Hartnell College

Salinas, CA 93901
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Hartnell College is one of the one hundred three public 2-year colleges in California. The campus is located in an urban area, in Salinas.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 12,072 students attend the school. Every year 31% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Hartnell College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,400, and fees were $20. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $7,650 and $20 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students12,072
Student to Faculty Ratio35:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs

The Hartnell College Vocational Nursing Program is a newly redesigned 12 month program. The program is a year round course of study consisting of theoretical classroom instruction and clinical experience and laboratory competency.

The Vocational Nursing Program trains students to be licensed as vocational nurses to practice under the supervision of a registered nurse or a physician in a range of setting including medical offices, clinics, hospitals, correctional facilities, home health agencies and long term facilities.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Hartnell College Admission for Application (general college application)
  2. High School Diploma or GED equivalency certificate (required by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians of the State of California)
  3. Complete application to the VN program
  4. Complete pre-requisite programs (all pre-requisite courses or equivalents must be completed with a 'C' grade or higher)
  5. Official college transcripts

The Vocational Nursing program receives more applications than there are spaces available. Admission will be based on the GPA and or work experience of the applicants.

Letters of recommendation and performance ratings from persons familiar with the work experience and education of the applicant in a health related field such as paramedic, nursing assistant, medical assistant or instructors will be considered during the process. Personal references will not be considered.

Admission Deadline is October. It is the responsibility of the applicant to seek answers to questions from the nursing department administrators, counseling faculty, Admission and Records Office and faculty members.

The college will require health screening, a series of immunizations a criminal background check after an applicant has been conditionally accepted into the program.

It is recommended that students in the program work no more than 16 hours a week due to the considerable clinical time commitment and rigorous coursework required.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 4 34
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 5 16
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 92.9%
  • NCLEX-RN: 94.3%

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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$200/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 $9,000
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $14,000
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $25,000
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, 85% of Hartnell 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 50% $4,499
Other Federal Grant 23% $169
State Grant & Scholarships 84% $1,929
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 2% $477
Federal Student Loans -- --
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$9,222
$30,001 to $48,000$9,037
$48,001 to $75,000$12,200
$75,001 to $110,000$13,891
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Hartnell College
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

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