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Associate Degree in Nursing Information Session. ADN INFORMATION SESSION. PRESENTED BY Araba Blankson Senior Assistant Director for Nursing Admission Irene Chavarria Counselor, Student Financing Margaret Avila, RN MS MSN Interim Director, Associate Degree in Nursing Program.

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associate degree in nursing information session
Associate Degree in Nursing

Information Session

adn information session



Araba Blankson

Senior Assistant Director for Nursing Admission

Irene Chavarria

Counselor, Student Financing

Margaret Avila, RN MS MSN

Interim Director, Associate Degree in Nursing Program

history of msmc
  • Private, Catholic, liberal arts, women’s college
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • Challenge students to make a difference in their own lives and in their communities
  • Two exceptional campuses
    • Chalon est. 1925
    • Doheny Est. 1962
two campuses one mission
Two Campuses one Mission
  • Chalon- campus sits within the Santa Monica mountains, and houses;

-Baccalaureate degree programs

  • Doheny- campus is located near Downtown Los Angeles, once the historic Doheny Estate houses;

- Associate degree programs - A.D.N

- Master’s programs - MSN

- Teacher’s credential - DPT

-Weekend College

liberal arts college
  • Emphasizes a well rounded individual
  • Also emphasizes:
    • Critical thinking
    • Reasoning thru moral and ethical issues
    • Understanding and respect of other cultures and individuals
msmc setting
  • Eleven Victorian homes donated by the Doheny family to archdiocese.
  • The mansion is the central building and where the Doheny’s resided.
    • Filmed on campus:
    • Payback
    • Princess Diary
  • Western Association of Colleges and Universities.
  • Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
application process
  • Application Fee:
    • $20-online application
  • Application Form
  • Personal statement
  • Two references (academic and professional)
  • Official college transcripts (from every college attended)
  • 2.5 minimum overall GPA
  • 2.5 minimum science GPA
  • Proof of completion of Chemistry, General Psychology, and English 1
  • High school transcripts (only needed if you have less than 15 transferrable, college units)
application form
Application Form
  • List any alternate names (i.e. maiden name or nickname that may appear on the supporting documents)
  • List all courses you plan on taking before starting with us
  • List all the colleges you have attended
  • We will need official transcripts from all the colleges that you have attended, including:
    • Any Community College attended
    • Any University/ 4-year college attended
    • Foreign transcripts from study-abroad program
    • Official Transcripts from all foreign study
    • Transcripts from Graduate or Professional degree
    • Transcripts from vocational program

i.e. LVN,C.N.A, Phlebotomy, E.M.T

    • Transcripts for all courses completed by the deadline
on line application
On-line Application
    • Click on Admissions
    • Click on Nursing Transfer Students
    • Click Apply On-line
    • Select the program specific application

Reference forms can be printed from the application menu and mailed in to us.

We only accept online applications, however a PDF of the application is available. If you submit the application PDF, the application fee is $40.

prerequisite courses
  • College Chemistry (4 units), with lab
  • General Psychology
  • English 1A
    • Must attain a “C” or higher in all pre-requisites

Prerequisites must be completed by the time you apply.

articulation agreements

Articulation Agreements

Click on Admissions

Click on Nursing Transfer Students

Click on Articulation Agreements

Click on School of choice

foreign students

If you attended college outside the United States, we will need the following items:

  • Official, sealed, international transcripts
  • An official, detailed international evaluation of your foreign coursework

The evaluation company that we recommend is Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute. They can be reached at or (310) 275-3530.

application deadlines
  • Fall – March 1st
  • Spring – October 1st

Call 213-477-2561 for any questions

financing your education

Financing YourEducation

A.D.N. Students

Presented By:

Irene Chavarria


applying for financial aid
Applying For Financial Aid
  • Apply for financial aid at the same time you are applying for admission.
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be processed into a Student Aid Report
the free application for federal student aid fafsa
Complete the FAFSA immediately

Apply online:

Include Mount St. Mary’s code in Step Six: 001243

Send to the Federal Processor by

Mail: Federal Student Aid Programs P.O. Box 4001, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-8601


3-4 weeks paper process time

1-2 weeks electronic process time

The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
you will receive a financial aid offer from the student financing office once we have received
You Will Receive a Financial Aid Offer from the Student Financing Office Once we have received…
  • Your Student Aid Report from the Federal Processor
  • Any supplemental information that has been requested
  • Notification of your official acceptance into the program
three ways to finance your education
Three Ways to Finance your Education
  • Grants
    • Pell (up to $4310)
    • Cal Grants (up to $14562)
  • Stafford Loans (Guaranteed)
  • Alternative Financing
    • TMS payment plan (see Business Office)
    • Alternative loans (Credit Check)

Pell Grants

  • Based on “need” as determined by the Federal Government as well as enrollment status.
  • Up to $4310

Cal Grants

  • Based on “need” and GPA as determined by CSAC.
  • Separate application required.
  • Up to $14562
stafford loans
Loan interest federal loans: 8.25% cap

