Southwestern College

Chula Vista, CA 91910
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Southwestern College is a highly regarded two-year public community college that is located in Chula Vista, California. This school was founded all the way back in 1961 and it currently has more than 27,000 students enrolled in its various programs. This is a very large community college that has been serving the needs of the people for a very long time. It offers students a very good educational experience and has all of the best resources that students can expect. This school has many associate degree opportunities and it also offers certificate programs for students that wish to go that route. SWC has a large campus containing 156 acres of land. There are also many different athletics departments for students to enjoy and take part in.

The nursing program at SWC is designed to prepare nursing students for the difficulties of being a registered nurse. Success as a nurse depends on the ability to adapt to challenging situations. All students will be receiving an education that is designed to help them adapt to an ever-changing professional environment. Students will learn how to implement the latest techniques and will also be focusing on giving nurses all of the right tools to succeed as a professional. SWC is also partnered with San Diego State University (SDSU) that will allow students to pursue a baccalaureate program to further their education.  

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students18,413
Student to Faculty Ratio21:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate74%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 19
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 17
Certificate 8 55
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 84.6%
  • NCLEX-RN: 87.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
07/01/1964 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
10/01/2000 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$234/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $10,530
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $16,380
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $29,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 80% of Southwestern College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 55% $4,710
Other Federal Grant 2% $464
State Grant & Scholarships 79% $2,045
Institutional Grant & Scholarships -- $643
Federal Student Loans 1% $2,843
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$4,155
$30,001 to $48,000$5,212
$48,001 to $75,000$6,694
$75,001 to $110,000$7,576
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910

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