Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement is defined as acceptance into the second or third semester of the nursing program at Moorpark College. Applicants are not accepted into the fourth semester. The only exception would be a student who withdrew from the Moorpark College Nursing Program in good standing due to extenuating circumstances and returned within 1 year.

The Advanced Placement Candidate:

Opportunities for Advanced Placement are based on available space. Possible candidates include Licensed Vocational Nurses, nursing students who are transferring from nursing programs at other accredited colleges, and readmission applicants*. Candidates must schedule an appointment with the Nursing Counselor and complete the application for Advanced Placement. As of January 2017, possible candidates also include individuals who have held certain military health care occupations. For those interested in Advanced Placement with military health care experience, additional information can be found in the Forms section of the nursing program website under the "Helpful Information" heading. In additional, Graduate nurses lacking California licensure requirements may be admitted as Advanced Placement students; they may not take single courses.

All Advanced Placement applicants must meet the ADN program prerequisites and course requirements including an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and a grade of C or better in English, math, and  core science prerequisites. As with the ADN applicants, the core science prerequisites (anatomy, physiology, and microbiology) must have been taken within seven years of application to the program.  

*Please note: any TRANSFERRING, PRIOR, OR RETURNING nursing students who have been out of a nursing program for four or more semesters are not qualified to apply for Advanced Placement, and will not be considered. Individuals in ths category may apply to the ADN program.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Advanced Placement Application Period:

  • Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-5:00 pm ONLY
  • Dates:
    • For Spring Semester: From August 1st to 12:00 noon on August 31st in the Health Sciences Department Office - HSC 120
    • For Fall Semester: From January 4th to 12:00 noon on January 31st in the Health Sciences Department Office - HSC 120

It is recommended that applicants hand deliver their applications to the Health Sciences Department Office in HSC 120 during the above application periods. If the application due date falls on a weekend or a holiday, the application will be due in the Health Sciences Department Office by 12:00 noon on the next business day.   

Save the Dates  - ATI TEAS Exam Schedule:


**Only qualified applicants will be invited via e-mail to take the exam**

***You must have a valid e-mail address to receive the invitation***

  • February 23rd, March 2nd & March 9th - For January 2018 applicatIon period
  • September 29th & October 6th - For August 2017 application period

The ATI TEAS Exam is a required part of the applicatIon process. Qualfied applicants will be invited via e-mail to take the exam at Moorpark College (A qualified application is one whose application is complete, with all transcripts and supporting documentaiton included.)

Test dates are assigned, and may not be changed. Please ensure that your schedule is clear for all testing dates associated with your application period. The volume of students applying each semester is such that individualized attention to requests for a specific date is not possible.

If the applicant is unable to take the ATI TEAS on the scheduled testing date, he or she may take the ATI TEAS elsewhere and have ATI forward their exam results electronically to Moorpark College ADN program by 12:00 noon on the last testing date noted above.. Please be aware that ATI charges for this service. ATI TEAS exam results that are no older than 12 months are considered valid, and will be accepted. If the exam results are older than 12 months, the applicant will be required to take the ATI TEAS exam again. Printed results will not be accepted in any case.

If either the TEASV or the ATI TEAS exam has been taken more than once in any 12 month period, only the first exam result will be accepted. No exceptions to this policy will be made. Please note that the ATI TEAS transcript indicates how many times the exam has been taken and how many days have passed since the previous attempt.

The Admission Process

Prior to submitting your application, it is recommended you make an appointment with the Health Sciences Counselor. Submit a complete application with ALL official sealed transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the Supporting Documentation Form (if applicable) to the Health Sciences Deparment (HSC 120) during the application period. The following items MUST be submitted with your application in order for it to be considered complete:

ALL Advanced Placement Applicants:

  • Advanced Placement application
  • ALL official (SEALED) transcripts from all colleges attended, including Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura Colleges (all courses taken for credit and no credit must be included even if not part of the major)
  • ALL official (SEALED) transcripts from high school or GED if no degree is held by applicant
  • Official Advanced Placement (AP) scores from College Board
  • ALL course descriptions from the specific college catalog where the course was taken (prerequisites only) if outside the Ventura County Community College District. Please print the actual page from the college catalog of the semester and year you took the course. Do not cut and paste onto a Word document. College catalogs can be found on each college's website.
  • Personal letter from applicant requesting admission: Indicate which semester (second or third) the applicant wishes to be admitted to, explain applicant’s current situation and future goals, and outline any activities, remediation or work experiences completed to prepare for admission eligibility. Letter should be typed and double spaced.