Government may subsidize a portion of students with high need

Previous student loans must be in current status

Guaranteed & Deferrable


Up to$3500 freshman

Up to $4500 sophomore

Additional Unsubsidized

$4000 fresh/soph

Stafford Loans
alternative financing
Alternative Financing
  • TMS monthly payment plan
      • See business office for more information

(213) 477-2540

  • Alternative Loans
      • Credit check required (may require a co-signer)
      • Cannot have derogatory credit.
  • Scholarships

      • See A.D.N. office for additional scholarship information.
friendly reminders
Friendly Reminders
  • Complete your file early
  • The academic year is Fall, Spring & Summer
  • Keep copies!
  • You must apply for financial aid every year!
the office of student financing
The Office of Student Financing
  • Irene Chavarria


  • 10 Chester Place Los Angeles, CA 90007
  • M-Th: 9:00am – 6:00pm F: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tel: (213) 477-2562
  • Fax: (213) 477-2549
nursing programs at the mount


Associate Degree in Nursing – 2 to 3 years

Classes in evening (afternoon trial basis), clinicals on weekends, 12-hr days

Pre-requisite: College Chemistry, English 1A, & General Psychology

Overall GPA of 2.5 or greater

Science GPA of 2.5 or greater

Starts in Fall and Spring of each year

Nursing Programs at the Mount
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Nursing Programs at the Mount
    • Traditional BSN Day Program – 3-4 years

Classes and Clinicals during daytime hours

      • 32 prerequisite units
      • Overall GPA of 2.7 or greater
      • Science GPA of 2.5
      • RN-BSN program
      • Starts Fall of each year
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Nursing Programs at the Mount
    • Accelerated BSN Program – 12 months
      • Must have a Bachelors Degree
      • 46 units of pre-requisite courses
      • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater
      • Starts Summer and Fall of each year
program details

Program Details

Presented by:

Margaret Avila, RN MS MSN

Interim Director

Associate Degree in Nursing

evening and weekend program
Evening and Weekend Program
  • Approved by CA Board of Registered Nursing
  • Targets adults who want to pursue a career in nursing
  • Classes are held weekdays, Monday – Thursdays
  • We currently have option for afternoon classes on a trial basis.
  • Hospital experiences are on weekends
community nursing experience
Community Nursing Experience
  • Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gerontology
  • Exposure to elements of community health nursing
  • Need to schedule experience during working hours, Monday-Friday
  • Shelters, LA unified school district, COACH, Senior Day Care Centers, Literacy Reading Program
successful completion leads to
Successful Completion Leads To:
  • Receive A.A. Degree in Nursing
  • Eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (state board) Exam
  • Employment opportunities in hospitals and clinics. Additional education may be needed for community, home health, and public health areas.
brn policy on denial of licensure
  • For crimes or acts which are substantially related nursing qualifications, functions, or duties
  • Most convictions involving sex crimes, drug crimes, and crimes of violence consideredsubstantially related to nursing practice.
  • Examples: child abuse, sex offender, assault/battery, dangerous drugs or devices
background check
  • A background check is mandatory prior to clinical placement in the 2nd half of the 1st semester.
  • Any concerns should be addressed BEFORE beginning the program.
honesty for licensure
Honesty!! for licensure
  • Finger prints are required to take the national licensure exam-NCLEX
  • Check the BRN web site:
    • go to “initial licensure” for details
  • If unsure, contact the BRN
    • (916) 322-3350
  • Fill out application honestly
details of an evening weekend program
Details of an Evening/weekend Program:
  • Program is FULL-TIME and rigorous.
  • Must plan for
    • finances,
    • Time management
    • Consistent support system prior to admission.
  • Course load: 8 to 13 units/semester; a minimum of 6 units is needed to qualify for financial aid.
  • Success may require no employment or minimal hours.
adn curriculum plan
ADN Curriculum Plan
  • Total program: 2 ½ - 3 years (5 sessions year round)
  • A total of 80 units are required:
    • 36 units general studies (GE) courses
    • 44 units of nursing courses
  • Transfer credits: may transfer 36 units of general studies courses
  • College Chemistry (4 units), General Psychology, and English 101 must be completed at the time of application.
is testing required for admission
Is testing required for admission?
  • Math Test: minimum of 84% beforestarting nursing courses
    • If the score is below 84%, remediation required prior to retest.
    • May retest only once.
  • Proficiency tests:
    • English & Math administered before admission into the program.
  • Applicants for “Advanced Option” must complete the tests prior to starting nursing courses.
two options available
Basic Option (3 years)

Complete GE courses in Year 1

Start nursing courses in Year 2

May start nursing in the second semester if only few GE courses are needed.

