Evergreen Valley College in San Jose is a community college nursing program that leads to a registered nursing (RN) license. It’s a very good nursing program for those living in Silicon Valley and applying to other nearby nursing programs such as SJSU and De Anza College. As usual with all nursing programs in the state, there is very high demand of admissions to this school. Because of this, students are advised to apply everywhere including any nearby CSU with a nursing school such as San Jose State. Regardless of whether a student earns a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in nursing, she will still earn the RN license that allows her to get a nursing job.
Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree can apply to this program and earn a RN as well as an associate’s degree. Keep in mind that California SB 1393 does not require baccalaureate degree holders to earn another associate’s degree at EVC in order to get an RN license. This means there is no need for bachelor’s degree holders to take GE courses to get the coveted RN license. However, the CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires postbac students in the EVC nursing program to have completed the following courses to get an RN without a degree:
- General Psychology
- Oral Communications
- Societal and Cultural Patterns (EVC courses ETH 010, 011, 030, 035, 040, 042, SOC 010, 011, SSCI 020, 050, ANTH 063)
Evergreen Valley College Nursing Admissions Prerequisites
The admissions requirements must be completed prior to application. They are:
- Graduation from high school
- Human anatomy with lab (minimum four semester units)
- Human physiology with lab (minimum four semester units, must be taken within the last five years, may not be a combined A/P course)
- English 1A
- Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher
Data from the above is put into the state chancellor’s “Model Prerequisites for Enrollment in ADN Programs” which factors in cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, science repeats (a grade of W, D, or F counts as a repeat), and English 1A GPA. The minimum cut score is 68% at the EVC nursing program. Those who meet the minimum cut score are put in a random lottery to pick the students who are eligible for the EVC nursing program.
Those chosen at the random lottery must take the TEAS test and pass it with a 72% score. Those that don’t will go through a one-year remediation process that includes the eventual passage of the TEAS test. Students who complete remediation will go in the next possible nursing enrollment cycle.
Admissions occurs once a year with application between October 1 and October 29. Pre-nursing students selected for admissions will be assigned entry date in either a fall or spring semester.
Since the requirements for entry to EVC’s nursing program is the same as many other California colleges and universities, students should apply to this program along with all other nursing schools within driving distance including those on the peninsula, East Bay, or San Francisco. All community college nursing departments in California have to use a lottery system with relaxed entrance requirements, so scoring a 4.0 GPA is no guarantee if the student sticks with community college programs in order to save money.
Keep in mind that a delay in getting through the nursing program means thousands of dollars lost in potential salary from having to wait a year (or more) to get started in nursing school. Because of this, it may be pound foolish to stick with the bargain community college programs. Definitely pick a junior college nursing program if you get lucky, but if you don’t you need to keep other options such as CSU or private university options. Nursing prerequisite classes can be taken at any accredited college including a community college other than EVC. It is not unusual for students, including the best ones, to apply to many programs due to the lottery system at California community colleges.