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ADN Admission Policy

Admission of adult women and men students is based upon consideration of the completed application form, the student's academic achievement, personal statement and two satisfactory recommendations from individuals.

In addition to meeting the general university admission requirements, a candidate must meet an Overall GPA of 2.75 and a Science GPA of 2.5 (please see ADN student Handbook for Details).

Candidates who have 30 units of general studies requirements completed (except RST 49) prior to admission, may be admitted into the first year of the program.

Advanced Placement

LVNs who have met the admission requirements for the ADN program must hold a current LVN license (of which a copy must be submitted). The LVN applicant must also notify the Office of Admissions and Office of Advisement. Once admitted, the LVN student will receive 10 units of nursing course work credit and will be expected to complete Nur 20, Roy Adaptation Model, within the first semester of the Program. Please see ADN student Handbook for Details.

A non-degree 30 Unit Option is available for LVNs who meet the university entrance requirements. The student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for the registered nurse licensure after completing 30 units of prescribed courses. The student is not awarded a degree from Mount Saint Mary's University. Please see ADN student Handbook for Details.

Candidates with previous Registered Nursing education may be given transfer credit for previous nursing courses equivalent to the Nursing Department courses. A minimum of 24 units of nursing courses must be completed during the last two semesters at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Admission of these candidates will be on a probationary status. The student must have an accumulative GPA of 2.75 in the nursing courses for admission consideration.


The Associate’s Degree in Nursing meets the standards for and has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, leading to the California RN license. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.