Nursing is a profession which provides health care to individuals of all ages. Nursing encompasses many activities including health promotion, health maintenance, health care during illness and injury and rehabilitation. Nurses apply knowledge from the biological, physical, behavioral and nursing sciences to care for clients in varied settings. The purpose of the San Diego City College Nursing program is to provide an educational opportunity for qualified individuals interested in a career in nursing.  The San Diego City College Nursing Education Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) & fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


Questions or concerns regarding accreditation status may be addressed to:

California Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. BOX 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.  
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 | Atlanta, GA 30326 


The registered nursing curriculum prepares individuals to assume the responsibility for providing health care to clients with acute and chronic illnesses.  Nursing theory is coordinated with laboratory experiences in local hospitals and health care agencies under the supervision of nursing faculty members.  The Associate Degree of Science in Nursing (ADN) Program prepares the graduate for employment as an entry level staff nurse in a variety of health care settings, including acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, outpatient clinics and doctors' offices.

Three educational options are available to meet licensure eligibility:


  1. ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSE (GENERIC) - Upon successful completion of the two-year nursing curriculum, all Nursing admission requirements, and college graduation requirements, the student is awarded an Associate of Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


  1. ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSE (LVN-RN) - Licensed Vocational Nurses who have graduated from accredited schools of vocational nursing may apply for this option which requires completion of a "transition" course, in the fall semester prior to the spring beginning, all second-year nursing courses, and college graduation requirements. The student is awarded an Associate of Science Degree and is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. 


  1. LVN THIRTY-UNIT OPTION - Licensed Vocational Nurses who desire to complete the minimum number of units (30) required to take the licensure examination may apply for this option. Students who complete this option (30/45 unit) will take NCLEX-RN as a non-graduate.  This status will not change even if student goes on to obtain a degree.  There is no restriction to practice within California.  The student may have difficulty in transferring to another state or territory.  The student may also have difficulty applying to a college/university for an advanced degree.  You must contact the Director of Nursing Education for more information regarding this option.




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