Legal Status Requirement/Social Security Number

Please be aware that the clinical sites used by the Nursing Education Department Program at Palomar College mandate that in order to attend a clinical site, a nursing student must be a legal resident.

The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires a social security number before a graduate from a nursing program can sit for the NCLEX exam. An RN license cannot be issued without passing the NCLEX exam.

Legal residents without a social security number can begin the nursing program at Palomar College but as the clinical sites toughen their requirements, a student without a social security number may be denied acceptance to a clinical site at any point during the program. Nursing students who cannot participate in the clinical portion of the nursing program are not allowed to continue in the program. This means that nursing students without a social security number may start the program but may not be able to complete the program.

Palomar College  has a legal contract with an organization of legal immigration experts that can provide free legal help and consultations with Palomar College students. They can help guide students through the entire process. Palomar College students can set up appointments with them by clicking here.