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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

Program Announcements

The San Diego City College Nursing Education Program will be having its joint Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing/Board of Registered Nursing Visit on September 28-30, 2021. On September 28, 2021 there will be a public meeting open to everyone to attend via Zoom. 

The public meeting will be held on September 28, 2021 at 1:30 PM via the following Zoom link:

Room V101 will also be available to attend the meeting but with limited spacing due to social distancing restrictions.

On September 30, 2021 at 10:00 am, the Nursing Education Program will have an Exit Meeting with ACEN and the BRN.  This meeting will discuss the results of the Joint Accreditation Visit. Here is the zoom link:

If you would like to email your questions to ACEN or BRN, please email your questions to:



NEP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Nursing Informational Workshops 

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. For those unable to attend the Zoom meetings on the listed dates, there are also pre-recorded videos.

Nursing Application Workshop

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

To attend this workshop, please use the following link:

No registration is required for this workshop.

Nursing Informational Workshop

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

 To attend this workshop, please register with the following link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Nursing Application Workshop

General Information Workshop

November 17, 2021 9 AM - 12 PM PST

December 15, 2021 1 PM - 4 PM PST

February 2, 2022 1 PM - 4 PM PST

March 9. 2022 9 AM - 12 PM PST

November 8, 2021 9 AM - 12 PM PST

December 1, 2021  9 AM - 12 PM PST

February 2, 2022 9 AM - 12 PM PST

March 9, 2022 1 PM - 4 PM PST

April 6, 2022 1 PM - 4 PM PST

May 11, 2022  9 AM - 12 PM PST

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 :

Live E counseling-Appointments

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.



LVN-RN & Generic ADN Application Period


ADN: MARCH 14 -TO APRIL 11, 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. 


Part 1Send transcripts to City College.

Request to send the transcript to the following email address:

Go on to your student portal after 8 weeks. Find the "My Academics" then to "Advising Notes" to see if the transcript has been received. If after 60 days you do not see them posted as "received", you can email and let them know that you want to follow up on your request.


Part 2: For Transcript Evaluation:

  Once your transcripts are showing as received" in your portal, you will need to complete Part 2. 

In part 2 you will need to do an online form to request to now have the transcripts articulated.

Please go to the following link.

Scroll all the way down to the Counseling section of the web page.


Click on the little white button  that confirms you have seen a counselor.

Click on the form that says Request for transcript evaluation.

A form will open up. Please complete and submit the form.

Once the transcripts have been articulated your status in your portal will say "Evaluated". You can now see a counselor to update your educational plan. Your articulated courses will now be visible and included in your educational plan.

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 83 66  17 61 73.49%


Graduate Employment Rates



2020  9/53  89%
2019  14/56  79%

Nursing Faculty Handbook