The application period for fall 2020 admission is closed. 

Future applicants may use the October 2019 application information provided below for general reference purposes. However, please note that all information refers to the October 2019 application and is subject to change. Applicants planning to apply in October 2020 (for admission in fall 2021) should review the 2020 RN Application Instruction Packet, to be available on this page in mid-June 2020. 

RN Program Eligibility and Requirements for October 2019 Applicants

The following information pertains to the October 2019 RN application and is subject to change in future application cycles:

Checklist for the October 2019 RN Application:

Future applicants may use the following checklist for general reference purposes only.

  1. READ the entire RN Application Instruction Packet (pdf) before you apply for detailed application instructions, due dates, and supplemental forms.

  2. APPLY for student admission to Cuesta College.

  3. CONTACT the Counseling Department for questions about prerequisites, course equivalencies from other colleges, and/or to find out if you need to submit a Pre-RN Course Equivalency form (pdf).  

  4. SUBMIT official, sealed transcripts, for all coursework completed at colleges other than Cuesta, to the Cuesta College Admissions and Records by the application due date.  NOTE: Foreign Transcripts must be officially submitted no later than two weeks before the application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing.

  5. PREPARE the following optional supplemental documents to upload with your online application* (refer to the Multi-Criteria Point Allocation (pdf) for details):
     a.  A copy of your current California health care license or certificate
     b.  A written statement to appeal your ineligible status or waive point deductions for course repeats
     c.  Work and/or Volunteer Experience in Healthcare forms (new for 2019)
     d. Documentation for Life Experiences or Special Circumstances
     e. Verification of Proficiency in a Language Other than English form
    *If you do not have access to a scanner or need assistance with the online application, please attend an RN Application Workshop. Pre-registration is required and seats are limited.  

  6. COMPLETE the 2019 RN Online Application (available only between October 1 and October 31, 2019 at 4:00pm) 
     - All supporting documentation must be submitted with your application by the application
       due date. Documents cannot be accepted after your application is submitted.
     - Plan ahead to submit on time and be sure to review your application before submitting and
       print a copy of your completed application for your records. 
     - The link to the online application will be deactivated on October 31st at 4:00pm. No late or
        incomplete applications can be accepted.
     - Once submitted, your application is FINAL. No changes or additions to your submitted
       application can be accepted.

  7. REFER to the CURRENT RN Application Instruction Packet for important, time-sensitive information and dates regarding eligibility, appeals, point notification, and notification of admission status.


 - For questions about webpage content or general program information, contact Jean Reade
   at: or call (805) 546-3100, ext 2391. 
 - For questions about the ONLINE RN application, RN admissions, or RN Points Calculator, contact
   Adrienne Smith