ADN Programs in California

Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 78.8%
Total test writers: 33 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #72
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American Career College-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 79.1%
Total test writers: 43 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #76
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American River College
Sacramento, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 98%
Total test writers: 101 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #15
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Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 79.8%
Total test writers: 129 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #63
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Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.4%
Total test writers: 104 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #28
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Brightwood College-San Diego
San Diego, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 74.4%
Total test writers: 160 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #83
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Butte College
Oroville, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 84.3%
Total test writers: 102 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #69
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Cabrillo College
Aptos, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 80.4%
Total test writers: 56 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #81
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Career Networks Institute
Orange, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 78.4%
Total test writers: 111 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #77
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Carrington College-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 74.2%
Total test writers: 62 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #75
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CBD College
Los Angeles, CA


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Cerritos College
Norwalk, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.4%
Total test writers: 79 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #55
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Chabot College
Hayward, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 30 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #2
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Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.5%
Total test writers: 40 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #30
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Citrus College
Glendora, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.6%
Total test writers: 27 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #47
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City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 97.3%
Total test writers: 73 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #52
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College of Marin
Kentfield, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 89.2%
Total test writers: 37 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #35
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College of San Mateo
San Mateo, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 77.8%
Total test writers: 36 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #73
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College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 79.8%
Total test writers: 109 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #64
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College of the Desert
Palm Desert, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 89.7%
Total test writers: 68 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #43
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College of the Redwoods
Eureka, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 87.7%
Total test writers: 57 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #44
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College of the Sequoias
Visalia, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 88.2%
Total test writers: 51 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #38
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College of the Siskiyous
Weed, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.1%
Total test writers: 29 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #12
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Contra Costa College
San Pablo, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 82.7%
Total test writers: 52 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #70
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Copper Mountain Community College
Joshua Tree, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 90.5%
Total test writers: 21 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #56
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Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 43 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #1
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Cypress College
Cypress, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 94.3%
Total test writers: 87 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #39
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De Anza College
Cupertino, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 94.6%
Total test writers: 56 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #27
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East Los Angeles College
Monterey Park, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 73.5%
Total test writers: 98 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #89
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El Camino College-Compton Center
Compton, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 71.7%
Total test writers: 60 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #87
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El Camino Community College District
Torrance, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.2%
Total test writers: 51 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #34
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Evergreen Valley College
San Jose, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.9%
Total test writers: 65 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #33
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Fresno City College
Fresno, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 84.4%
Total test writers: 205 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #82
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Gavilan College
Gilroy, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 16 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #79
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Glendale Community College
Glendale, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 90.4%
Total test writers: 73 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #29
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Golden West College
Huntington Beach, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91%
Total test writers: 87 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #32
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Grossmont College
El Cajon, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 96.5%
Total test writers: 57 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #20
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Hartnell College
Salinas, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.2%
Total test writers: 34 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #19
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Imperial Valley College
Imperial, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.7%
Total test writers: 36 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #32
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Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95%
Total test writers: 139 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #42
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Long Beach City College
Long Beach, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.3%
Total test writers: 91 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #32
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Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 94%
Total test writers: 67 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #54
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Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95.5%
Total test writers: 95 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #18
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Los Angeles Harbor College
Wilmington, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95.5%
Total test writers: 67 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #8
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Los Angeles Pierce College
Woodland Hills, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 75.9%
Total test writers: 58 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #67
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Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 69.2%
Total test writers: 39 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #86
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Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95.4%
Total test writers: 43 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #50
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Los Angeles Valley College
Valley Glen, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 82.7%
Total test writers: 75 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #37
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Los Medanos College
Pittsburg, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 88.4%
Total test writers: 43 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #54
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Mendocino College
Ukiah, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 90.9%
Total test writers: 33 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #6
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Merced College
Merced, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.3%
Total test writers: 65 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #46
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Merritt College
Oakland, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.8%
Total test writers: 32 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #9
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MiraCosta College
Oceanside, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.3%
Total test writers: 39 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #14
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Mission College
Santa Clara, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 60.7%
Total test writers: 28 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #88
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Modesto Junior College
Modesto, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.2%
Total test writers: 113 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #39
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Monterey Peninsula College
Monterey, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.3%
Total test writers: 30 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #11
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Moorpark College
Moorpark, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 94.4%
Total test writers: 54 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25
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Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 78.2%
Total test writers: 258 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #85
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Mt San Antonio College
Walnut, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 88.3%
Total test writers: 111 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #53
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Mt San Jacinto Community College District
San Jacinto, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.7%
Total test writers: 55 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #24
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Napa Valley College
Napa, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92%
Total test writers: 25 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #80
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National University
La Jolla, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.3%
Total test writers: 273 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #23
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Ohlone College
Fremont, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 82.4%
Total test writers: 34 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #71
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Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 83.2%
Total test writers: 89 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #61
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Palomar College
San Marcos, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.7%
Total test writers: 72 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #30
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Pasadena City College
Pasadena, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 90.6%
Total test writers: 117 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #57
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Porterville College
Porterville, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.8%
Total test writers: 16 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #58
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Reedley College
Reedley, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 8 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #23
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Rio Hondo College
Whittier, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.1%
Total test writers: 76 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #31
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Riverside City College
Riverside, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 94.6%
Total test writers: 168 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25
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Sacramento City College
Sacramento, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 97.6%
Total test writers: 42 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #17
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Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 98.2%
Total test writers: 112 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #16
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San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 78.7%
Total test writers: 75 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #78
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San Diego City College
San Diego, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.9%
Total test writers: 37 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #40
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San Joaquin Delta College
Stockton, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.2%
Total test writers: 102 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #46
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San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia
Visalia, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 80.2%
Total test writers: 101 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #76
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Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.9%
Total test writers: 99 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #49
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Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 94.1%
Total test writers: 68 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #21
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Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 96.2%
Total test writers: 52 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #22
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Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95.5%
Total test writers: 112 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25
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Shasta College
Redding, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.9%
Total test writers: 62 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #48
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Sierra College
Rocklin, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 38 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #3
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Solano Community College
Fairfield, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 90.3%
Total test writers: 31 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #66
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Southwestern College
Chula Vista, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 81%
Total test writers: 63 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #41
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Stanbridge College
Irvine, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 57 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #1
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Unitek College
Fremont, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 72.3%
Total test writers: 188 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #84
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Ventura College
Ventura, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 88.9%
Total test writers: 81 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #36
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Victor Valley College
Victorville, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 98.5%
Total test writers: 65 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #4
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West Coast University-Los Angeles
North Hollywood, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.7%
Total test writers: 1284 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #45
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West Hills College-Lemoore
Lemoore, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 79.4%
Total test writers: 34 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #59
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Yuba College
Marysville, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 83.6%
Total test writers: 61 students
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.