Student Handbook 2018-2019 (pdf)

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 Nursing
P.O. BOX 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244


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

The NURSING GENERAL INFORMATION PACKET should be printed and brought to the meeting handouts are NOT provided.
Information Workshops provide general information related to the Nursing Education Program at San Diego City College. Students who are interested in the program but not ready to apply should attend. 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. Workshops are held in V 101 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.

General Informational Workshops

All in V101 (just show up, no reservation needed)

  • Wednesday 8/21/2019     9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 9/25/2019     9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 10/23/2019   9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 11/20/2019   9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 01/29/2020   9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 02/26/2020   9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 03/25/2020   9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 04/29/2020   9:00-11:00am V101
  • Wednesday 05/20/2020   9:00-11:00am V101

Application Workshops

  • Wednesday 08/21/2019      11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday 09/25/2019      11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday 10/23/2019      11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday 05/20/2020      11:00am-12:00pm

*We are located at 1081 16th and C street Downtown San Diego, 92101. We are meeting on the 1st floor room V101. We have a parking structure on the back side of the building (16th street) meter parking in the front and sides of the building). Parking Tickets can be purchased for $1.00/hr in the parking structure. Ticket machines are on the 2nd and 5th floor by the elevators. Please print out the Nursing Information Packet and bring it with you to the Nursing Works

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 November 1, please attend the APPLICATION WORKSHOP

Clinical Practice Requirements

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 Values

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.

Career 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 agencies. Many careers in nursing require education beyond the associate degree.

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 catalog. 

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

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

2018 Not reported yet Not reported yet
2017 20/58 75%
2016 61/61 100%
2015 38 /62 98%
2014 56/ 65 89%