**All paperwork must be submitted in a 9x12 envelope with your name clearly stated on the outside.**

Licensed Vocational Nurses must also submit:

  • Copy of current LVN license
  • ALL official (SEALED) transcripts from LVN school
  • Resume indicating work experience  
  • Two letters of recommendation on official letterhead: One from the applicant's current employer, if any, and one from the nursing school director and/or nursing faculty of the vocational nursing program from which the applicant graduated.

 Transfer students from other nursing schools must also submit:

  • Course syllabi and college catalog from previous nursing school
  • Two letters of recommendation from nursing school faculty and/or nursing director on official letterhead

 Readmission applicants must also submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation from nursing school faculty on official letterhead
  • Evidence of work or volunteer experience, if any, on official letterhead
  • Transcripts showing completion of academic remediation. 

***Remember, if taken at another location, TEASV and ATI TEAS results must be electroincally sent by ATI to Moorpark College. Printed results will not be accepted in any case. Please do not include printed TEASV or ATI TEAS results with your application. Results must be received by Moorpark College on or before the final testing date for the application period.***

Consideration for acceptance as an advanced placement student is based on the following:     

  • Completeness of application
  • An ATI TEAS adjusted individual score > 62% for the following students:
    • Licensed Vocational Nurse
    • Nursing transfer student in good standing
    • Moorpark College ADN student who failed once
    • Transfer student who failed once from a nursing program
  • Number of General Education courses completed
  • Nursing transfer applicants must have successfully completed with a grade of C or higher at least one semester or one nursing course (with a clinical laboratory) of an accredited nursing program. Each transfer applicant must submit course syllabi, college catalog, etc. to determine course placement.
  • An applicant with previous Health Care Credentials including certain military health care occupations, may challenge test for the Nursing Science Course. This will include a written and clinical competency test. For the requirements, please review the Credit by Examination Policy in the Academic Policies section of the Moorpark College catalog, and the Military Experience document in the Forms section of the nursing program website.
  • If a Moorpark College student does not pass Nursing Science 1 or 1L, then the applicant must reapply to the program. The student in this circumstance would not be eligible for Advanced Placement.  


Denial of Admission 

  • Students who have not been enrolled in a nursing program for four semesters or greater are not qualified to apply for Advanced Placement.
  • Space in a course may be limited due to clinical or educational restrictions.
  • Applicants who have failed or withdrew failing from a Registered Nursing program, and whose overall record makes it unlikely she or he can successfully complete this program may be denied initial admission into Nursing Science 1/L and/or Advanced Placement admission.
  • Transfer students who failed twice from a nursing program
  • Applicants whose record indicates deficiencies in health and safety such that the applicant is considered a risk to patients, themselves, or others.
  • Students with an Overall GPA <2.5, or Science GPA <2.0
  • Incomplete prerequisites or incomplete Advanced Placement application
  • Applicants with a success score of 55% or less
  • Applicants with a ATI TEAS Adjusted Individual Total Score <62% will not be considered for Advanced Placement until the required remediation is completed. Once remediation is completed, the applicant must re-apply and show proof of completed remediation.


For Licensed Vocational Nurses Only

  • Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) may be granted a maximum of two semesters or 18 units of required Nursing Science coursework, for credit only. If considering transferring to a four year college or university for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), please be aware of the institution's policy concerning transferring courses in the nursing major taken for credit, instead of a letter grade.
  • 30 Unit Option: Additionally, the State of California provides a 30 Unit option for the LVN, which may not be recognized by other states and does not lead to an Associate Degree in Nursing. The 30 Unit Option must be declared in the application for Advanced Placement. It is recommended that the applicant be a High School graduate or have successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) test; this is a requirement for the California State Board NCLEX-RN Examination. The 30 Unit Option includes the following courses:
    • PHY 1 Human Physiology (4 units)
    • Micro 1 Microbiology (5 units)
    • NS3/L (9.5 units)
    • NS4/L (8.5 units)

An LVN accepting the 30-unit option must meet with the program director and sign a waiver noting that he or she is not a graduate of the nursing program and does not receive a college degree.