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

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Student Handbook 2021-2022

NEP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Nursing Informational Workshops 

February 24, 2021 at 12-1 PM (Pacific Time - PST)

March 24, 2021 at 12-1 PM (Pacific Time - PST)

April 28, 2021 at 12-1 PM (Pacific Time - PST)

May 26, 2021 at 12-1 PM (Pacific Time - PST)

These are free workshops that will be held to review all information regarding the San Diego City College Nursing Education program. Prior to the meeting, please review the NEP website and the Nursing General Information packet underneath Application Information. It is highly recommended to review before and come with questions. 
Please refer to the information below to register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are unable to attend the workshops, please refer to the recordings below.


Application Information

Prior to applying, please refer to the SDCC Nursing Education Program TEAS Policy and 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.



Note for all applicants: 

The students who have been accepted to the Nursing Education Program (NEP), will begin the NEP in Spring 2022. However, the NEP will be offering NRSE 092 in Fall 2021. We highly recommend that all students who have been accepted to the NEP enroll in NRSE 092 because this course will prepare you for the NEP. 


LVN Application Period: 

The application period for LVN-RN Program will be from February 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

A free application workshop will be held for students applying to ask questions or review their applications. This will be held on February 10, 2021 from 12-1 PM (PST) at:


Generic ADN Application Period: 

The application period for the Generic ADN Program will be from April 5, 2021 to May 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

A free application workshop will be held for students applying to ask questions or review their applications. This will be held on April 14, 2021 from 12-1 PM (PST) at:

Applications are now closed for Spring 2022.


Minimum Requirements for Applying:

  • Complete prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” or better and a combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher is required to apply.*** Applications with less that a 2.5 or higher GPA in the combined 3 sciences are disqualified and not reviewed.

    • Biology 205, Microbiology, 5 semester units or equivalent.*

    • Biology 230, Human Anatomy, 4 semester units or equivalent.**

    • Biology 235, Human Physiology, 4 semester units or equivalent.*

  • Students are required to achieve a passing score of 62% or higher in each subscale on the TEAS test to be eligible to apply. The total score is used to calculate points on the application.

Acceptance into the program is determined through the use of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office multi-criteria point system.  The multi-criteria point system includes, but is not limited to, pre-requisite course GPA in three science classes, a FIXED SET GPA, TEAS score, degrees, CNA, health care work experience, life experiences and second language proficiency. 


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

  1. Graduates will demonstrate entry level mastery of knowledge and application of the nursing process to nursing practice.
  1. Graduates will demonstrate clinical decision making to ensure accurate and safe client care.
  1. Graduates will incorporate evidence based practice in the provision of competent, quality, patient centered care.
  1. The graduate will apply principles of therapeutic communication & collaboration with the health care team to the management of client care.
  1. The graduate will demonstrate professionalism and accountability within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of professional nursing practice.
  1. The graduate will provide culturally competent care to a diverse client population.

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.  SEE FAQs FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

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