Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA is one of the largest community colleges in the nation with over 40,000 credit students. It also has a nursing program for pre-nursing students in Southern California to apply to that leads to a RN license. This program most convenient for those living in the San Gabriel Valley and northern Orange County.
Nursing departments at California community college programs are required to select students via lottery once they meet minimum requirements that shows they have a high probability of graduating from a two year nursing program. This means the 4.0 GPA has just as much a chance of getting in as somebody with a 3.3 GPA. Because of this, nursing students need to apply as many nursing programs as possible once they complete the prerequisites.
Once a student completes all pre-nursing prerequisites, there is a chance that her entry into a program could be delayed for a year or more due to bad luck from community college lotteries and intense competition at 4-year and private programs. This means the optimal action is to apply to all programs within driving distance in Southern California, including both 2-year and 4-year schools. It doesn’t matter if the student earns an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Both result in the same, exact registered nurse (RN) license. Some excellent choices in Southern California include Loma Linda University.
Keep in mind that a one year delay in entering a nursing program potentially means thousands of dollars not being earned from starting a nursing career later. Demand for nursing programs and careers is very high, especially during this recent recession, so it’s very important to apply broadly and widely.
MtSAC Nursing Prerequisites
Mount San Antonio College nursing department requires the following to be completed in order to enter the program:
- 1) Human Anatomy with lab (4 semester units)
2)Human Physiology with lab (4 semester units)
3) Microbiology with lab (4 semester units)
4) English 1A with a minimum grade of C (3 semester units)
5) An overall GPA of 2.5 in Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology with no grade below a C and no more than one repetition of any one of the courses.
6) An overall GPA of 2.5 for all college work.
7) Eligibility for Math 51 (elementary algebra)
8 ) High school diploma, GED, or an accredited degree from a college or university located in the United States
There are some other requirements that need to be met after gaining entry into the program but before initiating patient contact including:
- Passage of a criminal background check
- Passage of a drug screen
- Physical examination
- Be current on all required immunizations
- Current Level-C Provider CPR certification
While completing the prerequisite courses, students should also complete the following non-nursing department courses in order to decrease their workload while in the program. These courses are required for graduation:
- PSYC 1 (Introduction to Psychology)
- PSYC 14 (Developmental Psychology) or CHLD 10 (Child Growth and Development)
- SPCH 1A (Public Speaking)
Applicants who intend to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing or BSN later on should do the following course substitutions:
- Take ANAT 35 and ANAT 36 instead of ANAT 10A and ANAT 10B
- Take MICR 1 instead of MICR 22.
Once all of the above requirements have been met, students need to set up an eligibility appointment with a counselor and bring documentation that all of the above requirements have been met such as official college transcripts, copies of the class syllabus for classes outside of MtSAC, and high school diplomas. Eligibility appointments may only be made from March 1 to April 30 and September 1 to October 31 of each year. Once the student has verified that all requirements have been met at the eligibility appointment, students are placed in a lottery in which names are chosen to enter the nursing program.