Submitting Your Application

Program Details

This program is 4 semesters long. Admission to our generic RN program is based on the Palomar College Admission Multi-Criteria Points screening tool and random selection (more on this admission process below). We do not keep a waiting list of students. We do encourage you to reapply, should you not be initially admitted to the program.


Applications Accepted*Enrollment Start*Admission Decisions**Current Status
January 8 - February 9, 2024
Fall 2024
Classes start August 26, 2024.
May 2024Update as of 5/2/24: Decisions were emailed between 4/19 to 5/2. Please email if you did not receive an email.
July 1 - August 2, 2024Spring 2025
Classes start February 3, 2025.
October 2024Generic RN Application
*Application and Enrollment dates are subject to change.
**All students will receive a notification via email, regardless of the admission decision.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalency or higher degree (Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s in any subject)
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite coursework
    • No grade lower than a “C” for every class required, general education and nursing, will be accepted
  • Successful completion of the TEAS exam with a score of 62% or higher

How to Apply

1. Review the Application Checklist to confirm you have all your documents ready for uploading

  • A copy of your high school diploma, GED, CHSPE, OR highest level of US degree awarded (Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s in any subject)
  • All unofficial transcripts of coursework (including those from Palomar College)
  • All unofficial copies of TEAS attempts – including outdated exams
  • Supporting documentation for any points attempting to be received for any other category

 2. Fill out and complete the Online Generic RN Application

  • Make sure that all your documents are in PDF format and named correctly for an easy and quick application experience.
  • You will receive a confirmation email once submitted.
    • If you need to step away and complete your application at another time, you will receive a special link to resume your application.

Palomar College Admission Multi-Criteria Points

Important information to review before applying:

  • Admission Process
    • We will have two admit pools. We will accept 26 students from the points system based on the highest points and 10 students will be chosen by random selection from a pool of students who have 70 points or higher.
      • If one of the points-selected students declines their seat, then we will replace that person with the next highest points-selected student. 
      • If one of the randomly-selected students declines, then they will be replaced by another randomly-selected student. 
  • Palomar ID:
    • You must register with Palomar College to obtain a student ID number before you submit your application. Your Palomar ID is a requirement on the application.
  • Transcripts:
    • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process. Make sure all pages are included.
      • If accepted to the program, official transcripts will be required at that time.
    • If you attended Palomar College, we will need to submit a copy of these transcripts as well.
  • Required Courses:
    • All required courses must be completed and have a grade issued; otherwise we cannot calculate your GPA.
    • No grade lower than a “C” will be accepted for all required courses, general education, and nursing, for the associate’s degree.
    • If you are using AP scores to clear a GE requirement, please submit a copy of the score report. We will not accept college transcripts that show AP scores as credit.
  • ATI TEAS exams:
    • All copies of the attempted TEAS exams must be submitted, including prior expired versions and non-passing scores.
      • You can print free copies directly from your account on the ATI website. TEAS transcript is preferred when submitting your application.
    • The TEAS Version 7 was implemented on June 3, 2022. We will only accept TEAS Version 7 for the Spring 2024 application period and moving forward.
  • Work/Volunteer Experience
    • Multiple experiences may be used to get to the 100 hour minimum.
    • Hours must be stated on the verification document submitted. Average hours done per week is acceptable, as long as the dates of attendance are also clearly listed.
  • Written Statements
    • Word counts listed on the Multi-Criteria Point sheet will be enforced. You will not receive points if you do not meet the minimum counts.
  • Disability Accommodations
    • Each student needs to be safe in a hospital environment.  Approved accommodations for lecture may be different from approved accommodations for lab and clinical.
  • Application Processing:
    • Applications will close on the last day. No late applications will be accepted.
    • We do not keep transcripts or applications on file. All application documents are shredded after the completion of the selection process.
      • If you are reapplying, you will need to resubmit your application and supporting documents.
    • The application process takes several weeks to complete.
    • Once accepted applicants are selected, we notify them in groups. Not all applicants are notified at one time.
      • All notifications are sent to the email address provided on the application.
    • Every applicant will receive a notification of their admission decision.
    • We do not require a background check or proof of immunizations until after acceptance into the program.

Nursing Application Statistics

Total Applicants227287221333299392335265300250
Total Admitted36363636363636363636
Average Applicant Points77777672777776757473
Admitted Point Range72-9971-9680-9383-9683-9685-9681-9480-9581-9478-98
Number Admitted from Standby14166111014159614

Palomar College Admission Multi-Criteria Points

All students who have completed the prerequisite coursework with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the sciences and minimum 62% on the TEAS are eligible to be admitted to the program. Please note that the accepted points vary semester to semester, based on the applicant pool and on the number of students who accept a seat. It is recommended that students apply to multiple programs in the area. If you would like advising on how to raise your application score, please contact the Nursing Education Department for an advising appointment. Please bring your unofficial transcripts and unofficial TEAS scores to your appointment.

SB1393 Information – Only applies to students with U.S. regionally accredited baccalaureate degrees or higher.