Welcome to the LASC Nursing Department
About Nursing at LASC
Our nursing program has a history of excellence in the preparation of competent Registered Nurses. The Associate Degree Registered Nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). In 2012, the BRN granted continuing approval for the maximum length of time allowed. LASC School of Nursing offers quality education with an emphasis on critical thinking skills needed to apply theoretical concepts to clinical nursing practice. LASC offers extensive support services.
ADN (Registered Nursing) Program:
The ADN (RN) program at LASC was established in 1968 and received its first California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approval in 1968. The ADN (RN) program has a strong foundation in the sciences and general education. The program emphasizes the use of the nursing process and critical thinking to make clinical nursing judgments and employs leadership principles. Clinical experiences are across the lifespan and in a variety of healthcare settings. The ADN program graduate has a basic foundation of nursing knowledge and skills for entry-level practice. The learning experiences in the program are designed to encourage students to take responsibility for independent, self-regulated, life-long learning. The ADN (RN) preparation focuses on a strong medical-surgical foundation, leadership skills and application of the nursing process in a variety of community-based settings with patients across the life span. Upon completion of the ADN (RN) program, the graduate is eligible for the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. Graduates who complete the ADN (RN) curriculum earn an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing.
Advanced Placement (LVN-ADN) Program:
Students that have completed an accredited VN program and have obtained licensure are eligible to petition for Advanced Placement into the ADN (RN) program. Students must complete Nursing 518: Transition Course for Advanced Placement Students and the Advanced Placement Exam with a passing grade/score in order to be eligible for admission into the ADN (RN) program.
Additionally, a 30-unit option is offered to the Licensed Vocational Nurse. However, it is important to note that LVNs choosing to take the 30- unit option can never be qualified as graduates of Los Angeles Southwest College or of the Los Angeles Southwest College Associate Degree Nursing Program and will permanently be referred to as having a Nursing Non-Degree/Non-Graduate Status. Students who choose this pathway are not required to take Nursing 518: Transition Course for Advanced Placement Students or Advanced Placement Exam.
Challenge - Advanced Placement into the Nursing Education Program for Military Personnel
Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military-Trained Health Care Personnel Policy:
Individuals who have documented military education and experience in health care occupations may be eligible for advanced placement. Please review and follow the policies below.
- Individuals who have documented military education and experience in health care occupations may be eligible for advanced placement into the LACCD nursing programs.
- Documentation of education and clinical experience for military health care occupations must demonstrate satisfactory completion of education and experience. Official transcript(s) and documentation of experience (on official letterhead) must be submitted.
- Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing program, including completion of designated prerequisites and achievement of required cut score on nursing readiness entrance examination (Test of Academic Skills (TEAS)).
- Acceptance of military challenge/advanced placement students into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is contingent upon space availability.
- Applicants must adhere to the challenge policy and procedure, as stated in the Student Handbook and College Catalog (Petition for Credit by Examination) and as stated below:
LASC POLICY – Petition for Credit by Examination
- A maximum of 15 units may be earned through Credit by Examination and applied toward an Associate Degree.
- A student wishing to take the first semester or any other Nursing Course must be officially admitted to the generic Nursing Program and have completed at least 12 units within the Los Angeles Community College District
- Application for Credit by Examination must be made in writing and exams taken in sequential order.
- The student must be enrolled and pay all fees.
- The current established theory and clinical course outlines, objectives, learning activities and recommended readings in the course/s being challenged will be used.
- The examination criteria, theory and clinical, will be the same criteria currently established for the specific course/s being challenged.
- The theory challenge examination must be passed at 75% or higher before the clinical portion can be challenged.
- The clinical portion must be passed as “Satisfactory.” If the clinical portion results in “failure,” the whole course being challenged must be taken.
- Theory, clinical and skills lab must be passed to receive a grade for the course.
Applicants must follow the required steps to apply to the LASC nursing program (see below).
Required Steps to Apply to the Nursing Program
The Los Angeles Southwest College Nursing Program accepts applications twice a year: July 15- September 15, for the Spring filing period and January 15-March 15, for the Fall filing period.
In order to obtain a Program Application, the following steps MUST be completed well in advance of the application filing period:
- All students who have never applied to Southwest College need to submit a college application to the LASC Admissions Office. International students must first apply to the International Student Program.
- All U.S. transcripts outside of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) must be mailed directly from the college attended to the LASC Admissions Office. Hand-carried U.S. transcripts of any kind are NOT acceptable. Students must confirm with the Nursing Counseling that transcripts have arrived prior to making a counseling appointment.
- All transcripts outside of the U.S. must be evaluated according to the following procedures:
- Must complete 12 units with a “C” average within the LACCD prior to submitting any petition for credit.
- Submit foreign transcripts to an LASC-approved foreign transcripts evaluation service to obtain credit recommendations.
- LASC will not accept foreign transcript credit conferred by another college toward program pre-requisites.
- Submit to the college’s Petitions Committee a sealed copy of the evaluation service’s credit recommendations along with a petition for approval of credit. Credit approval by the Petitions Committee is NOT automatic (see a counselor for details).
4. Schedule an appointment with the nursing counselor to evaluate your transcripts well in advance of the application deadline and only after completion of Steps 1 through 3. The counselor will provide students with a signed “Evaluation of Transcripts for Nursing Program Prerequisites” form verifying that all Nursing Program prerequisites are completed with a “C” or better, before applying to the nursing program during the application period.
LASC Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military-Trained Health Care Personnel Procedure:
- The petitioner must:
- Satisfy the rules and regulations established in the LASC policy for petitioning for credit for examination (refer to current LASC catalog for the established criteria)
- Have satisfactorily completed the pre-requisites of the nursing course/s being challenged
- Submit to the Department Chairperson documentation of all previous course work and /or experience/s that the petitioner believes qualifies him/her for course credit by examination
- The petition, document and recommendations of the Chair will be presented and discussed with the Nursing Program’s Policy/Admission committee at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
- The Nursing Policy/Admission committee will determine eligibility.
- Qualified applicants will be contacted by the examiner following the decision of the Policy/Admission committee advising:
- The date the course materials will be available
- Suggested dates and location of the examination
- Dates of scheduled clinical experiences that include development of nursing care plans;(nursing care plans will be grades as Pass/Fail)
- A letter grade will be given upon completion of the theory and clinical examination. The student will be notified of the grade achieved for the course. If the student passes the exam, credit will be issued.
- The petitioner will be informed of his /her grade and the grade will be submitted to the Admission and Records Office.
Approved by the LACCD Nursing District Discipline Committee: 04/13/16
Location: Academic Village Room 104
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Friday 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Closed for lunch M-Th 12-1 p.m.
Phone: (323) 241-5461
The LASC Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by:
Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244