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Program information:

  1. It is suggested that students attend a Nursing Information Orientation given by the Counseling Department, which can be reached at 714/564-6103. 
  2. The Program is four semesters in length and begins with RN 160/161/161L. Successful completion of the Program will result in an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) as well as being eligible to take the nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). The Santa Ana College Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  3. The Traditional Program admits students twice each year. The semesters are 16 weeks. Theory courses meet 2 times per week. Clinical courses are 12 to 24 hours per week generally on Mondays and/or Tuesdays with some possible Saturdays and/or Sundays.
  4. Prior to Spring 2017: The Extended Campus Program (ECP) admits students once each year. Theory courses meet 1 day per week in the evening except during fourth semester when they meet twice per week during the day. Clinical courses are 12 hours on every Saturday or every other Saturday and Sunday. The semesters are 16 to 21 weeks, depending on the semester (1st and 3rd semesters are 21 weeks; 2nd semester is 19 weeks; 4th semester is 16 weeks). The 1st and 3rd semesters begin in July and end in December; the 2nd begins in January/February and ends in late June; the 4th semesters begin in January/February and end in early June. ECP theory courses (generally) and Skills and Computer Labs are housed at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange. All students may participate in the Skills and Computer Labs at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange and Santa Ana College.

    Spring 2017: A Concept Based Curriculum (CBC) has been implemented following college, BRN, and ACEN approval. With the CBC, ECP has 16-week semesters and meets
     two evenings per week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) for theory except fourth semester when they meet twice per week during the day. Clinical time for ECP will continue on Saturdays and additional days as needed. The Traditional Program will continue the traditional day time Wednesdays and Thursdays for theory and Mondays and/or Tuesdays for clinical time with additional days as needed.  
  5. Community-based nursing clinical days for both the Traditional and ECP programs are arranged on days other than regular clinical days.
  6. All students entering the Santa Ana College Nursing Program must pass a diagnostic assessment test. Santa Ana College utilizes the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS test) which must be passed with a score of 62% or higher. It tests math, English, reading and science. All students are encouraged to log onto for study materials and other useful resources and information.
  7. Students are required to have transportation to and from off-campus clinical sites.
  8. **Please note**: This is considered a full-time program. Students are advised to limit outside employment. Excessive work schedules combined with family and school commitments may contribute to being unsuccessful in the program.

For first semester:

Students who decline entry are required to re-apply for possible selection through the multi-criteria admission process.

For second, third and fourth semester:

Students may turn down entry to the program once. A second refusal for entry will result in the student's name going to the end of the entry list. A third refusal for entry will result in removal from the list.

Upon acceptance to all semesters: 
  • Evidence of a physical examination by a M.D., Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner is required prior to entry in the program and on an annual basis. Evidence of a physical exam, titers, and immunizations must be submitted on the Nursing Program's form verifying the applicant's health and physical ability to perform the academic and clinical requirements of an RN student. Examinations must have been performed within 4 months prior to beginning the Nursing Program.

  • A cleared background check is required of all Nursing Students after acceptance into the Nursing Program.

  • Effective Spring 2016, a cleared drug test result is required of all Nursing Students after acceptance into the Nursing Program. A student with a positive drug test will not be allowed in the Nursing Program (see Nursing Student Guidebook).

  • A current (within one year of issue date) CPR card for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association (also known as BLS Basic Life Support Card from the American Heart Association) is required upon entry to the Nursing Program and must be maintained throughout the Nursing Program.

  • Malpractice insurance must be maintained throughout the Nursing Program. 

Students with an incomplete or expired physical information, CPR card, malpractice insurance, background check, or drug testing will not be allowed into the clinical setting because of mandatory hospital and program requirements. If a student re-enters the program, a new background check and drug testing must be provided upon re-entry.

Students who are a "NO SHOW" for the first day of class will be dropped and replaced by an alternate.

Social Security Number Requirement

A social security number or Tax Identification Number is required to apply to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Record of Felony 

Please note: The California Board of Registered Nursing requires California Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation review prior to licensure (upon completion of the program). Section 480(a)(1) of the Business and Professions Code authorizes the BRN to deny licensure to applicants convicted of crimes substantially related to nursing. Anyone who desires clarification may contact: 


Board of Registered Nursing

P.O. Box 944210

Sacramento, CA 94244-2100 

(916) 322-3350 


 Webpage ​Updated 5/16/2017

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