The following courses must be completed with a "C" or better and a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher for admission to the program. “In Progress” work for the prerequisites will not be considered during the selection process. 

  • English 001A - Reading & Composition
  • Chemistry 002A (preferred) - General, Organic, and Biochemistry. Chem 22 or Chem 1A acceptable, no petition needed (4 units)
  • Microbiology 002 - Microbiology (4 semester units: 3 units theory & 1 unit lab)
  • Anatomy 025 Human Anatomy (4 semester units: 3 units theory & 1 unit lab)
  • Physiology 001 - Human Physiology (4 semester units: 3 units theory and 1 units lab)
Additional Courses

The following courses are required to graduate from the Registered Nursing Program with an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN). We strongly recommend that you complete all degree requirements prior to applying to the nursing program. Nursing students have not had success completing degree requirements during in the nursing program. Students can not take the nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) until all degree requirements are completed. Delaying NCLEX-RN testing significantly decreases the probability of student success and employment.

  • Psychology - PSYC 001 or 024  (BRN requirement)
  • Humanities - See AS Degree requirements for list of options (two courses)
  • Public Speech or Interpersonal Communication - SPCH 001 or 010  (BRN requirement)
  • US History - See AS Degree requirements for list of options (one course)
  • Political Science 001 - State and Local Government
  • Human Nutrition - NUTR 011 (BRN Requirement)
  • Physical Education (2 units) - See AS Degree requirements for list of options (two courses)
  • Introduction to Sociology - SOC 001 (BRN requirement)
  • Critical Thinking - (ENGL 001B, 001C, PHIL 025, 030, 033, PHSC 002, SPCH 006 or 012)
  • Statistics - STAT 050 or 018

Information regarding the three Associate Degree Pathways:

  • Local General Education Pattern
  • California State University (CSU) General Education Pattern
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) General Education Pattern

During the Program

Semester I
  • Nursing 50S
  • Nursing 050
  • Nursing 050L
  • Nursing 137
  • Nursing 138 
Semester II
  • Nursing 51S
  • Nursing 051A
  • Nursing 051L
  • Nursing 040
  • Nursing 040L
  • Nursing 041
  • Nursing 041L
Semester III
  • Nursing 52S
  • Nursing 052A
  • Nursing 052L
  • Nursing 042
  • Nursing 042L 
Semester IV
  • Nursing 53S
  • Nursing 053
  • Nursing 053L

Course Resources

Use the resources below to see full course descriptions and check on the availability of courses in a given semester.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.


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