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San Diego City College Nursing Program Ranks No. 2 in California and No. 3 Nationally

San Diego City College Nursing Program named one of the best in the US

The San Diego City College Nursing Education Program is approved by:

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Any questions regarding accreditation status may be addressed to the BRN: PO Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244 Phone: 916-322-3335 or ACEN 33343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500 Atlanta, GA 30326

Mission: The San Diego City College Nursing Education Program supports the mission and and values of San Diego City College and provides excellence in education leading to an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) in an effort to meet the healthcare needs of the region. 

Vision: The San Diego City College Nursing Education Department is committed to advancing the art and science of nursing by challenging a diverse population to develop sound clinical judgment, leadership, and life-long learning for employment in a dynamic healthcare environment.

Admission into the Nursing Education Program is based on the Multicriteria Point System from the California Community College Chancellor's office in coordination with the Nursing Advisory Committee(3Nac). Please read the General Information Packet carefully.

Nursing General Information Packet for RN and LVN-RN Programs



LVN who wish to do the 30 unit option must read this packet and forms carefully, and make an appointment with the Associate Dean of Nursing before applying. LVN-RN 30 Unit Option Packet

Please email for an appointment. 


Transfer Students: At this time the City College Nursing Program is not accepting nursing students who have been unsuccessful in a nursing program  from other accredited colleges. For questions please contact us at

Challenge /Advanced Placement for Military Personnel, see Page 33 of the Nursing Student Handbook


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 workshop please review the general information packet and application instructions. It is highly recommended to review before and come with questions. 

Workshops are first come first serve events.
A total of 60 students will be allowed in for each workshop.

Nursing Informational and Application Combined Workshop Dates

All workshops are held in V-101

V Building/Career Technology Center (CTC)

located at 1081 16th Street San Diego, CA 92101

All workshops are held 1-3 pm

May 20,2024

August 20, 2024

September 17, 2024

October 15, 2024

November 19, 2024

December 3, 2024


If a student cannot make the workshop, appointments can be made with the Nursing Student Success Advisor. The student must review the general information packet before the appointment with the student success advisor.  Contact us at

The semester concluded on May 24, 2024, student appointments will start after August 19, 2024. For general questions please email the nursing department at the email above. 





Application Dates:

The application dates below are for Fall 2025 start of the program:

Traditional RN: August 12, 2024- September 12, 2024 by 5 pm.

LVN-RN: September 23, 2024-October 22, 2024 by 5 pm.

The application link will be placed in this section on the first date of applications as above. 


Dear applicants as of May 22, 2023 , the policy regarding the science courses is as follows:

Applicants who have repeats of any science courses such as Anatomy, Physiology or Microbiology, the highest grade earned will be calculated in the science G.P.A. as stated in the multi-criteria point system. 

Application is an online application only. No paper applications will be accepted. The application link will open on the first day of the application period. The application must be complete at time of submission, no documents will be accepted at a later date. Documents within the application must be in pdf form. No screenshots or zip files are accepted. If document is unreadable it will be disqualified. Applications are strictly based on the Multi-Criteria Point System, not on a first come, first serve basis. 

How to Apply

1. Review the application information and application checklist to confirm you have all the needed documents ready for uploading to the application. Application Information   Application Checklist

  • All unofficial transcripts of coursework including those from City College, Mesa or Miramar College. Unofficial transcripts must have student name and school , if not official transcripts must be uploaded to the application. Each school transcript must be in its own pdf. I.E. if you have gone to five schools, then each school must be in its own pdf. 
  • All copies of TEAS attempts, all versions. Review the TEAS policy in the information packet completely. ExampleATI TEAS Individual Profile
  • Supporting documents for any points attempting to receive on the Multi-Criteria Point System.
  • The application is an online portal, the link will be posted on the website, and the link will open on the first day of the application. The application portal is not a first come, first serve. Applicants is based on the Multi Criteria Point System. Please see the general information packet. 
  • Once accepted applicants will be notified by the email provided on the application, make sure the email is correct on the application before submitting. 
  • The application will be a drag and drop of files. 
  • No screenshots, links, or zip files will be accepted. 
  • All healthcare license must have an expiration date to be counted for the points.
  • Language certification must be on the language certification form. Language Certification Form
  • Volunteer/Work Certification and Working During Prerequisites must be on the work certification form. Must be at least 100 hours over the past three years. Multiple forms are accepted Work/Volunteer Certification Form
  • Disability Accommodations must be on the disability certification form. Disability Certification Form

1. ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSE (GENERIC) Upon successful completion of the two-year nursing curriculum, all Nursing admission requirements, and college graduation requirements, the student is awarded an Associate of Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN).

2. ASSOCIATES DEGREE NURSE (LVN-RN)- Licensed Vocational Nurses who have graduated from an accredited schools of vocational nursing may apply for this option which requires a " transition course, in the semester before beginning all second-year nursing courses, and college graduation requirements. The student is awarded an Associate of Science Degree and is eligible to take the NCLEX RN. 

3. LVN THIRTY UNIT OPTION-Licensed Vocational Nurses who desire to complete the minimum number of units (30) required to take the licensure examination may apply for this option. Students who complete this option (30/45 units)will take the NCLEX-RN as a non-graduate. This status will not change even if a student goes on to obtain a degree. There is a restriction to practice within California. the student may also have difficulty transferring to another state or territory. The student may also have difficulty applying to a college/university for an advanced degree. You must contact the Director of Nursing Education for more information regarding this option.

COURSES: Please see the sequence of program courses in the student handbook.


 Phone  Email

Counseling is available for assistance with educational plans and course sequence of prerequisites.

Transcripts must be sent for evaluation after acceptance to the nursing program program. Please follow the instructions on the attached link. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluator. International students must make an appointment with counseling prior to submitting transcripts.


Here is the list of current RN-BSN academic partners. There is a link to each academic partners. Please contact the academic partners for information regarding each individual program. 

Point Loma Nazarene University

University of Phoenix

Grand Canyon University

San Diego State University


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.