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.  The San Diego City College Nursing Education Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) & fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Questions or concerns regarding accreditation status may be addressed to:

California Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. BOX 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

All prospective students must FIRST be admitted to a college within the San Diego Community College District (San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, or San Diego Miramar College). Admission to the Nursing Education Program is through an additional application process. 

Nursing Workshops are scheduled once a month and are your best opportunity for information pertaining to the Nursing Education Program at SDCC.  There are two informational workshops provided for students.  For the correct workshop for your individual needs please see the descriptions below.  For parking information, you can contact the Nursing Department Office by emailing
The information packet should be printed and brought to the meeting 
handouts are NOT provided.


Information Workshops provide general information related to the Nursing Education Program at San Diego City College. Students who are interested in the program but not ready to apply should attend. This workshop covers basic information including general education and degree requirements, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), the multi-criteria system for admission, and transcript and evaluation requests. These workshops also introduce prospective students to the academic prerequisites and classes required for the major.  Workshops are held in V 101 in the Career Technology Center (1081 16th Street, San Diego, at the corner of Broadway and 16th St). Access to the Career Technology Center parking garage is located on 17th Street.

The following dates and times are for the Informational Workshop 

General Informational Workshops 2018: All in V101 (just show up, no reservation needed)

  • January 24, 2018: 12-2pm
  • February 21, 2018: 9:30-11:30am
  • March 20, 2018: 1-3pm
  • April 25, 2018: 9:30-11:30am
  • May 23, 2018: 9:30-11:30am
Application Workshop

  • May 23, 2018: 11:30-12:30pm

*We are located at 1081 16th and C street Downtown San Diego, 92101. We are meeting on the 1st floor room V101. We have a parking structure on the back side of the building (16th street) meter parking in the front and sides of the building). Parking Tickets can be purchased for $1.00/hr in the parking structure. Ticket machines are on the 2nd and 5th floor by the elevators. Please print out the Nursing Information Packet and bring it with you to the Nursing Workshop.

Workshops begin on time, so plan accordingly. Nursing Information packets will not be provided at the workshop. Packets are available here.

If you have questions regarding the application, application submission process, point system and admission process and you are planning to apply between September 1 and November 1, please attend the APPLICATION WORKSHOP.

Clinical Practice Requirement

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

Refusal of immunizations, refusal to submit to a background check, and/or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the healthcare facility may prevent placement in the clinical setting, and thus affect progress in 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. Failure to adhere to standards may be cause for dismissal from the program.

PROGRAM GOALS/Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Nursing Education 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 Nursing Program graduate is prepared as a clinician to think critically using the nursing process, 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 tasks and supervise unlicensed personnel within the legal scope of practice of the Registered Nurse. The student who completes the Nursing Education 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 health care settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics and home health agencies. Many careers in nursing require education beyond the associate degree.

associate of science degree in nursing

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.