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Yuba College Hybrid

The Yuba College ADN program prepares students to licensure as a Registered Nurse, following successful completion of the national NCLEX examination. The program offers clinical [...]

Santa Monica College

The Santa Monica College Associate Degree in Nursing program prepares students to meet the standards of the California Board of Registered Nursing. This program is approved by the California [...]

San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia

The San Joaquin Valley College's Licensed Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The program offers fundamental Nursing skills, [...]

Saddleback College Online

The Saddleback College Registered Nursing Program is a National League for Nursing (NLNAC) and Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) accredited Program. The program is intended to provide the [...]

Ohlone Community College

The Ohlone College Nursing program offering an Associate of Science to prepare students to become Registered Nurses is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission [...]

Mt. San Antonio College

The Mt. San Antonio College Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The program is a two-year program designed to prepare students to give direct nursing care [...]

MiraCosta College

The Miracosta college Registered Nursing program prepares students with patient care in a range of healthcare settings. The program emphasizes nursing theory and clinical practice for direct [...]

Merritt College

The Merritt College Associate of Science in nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The program is intended to prepare students for entry level positions in [...]

Mendocino College

The Mendocino College Registered Nursing Program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Students that successfully complete the two-year sequence of RN coursework [...]

Los Medanos College

The Los Medanos Associate Degree Program in Nursing is a two year program in addition to the completion of pre-requisite courses. The program is designed to prepare qualified graduates [...]

Los Angeles Valley College

The Los Angeles Valley Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN). The program [...]

Los Angeles Southwest College

The Los Angeles Southwest College Registered Nursing Program is a program that prepares students for an Associate of Science Degree with a major in Nursing. Students who successfully complete [...]

Los Angeles Harbor College

The Los Angeles Harbor College, Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program has been preparing students to become Registered Nurses since 1963. The program is approved by the Board of [...]

Fresno City College

The Fresno City College Nursing program is designed to prepare students for the provision of health care services. The program equips students with the scientific knowledge and technical [...]

Cuesta College

The Cuesta College ADN Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  Cuesta College is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and [...]

Contra Costa College

The Contra Costa College Nursing program is intended to prepare nursing professionals who are able to meet the healthcare needs of individuals, families and communities. The faculty at Contra [...]

College of the Sequoias

The College of the Sequoias Associate Degree Registered Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse and Registered Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, and successful [...]

College of the Redwoods

The College of the Redwoods' Licensed Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician. The program is three-semesters long [...]

Bakersfield College

The Bakersfield College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The [...]

Mount St. Mary's College

Mount St. Mary's College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men [...]

Modesto Junior College

Modesto Junior College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has a full accreditation status. The nursing program uses the California Community College [...]

San Bernardino Valley College Evening

The San Bernardino Valley College Nursing program is fully approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the NLNAC. Students who successfully complete the [...]

Mt. San Jacinto Community College District

The Mt. San Jacinto College ADN Program is a four semester program which prepares students to sit for the NCLEX RN exam. The program consists of 78 units and is a combination of [...]

El Camino Community College District Evening

The El Camino Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is a rigorous program intended to prepare students academically and personally for a career in nursing. The Nursing Program is [...]

ITT Technical Institute - Rancho Cordova

10863 Gold Center Dr
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(916) 851-3900

West Coast University - Orange County

1477 S Manchester Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802

Loma Linda University

11092 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92354

National University

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

West Coast University - Los Angeles

12215 Victory Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91606

(818) 299-5500

West Coast University - Ontario

2855 E. Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761

Everest College - Ontario Metro

1819 South Excise Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761

(909) 484-4311

Reedley College

995 N Reed Ave
Reedley, CA 93654

Mission College

3000 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Xavier College

1130 North El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA 95202

(209) 941-0968

Solano Community College

4000 Suisun Valley Rd
Fairfield, CA 94534

CBD College

5724 W. Third Street # 314
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Allan Hancock College

800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454

American River College

4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841

Antelope Valley College

3041 West Ave K
Lancaster, CA 93536

Butte College

3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Cabrillo College

6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003

Carrington College California - Sacramento

8909 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95826

(916) 361-1660

Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650

University of Phoenix - Bay Area Campus

3590 N First St
San Jose, CA 95134

(800) 266-2107

Chabot College

25555 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545

Chaffey College

5885 Haven Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737

Citrus College

1000 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, CA 91741

University of Phoenix - Central Valley Campus

45 Riverpark Pl W Ste 300
Fresno, CA 93720

(800) 266-2107

City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112

College of Marin

835 College Ave
Kentfield, CA 94904

(415) 457-8811

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The Associate Degree in Nursing or ADN program is specifically designed to give learners the skills and fundamental knowledge of a competent generalist nurse. It is a program that combines patient care simulation, classroom theory and clinical experience. The completion of both nursing core and general education courses is required in order to accomplish the ADN program. 

A graduate of the ADN program must pass the NCLEX-RN or National Licensing Examination for RNs in order to acquire a nursing license. 

ADN Admission Requirements 

Because of the high demand for this program, the schools can become fairly selective about the students that they admit. California nursing schools look at entrance exam scores, standardized test scores, and previous college experience to find out which one is likely to accomplish the program. Some schools even require specific courses in science as prerequisites. 

Nursing Schools in California 

Citrus College – this college’s ADN program accepts applicants once every year for Fall admission. They do this for both the Generic and Advanced Placement choices. The filing dates are between January till April. Mailed applications are not entertained. 

There is no waiting list for Citrus College and the students are given a single chance at repeating any science course that has a grade of C or below. The prerequisites for their program are courses in microbiology, human anatomy and English. It is recommended that the student is in the process of accomplishing at least two general education courses when the application is submitted. 

Merritt College – situated in Oakland, California; these health care educators accept  applicants for their ADN program only once each year. Their ADN curriculum is a 2-year program that prepares students to become competent nurses. 

Merritt College also has the Advanced Placement Option which sets up a seamless transition to the BSN program of Cal State East Bay. To do this, a student meets with the college counselor to evaluate his eligibility and coursework. 

The Advanced Placement option also allows students to continue studying to a BSN program and be able to accomplish the program in just a year. It is a 12-month concentrated program where courses are taken online with the exception of the Community Health Practicum as well as the Health Assessment course. 

Saddleback College – to get into their ADN program, an applicant must have completed biology, anatomy, physiology and microbiology. A GPA of 2.8 or higher is needed with a grade of C or better for the English 1A course. Upon satisfying the prerequisites, the student can then enroll in the college's ADN program which is one of the best that is offered in the state.