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Transfer Student and Military Policy Guidelines

Transfer and Challenge Process

Transfer students are those who have successfully completed some portion of their core nursing courses in an accredited nursing program. Admittance is based on space availability. Students who wish to transfer into the second, third, or fourth semester of the SCC nursing program must contact the department office by email.

In addition, transfer students should be aware that the SCC Nursing Program:

  • Has a very low attrition rate. There is rarely space for transferring students. Second and third semester transfers are the most difficult to obtain. Priorities for admission are detailed in the SCC Nursing Student Handbook.
  • May have different sequence of nursing specialty courses (obstetrics, pediatrics, and psychiatry) from the transfer college. This may result in repetition of one or more semesters of study.
  • Allows students only one year out of active nursing school enrollment to be considered for transfer. Students who exceed this timeframe must apply to the nursing program as a new student.
  • Will evaluate all prerequisite and co-requisite course work for equivalency, including achievement of the required grade point averages in the sciences and support courses (see "Credit for Prerequisite Course Work" below).
  • Does not require challenge examinations for nursing theory or clinical practice. Transfer students will be given credit for nursing course work after the department has reviewed course descriptions, transcripts, and skills lists

Credit for Prerequisite Course Work

All nursing students including transfer or advanced placement students must meet the prerequisites for program entry. Students may satisfy the prerequisites through a variety of college procedures:

  • Course Substitution: Students who have prerequisite course work in California should check the SCC RN Program Prerequisite Equivalency Chart or the VN Program Prerequisite Equivalency Chart. Courses on this chart are considered equivalent, comparable, or acceptable substitutes to the pre/co-requisites for our SCC Nursing Programs.
  • Petition for Course Substitution: Students who have completed pre/co-requisite course work not listed in the Prerequisite Equivalency Chart or who have completed course work outside of California will need to complete a Course Substitution Petition.
  • Credit by Examination: Under special circumstances, students may seek credit for course work by examination. This option is not applicable to all courses. Students interested in credit by examination should consult the dean of the appropriate area (e.g., for psychology course work the student would contact the dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences). Further restrictions apply to this option; details are found in the SCC Catalog.

Military Personnel and Veterans

Two pathways for military personnel and veterans have been established for enrollment into the Sacramento City College (SCC) Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. Please read ADN Guidelines for Military Personnel for more information.

International Nursing Graduate Information

The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) receives applications from persons seeking RN licensure per BPC 2736(b) who have completed their nursing education in a nursing program located in countries other than the United States. Due to not meeting required or equivalent curriculum, per CCR 1426, applicants may be found not eligible for RN licensure.

This guideline provides information for graduates of international nursing programs seeking California RN licensure and addresses questions related to the most common applicant situations. There may be specific situations that other laws and rules may apply and requires individual consultation by Licensing staff. Read more about licensure for international nursing graduates.

TEAS Testing Information

TEAS Testing Offered at Sacramento City College

Campus Closure Notice

Due to COVID-19 and Campus closure, Sacramento City College WILL NOT be conducting any on campus proctored testing until further notice. Please check back for future updates.

SCC will be accepting the remote Proctorio Teas exam offered through ATI. To find out more please visit the ATI website

SCC uses the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS), developed by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).

ATI TEAS testing dates are offered periodically at Sacramento City College prior to the application cycle. Students must register for upcoming TEAS testing at Be sure to register as soon as testing schedule is available.

The TEAS is a computer-based, multiple-choice test, requiring you to be able to point with a mouse and select the answer. No calculators may be used during the testing. Scoring is automatic; you will receive your score within five minutes of completing the exam. The passing standard and parameters for implementation of assessment testing have been developed by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

It is highly recommended that students study and prepare for the test. To prepare for the test, study guides are available for purchase. There are several copies on reserve in the SCC Learning Resource Center.


The ATI website has practice tests available. A student may want to meet with a counselor in the Counseling Department and bring the TEAS tests results to the appointment for additional guidance.


SCC will accept the first passing TEAS scores. An overall score of 62 (average of the four test elements) will be required for applying to the SCC nursing program. This score is required for California Community College Nursing Programs. A student’s TEAS scores will be given a point value as part of a multi-criteria enrollment process. Higher TEAS scores are given greater point values. The pre-screening enrollment criteria worksheet consists of nine criterions that yield a total of 100 points.

TEAS and Diagnosed Disabilities Information

Students with a diagnosed documented disability from a Disability Resource Center Learning Specialist need to submit accommodation paperwork to the SCC Nursing Program Director at least one week prior to the testing date.

Each of the designated testing dates can accommodate DSPS students in the computer lab by offering noise reduction headphones, a seat facing the wall, and the extra time required, which is determined by DSPS.

Students with questions or concerns are encouraged to call (916) 558-2271 and schedule an appointment with the Program Director.

TEAS Remediation and Retest Form

Students who wish to retake the TEAS test for a better score have two options available:

  • Retake the test after the standard 90 day/3 month waiting period, or
  • Complete the remediation process and retake the test.

Students can provide proof of remediation by completing the following:

  • Review the TEAS test results and study manual.
  • Students may consider taking a class in the low-scoring subject, such as BIO 100 or 102, ENGRD 310 or 312, or a basic math class.
  • Complete an applicable TEAS validation study resource.

Once you have re-tested, submit the completed ATI TEAS Remediation form and your updated test score with your online application.

TEAS Validation Study Resources

The following are possible study aids for the TEAS test. Some are free and some have an associated cost. Sacramento City Nursing does not endorse one type of study guide over another. Students will need to choose the best study guide to meet their personal learning style.

On the Web


SOC 321/SOC 300 Policy

Using a SOC 300 Course to Apply

A student may use a SOC 300 course to apply to the RN program if they can prove they have met the Ethnic/Multicultural Studies requirement. A substitution General Education Equivalency Form (PDF) must be submitted at the time of application proving the applicant has met the General Education (GE) Ethnic/Multicultural Studies Graduation Requirement through another course. The equivalency form, completed by a counselor, must be submitted with the application.

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, no further verification is needed. If you have an Associate’s degree from the Los Rios Community College District, no further verification is needed.