Health Sciences Programs
FAQs - Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Application/Enrollment Process

  1. I never officially graduated from high school.  What equivalencies can I obtain to meet this requirement?
  2. Do I have to include a copy of my Shasta College transcript?
  3. I attended several colleges.  Do I have to submit those transcripts with my enrollment packet from colleges that I took courses from that do not apply to the nursing program?
  4. 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?
  5. I am currently taking classes (or attended Shasta College in the past).  Why do I have to complete another Shasta College Application with my Enrollment Packet?
  6. I applied to the program and was disqualified last time.  Can I submit the missing documentation now?
  7. How do you calculate a grade point average (GPA)?
  8. Does the nursing program accept online courses for the sciences with labs prerequisites?
  9. When will I find out if my enrollment packet was accepted?
  10. Where can I find information regarding the success of students from Shasta College ADN program?


Wait List

  1. When and how will I be notified of my wait list number? When is the wait list updated?
  2. How can I find out my updated wait list number?
  3. How is my initial place on the wait list determined?
  4. Will I be notified each time my waitlist number changes?
  5. I heard Shasta College was going to eliminate the wait list and change to a point system for admission to the nursing program.  Is this true and if so when will it start?
  6. Why can’t the college admit more students to shorten the wait list process?
  7. If I move and change my personal information with Shasta College Admissions & Records, will that be good enough?

 


Pre-Enrollment Diagnostic Measure (TEAS)

  1. What is TEAS?
  2. What if I don’t pass the TEAS test?  Will it disqualify me from the program?
  3. How much time will I be given to complete the remediation plan?


Graduation Requirements

  1. What are “catalog rights”?
  2. If I completed my prerequisites and am on the Wait List will I maintain my “catalog rights” while I am waiting?
  3. I took Math 101 in spring 2008.  Will this course meet the math graduation requirement when I complete the program?  I don’t expect to graduate from the program until spring 2011.
  4. Do I need to take a multicultural class in order to graduate with my Associate Degree in Nursing?
  5. What courses satisfy the humanities and multicultural graduation requirements?

Application/Enrollment Process

I never officially graduated from high school.  What equivalencies can I obtain to meet this requirement? State regulations for RN and VN 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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Do I have to include a copy of my Shasta College transcript?  No.  A transcript of you Shasta college work will be obtained from the Admissions and Records office and made an official part of you enrollment packet.

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I attended several colleges.  Do I have to submit those transcripts with my enrollment packet from colleges that I took courses from that do not apply to the nursing program?  Yes.  You must submit official transcripts from all colleges you have attended.

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I want to apply to both the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN-RN) program and the Vocational Nursing (VN) programs.  Can I submit one application and one set of official transcripts for both? No.  You must submit separate packets for each program to which you are applying.  Programs have different pre-requisite requirements and different application periods (deadlines) and materials in one cannot be transferred to another. 

If you are requesting official transcripts from high schools and colleges, be sure to request one for each enrollment 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 for enrollment in the nursing or dental hygiene program.

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I am currently taking classes (or attended Shasta College in the past).  Why do I have to complete another Shasta College Application with my Enrollment Packet?  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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I applied to the program and was disqualified last time.  Can I submit the missing documentation now? 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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Can I apply to the program if I am still taking pre-requisite requirements?  No.  Beginning with the October 2009 application periods, all pre-requisites must be completed at time of application.

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How do you calculate a grade point average (GPA)?  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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Does the nursing program accept online courses for the sciences with labs prerequisites? Yes, we accept all equivalent courses from regionally accredited institutions.  Equivalent courses are judged on the basis of content and unit value.

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When will I find out if my enrollment packet was accepted? If your application is disqualified due to lack of documentation or not having the pre-requisite courses required, you will be notified by the Admissions and Records office when your enrollment packet is being reviewed. 

Beginning October 2009, no in progress course work will be accepted for the application.  Students are notified by letter and email of their wait list status by the Health Sciences & University Programs division. 

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Where can I find information regarding the success of students from Shasta College ADN program?  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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Wait List

When and how will I be notified of my wait list number? When is the wait list updated? The program wait list is updated twice a year following admission of the next class - approximately March and July.

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How can I find out my updated wait list number? Upon program Wait List update, the Health Sciences Division will send out emails to all persons on the Wait List updating the Wait List number.  Please keep the division informed of any changes in your contact information including name changes and changes in your address, phone number and email.  Also, please check the division web page periodically for changes affecting the program and your enrollment at  www.shastacollege.edu/hsup.

