RN Program Application Process

Registered Nursing Program Application Period:
January 12-February 9, 2024

Selected students will be placed to start the program in Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

Important Dates to Follow:

November 2023 or before (recommended timeframe, allows for processing of petition and receiving results by application deadline) Courses taken outside SCCCD should be reviewed by a FCC counselor for possible Course Substitution Petition
December 2023 or before All pre-requisite courses must be complete before applying
January 9 - February 9, 2024 Application Q&A is available
January 2024 or before Send all college/university transcripts to FCC Admissions & Records Office
January 12-February 9, 2024 Complete online program application (link in Step 3 below) and upload required documentation
February 2, 2024 or before (recommended timeframe, allows sufficient time to complete before the application deadline) Complete TEAS Exam (and transfer score to FCC if not taken at FCC Assessment Center)
February 9, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Access to the RN Program Application Closes
April 19, 2024 Lottery Status will be emailed to all applicants
April 26, 2024 Deadline to accept placement in the program, if selected

Application Steps - Click on the arrows for details in each step:

Complete each step below in order to apply to the Registered Nursing Program.

Complete online Fresno City College application.

All applicants to the Nursing programs must apply for admission to Fresno City College to obtain a SCCCD Student ID number prior to applying to the Registered Nursing programs. When applying you will be asked to declare a major, please select Pre-Allied Health.  Once accepted into the program your major will be changed to Registered Nursing.

  • Completion of science prerequisites with a letter grade of "C" or better
    • BIO 31-Microbiology
    • CHEM 3A- Introduction to General Chemistry
    • BIO 20-Human Anatomy and BIO 22-Human Physiology OR  
      BIOL 21A-Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 21B-Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Science courses with in-person or online lab are acceptable.
  • Completion of non-science prerequisites with a letter grade of "C" or better
    • ENGL 1A-Reading and Comprehension
    • MATH 11-Elementary Statistics or transfer-level math
    • PSY 2-General Psychology 
    • SOC 1A-Introduction to Sociology or 
      ANTH 2-Cultural Anthropology or 
      SOC 1B-Critical Thinking About Social Problems
  • Pass ATI TEAS with 62% or higher
    • No more than 2 attempts
    • 90 days required between attempts
      • If ATI TEAS not taken at the FCC Assessment Center:
      • Must transfer ATI TEAS Individual Performance Profile to FCC through www.ATItesting.com "Transcripts"
      • Skip this step if scores have been previously submitted to FCC through www.ATItesting.com or prior application. Currently accepting ATI TEAS versions 6 or 7. 
  • GPA of 2.5 or above
    • A cumulative GPA calculation will be done using all college coursework documented on all college/university transcripts
    • Application requirements include the completion of all eight (8) prerequisite requirements and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
    • “In Progress” prerequisite courses are not accepted
    • Grade points and units will be tallied from all college work attempted

Applicants with courses from outside SCCCD

Applicants who would like to use pre-requisite or general education courses completed from outside of SCCCD should meet with a Fresno City College Counselor.  The counselor will assist in determining whether the Course Substitution Petition process needs to be completed.  This process should be completed before applying to the Registered Nursing Programs or any Allied Health Program.  Students with courses from a California public community college or university may use the follow links to determine equivalency of courses from outside institutions with Fresno City College:



If a Course Substitution Petition is needed, courses must be evaluated by each department for possible approval.  The required documents to initiate the review of a course are a copy of the official transcript and the course syllabus.  This is a lengthy process and must be done at least 2-3 months prior to submitting an application.  All approved FCC course substitutions must be submitted with application.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Appropriate credit for AP scores recognized by Fresno City College may be applied to meet an application requirement. Please submit with your RN program application an unofficial copy of the AP College Board scores for any course you would like considered to meet program course requirements. Students must submit an official copy of their AP College Board scores to Fresno City College in order to receive college credit. 

Applicants using Foreign Education courses

Students who have completed courses outside of the United States must have foreign transcripts evaluated by an evaluation service approved by Fresno City College.  Please meet with a Fresno City College Health & STEM Pathway Counselor.

The program application is accessible only during the Application Period:

APPLICATION AVAILABLE: January 12-February 9, 2024

Complete the Registered Nursing Online Program Application

All applicants and reapplicants must complete the online Registered Nursing Program Application along with all required supporting documentation (see step 4).  

