COVID-19 Updates

As of May 2020 and until further notice, applications to the nursing education program (NEP) will not be accepted in the fall of 2020. Please continue to check the NEP website for updates regarding future application windows. This announcement overrides any dates on the NEP website or printed materials with specified application dates.



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 NursingNurse holding a patient's hand
P.O. BOX 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244


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

Contact the SDCC Nursing Education Department

 Phone  Email

 Student Handbook 2019-2020

Nursing Workshops 

Workshops are held in V101 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. Workshops are open to all interested students; no reservation is required.
The NURSING GENERAL INFORMATION PACKET should be brought to the meeting; handouts are NOT provided.

General Informational Workshops

Information Workshops provide general information related to the Nursing Education Program at San Diego City College. 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. 

  • Tuesday       01/28/2020   9:00-11:00am 
  • Wednesday 02/26/2020   9:00-11:00am 
  • CANCELLED: Wednesday 03/25/2020   9:00-11:00am 
  • CANCELLED: Wednesday 04/29/2020   9:00-11:00am 
  • CANCELLED: Wednesday 05/20/2020   9:00-11:00am 

Application Workshops

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 October 15, please attend the APPLICATION WORKSHOP

  • CANCELLED: Wednesday 05/20/2020   11:00am-12:00pm

Application Information

Apply to the SDCC Nursing Education Program here.

Applications and ALL supporting documents must be submitted in person to the nursing department (V Building, 3rd floor) between September 1 and October 15. No applications will be accepted after 4pm on October 15. See additional application requirements and information in the NURSING GENERAL INFORMATION PACKET.

Please refer to the SDCC Nursing Education Program TEAS Policy prior to applying (also found in the Nursing General Information Packet).


  • Log on to Register for the TEAS (in the online store) and select the Nursing Program (ADN San Diego City College).
  • You will be given a list of locations offering the TEAS. Choose a testing center to learn the status of when and how you will test.
  • For questions call ATI at 800 667-7531.
  • All students must request ATI send the results electronically to SDCC ADN Program.

 Clinical Practice RequirementsImage of a stethoscope

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 concepts and skills to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered NursesAt least 80% of the SDCC Nursing students will score a 96% or greater predicted probability of passing the NCLEX on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor proctored exam on the first attempt.
  2. Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe client care: The group score in the areas of Health Promotion and Maintenance and Safety and Infection Control will remain 80% or greater on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor proctored exam on the first attempt.
  3. Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of professional nursing practice:  The group score in the areas of Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies and Reduction of Risk Potential will remain 80% or greater on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor proctored exam on the first attempt. 
  4. Use standards of nursing practice to perform and evaluate client care in entry-level practice:  The group score in the areas of Basic Care and Comfort and Management of Care will remain 80% or greater on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor proctored exam on the first attempt.
  5. Participate in life-long learning:  At least 25% of the program graduates will report enrollment into a baccalaureate nursing education and/or certification in the discipline of nursing within one-year of graduation.

Program Core ValuesNursing students presenting ot instructor

1.  Patient Centered Care/ Quality Care

2.  Safety/ Evidence Based Practice

3.  Professionalism/ Accountability

4.  Nursing Process

5.  Communication/ Collaboration

6.  Diversity

Program Emphasis

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.

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 SDCC catalog

Career and Education Options

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 and hospice agencies. Many careers in nursing require education beyond the associate degree, and graduates of the SDCC Nursing Education Program will generally meet all requirements for RN to BSN and graduate level nursing programs. The nursing program has partnered with many local institutions, including Point Loma Nazarene University's BSN program at San Diego City College.  

Program Outcomes Data 

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Policy #29 Advertising and Recruitment of Students requires that student achievement outcome data be publically accessible.  The following student achievement data from the SD City College Nursing Program are as follows:


NCLEX-RN First Attempt Pass-Rates

2019 98.46% 86.46% 96.14% 87.82%
2018 98.08% 85.11% 92.25% 84.34%
2017 91.89% 91.89% 90.95% 84.3%
2016 86.76% 84.57% 88.85% 83.62%
2015 87.5% 84.53% 92.12% 83.11%
2014 92.31% 81.78% 95.21% 85.05%
2013 96.55% 83.04% N/A N/A
2012 96.77% 90.34% N/A N/A


Program Completion Rates

2018 66 59 89%
2017 70 58 82.85%
2016 65 61 93.8%
2015 67 62 92.5%
2014 70 65 92.8%


Graduate Employment Rates



2017 20/58 75%
2016 61/61 100%
2015 38 /62 98%
2014 56/ 65 89%

Nursing Faculty Handbook