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How is my initial place on the wait list determined? Students are assigned to the wait list on a first-come first-served basis, according to when they submit their application packets.  Students who submit application packets on the same day are assigned to the list in a random order.  Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit your application on the first day of the application period, but it does not matter what time you submit your packet on that day.

Ranking is completed as applications are received in the Admissions & Records office.  Once eligibility has been determined based on review of application and transcripts, the listing is sent to the Health Sciences office for final review and placement on the Wait List.  Spring applicants will be notified of their Wait List placement in summer (July) and fall applicants will be notified of their Wait List placement during the winter (March).  

Students are notified primarily by email -- and US mail, if necessary - of their wait list status by the Health Sciences & University Programs division.

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Will I be notified each time my waitlist number changes?  Notifications of Wait List number changes will be sent two times annually (in the summer and in the winter) as the class being admitted is finalized.

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I heard Shasta College was going to eliminate the wait list and change to a point system for admission to the nursing program.  Is this true and if so when will it start?  The governor approved a multi-criteria (point system) process for nursing program admissions as an additional method for nursing program admissions.  The college still has the option to use the previously approved methods which are random draw, or a wait list of first-come-first serve based upon using the validated pre-requisites approved by the Chancellor’s office.  Shasta College found no advantage to students or any ability to shorten the waiting process by changing to a new system.  Shasta College will continue with current policies and procedures. 

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Why can’t the college admit more students to shorten the wait list process?  The limitation on enrollment to the nursing programs is due to limited clinical experiences in the area.  Students need to have hands on practice and clinical experiences in all five major nursing areas including medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and psychiatric nursing.  With only 2 medium sized hospitals it is not possible to increase class size above the current limit of 30 students per semester.

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If I move and change my personal information with Shasta College Admissions & Records, will that be good enough?  That is necessary.  However, it is critical that you also notify the Health Sciences Office of any changes in your personal information by submitting a  Contact Information Change form so that we can make sure that the information on the ADN Wait list is correct when it comes time to communicate with you regarding your entry into the program. 

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Pre-Enrollment Diagnostic Measure (TEAS)

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.   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. 

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What if I don’t pass the TEAS test?  Will it disqualify me from the program? Students who do not achieve the composite cut score of 62% (on version 5.0) are not disqualified from the nursing program.  However, they will be referred to a nursing case manager who will work with the student to develop an individualized remediation plan that will identify support, courses or activities that will promote the student’s success in the Associate Degree nursing program.  Once the student has successfully completed their remediation plan, they will be eligible to be invited to enroll in the nursing program.

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How much time will I be given to complete the remediation plan?  Students will be given one year to complete their remediation plans and demonstrate readiness for entry into the nursing program.  The period of remediation shall commence on the date the student receives his/her remediation plan.

Will I have to repeat the TEAS when I complete the remediation plan?  No, students do not have to re-take the test to demonstrate readiness for the nursing program.  The student does need to successfully complete their individualized remediation plan as demonstration that they have corrected any identified areas of deficiency.

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Graduation Requirement Questions

What are “catalog rights”?  Catalog rights refer to the graduation requirements that are in effect at the time a student initially enrolls for classes.  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 courses of 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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If I completed my prerequisites and am on the Wait List will I maintain my “catalog rights” while I am waiting?  As long as you continue to take courses during the time you are waiting, you will maintain your catalog rights.  You are required to take at least one course each semester with a break from enrollment in classes of no more than two consecutive semesters (summer sessions are not included).

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I took Math 101 in spring 2008.  Will this course meet the math graduation requirement when I complete the program?  I don’t expect to graduate from the program until spring 2011. It depends on when you were last enrolled at Shasta College. If you took classes at Shasta College at any time between spring 2008 and summer 2009, Math 101 will satisfy the graduation requirement for math as long as you don’t have a break of more than a year between any of your classes by the time you graduate.  Otherwise, you will have to pass Math 102 to satisfy the new math requirement which goes into effect in Fall 2009.

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Do I need to take a multicultural class in order to graduate with my Associate Degree in Nursing?It depends on when you were last enrolled at Shasta College.  The multicultural requirement went into effect fall 2008.  If you took classes at Shasta College at any time between spring 2007 and summer 2008, you will not need to take a multicultural course as long as you haven’t had a break of more than two semesters from that time until the time you graduate.  If you have had a break of more than a year between your classes, you will have to satisfy the multicultural requirement in order to graduate from the program.

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What courses satisfy the humanities and multicultural graduation requirements? Approved courses are listed in the college catalog in Chapter 5- Degrees, Programs and Certificates 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.  In both the 2008-2009 and the 2009-2010 catalog, the Associate Science Degree of Nursing requirements are on page 23.

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