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.   

There are 100 nursing schools in California that provide ADN program. We gathered some key information about each school to help you learn more about the schools' characteristics and the programs they provide.

Where applicable we also list weighted average NCLEX pass rate of the students who attended the schools in the last 3 years.

Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 81.00%
  • PN: 96.00%

American River College
Sacramento, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.60%

Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.70%
  • PN: 87.10%

Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.70%
  • PN: 78.40%

Butte College
Oroville, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.90%
  • PN: 95.10%

Cabrillo College
Aptos, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 77.40%

Career Networks Institute
Orange, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 77.40%
  • PN: 67.90%

Carrington College-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 78.60%
  • PN: 89.10%

CBD College
Los Angeles, CA


Cerritos College
Norwalk, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.40%

Chabot College
Hayward, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 99.10%

Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.30%
  • PN: 64.40%

Citrus College
Glendora, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.10%
  • PN: 88.40%

City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.50%
  • PN: 62.60%

College of Marin
Kentfield, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.40%

College of San Mateo
San Mateo, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 79.60%

College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.30%

College of the Desert
Palm Desert, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.10%
  • PN: 82.20%

College of the Redwoods
Eureka, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.60%

College of the Sequoias
Visalia, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.80%

College of the Siskiyous
Weed, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.00%
  • PN: 97.10%

Contra Costa College
San Pablo, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.00%

Copper Mountain Community College
Joshua Tree, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.20%
  • PN: 98.00%

Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 100.00%
  • PN: 81.10%

Cypress College
Cypress, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.70%

De Anza College
Cupertino, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.20%

East Los Angeles College
Monterey Park, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 67.90%

El Camino College-Compton Center
Compton, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 72.40%

El Camino Community College District
Torrance, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.10%

Evergreen Valley College
San Jose, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.90%

Fresno City College
Fresno, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 77.80%

Gavilan College
Gilroy, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 81.00%
  • PN: 95.30%

Glendale Community College
Glendale, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.60%

Golden West College
Huntington Beach, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.20%

Grossmont College
El Cajon, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.40%

Hartnell College
Salinas, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.30%
  • PN: 92.90%

Imperial Valley College
Imperial, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.40%
  • PN: 83.60%

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.30%

Long Beach City College
Long Beach, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.30%
  • PN: 79.80%

Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.50%

Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
Los Angeles, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.10%

Los Angeles Harbor College
Wilmington, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 96.40%

Los Angeles Pierce College
Woodland Hills, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.00%

Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 72.00%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.90%

Los Angeles Valley College
Valley Glen, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.80%

Los Medanos College
Pittsburg, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.70%
  • PN: 85.40%

Mendocino College
Ukiah, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 96.00%

Merced College
Merced, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.50%
  • PN: 89.70%

Merritt College
Oakland, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.20%

MiraCosta College
Oceanside, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.50%
  • PN: 96.40%

Mission College
Santa Clara, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 69.40%
  • PN: 90.60%

Modesto Junior College
Modesto, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.10%

Monterey Peninsula College
Monterey, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.60%

Moorpark College
Moorpark, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.00%

Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 74.90%

Mt San Antonio College
Walnut, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.70%

Mt San Jacinto Community College District
San Jacinto, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.80%

Napa Valley College
Napa, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 79.60%
  • PN: 74.30%

National University
La Jolla, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.20%

Ohlone College
Fremont, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 80.80%

Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.30%

Palomar College
San Marcos, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.90%

Pasadena City College
Pasadena, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.20%
  • PN: 65.90%

Porterville College
Porterville, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.00%

Rio Hondo College
Whittier, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.50%
  • PN: 91.90%

Riverside City College
Riverside, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.90%
  • PN: 97.80%

Sacramento City College
Sacramento, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.30%
  • PN: 89.20%

Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.40%

San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 78.60%

San Diego City College
San Diego, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.20%

San Joaquin Delta College
Stockton, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.20%

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia
Visalia, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 79.00%
  • PN: 85.70%

Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.20%

Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.00%
  • PN: 97.00%

Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.30%

Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.40%
  • PN: 98.70%

Shasta College
Redding, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.00%
  • PN: 55.70%

Sierra College
Rocklin, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 99.00%

Solano Community College
Fairfield, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.00%

Southwestern College
Chula Vista, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.60%
  • PN: 84.60%

Stanbridge University
Irvine, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 100.00%
  • PN: 89.80%

Unitek College
Fremont, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 73.50%
  • PN: 73.00%

University of Phoenix-California
Costa Mesa, CA


Ventura College
Ventura, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.10%

Victor Valley College
Victorville, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 98.40%

West Coast University-Los Angeles
North Hollywood, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.20%

West Hills College-Lemoore
Lemoore, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.80%

Yuba College
Marysville, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.00%


Closed Schools/Programs

Brightwood College-San Diego
San Diego, CA

School closed in 2019

Everest College - Ontario Metro
Ontario, CA

School closed in 2015

ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, CA

School closed in 2016