Online Application



Vocational Nursing Program
Program begins Spring 2023
September 2022 November 2022


A Step by Step Guide to the Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Hartnell College Vocational Nursing program.  The program is impacted, meaning that far more qualified students apply than can be accepted.  Before applying, please be aware that classroom and some clinical courses are taught using face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.  Clinical courses occur throughout Monterey County and are scheduled seven days per week and 24-hours each day.  Clinical class times, dates, and places are subject to change based on unanticipated circumstances.  

Your success is important to us.  Please consider your level of preparedness before committing to an education in vocational nursing. Research indicates that successful Hartnell nursing students work less than 16 hours per week and have an extended support system of family and friends.  Because of intricacies and rigor of our academic program, we cannot accommodate your employment or family responsibilities.

We ask that you review our Nursing and Health Sciences Student Handbook and Policy and Procedure Manual. Become familiar with our mission, vision, values, and philosophy before you apply.  Please be sure that Hartnell College is a good match for you. 

1.  Apply to Hartnell College

Applicants not yet enrolled at Hartnell College must complete an online application. Refer to Hartnell College’s website at

2.  Verify Completion of Prerequisite Courses

  • Completion of required prerequisites are listed on the Nursing and Health Sciences website at

  • All prerequisites, except for English and math, must be taken within the last five (5) years.

3. Request a Course Equivalency Review

Skip this step if you completed all prerequisite courses at the following schools listed below:

  1. Hartnell College
  2. Cabrillo College
  3. Cuesta College
  4. DeAnza College
  5. Evergreen Valley College
  6. Gavilan College
  7. Mission College
  8. Monterey Peninsula College
  • A Hartnell College Nursing and Health Sciences counselor must evaluate course descriptions and transcripts for each prerequisite course taken at colleges other than those listed above; it is required for admission.
  • Obtain a copy of your "Hartnell College Course-to-Course Evaluation of Other College Coursework for Nursing" form completed by a Hartnell academic counselor.

4. Evaluate Foreign Transcripts (if applicable)

  • High school and college transcripts from other countries must be evaluated comprehensively.
  • A list of approved credential evaluation service agencies is available from the Admission and Records and Counseling offices. Costs and completion times vary.

5.  Order Official Transcripts (Do not send to Admissions & Records)

  • Mail transcripts to: Hartnell College ATTN: Nursing and Health Sciences, 411 Central Ave Salinas, Ca 93901
  • Email transcripts to:
  1. High School transcript or GED (1 order)
  2. Hartnell College transcript (1 order) if you attended Hartnell College,
  3. Other college transcripts
    (2 official hard copies to be mailed or 2 electronic orders from each college where you took prerequisite courses)

6. Ready? Complete Online Vocational Nursing Application

If you have completed steps 1-5, you are ready to complete the online application which opens November 2022.

Admission Timeline:

September 10, 2021

Vocational Nursing application opens

November 5, 2021

Final application deadline
Late and incomplete applications are not reviewed.

November 24, 2021

Email notification of conditional acceptance or denial

December 1, 2021 (zoom meeting; 4-6pm)

Mandatory Nursing New Student Orientation

January 7, 2022

New Student Documentation Due

Mid January 2022

Spring 2022 semester begins