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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. As a prospective student what steps should I take first?
  2. What prerequisite courses, if any, do I need to take?
  3. May I take the prerequisites and other general education courses at other schools?
  4. Is there a GPA requirement for the prerequisite courses?
  5. May I work while going through the program?
  6. What sites do you use for the clinical (hospital) learning experiences?
  7. What is the passing grade for nursing courses?
  8. What are the specific costs for the program?
  9. What if I am an LVN already?
  10. What if it had been more than 7 years since I have taken my science courses?
  11. What is the average starting salary for an RN?
  12. What if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?
  13. Would the nursing courses I take at MSJC transfer to other Universities if I wanted to get my Bachelor's degree?
  14. What is the pass rate on the State Board Exams for MSJC's Nursing Graduates?
  15. Can I transfer into your nursing program if I have taken nursing courses at another school?
  16. Can I apply to the nursing program while taking the prerequisites?
  17. How long is the program and is there a waiting list?

1. As a prospective student what steps should I take first?
a. Submit a general application to Mt. San Jacinto College
b. After completing the steps to become a student at MSJC, schedule an appointment with a College Counselor to establish an educational plan.
2. What prerequisite courses, if any, do I need to take?
The prerequisite courses needed to apply to the program include:
• *ANAT 101- Anatomy & Physiology I (5 semester units)
• *ANAT 102- Anatomy & Physiology II (5 semester units)
• *BIOL 125- Microbiology (5 semester units)
• MATH 096- Intermediate Algebra or higher (5 semester units)
• ENGL 101- Freshman Composition (4 semester units)
*Must be completed within a seven-year period preceding qualifying date of eligibility.
Equivalent courses taken at other colleges and universities may be acceptable; see a College Counselor to determine equivalencies (equivalency grid).
3. May I take the prerequisites and other general education courses at other schools?
Yes, you can take these courses at other colleges; however, you will need to check with a College Counselor to determine their equivalency to MSJC courses.
 
4. Is there a GPA requirement for the prerequisite courses?
Yes, in order to be accepted into the nursing program, you must have a 2.50 Cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses.
5. May I work while going through the program?
The nursing program is a very rigorous program and requires a lot of preparation and study time. We do not recommend working while attending this full time nursing program.
 
6. What sites do you use for the clinical (hospital) learning experiences?
We use a variety of health care agencies for our clinical experiences such as Hemet Valley Medical Center, Menifee Valley Medical Center, Inland Valley Medical Center, Rancho Springs Medical Center, Life Care, Patton State Hospital, Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and Vista Pacifica.
 
7. What is the passing grade for nursing courses?
In order to progress in the nursing program, you must achieve a grade of "C" in each nursing course. A "C" is equivalent to 75%.
8. What are the specific costs for the program?
The majority of costs associated with the program include those costs associated with the purchase of textbooks, uniforms, instructional supplies, physical, immunizations, background check, and the purchase of Certified Background. Estimated costs are approximately $5,000 to $7,000 for the entire program.
9. What if I am an LVN already?
Mt. San Jacinto College has an LVN-RN Transition Program.
The prerequisite courses need to apply to the program include:
• *ANAT 101- Anatomy & Physiology I (5 semester units)
• *ANAT 102- Anatomy & Physiology II (5 semester units)
• *BIOL 125- Microbiology (5 semester units)
• MATH 096- Intermediate Algebra or higher (5 semester units)
• ENGL 101- Freshman Composition (4 semester units)
• PSYC 101- Introduction to Psychology (3 semester units)
*Must be completed within a seven-year period preceding qualifying date of eligibility.
In addition, you must provide us with a copy of your current active California LVN license. If you are success in passing the transition course you will then be placed into 3rd semester.
 
10. What if it has been more than 7 years since I have taken my science courses?
If it has been 7 years or more since you have taken your microbiology course you will need to speak with a counselor regarding a special project. If it has been 7 years or more since you have taken your Anatomy & Physiology courses you will want to turn in a transcript evaluation and the evaluator will contact you in regards to taking the ATI Recency Exam.
11. What is the average starting salary for an RN?
The current salary average for a Registered Nurse is $68,910 annually ($33.13 hourly), with an anticipated faster than average job growth outlook over the next several years. (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm)
12. What if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?
You will need to have these courses evaluated by an International Credentialing Center. These organizations are private enterprises who charge a fee for their services. In all instances, original documents will be required when requesting the evaluation. Once you have received your evaluation then, make an appointment with a College Counselor to develop an educational plan.
 
13. Would the nursing courses I take at MSJC transfer to other Universities if I wanted to get my Bachelor's degree?
The local Universities do accept graduates from Associate Degree Nursing Programs who want to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. You will need to contact the specific Universities to determine their entrance requirements.

14. What is the pass rate on the State Board Exams for MSJC Nursing Graduates?
For the Class of 2012/2013, the pass rate for first-time test-takers was 96.49% Pass Rates
15. Can I transfer into your nursing program if I have taken nursing courses at another school?
Eligibility for transfer credit and/or advanced placement is determined on an individual basis. You will need to speak with the Nursing Student Success Counselor for more details or contact us at (951)639-5577.
 
16. Can I apply to the nursing program while taking the prerequisite courses?
No; prerequisite courses must be completed before applying to the program.

17. How long is the program and is there a waiting list?
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is two year program. This is not including the prerequisite courses. We currently do not have a waiting list. The program makes its selection based on the Multi-Criteria Point System. If you are not accepted then you would need to reapply during the next application period.