Advanced Option (2 years)

Transfers in GE courses; RST 41 must be taken within the program

Start with nursing courses

Two options available
class schedule of hours
Class Schedule of Hours
  • Evening Classes:
    • Mon – Thurs;
    • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.;
    • some classes are scheduled on Saturdays
  • Additional option- afternoon nursing classes from 12:30-4:30pm-continues on a trial basis.
  • Each course meets
    • One evening/week.
    • Science courses two evenings/wk.
  • Clinical experiences:
    • Saturdays and Sundays
    • 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Some week day for community experience.
  • Generally on campus 2-3 evenings/week
what is the schedule like
What is the schedule like?
  • Students attend two 16-week semesters and a 10-week summer session during the year.
  • Fall semester starts in late August and ends in December before Christmas.
  • Spring semester starts in January and ends in May.
  • Summer session starts in mid-May and ends in early August.
what is the length of courses
What is the length of courses?
  • General Studies courses
    • 16 weeks in Fall and Spring
    • 10 weeks in the Summer
  • Nursing courses are offered in 8-week increments
    • Fall two 8-week sessions
    • Spring two 8-week sessions
    • Summer one 8-week session
which hospitals participate in clinical experiences
Which hospitals participate in clinical experiences?
  • Torrance Memorial
  • Children’s Hospital, LA
  • Kaiser Mental Health
  • Harbor-UCLA
  • VA-WLA
  • Torrance Memorial
  • San Pedro Pavilion
  • California Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • LAC-USC Medical Center
  • Kaiser Hospitals – West LA Sunset and Baldwin Park
  • St. John’s Hospital
  • Huntington Memorial
random drug testing
  • Agencies that provide clinical sites for students
  • Abide by policies and procedures of facilities
  • Facilities may require random drug testing of students
  • Failure to comply will result in exclusion from clinical
clinical site assignment
Clinical site assignment:
  • Carpooling is encouraged
  • Students need a reliable car to get to the hospital.
  • Proximity from home to clinical site is always considered.
which courses transfer
Which courses transfer?
  • May transfer maximum of 36 units of equivalent courses, with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Once admitted into the program, credits cannot be transferred from outside institutions.
  • “In progress” courses at the time of admission are transferable.
  • Final transcript(s) is required.
  • Transfer credits are evaluated by transcript analyst in the Registrar’s Office.
science requirements 12 units
Science Requirements (12 units)
  • College-level chemistryis prerequisite to admission
  • Anatomy, physiology, & microbiology must have a lab and be at least 3 units.
  • Combined anatomy/physiology course must be at least 6 unitsto receive credits for both courses.
  • Combined anatomy/physiology course of 5 units or less will receive credit for anatomy only.
english requirements 6 units
English Requirements (6 units)

Eng 1A is a pre-requisite for admission

English 1ASpeech 101

Eng 1, Eng 101 Speech 1

  • Only Oral Communication or Public Speaking meets speech requirement
  • Eng 3, 103 may not be used
psychology requirement 6 units
Psychology Requirement (6 units)

Psy 1 Introduction to Psychology (3 units) is a pre-requisite for admission

General Psychology: Psy 1; Psy 5; Psy 101

  • Psy 12 Child/Human Development (3 units)
  • Dev. Psy: Must be Life-Span Psychology, covering Birth to Old-Age, e.g., Psy 41
  • Child Development that covers Birth to Adolescence will receive 2 units of credit and be required to take Adult Development (1 unit)
philosophy requirement 3 units
Philosophy Requirement (3 units)

Phil 10 Critical Thinking

  • Only “Critical Thinking” is accepted to meet this requirement
  • “Introduction to Philosophy” or “Ethics” do not meet requirements
religious studies requirement 3 u
Religious Studies Requirement (3 u)

RST 41 Biomedical Issues and Christian Ethics

  • Religion courses offered through the Philosophy, History, or Literature departments will not meet requirement
  • This course can be taken concurrent with the nursing curriculum
diversity 3 units
Diversity (3 units)

Soc 1 Sociological Perspectives

  • Introduction to Sociology:
    • Soc 1
    • Soc 5
  • Cultural Anthropology:
general studies elective 3 units
General Studies Elective (3 units)

Art 5 Fundaments of Art

May be fulfilled by any 3-unit course in the following areas:

  • Art or Music Appreciation
  • American History or Political Science
  • Economics
  • Literature
articulation agreements56

Articulation Agreements

Click on


Nursing Transfer Student

Articulation Agreements

School of Choice

30 unit option for lvns
30 Unit Option for LVNs

Non-Degree Option

  • Allows the LVN to take NCLEX-RN exam after completing a total of 28 units of sciences & nursing courses.
  • NOTE: CA RN license obtained by this option may not be endorsed by other states
  • May limit opportunities for career advancement
  • Does not receive a degree from MSMC
lvn mobility option
LVN Mobility Option

Degree Option (Challenge Exam)

  • Must complete 36 units of GE requirements
  • Pass NLN Mobility Test to receive 15 units of nursing credits for Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Cost for the test is $75 (cost is subject to change).
any questions
Any Questions???

Contact the

Office of Admissions

Araba Blankson

Senior Assistant Director for Nursing Admission

(213) 477-2561