Reapplicants are required to submit ALL supporting documents.  If ATI TEAS Test results have previously been electronically submitted to Fresno City College then you do not need to resubmit.  If external transcripts have already been submitted and no new courses have been completed then you do not need to resubmit.


Please review all instruction below regarding supporting documents and transcript submission

Supporting Documents

All required and optional supporting documents must be uploaded to the program application prior to submission.  Processing of applications will be terminated if the applicant does not fully complete the application and submit the required supporting documents.

Applicant eligibility is determined based on information entered by the applicant on the application and documents submitted with the application.

Below is a list of the supporting documents to be submitted:

  • ATI TEAS Information:

    • Copy of ATI TEAS Individual Performance Profile.  Include all attempts.  

    • If multiple attempts at the TEAS have been completed, you must include a copy of ATI TEAS transcript showing all attempts.

    • If ATI TEAS Exam completed outside of Fresno City College Assessment Center, you must include a copy of receipt showing ATI TEAS Individual Performance Profile was transferred to Fresno City College.  Email confirmation of score transferred from ATI Testing will be accepted. Do not include receipt for the exam fee, just the score transfer.

  • One (1) unofficial copy of your high school transcripts, or diploma, or GED certificate.

  • If applicable, copy of approved Fresno City College Course Substitution(s) for prerequisite and General Education courses.

  • If applicable, any supporting documentation for Optional Criteria (see below).

Optional Criteria

Verified supporting documentation may be awarded points. Students may submit all that apply.

Relevant Health Care Certification:

  • Copy of Relevant Healthcare Certification/License. At this time First Aid and Safety/CPR will not be awarded points.

Life Experiences or Special Circumstances:

  • Documentation showing student is receiving college Disability Services.
  • Proof of eligibility or proof of Financial Aid (BOGG fee waiver, Cal Grant, Pell Grant or other federal grant, or CalWorks).
  • Submit Life Experiences/Special Circumstances Formfor First Generation to Attend College Criteria.
  • Proof of participation or eligibility for special programs: EOPS, Puente, TRIO, TRIO-STEM, USEAA, NextUp, RAIN, IDLE/SYMBAA (Umoja).
  • Proof of Veteran Status/Eligible Spouse.
    Veteran or a spouse of a veteran must submit a copy of the DD214 form.
  • If you speak a second language, submit the Language Proficiency Verification Form.

College/University Transcripts (outside of State Center Community College District)

Applicants must submit ONE (1) official College/University transcript from each school attended OUTSIDE of State Center Community College District (Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, Madera Community College). Submit college/university transcripts to the Transcripts Department at Fresno City College on or before the posted application deadline.

State Center Community College District transcripts do not need to be submitted.    

Transcripts may be sent in one of two ways:

E-Transcripts must be sent by the institution, not the student, to transcripts@fresnocitycollege.edu 


Sealed official transcripts may be mailed by the institution or the student to the following address: 
Fresno City College
Attn: Transcripts Department
1101 E University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

If you have any technical issues with the online application, contact the APA Division office at (559) 244-2604 or apa@fresnocitycollege.edu or attend an application Q&A session (dates and times listed in "Step 3").


Drop-In Application Q&A Dates and Times:

Drop-In Q&A sessions are available to answer questions about how to complete the application and the supporting documentation. Please read all information in Steps 2-4 to review your application for completeness.  

Application Q&A will be available virtually on the following dates and times via Starfish. After logging in you will be added to a list and receive a phone call from a counselor before the Q&A time ends. Click on the link below during designated days/times to add yourself to the waitlist:

January 9 - February 9, 2024

Tuesdays 9-11 a.m.

Thursdays 1-3 p.m.

Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


For guidance on the documents to upload to the application you may view this video: Documents Upload Guide

  1. After submitting the RN Application a confirmation email will be sent to your SCCCD student email address.  You may need to check your junk folder if you do not see it in the Inbox.
  2. All applicants will be notified of their lottery status by email, to the SCCCD student email.  A response is required for those who are selected into the program.  If you are not selected then you do not need to respond.
  3. Check "Important Dates to Follow" for response deadlines.
  4. All communication from the Registered Nursing Program will be sent to your SCCCD Student email.

Selection Process

The Traditional Registered Nursing program begins in the Fall & Spring semester each year.

FCC utilizes a Multiple Criteria Selection (MCS) process for admission into the Registered Nursing Programs. The MCS process is a point based system. The points earned from the criteria determine a student’s eligibility to participate in the lottery selection process. Effective Spring 2023, available enrollment spaces are selected by a combination of rank order (highest points) based on points earned on the multicriteria factors and through random selection. 

