Rio Hondo College

Whittier, CA 90601
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Rio Hondo College is one of the fifty public 4-year colleges in California. The campus is located in a suburb, in Whittier.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 19,948 students attend the school. Every year 20% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

RHCCD's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,288, and fees were $72. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $6,888 and $72 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students19,948
Student to Faculty Ratio32:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs

The Rio Hondo College Nursing program is accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates from the program are eligible to sit for the examination that leads to licensure as licensed practitioner.

The curriculum is intended to provide the appropriate combination of in class theoretical instruction with hands on clinical and laboratory practice in healthcare facilities in the area to allow a command of the skills required at the entry level.

Graduates from the program will work under the supervision of a licensed physician or a Registered Nurse in a range of health care setting including doctor’s offices, clinics, community based health care and assisted living facilities.

The program has the following requirements for admission:

  • Official high school diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  • Unofficial transcripts from other colleges attended by the applicant including programs in Rio Hondo College
  • A copy of transcripts for a degree from another institution if applicable
  • Verification on letterhead from any health care facility the applicant has worked in if applicable
  • Official copy of the ATI TEAS test if applicable
  • Pre-requisites for the course are (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, English 101 and Math for Health Professional)

Successful applicants will be required to submit to a background check, fingerprinting, and physical clearance before registering in the Nursing program. 


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 0
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 1 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 91.9%
  • NCLEX-RN: 91.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1967 - 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$246/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 $11,070
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $17,220
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $30,750
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, 82% of Rio Hondo 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 61% $4,345
Other Federal Grant 17% $547
State Grant & Scholarships 82% $1,894
Institutional Grant & Scholarships -- --
Federal Student Loans 1% $6,032
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$4,536
$30,001 to $48,000$5,031
$48,001 to $75,000$7,770
$75,001 to $110,000$8,618
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601

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