Application, Selection and Program Requirements

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Cabrillo College is a four semester program and accepts students each fall and spring semester. The next application cycle will be February 1st - February 23rd, 2024 for entry into the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 Semesters. Please read this page carefully for all of the information you need to apply and review the estimated cost of the program.

Review the Requirements for Graduation and Counseling Worksheet for a good understanding of prerequisites and courses required in the program.


Admission Requirements

Please review the current admission requirements. We recommend that you meet with an Academic Counselor before applying. If you have taken prerequisites at other colleges, be sure they meet Cabrillo's Nursing prerequisite requirements. To schedule an appointment with an Academic Counselor, please call 831-479-6274.

The Cabrillo College Nursing Program also offers limited opportunities for advanced placement admission for LVNs, military personnel and students transferring from other nursing programs.

Selection Process

The Cabrillo nursing program uses a multi-criteria selection process. In addition to meeting the prerequisite criteria, points are awarded according to various components of education, experience and background.

The multi-criteria application process has two phases:

Phase 1:

  • At the close of the application cycle, all approved applicants are awarded a score according to the multi-criteria application form.

  • The top 40% of applicants from phase 1 are admitted to a random lottery. Applicants not admitted to the lottery will be notified.

  • In the 2024 application cycle, 120 applicants will be selected using the lottery process to progress to phase 2 of the application process.

Phase 2:

  • The 120 applicants admitted to phase 2 will submit a TEAS test score.

  • Points will be awarded based on the score achieved in the TEAS test.

  • The phase 1 and phase 2 points will be combined for a total application score.

  • Applicants will be ranked according to their combined score.

  • Applicants from the top 40% will be randomly selected for placement in the Fall and Spring cohorts, or the alternate list..

Any remaining spots on the alternate list (for a total of 20) will be selected at random from the remaining Phase 2 pool.


TEAS Test score submitted with application:

Applicants may submit a TEAS test score for phase 2 when they initially apply, however it will only be assessed if they are admitted to the second phase of the application process. When submitting a TEAS test score, the highest score achieved within the last two years will be accepted.

TEAS test taken following admission to phase 2:

Applicants admitted to phase 2 that have not yet submitted a TEAS test score will be invited to take the TEAS test and submit their result for a phase 2 application score.

***Cabrillo will use your highest TEAS score within the last 2 years of the application regardless of the number of times you have tested. Please note that this may not be the case for other nursing programs.***



The following forms are from the 2023 application cycle and should be used only as samples for now. New application materials will be posted close to the next application cycle which is February 2024.


2023 Nursing Program Application Cycle Statistics

  • 395 eligible applications were received, evaluated and scored for Phase One.

  • The top 40% were the applicants who scored 50 points or above in Phase One. There were a total of 165 applicants in the top 40%.

  • 120 of the 165 from the top 40% were randomly selected by lottery to advance to Phase Two.

  • At the close of Phase Two scoring, the top 40% were selected. A random lottery determined which students from the top 40% were placed in the Fall and Spring cohorts, or the alternate list. Twenty-four applicants were offered placement in the Fall 2024 class and another 24 applicants were offered placement in the Spring 2025 class. The remaining applicants in the top 40% of phase Two, and a random lottery selection from the remaining pool of Phase Two students determined a total of 20 alternates.

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