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Registered Nurse Certificate of Achievement

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The Nursing Program at Saddleback College offers a curriculum that qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program provides graduates with the education necessary to become competent entry level registered nurses, to obtain employment in a variety of settings, and to provide quality patient centered care.


In order to apply, a student must complete BIO 11* (Anatomy), BIO 12* (Physiology), BIO 15* (Microbiology), and ENG 1A* (Principles of Composition 1) or their equivalents with a grade of “C” or better. BIO 12* (Physiology) must have been completed within the past seven year. Every required prerequisite and core class must be completed with a “C” or better.  Students qualified for application will be ranked according to their total points achieved on all of the admission criteria. Those with the highest total points will be admitted. The admission criteria includes: previous academic degrees, work experience/certificates, GPA in the science prerequisites, completion of relevant course work towards the ADN degree, life experience, proficiency/course work in a second language, ATI-TEAS testing scores.

Applications will be taken each semester for approximately a two week period at the beginning of February (for fall admission) and the beginning of September (for spring admission). Procedures for applying to the Nursing program and application packets are available in the Health Sciences and Human Services division office and on the Nursing Program website. Prospective nursing students are encouraged to attend an RN Information Session.

The Nursing Program at Saddleback College is an impacted program, therefore students who hold F-1 (student visas) will not be considered for admission to the Nursing Program.

The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

California Board of Registered Nursing P. O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244
916-322-3350 or http://www.rn.ca.gov

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
404-975-5000 or www.acenursing.org

Registered Nurse Certificate of Achievement

The Nursing Program offers evidence based theory and clinical nursing courses that build upon a foundation of biological, psychological, and social sciences, as well as communication skills, and critical thinking, to prepare competent entry level professional registered nurses. The Nursing Program focuses on a strong medical surgical foundation, and the application of nursing process across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings to deliver high quality health care. Leadership skills and lifelong learning are emphasized as the student nurse takes on the role of the professional RN.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate sufficient preparation to pass the NCLEX upon first attempt.
  • Promote and maintain a safe environment by integrating current evidence-based practice, the nursing process, and skill competency to deliver quality health care.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the professional nurse as defined by the California Nurse Practice Act and standards of nursing practice.


Course ID Title Units
Required prerequisites prior to Nursing Clinical Sequence:
BIO 11  * Human Anatomy 4
BIO 15  * General Microbiology 5
BIO 12  */*** Human Physiology 4
ENG 1A  */**** or Principles of Composition I 4
ENG 1AH  */**** Honors Principles of Composition I 4



Eligible for Entry into Nursing Clinical Sequence
Semester I    
N 160  */**   Pharmacology for Nursing 3
N 165  ** Lifecycle 1, Fundamentals of Aging 1.5
N 170  * Nursing Process 3
N 170  *# Nursing Process Lab 4.5
N 171  * Mental Health Nursing 2
N 171  *# Mental Health Nursing Lab 1
Total Units for the Semester: 15
Semester II    
PSYC 1  ** or Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 1H  ** Honors Introduction to Psychology 3
N 161  ** Lifecycle 2, Growth and Development 1.5
N 172  * Medical-Surgical Nursing 3.5
N 172  *# Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab 5
Total Units for the Semester: 13
Semester III    
N 173  * Nursing Care of Children and Families 1.5
N 173  *# Nursing Care of Children and Families Lab 2
N 174  * Women’s Health Nursing 1.5
N 174  *# Women’s Health Nursing Lab 2
Total Units for the Semester: 7
Semester IV    
COMM 1  */** or   Communication Fundamentals 3
COMM 1H  */** or Honors Communication Fundamentals 3
COMM 5  ** Interpersonal Communication 3
N 176  * Advanced Nursing 3
N 176  *# Advanced Nursing Lab 5
Total Units for the Semester: 11



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
** Courses can be taken prior to entry into the program
*** Human Physiology must have been completed within the last 7 years
**** Freshman Composition 3-unit equivalent course will be accepted
# Clinical course.
Selected clinical experiences in various hospitals, clinics, and community agencies are provided throughout the Nursing Program.


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