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The American Nurses Association defines Nursing as theprotection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.  IVC offers an exciting and rigorous Nursing Program for men and women who are 18 years of age or older, in good health, and can lift over 35lbs minimum.  Meeting eligibility requires completion of the program's admission criteria and passing a pre-entrance test.  Students must apply to the program and if selected, are invited to join a nursing class.  The IVC Nursing Program adheres to the same rules, regulations, and philosophy as stated in the College catalog and the program's nursing student handbook.  Additional policies are required to meet both the standards by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the clinical training facilities.


The very first RN class started in 1971 graduating 30 students.  The RN Program continues to be the only nursing program in the Valley, graduating students every semester.  The curriculums are continually modified to keep up with the standards of the Board of Nursing, the nursing industry, and healthcare community.  This is a two-year, four-semester program whereby students are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Registered Nursing after graduation and are eligible to take the national licensure exam called the NCLEX-RN.


The Nursing Department is located in the 2100 Health Sciences Building and consists of the Department Office 2155, Nursing Learning Center 2158, Nursing Computer Lab 2156, and four State-of-the-art simulated Nursing Labs.

Students who are ready to pursue nursing at IVC should begin by:


  • Reviewing the College catalog regarding all nursing requirements and the for RN pathway. 
  • Making an appointment with Stella Orfanos-Woo, Nursing Program Counselor, located in Counseling Office 100 
  • Attending a Nursing Session to get the most up-to-date program information and how to apply.  Students will need to verify they have attended a session on the nursing application.
  • Taking the prerequisite courses
  • Preparing for the TEAS Pre-entrance Test 
  • Applying to the Nursing Program


Information Sessions Dates

Day Date Program Time and Room
Tuesday 8/22/2017 RN 4:00pm / 2139
Thursday 9/14/2017 RN 4:00pm / 2139
Tuesday 9/26/2017 RN 4:00pm / 2139
Wednesday 10/25/2017 RN 4:00pm / 2139
Wednesday 11/29/2017 RN 4:00pm / 2139
Thursday 8/31/2017 LVN 4:00pm / 2139
Wednesday 9/13/2017 LVN 4:00pm / 2139
Thursday 9/28/2017 LVN 4:00pm / 2139
Thursday 11/2/2017 LVN 4:00pm / 2139



Nursing Information Flyer


Admission Criteria: The following criteria is required to apply – students should refer to the College catalog to make sure of course descriptions and requirements of each course.  The Multi-Criteria Grid outlines the point values that will determine ranking for the Nursing Program:

  • Sciences:  BIOL 220 General Microbiology, BIOL 200 or BIOL 204 Human Anatomy, and BIOL 202 or BIOL 206 Human Physiology – no less than a 2.5 overall GPA
  • General Education 'Fixed Set':  PSY 204 Developmental Psychology, ENG 110 Composition & Reading, MATH 091 Intermediate Algebra, SOC 101 Introductory Sociology or ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology, and COMM 100 Oral Communication – no less than a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Recommended courses considered for points:  READ 111 Analytical & Critical Reading, ENG 201 Advanced Composition, MATH 110 or an advanced MATH Course, and NURS 100 Medication Mathematics
  • ATI TEAS 6 Pre-entrance Test score of 62% or higher

Application Period/Deadlines:

  Month of March and September
 Upcoming Deadlines  Class
 March 1-31, 2017  Fall 2017
 September 1-29, 2017  Spring 2018
 March 1-29, 2018  Fall 2018
 September 3-28, 2018  Spring 2019
 March 1-29, 2019  Fall 2019
 September 3-30, 2019  Spring 2020


Applying to the Program:

The application must include the following documentation to be considered: 


  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from all colleges, universities, and/or technical schools attended including IVC (Webstar acceptable) – this includes copies already filed with IVC's A&R
  • TEAS Results showing 62% or higher
  • IVC DegreeWorks Audit (under 'For Students' at
  • Optional Criteria – any of the following categories if applicable, with copies attached to the application:
    • Life Experiences and/or Special Circumstances:
      • Veteran/Active Military
      • Spouse of Veteran/Active Military
      • Declared Disability
      • Difficulty – Personal and Family Situations
      • Disadvantaged, Social or Educational Environment
      • Low Income
      • First Generation
      • Need to Work
      • Refugee Status
      • Language Proficiency:
        • Documented proficiency or advanced level of coursework in languages other than English.  At IVC, courses include AMSL 200, 202 or 204, FREN 201 or 211, SPAN 200, 210 220 or 221 – highlight on transcript if taken
        • Letter from Employer verifying applicant can speak, read, and write in another language AND can do so in a healthcare setting.
        • Relevant Degrees and Certificates:
          • AA/AS/BS/BA/MS/MA Degree or LVN License
          • Allied Health Certification
          • Relevant Work or Volunteer Experience

Selection:  All complete applications received during the open periods are considered for admission.  Applicants are not placed on a wait list.  Applications which are incomplete, missing any of the required documentation, or have not met the criteria, will not be considered.  Notification of admission is sent by email 30-45 days after the deadline, and all applicants are notified of status.  

If selected to enter, the clearances below will be required.  The IVC Student Health Center is available to assist with the health requirements.  Refer to the 'List of Clearances'

  • Background Check & Drug Screen
  • Current BLS card for healthcare providers from the American Heart Association
  • Basic physical examination (within past year)
  • TB/PPD skin test (within past year)
  • Current Vaccinations:  Influenza, 2-step MMR [Measles, Mumps Rubella], Hepatitis B, Tdap, and Varicella. 


Health Center  is available to assist students with the health requirements. 

If selected, students will attend orientation by enrolling in NURS 080.  This course is designed to fully prepare the student for admission.  Students enroll on their own and obtain the necessary materials and course syllabus. 

The Nursing Learning Center (NLC) (Room 2158) is an integral part of the Nursing Department where nursing students can obtain the necessary resources to complete assignments and obtain tutorial assistance.  The NLC is staffed by part-time nursing faculty.  Enrollment is optional but strongly recommended, however, use of the lab requires that all students sign in.  

The pathway for the Associate of Science degree in Registered Nursing is outlined in the IVC catalog .  RN to BSN pathways for IVC nursing students include:


Additional resources: 

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Please use the first part of your IVC Email (e.g. joe.smith) and your Email Password to login. If you are a student, please use the Student Portal to login.