Fresno City College reserves the right to designate a certain number of spaces for special programs, contract agreements and/or to meet requirements of grant-designated outcomes. 

Students will be required to reapply each year. The number of times a student has participated in the lottery will not be counted.

This process is student driven, which means applicants are responsible for supplying all requested information including transcripts and supplemental documentation required. If the application does not contain all information, the applicant's application packet will be deemed ineligible and will not be scored.  The Registered Nursing Department must be informed of any changes in applicant name, address, and/or phone number. To be eligible for the Registered Nursing program, the online Program Application must be completed and all transcripts and supplemental documents submitted to the Registered Nursing Department.

We encourage all unselected students to meet with a counselor to discuss options for achieving academic goals. 


MultiCriteria Screening Rubric:

The Multi Criteria Screening (MCS) Rubric is a tool to help applicants understand the MCS process.  Applicants must meet all the program application requirements and the current MCS cut off score (50 points) in order to participate in the lottery process. Please use this tool as a guide for calculating your score. Final scores will be determined by the program evaluation.

Required Criteria

TEAS Test (Maximum 50 Points)

Applicant must successfully complete the TEAS Test with a score of 62% or higher to be considered for program selection. ATI TEAS Exam must be completed before applying to the FCC RN or LVN-RN Program. Teas V no longer accepted at Fresno City College.

Score Points
90 - 100 50 Points
80 – 89.99 45 Points
70 – 79.99 40 Points
62 – 69.99 35 Points
< 62 Ineligible

TEAS Reading Score (Maximum 5 Points)

Score above the 50th percentile of the National Mean in the Reading Section of the ATI TEAS Examination.

Score Points
Above 50th percentile 5 Points
Below 50% 0 Points

Science Prerequisite GPA (Maximum 25 Points)

Grade Point Average Points
3.80 – 4.00 25 Points
3.50 – 3.79 20 Points
3.30 – 3.49 15 Points
3.00 – 3.29 10 Points
< 3.00 0 Points

Grade Point Average calculated based on courses below:

  • BIOL 20 - Human Anatomy/BIO 21A-A&P I
  • BIOL 22 - Human Physiology/BIO 21B- A&P II
  • BIOL 31 - Microbiology
  • CHEM 3A - General Chemistry or equivalent

Non-Science Prerequisite GPA (Maximum 10 Points)

Grade Point Average Points
3.75 – 4.00 10 Points
3.50 – 3.74 7 Points
3.00 – 3.49 5 Points
2.50- 2.99 2 Points
< 2.50 0 Points

Grade Point Average calculated based on courses below:

  • ENGL 1A - Reading & Composition
  • MATH 103 - Intermediate Algebra or Higher Math Course
  • PSY 2 - General Psychology
  • SOC 1A or ANTHRO 2 - Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology

Optional - Previous Degrees (Maximum 3 Points)

Degree Possible Points
AA/AS Degree 1 Point
BA/BS Degree 2 Points
MA/MS or Higher Degree 3 Points

Official transcript from regionally accredited U.S. college or university with degree posted. Students who do not have an AA/AS degree or higher must provide proof of high school transcript (Title 16, Division 14, Article 1, Section 1412 California Code Regulation) Foreign High school and college graduates: All transcripts outside of U.S. must be evaluated. Refer to Foreign Education to do list.

Optional - Current California Certification (Maximum 2 Points)

Certification Points
Paramedic, Respiratory Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified CNA, EMT, Psych Technician, Medical Assistant, or Veterinary Technician 2 Points

Optional - Life Experiences & Special Circumstances (Maximum 5 Points)

Description Points
Disabilities (Proof of receiving college disability services from SCCCD) 5 Points
Low Family Income (BOGG fee waiver, Cal Grant, Pell Grant or other federal grant, CalWorks) 5 Points
First Generation to Attend College (Submit Life Experience Form) 5 Points
Disadvantaged Social or Educational Environment: EOPS, Puente, TRIO, TRIO-STEM, USEAA, NextUp, RAIN, IDLE/SYMBAA (Umoja) 5 Points
Veteran Status (Submit copy of Defense Form DD-214 Honorable Discharge or alternate documentation per Veterans and Eligible Spouses) 5 Points
Language Proficiency (Submit Language Proficiency Verification form) 5 Points

Application dates and policies are subject to change.


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