Apply to the Registered Nursing Program

The RN Program requires an application separate from the CCSF admissions process. You must be accepted into the RN Program before you can enroll in RN courses.


Applications open Friday, January 26, 2024 through Monday, February 26, 2024

2024 Online Application


Admission Information & Requirements

Preapplication Preparation

It is recommended to meet with a CCSF counselor if you are interested in pursuing a Registered Nursing Degree. The counselor can assist in selecting courses that meet the application requirements and will prepare you for the program. Click here to schedule a counseling appointment.

Application Process

  • Take prerequisite courses listed under "Prerequisites & Requirements"
  • Become an official student at CCSF Steps to Apply to CCSF
  • Complete the online application.

Prerequisite Courses

To be considered for enrollment, students must satisfy the following academic prerequisites. 

GROUP A Required Prerequisites Semester Units
Biology 108 - General Human Anatomy (formerly Anatomy 25) 4
Biology 111 or 112 - Intro to Human Physiology (formerly Physiology 1 or 12) 4
Biology 120 - Introduction to Microbiology (formerly Microbiology 12) 4
English 1A - University Read & Composition 4
Elementary Algebra or Highest College-level Math 5


GROUP B Required Prerequisites Semester Units
*Sociology 1 OR Anthropology 3 OR Anthropology 3AC 3
*Psychology 1 3
*CMST 1A or 4 or 11 or 12 or 20 or ESL 79 4


(*) must be successfully completed with grade “C” or higher prior to taking the NCLEX-RN. Due to the rigor of the program, it is strongly recommended that these courses be taken prior to enrollment in the Nursing Program.

Completion of Prerequisites

  • No “In Progress Courses” are considered for meeting course prerequisites upon RN program application. Do not ask or complete an RN Program application until above prerequisites are successfully completed.
  • Must have an overall GPA of 2.5 in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English 1A courses. No grade lower than a “C” in any of the above prerequisite courses. Please refer to College Catalog for determining your grade point average.
  • An applicant can repeat only one of the science courses listed in Group A: Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. More than one repetition of any of these courses will disqualify the applicant. Repetition of a science course is defined as repeating a course due to a previous grade of “D”, “F” or “W”.
  • Anatomy, physiology, and microbiology must have been completed within the last seven (7) years at the time of enrollment to the nursing program.
  • Graduation requirement from the RN Program will include all courses in Groups A & B plus additional General Education Courses. Please consult the CCSF Catalog for “Graduation Requirements”
  • You must have a valid Social Security Number to put on the enrollment form. Since, in some cases, it takes more than one year to obtain a Social Security Number from the government, we cannot accept applications from anyone without possession of this number at the time of application.  This number is used to run part of the Criminal Background check.
  • Complete an application for admission or readmission to the College at the Registrar's Office in order to obtain a City College of San Francisco student ID number.  This ID number must also be written in the enrollment form.

Applicants will be evaluated by current admission requirements and selected using a multi-criteria and lottery system, after completion of academic prerequisites. Final admission will be determined by additional factors: Criminal background screening, Drug/Alcohol screening, health exam, ATI TEAS score, and academic remediation.

Additional Information About Selection

  • The department will review the enrollment forms, transcripts, waivers, supporting documents, test scores to ensure we select only qualified applicants to fill our available slots.
  • Qualified applicants will be sent a notification by email approximately 10-12 weeks after the submission deadline of Conditional Enrollment selection and must notify us within the specified time stated of acceptance or refusal. If there is no response within the stated time, the application will be disqualified and another person will be selected in their place with the same stipulations.
  • Disqualified applicants will be notified by email along with the reason(s) for the disqualifications.
  • Do not contact the Nursing Office for status of application, office staff will not provide the information. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure their contact addresses and phone numbers are kept current with our department.
  • Many of our hospitals with which we affiliate require that all students undergo Criminal Background Check and urine screening for drugs and alcohol. These services are provided by a third party affiliate, and the cost for these services must be paid for by the students. We will provide the written instructions for your online registration and payment. A breakdown of the costs will be provided during orientation. If hospitals do not accept the findings from either screening your nursing education may be delayed or you may not be able to attend the nursing program at City College of San Francisco due to your inability to attend the hospitals for the clinical component of each core nursing course.
  • ATI "Test for Essential Academic Skills" (TEAS).
    • The TEAS score is required with the nursing application. The applicants must submit their FIRST ATTEMPT score. The applicant must receive an overall composite score of 62% passing on ATI TEAS first attempt in order to be eligible to enroll in the program. ONLY TEAS version 6 and 7 accepted.
    • Those applicants who do not receive an overall composite score of 62% on the ATI TEAS test must successfully complete a remediation plan and remediation coursework. The student must demonstrate successful completion of the remediation plan over one year and successful retaking of the ATI TEAS test with a passing score in order to be eligible for admission. If an applicant does not successfully complete the remediation plan and coursework or pass the exam the applicant is disqualified. The applicant will not be able to enroll in the Nursing Program and must reapply at a later date.
    • If an applicant selected for admission to the Registered Nursing Program has taken the ATI TEAS at a prior college, they may request their scores be sent to City College of San Francisco Nursing Department from ATI online ( The same passing score criteria will apply.
    • If an applicant selected for admission to the Registered Nursing Program has taken the TEAS, they may submit their results to the Nursing Department for evaluation for equivalency to the ATI TEAS passing score.


