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Welcome to the El Camino College NURSING PROGRAM

This program will prepare you for entry into the health care field as a registered nurse. The Nursing Program also offers advanced placement opportunities for LVN/LPNs and transfer students. The ECC Associate Degree in Nursing provides students with skills needed to enter the nursing profession and the ability to assess unique patients of any age in terms of their basic human needs and structural variables. Degree competence will be assessed regularly by evaluations of expected learning outcomes in the clinical setting as well as course examinations. Emphasis is placed on the use of critical thinking and creative problem-solving in the clinical setting. The nursing major prepares graduates to manage and provide skilled nursing care to individuals in a variety of health care settings as entry-level registered nurses. Upon successful completion of the nursing program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Program Length and Licensing Requirements.

The program is two academic years in length after completion of program prerequisites. Acceptance of qualified applicants to the program does not guarantee graduation from the program/college. Students are eligible to take the licensing examination for registered nurses upon satisfactory completion of the nursing program. Graduates must pass the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) in order to practice nursing in the state of California. The NCLEX-RN, developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, is administered by computer nationally, throughout the year.

Nursing info Spring 2015

Special Note Regarding Licensure:

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The BRN may deny applications for permanent licensure, interim permits and temporary licenses if the applicant has been found guilty of dishonesty; fraud or deceit; felony; child abuse; sex offender crimes; acts involving narcotics, dangerous drugs or devices; assault and/or battery; and other crimes. Applicants who have questions regarding limitations related to licensure should contact the California Board of Registered Nursing (916) 322-3350 or access its website at It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation.

Applicants are advised to explore other career opportunities prior to investing substantial time in a nursing program if it appears that a prior serious act or conviction may jeopardize licensure.

Department Update:

1. Challenge Exam for N149 Entrance: Effective fall 2010, all upward mobility students (LVNs and transfer students) will be required to pass a challenge exam prior to entering N149. The Challenge exam will be based on the content from N150, N151, N152 and N153. Candidates will have two opportunities to take the challenge exam. If students fail the exam on the first attempt, they may retake the exam after a period of one semester. If students fail the exam a second time, they will not be considered eligible for the upward mobility program and must apply to enter the generic ADN program under the revised admission criteria.

2. Social Security Number: The state of California requires all RNs to have a valid social security number. Nursing students will be required to show proof of a valid social security number prior to entry into the nursing program.  International students please contact the International student center.

3. Multicriteria Admit Policy: Effective fall 2010, entrance to the generic ADN program will be based on a Multi-Criteria Screening Process approved in AB 1559 (Berryhill) (Chapter 712, Statutes of 2007 Public Postsecondary Education: Degree Nursing Programs, Section 78261.5). This law provides for a registered nursing program in a community college to admit students using a multicriteria screening process if the number of applicants to the program exceeds its capacity. Details of the new admission criteria can be found by clicking on the link to Entrance Requirements - ADN degree.

NCLEX Pass Rates

Nursing Department Staff:

Wanda Morris
Interim Director of Nursing
Wendy Baldanado
Clerical Assistant
 Last Published 3/27/15