ADN Programs in California

Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 81.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #72
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American Career College-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 79.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #76

American River College
Sacramento, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #15
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Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 84.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #63
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Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.70%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #28
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Brightwood College-San Diego
San Diego, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 75.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #83

Butte College
Oroville, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 82.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #69
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Cabrillo College
Aptos, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 76.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #81
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Career Networks Institute
Orange, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 79.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #77
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Carrington College-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 79.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #75

CBD College
Los Angeles, CA


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Cerritos College
Norwalk, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 85.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #55
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Chabot College
Hayward, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 99.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #2
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Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #30
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Citrus College
Glendora, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 87.70%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #47
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City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #52
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College of Marin
Kentfield, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 89.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #35

College of San Mateo
San Mateo, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 80.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #73
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College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 83.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #64

College of the Desert
Palm Desert, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #43
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College of the Redwoods
Eureka, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #44
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College of the Sequoias
Visalia, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #38
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College of the Siskiyous
Weed, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #12
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Contra Costa College
San Pablo, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 82.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #70
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Copper Mountain Community College
Joshua Tree, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 85.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #56
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Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 100.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #1
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Cypress College
Cypress, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #39
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De Anza College
Cupertino, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #27
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East Los Angeles College
Monterey Park, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 66.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #89
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El Camino College-Compton Center
Compton, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 71.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #87
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El Camino Community College District
Torrance, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 89.70%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #34
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Evergreen Valley College
San Jose, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 90.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #33
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Fresno City College
Fresno, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 75.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #82
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Gavilan College
Gilroy, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 77.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #79
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Glendale Community College
Glendale, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #29
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Golden West College
Huntington Beach, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #32
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Grossmont College
El Cajon, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 94.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #20
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Hartnell College
Salinas, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 94.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #19
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Imperial Valley College
Imperial, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #32
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Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #42
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Long Beach City College
Long Beach, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #32
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Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #54
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Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 94.70%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #18
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Los Angeles Harbor College
Wilmington, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 96.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #8
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Los Angeles Pierce College
Woodland Hills, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 83.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #67
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Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 72.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #86
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Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.70%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #50
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Los Angeles Valley College
Valley Glen, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 89.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #37

Los Medanos College
Pittsburg, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #54
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Mendocino College
Ukiah, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 97.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #6
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Merced College
Merced, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 87.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #46
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Merritt College
Oakland, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #9
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MiraCosta College
Oceanside, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #14
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Mission College
Santa Clara, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 71.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #88
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Modesto Junior College
Modesto, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #39
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Monterey Peninsula College
Monterey, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #11
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Moorpark College
Moorpark, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 92.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25
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Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 73.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #85
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Mt San Antonio College
Walnut, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #53
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Mt San Jacinto Community College District
San Jacinto, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 93.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #24
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Napa Valley College
Napa, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 77.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #80
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National University
La Jolla, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 93.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #23
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Ohlone College
Fremont, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 81.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #71
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Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 84.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #61
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Palomar College
San Marcos, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #30
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Pasadena City College
Pasadena, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 85.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #57
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Porterville College
Porterville, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 85.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #58
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Reedley College
Reedley, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 93.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #23
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Rio Hondo College
Whittier, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #31
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Riverside City College
Riverside, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 92.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25
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Sacramento City College
Sacramento, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 94.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #17
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Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #16
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San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 78.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #78
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San Diego City College
San Diego, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.70%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #40
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San Joaquin Delta College
Stockton, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 87.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #46

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia
Visalia, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 79.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #76

Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 87.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #49
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Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 93.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #21
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Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 93.70%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #22
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Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 92.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25
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Shasta College
Redding, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 87.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #48
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Sierra College
Rocklin, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 99.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #3
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Solano Community College
Fairfield, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 83.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #66
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Southwestern College
Chula Vista, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #41
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Stanbridge College
Irvine, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 100.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #1
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Unitek College
Fremont, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 73.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #84

Ventura College
Ventura, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 89.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #36
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Victor Valley College
Victorville, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 98.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #4
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West Coast University-Los Angeles
North Hollywood, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #45

West Hills College-Lemoore
Lemoore, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 84.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #59
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Xavier College
Stockton, CA


Yuba College
Marysville, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 82.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #68
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Closed ADN Programs

Everest College - Ontario Metro
Ontario, CA
School closed in 2015

ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, CA
School closed in 2016

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.