Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Saddleback College is one of the one hundred three public 2-year colleges in California. The campus is located in a suburb, in Mission Viejo.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 19,783 students attend the school. Every year 38% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Saddleback College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,288, and fees were $40. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $10,528 and $40 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students19,783
Student to Faculty Ratio26:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs

The Saddleback College Registered Nursing Program is a National League for Nursing (NLNAC) and Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) accredited Program.

The program is intended to provide the education necessary to develop competent nursing practitioners as a base for the continuing development of the student. Students who complete the nursing program allow the student to sit for the State of California NCLEX examination to be licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Admission Requirements:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Complete application for Saddleback College to obtain a student ID to apply to the RN program
  • Submit official transcripts from other colleges/universities other than Saddleback for pre-requisite courses and nursing curriculum courses
  • Completion with a 2.8 GPA or better in the following science pre-requisites: BIO 11, BIO 12, BIO 15.
  • Completion of English 1A or the equivalent with a “C” or better
  • TEAS score 62% and above

Attending one of the two information sessions offered every semester, is highly recommended (but not mandatory) for all applicants. Dates for information sessions are posted on the website.  

Applications deadlines are 15th-30th June for Spring enrollment and February for Fall enrollment.

Students accepted into the Saddleback College Associate Degree Nursing Program requires background checks as required by the Joint for clinical practice in health care facilities  that are required to maintain criminal background checks for students and volunteers involved in patient care.

Students also need to have a physical examination within three months of the date of admission into the nursing program.


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Certificate 8 19
Associate's degree 23 94
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years 23 89
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 15 69
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 95.4%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1971 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1987 - 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$376/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 $16,920
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $26,320
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $47,000
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, 40% of Saddleback 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 21% $4,700
Other Federal Grant 3% $793
State Grant & Scholarships 39% $1,575
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 4% $227
Federal Student Loans 1% $4,414
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$7,245
$30,001 to $48,000$7,457
$48,001 to $75,000$9,389
$75,001 to $110,000$14,031
Over $110,000$14,031

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
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.
Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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