Advanced Placement (Degree Option)

Licensed Vocational Nurses with a current and active California license may apply to the Nursing Program as “Advanced Placement” status. All of the academic and administrative prerequisites must be completed and can apply during the regular enrollment time and can use the same application form as all other applicants.


LVN Thirty Unit Option (Non-Degree)

Licensed Vocational Nurses with a current active California license who wish to take the 30-Unit Option Program must complete different academic prerequisites. 

Microbiology and Physiology may be taken without recency or repetition limits. The courses must have a lecture and lab with a minimum of 4-semester units and be completed with a grade “C” or higher.

Submit the application during the enrollment period stated on page 3 and make an appointment with the Chairperson of the Nursing Department to plan your program. At the present time, the R.N. curriculum courses you will be taking will be Nursing 50A & 50B (Pharmacology in Nursing, Parts 1 and 2), Nursing 55 (Psychiatric Nursing), Nursing 56 (Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing), and Nursing 58 (Trends and Issues in Nursing). Entry into these nursing courses is contingent upon space availability.

Passing the licensing exam under this 30-Unit Option Program will result in R.N. licensure for California as a “Non Graduate”. There is no guarantee that the license is transferable to other states. It is up to the license holder to contact other states’ Boards of Registered Nursing to inquire if the California 30- Unit Option Program R.N. license is accepted

City College of San Francisco

Registered Nursing Program

Advanced Placement Policy for Applicants Who Have Military Education and Experience

In compliance with the California Code of Regulations sections 1423.1, 1423.2 and amended CCR sections 1418, 1424, 1426, and 1430 that implement Senate Bill 466 and in recognition of the service that Military Personnel have provided to the country and its citizens, the City College of San Francisco Registered Nursing Program offers advanced placement for qualified individuals.

Individuals who present with relevant military education and experience equal to but not limited to Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C) are eligible for advanced placement at the City College of San Francisco Registered Nursing Program. All nursing courses can be challenged; however, individuals must have prior relevant education and experience that meet the specific requirements of each course.

Prospective applicants must schedule a counseling appointment with the Nursing Program Director.

The Non-Generic Admissions Committee will review the following documentation to determine whether full or partial course credit can be given for nursing courses through its course challenge policy:

  • Form DD214 demonstrating honorable military discharge.
  • Documents demonstrating completion of program entrance requirements including designated prerequisites and assessment testing.
  • Official transcripts with syllabi of relevant military education programs and clinical experience demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience


  1. For ALL Military Applicants:  Review the CCSF Nursing Program Admission Information.
  2. Complete program entrance requirements including designated prerequisites.
  3. Schedule an advising appointment with the Director of Nursing at least 4 weeks prior to our application period to review the eligibility requirements for the CCSF Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  4. Submit a completed application during our annual enrollment period and choose Military Advanced Placement option on application (dates posted on CCSF Registered Nursing Website).
  • Include documents of honorable discharge (Form DD214).
  • Submit all official transcripts with syllabi of relevant military education program and clinical experience demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience with application.
  • Complete ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam (62% or higher) and submit first attempt official results to the Registered Nursing Department.
  1. Application and supporting documents will be reviewed by the Non-Generic Admissions Committee. If the applicant meets criteria for challenge, the Non-Generic Admissions Committee will schedule the candidate to complete the challenge exam(s) for all applicable courses. Satisfactory level of achievement on challenge examinations or other evaluative methods to validate achievement of course objectives will include;
  • Skills competency evaluation
  • Written challenge exam(s)
  • Dosage calculation exam
  1.  The following materials will be made available to the applicant as preparation for the examination(s) and skills testing for credit:
  • Course outline
  • Syllabus with course objectives
  • Content outline
  • Bibliography and textbook list
  • Types of test items
  • Format of examination and testing
  • Critical elements for nursing skills
  • Dosage calculation review sheet and rules for rounding

Advanced Placement students are admitted on a space availability basis; however, military personnel and veterans are given preference

Board of Registered Nursing Policy Statement on Denial of Licensure

The California Board of Registered Nursing protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. Statutory authority for denial of licensure is set out in Business and Professions Code Sections 480-487, 496, 810, 820-828, 2750-2756 and 2795-2797.

The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, functions, or duties. A crime or act meets this criterion if, to a substantial degree, evidence present or potential unfitness to perform nursing functions in a manner consistent with the public health, safety, or welfare (California Administrative Code, Section 1444).