to re-test.)

Alternate Status

 Alternate students are students who are eligible, but are only selected if a seat becomes available for the cohort in which they applied. Alternates will also be asked to complete the Assessment. Once all alternate applicants have taken the ATI TEAS Assessment, a re-ranking will occur based on their post-TEAS overall score (Multi-criteria + ATI TEAS Score points). Alternates will then be selected based on their ranking order. Refer to page 10. *Please note that being considered an Alternate does not guarantee selection in future application periods for the Bakersfield College LVN-ADN program. If an Alternate applicant is not selected, they must reapply. There is NO waitlist. 

*For complete program information and directions for submission, please refer to the Bakersfield College ADN Program Brochure.


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