Health and other Requirements
- Students must be free from communicable diseases, infection, psychological disorders and other conditions that present a threat to, or negatively impact the well being of faculty, other students, consumers, or would prevent the successful performance of the responsibilities and tasks required in the nursing education program.
- Each student is required to have a complete physical examination prior to admission to the nursing program and the exam must be repeated yearly.
- Students are also required to have the following tests: complete blood count, VDRL or RPR, urine analysis, TB skin test and/or X-ray and evidence of polio vaccination.
- Students must demonstrate by titers, immunity from rubella, rubeola, varicella, Hepatitis B and mumps. Students may choose to waive immunization for Hepatitis B by completing a signed disclaimer provided by the nursing department office.
- Copies of all laboratory and immunization results must be submitted with the completed Health Record prior to admission to the first required nursing course.
- All test expenditures, immunizations, physical examination, etc. are the responsibility of the student. Students must satisfy any additional requirement of affiliating facilities.
CPR Certification, Insurance and Other Requirements
- Upon admission to the nursing program and its clinical nursing courses, students must present a current Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate. The certifying course must include one (1) and two (2) person, adult, child and infant CPR and airway management information and competencies.
- Nursing students are required to carry liability insurance and must present proof of same prior to participation in the clinical component of all clinical nursing courses. Application for the liability insurance is provided during the orientation meeting for officially admitted students.
- Admitted students must also complete a criminal background check from an agency designated by the nursing program. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect a student's eligibility for licensure in the state of California. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Board of Registered Nursing for clarification before starting the program.
- Students are required to pay for mandatory content mastery testing each semester of the program for a total cost of approximately $463.00 for the entire program. Further information will be provided during the orientation meeting for officially admitted students.
- Students are encouraged join the national and local chapters of the National Student Nurses Association. Application for this organization is also provided during the orientation session for officially admitted students.
- Program costs and transportation to off-campus clinical sites are the sole responsibility of the student. Financial aid, including work-study funding and tuition waiver is available to qualifying students via the college’s Financial Aid Office. Employment as a student-aide may also be available in local health care agencies.
- Enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing Program requires acceptance as a fully matriculated student at Los Angeles Southwest College or eligibility for the same.