Health Sciences Programs 

FAQs - ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (RN)


Application/Enrollment Process

Q: I never officially graduated from high school. What equivalencies can I obtain to meet this requirement.

Q: I attended several colleges. Do I have to submit with my application packet transcripts from colleges where I took courses that do not apply to the nursing program?​

Q: Do I have to include a copy of my Shasta College Transcript?

Q: I want to apply to both the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program and the Vocational Nursing (LVN) programs. Can I submit one application and one set of official transcripts for both?

Q: I am currently taking classes (or have previously taken classes) with Shasta College. Why do I have to complete another Shasta College Application with my ADN Program Application Packet?

Q: I applied to the program and was disqualified last time. Can I submit the missing documentation now?

Q: If I was not selected for enrollment during the last Multicriteria Selection Process Application Filing Period, do I have to reapply?

Q: How do you calculate a grade point average (GPA)?

Q: Does the nursing program accept online courses for the science lab prerequisites?

​Q: Can I apply to the program if I am still taking prerequisite or graduation requirements?

​Q: What is TEAS?

Q: What if I don't p​ass the TEAS exam? Will it disqualify me from the program?


Graduation Requirements

​Q: What are "Catalog Rights"?

Q: What courses satisfy the humanities and multicultural graduation requirements?

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ANSWERS

Application/Enrollment Process​

Q: I never officially graduated from high school. What equivalencies can I obtain to meet this requirement.​

State regulations for RN licensure requires you show proof (documentation) of high school graduation or an equivalency. High school graduation equivalencies include any of the following: 

(1) A transcript showing completion of a California High School Proficiency Examination;(2) a verified copy of GED test results; or
(3) a college transcript showing date of graduation for a college degree.

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Q: I attended several colleges. Do I have to submit with my application packet transcripts from colleges where I took courses that do not apply to the nursing program?

Yes.  You must submit official transcripts from all colleges you have attended.

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No.  A transcript of your Shasta college work will be obtained from the Admissions and Records office and made an official part of you application packet.

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No.  You must submit separate packets for each program to which you are applying.  Programs have different prerequisite requirements and different application processes. Materials cannot be transferred to another application packet.

If you are requesting official transcripts from high schools and colleges, be sure to request one for each application packet. Remember, official transcripts are those which have been received from another educational institution in a sealed envelope and remain unopened.  Once an envelope containing a transcript is opened (seal broken), the transcript cannot be accepted by Shasta College.

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Student information changes periodically.  The new application ensures we have the most current information about a student related to their education record and personal contact information.

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No.  Your previous enrollment packet and documentation was not maintained by the college.  You must submit a new application with new official documents enclosed. Records cannot be submitted separately.

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Yes, an application packet will need to be submitted each application period you want to apply for until you are invited to enroll in the program.

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Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted.  Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.  For example:

A = 4 grade points
B = 3 grade points
C = 2 grade points
D = 1 grade point
WF/F = 0 grade points    

Student Transcript - Example

Course

Credit Hours

Grade

Grade Points

Anatomy

5

A

20

Physiology

5

C

10

Microbiology

5

B

15

15 Total Credit Hours Attempted

45 Total Grade Points

To get the example students’ GPA, the total grade points are divided by the total credit hours attempted

Total Grade Points

Total Credit Hours Attempted

45
divided by
15


=    3.0 GPA

 

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We accept all equivalent courses from regionally accredited institutions for the theory component.  However, all science lab courses must be face-to-face courses. Equivalent courses are judged on the basis of content and unit value. 



Q: Can I apply to the program if I am still taking prerequisite or graduation requirements?

No. All prerequisite courses and graduation requirement courses must be completed and posted on your official transcript prior to applying to the program. No in-progress courses will be accepted.



If your application is disqualified due to lack of documentation, not having the prerequisite courses required, or not having completed graduation requirements, you will be notified by the Admissions and Records Office when your enrollment packet is being reviewed.  

Applicants who have been selected to enroll in the program will be sent an Enrollment Invitation Letter via email from the Health Sciences Division Office.

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Upon graduation from the program, students apply to take the NCLEX-RN - the state licensure exam through the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  The BRN publishes the NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates for each of the schools in the state who have a registered nursing training program.  The first-time pass rate reflects the percentage of graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN exam the first time. 

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Pre-Enrollment Diagnostic Measure (TEAS)

Q: What is TEAS?

TEAS stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills and provides information about a prospective nursing student’s abilities in the basic academic skills of Reading, Math, Science, and English Language Usage.  Shasta College’s Associate Degree Nursing program uses the TEAS as our pre-enrollment diagnostic measure of basic skills. The scores are used to assess whether the nursing student applicant has the basic skills in the identified areas to be successful in the program. 

Students who do not achieve the composite cut score of 62% on their first attempt at taking the TEAS exam, will be ineligible to apply to the program. Shasta College allows a maximum of one (1) repeat. The highest score will be used for the Multicriteria Selection Process Application. Please review our TEAS Guidelines for more information.  Students would do not achieve the 62% in each category must make an appointment with the Health Sciences Division for remediation prior to program application.

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Graduation Requirements

Q: What are "Catalog Rights"?

Catalog rights refer to the graduation requirements that are in effect at the time a student initially enrolls for classes with Shasta College. As long as a student takes courses each semester with a break of no more than two consecutive semesters, the student will have the “right” to graduate with the requirements that were in effect at their initial enrollment. If a student has a break in enrollment for more than two consecutive semesters (summer sessions are not included), they will be responsible for meeting the graduation requirements of the catalog when they re-enroll for additional courses.   

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Approved courses are listed in the college catalog in Chapter 3 in the section describing General Education requirements for an Associate Degree.  When choosing which courses for which you are responsible, you will need to refer to the catalog that applies to your enrollment.  



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