ADN Programs in California

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.   

Yuba College

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 [...]
2088 N Beale Rd
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 741-6700

Santa Monica College

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 [...]
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-4000

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

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, [...]
8344 W Mineral King Ave
Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 651-2500

Saddleback College

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 [...]
28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 582-4500

Ohlone College

Ohlone 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 [...]
43600 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 659-6000

Mt San Antonio College

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 [...]
1100 N Grand Ave
Walnut, CA 91789
(909) 594-5611

MiraCosta College

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 [...]
One Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 757-2121

Merritt College

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 [...]
12500 Campus Dr
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-4911

Mendocino College

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 [...]
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-3235

Los Medanos College

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 [...]
2700 East Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 439-2181

Los Angeles Valley College

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 [...]
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401
(818) 947-2600

Los Angeles Southwest College

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 [...]
1600 W. Imperial Hwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 241-5225

Los Angeles Harbor College

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 [...]
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 233-4000

Fresno City College

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 [...]
1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 442-4600

Cuesta College

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 [...]
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
(805) 546-3100 x3946

Contra Costa College

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 [...]
2600 Mission Bell Dr
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 235-7800

College of the Sequoias

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 [...]
915 S. Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 730-3702

College of the Redwoods

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 [...]
7351 Tompkins Hill Rd
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 476-4100

Bakersfield College

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 [...]
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93305
(661) 395-4011

Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary's University


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 [...]
12001 Chalon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 954-4000

Modesto Junior College

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 [...]
435 College Ave
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 575-6550

San Bernardino Valley 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 [...]
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 384-4400

Mt San Jacinto Community College District

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 [...]
1499 N. State St.
San Jacinto, CA 92583
(951) 487-6752

El Camino Community College District

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 [...]
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
(310) 532-3670

ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova

ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova


10863 Gold Center Dr
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 851-3900

West Coast University-Orange County

West Coast University-Orange County


1477 S Manchester Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 782-1700

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University


11139 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-1400

National University

National University


11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
(800) 628-8648

West Coast University-Los Angeles

West Coast University-Los Angeles


12215 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 299-5500

West Coast University-Ontario

West Coast University-Ontario


2855 E. Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 467-6100

Everest College - Ontario Metro

Everest College - Ontario Metro


1819 South Excise Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 484-4311

Reedley College

Reedley College


995 N Reed Ave
Reedley, CA 93654
(559) 638-3641

Mission College

Mission College


3000 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 988-2200

Xavier College

Xavier College


1130 North El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 941-0968

Solano Community College

Solano Community College


4000 Suisun Valley Rd
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 864-7000

CBD College

CBD College


3699 Wilshire Blvd., Fourth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 937-7772

Allan Hancock College

Allan Hancock College


800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-6966

American River College

American River College


4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 484-8011

Antelope Valley College

Antelope Valley College


3041 West Ave K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 722-6300

Butte College

Butte College


3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 895-2511

Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College


6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6100

Carrington College-Sacramento

Carrington College-Sacramento


8909 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 361-1660

Cerritos College

Cerritos College


11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 860-2451

University of Phoenix - Bay Area Campus

University of Phoenix - Bay Area Campus


3590 N First St
San Jose, CA 95134
(800) 266-2107

Chabot College

Chabot College


25555 Hesperian Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 723-6600

Chaffey College

Chaffey College


5885 Haven Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
(909) 987-1737

Citrus College

Citrus College


1000 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, CA 91741
(626) 963-0323

University of Phoenix - Central Valley Campus

University of Phoenix - Central Valley Campus


45 Riverpark Pl W Ste 300
Fresno, CA 93720
(800) 266-2107

City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco


50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 239-3000

College of Marin

College of Marin


835 College Ave
Kentfield, CA 94904
(415) 457-8811

College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo


1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 574-6161

College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons


26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 259-7800

College of the Desert

College of the Desert


43-500 Monterey Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-8041

University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley Campus

University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley Campus


2860 Gateway Oaks Drive- Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833
(800) 266-2107

College of the Siskiyous

College of the Siskiyous


800 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094
(530) 938-5555

University of Phoenix - San Diego Campus

University of Phoenix - San Diego Campus


3890 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
(800) 473-4346

Copper Mountain Community College

Copper Mountain Community College


6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 366-3791

Cypress College

Cypress College


9200 Valley View
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 484-7000

De Anza College

De Anza College


21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 864-5678

University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus

University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus


3100 Bristol Street- Suite 500
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(800) 888-1968

East Los Angeles College

East Los Angeles College


1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 265-8650

El Camino College-Compton Center

El Camino College-Compton Center


1111 East Artesia Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221
(310) 900-1600

Golden West College

Golden West College


15744 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 892-7711

Evergreen Valley College

Evergreen Valley College


3095 Yerba Buena Rd
San Jose, CA 95135
(408) 274-7900

Grossmont College

Grossmont College


8800 Grossmont College Dr
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 644-7000

Gavilan College

Gavilan College


5055 Santa Teresa Blvd
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 848-4800

Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College


1500 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
(818) 240-1000

Hartnell College

Hartnell College


411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-6700

Imperial Valley College

Imperial Valley College


380 E. Aten Road
Imperial, CA 92251
(760) 352-8320

Brightwood College-San Diego

Brightwood College-San Diego


9055 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 279-4500

Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College


4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 938-4111

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles City College


855 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 953-4000

Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health

Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health


1237 N. Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 226-4911

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles Trade Technical College


400 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-7000

Merced College

Merced College


3600 M St
Merced, CA 95348
(209) 384-6000

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey Peninsula College


980 Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-4000

Moorpark College

Moorpark College


7075 Campus Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 378-1400

Napa Valley College

Napa Valley College


2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-3000

Pacific Union College

Pacific Union College


One Angwin Ave
Angwin, CA 94508
(707) 965-6313

Palomar College

Palomar College


1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College


1570 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 585-7123

Porterville College

Porterville College


100 E College Ave
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 791-2200

Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College


3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 692-0921

Riverside City College

Riverside City College


4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
(951) 222-8000 x8979

Sacramento City College

Sacramento City College


3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 558-2111

San Diego City College

San Diego City College


1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 388-3400

San Joaquin Delta College

San Joaquin Delta College


5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 954-5151

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana College


1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 564-6000

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College


721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 965-0581

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College


1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 527-4011

Shasta College

Shasta College


11555 Old Oregon Trail
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 242-7500

Sierra College

Sierra College


5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA 95677
(916) 624-3333

Southwestern College

Southwestern College


900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 482-6550

Unitek College

Unitek College


4670 Auto Mall Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 249-1060

Ventura College

Ventura College


4667 Telegraph Rd
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 654-6400

Victor Valley College

Victor Valley College


18422 Bear Valley Rd
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 245-4271 x2225

West Hills College-Lemoore

West Hills College-Lemoore


555 College Avenue
Lemoore, CA 93245
(559) 925-3000

Los Angeles Pierce College

Los Angeles Pierce College


6201 Winnetka Ave
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
(818) 719-6401

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