Nursing Education

Nursing is a profession which provides health care to individuals of all ages. Nursing encompasses many activities including health promotion, health maintenance, health care during illness and injury and rehabilitation. Nurses apply knowledge from the biological, physical, behavioral and nursing sciences to care for clients in varied settings. The purpose of the San Diego City College Nursing program is to provide an educational opportunity for qualified individuals interested in a career in nursing.

Admission to the program is by special application.

  • NURSING INFORMATION PACKETS are available during the Nursing Workshops and from the Nursing Student Success Adviser or Nursing Secretary in the Nursing Department office.
  • Nursing Workshops are scheduled once a month and are your best opportunity for information pertaining to the Nursing program at San Diego City College.  Seating is limited to 35 so reservations are required and are accepted via email to Susan Chandler at .  You will receive a confirmation with the workshop location and parking instructions.  All workshops start at 1:00 pm.  Late arrivals will not be admitted and need to reschedule.  Questions?  Email Susan or call:  619-388-3441.
    Fall 2014 Workshops
    • Wednesday December 10, 2014 --  1-3 pm
     Spring 2015 Workshops
    • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 -- 1-3 pm
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 -- 1-3 pm
    • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 -- 1-3 pm
    • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 -- 1-3 pm
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 -- 1-3 pm

      Prospective students are responsible for obtaining these materials in order to acquaint themselves with the admission policies and procedures.

      The San Diego City College Nursing Education program is fully accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).Inquiries regarding accreditation may be made by contacting the BRN at P.O. Box 944210, Sacramento,CA 94244, 916-322-3350 or ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-975-5000

      Directed Clinical Practice Requirement

      Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete Directed Clinical Practice/clinically-based courses held in health care facilities.These facilities require background checks and urine drug screening as a condition of placement.

      Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the healthcare facility, may prevent placement in the Directed Clinical Practice/clinically-based course and thus, it may not be possible to successfully progress in or complete the program.

      Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility’s standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause for removal from the program.


      Upon completion of the ADN program the nursing graduate will be able to:

      1. Apply nursing concepts and skills to be successful on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
      2. Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe client care.
      3. Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of professional nursing practice.
      4. Use standards of nursing practice to perform and evaluate client care in entry level practice.
      5. Participate in life-long learning.


      Curriculum and course sequence progress from simple to complex knowledge and skills with emphasis on nursing process, caring, problem solving and critical thinking. The ADN graduate is prepared as a clinician to think critically, using the nursing process, to safely perform nursing care, teach individuals, families, communities and members of the health care team, function as a client advocate, provide leadership, manage resources, delegate and supervise within the legal scope of practice of the Registered Nurse. The student who completes the ADN program will meet the standards of competency, delineated by the Board of Registered Nursing for the State of California.


      The Registered Nurse cares for clients of all ages and may be employed at the entry level in a variety of settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics and home health agencies. Some careers in nursing require education beyond the associate degree.


      Students who complete the program will be able to:

      • Apply concepts and skills to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses).
      • Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe client care.
      • Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of professional nursing practice.
      • Use standards of nursing practice to perform and evaluate client care in entry level practice.
      • Participate in life-long learning.


      The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing requires completion of the nursing courses. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the catalog.