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, Inc.  
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 | 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 

Nursing Workshop dates for Fall 2021 are currently pending. Please check back later for more information. For a virtual recording of previous workshops - refer down below.

The San Diego City College Nursing Education Program offers 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. 

Nursing Application Workshop:

Refer to the recording for an in-depth overview of the program's application process:

Nursing Informational Workshop

Refer to the recording for an overview of the Nursing Education program, policies, and procedures:

Counseling Information

If you have specific questions regarding transcripts, enrollment, etc. The San Diego City College Counseling Department is available to help with all general needs. 

15-minute quick Drop in Counseling:


1-hour appointments for continuing students:

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Read the info then click where it says ”I Agree”

then click where it says, “Online appointment.”


If you are having trouble scheduling an appointment through eSARS, please  email the front team at to have the appointment scheduled manually.

No access to smart devices or computer? If you do not have access to a smart device please let us know. Contact our new Google number to reach the counseling front desk staff. 1-(619) 894-6118.


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 Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Apply concepts and skills to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  2. Make clinical judgements and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe client care. 
  3. Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of the 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 Threads

  • Caring
  • Communication/Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity
  • Health Promotion
  • Informatics
  • Leadership
  • Legal/Ethical Issues
  • Lifespan/Age-Appropriate Care
  • Nursing Process
  • Nutrition
  • Pathophysiology
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Professionalism
  • Research/Evidence Based Practice
  • Safety
  • Teaching/Learning Priniciples

Student Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes have been identified as a requirement for students completing the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) Generic-RN/LVN to RN Curriculum. The graduate will:

  1. Communication Skills
    • Utilize appropriate communication styles and basic leadership skills in patient care management.
    • Use therapeutic communication techniques to establish a therapeutic environment.
    • Communicate relevant, accurate and complete information in a concise and clear manner.
  2. Critical Thinking
    • Utilize nursing process to develop and implement an individualized plan of care for assigned patients.
    • Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe care.
    • Use evidenced based data to support clinical decision making.


 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 publicly accessible.  The following student achievement data from the SD City College Nursing Program are as follows:


NCLEX-RN First Attempt Pass-Rates

2020 100.00% 80.81% 98.85% 84.12%
2019 98.46% 86.46% 96.14% 87.82%
2018 98.08% 85.11% 92.25% 84.34%


Program Completion Rates

2021 67 48 19  61 91.04%
2020 72 60 12 53 73.61%
2019 71 57 14 56 77.78%
2018 66     59 89.00%


Graduate Employment Rates




Nursing Faculty Handbook