Contra Costa College

San Pablo, CA 94806
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Contra Costa College is one of the one hundred three public 2-year colleges in California. The campus is located in a suburb, in San Pablo.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 6,727 students attend the school. Every year 25% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Contra Costa College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,288, and fees were $24. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $8,400 and $24 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students6,727
Student to Faculty Ratio23:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate67%

Nursing Programs

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 is committed to teamwork, collaboration, inquiry, critical thinking and creativity, technical competence, excellence in the safe practice of our profession based on research and evidence and promoting respect for the individual and family.

Application into the nursing program is competitive.  The application for admission is available on the Contra Costa College nursing web page, or the Admissions and Records web page.  

Admission Pre-requisites in addition to standard requirements:

  1. Take and pass TEAS V examination
  2. Health clearance and criminal background check and drug screening as required by clinical agencies
  3. Pre-requisite Courses to be completed with a ‘C’ grade or better to qualify for admission (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, English Composition, Drug Dosage Calculations, and Pharmacology with a minimum GPA of 2.75 ) (Introduction to Sociology, General Psychology, Human Communication and Development Psychology with a Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0)

Licensed Vocational Nurse and Practical Nurses are admitted into the third semester of the nursing program with the same pre-requisite courses as above with the required GPA to be eligible.

Transfer applicants who completed part of a nursing curriculum, theory and clinical at another institution must follow the same application process as any other advanced placement applicant. (The same pre-requisite courses are required).

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 8 28
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 83%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1952 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$300/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $13,500
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $21,000
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $37,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 70% of Contra Costa College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 47% $4,430
Other Federal Grant 13% $373
State Grant & Scholarships 67% $1,662
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 9% $1,119
Federal Student Loans 1% $4,259
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,680
$30,001 to $48,000$6,619
$48,001 to $75,000$8,409
$75,001 to $110,000$10,740
Over $110,000$6,260

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Contra Costa College
2600 Mission Bell Dr
San Pablo, CA 94806

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