Registered Nursing

RN Students

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The RN Nursing Application Period is available from April 1 through June 30 of every year. 

The applications need to be delivered or postmarked by June 30 (end of application period) to be eligible. Status letters are mailed out at the end of July.

(no phone calls regarding your status in the program).

Do you want a career that involves caring for, supporting and helping people who are sick or injured? Do you enjoy educating people and being an advocate for health? Becoming a registered nurse has many rewards and career opportunities are plentiful. Allan Hancock College offers an associate in science degree and certificate option for LVNs to become registered nurses (RNs).

The registered nursing (RN) program, fully accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing, is a two-semester program offered every year starting in the spring semester. The program includes both classroom study and supervised clinical practice. Clinical practice takes place in our labs, local hospitals and medical care facilities.

California licensed vocational nurses (LVN) and graduates from accredited vocational nursing programs are eligible to apply upon completion of Allan Hancock College program prerequisites. The LVN-to-RN program is specifically designed to provide the LVN with an opportunity for career advancement and prepares the LVN for the additional responsibilities required of the registered nurse. If accepted into the program, you must comply with background checks and drug screening required by clinical agencies.

In addition, the program has a 30-unit certificate option, completion of which qualifies the successful graduate to take the RN licensing examination. If you choose to pursue the 30-unit certificate option you would NOT be a graduate of the Allan Hancock Nursing Program or of the college. Applicants to this curriculum alternative must meet with the Associate Degree of Nursing program director for advisement.

SB466 - applicants with military education and experience

The following application instructions apply:

  1. All admission criteria must be met as outlined in the RN application.
  2. A current  California LVN license is necessary to meet application requirements.
  3. Official Transcripts must show proof of LVN curriculum accomplished by military education and experience
  4. DD214 or Military Card is required. Your discharge status must be in a condition other than dishonorable.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  6. Once application eligibility has been established the veteran will be giving priority admission .
  7. Two admission slots will be held for any applicant who proves military education and experience and holds a valid and active California LVN license.
  8. If the slots are not filled by priority military applicants the wait list applicants will be admitted.

This applies only to the RN program.

Click here for Prerequisite Information.

Merit based admission:
The merit based admissions test is based off of your LVN knowledge. 

All Registered Nursing applicants need to meet merit based admission requirements in addition to prerequisite courses.

- Screening of applications will include looking at overall GPA, Number of Science Repetitions (Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology), and score obtained on the Merit Based Admissions Test.
- Any student with more than 4 attempts in science pre-requisite courses is ineligible to apply for the Allan Hancock College ADN program.

*AHCRN = 1.181 (Cumulative GPA) + 0.160 (Merit Based Admission Test) – 0.568 (Core Biology Repetitions)*

Any student not meeting the admission criteria will have an opportunity to meet with the RN Program Director to develop an individual plan for remediation.

Click here to see the merit based admission criteria* table. 

 NCLEX pass rates  

*Any student with more than 4 attempts in science pre-requisite courses is ineligible to apply for the Allan Hancock College ADN program.

Accreditation Information

Allan Hancock College RN program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing and can be found listed on their webpage Accreditation Retention/Attrition Rates.

30 Unit Option

All RN programs in California are required to offer the 30-Unit Option and the programs are limited by law to two prerequisite courses.  Students are not required to meet the admission eligibility requirements at AHC that ADN RN students are required to complete.  All 30 Unit Option applicants are required to follow ALL application requirements for the Nursing program accept for the law required prerequisites.  The waitlist for our RN program lottery based and is currently 4 to 6 years.

The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

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Last Modified Jul 1, 2019