Registered Nursing Program

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

The focus of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is to prepare entry-level nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to deliver quality and safe patient care in accordance with the competencies of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN).

These competencies include:

  • providing patient-centered care
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • evidence-based practice
  • quality improvement
  • safety
  • informatics

This is a long established program accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), with a stellar reputation for graduating well prepared entry level nursing graduates. The program is two years in length and upon completion, provides the graduate with an Associate Degree of Science in Nursing and eligibility to sit for the licensure examination.

The program maintains a consistently high pass rate on the licensure examination. Many of the units of the program transfer to four-year colleges.  Excellent clinical facilities in the Sacramento area are used for student rotations during the program.

Download PowerPoint Presentation

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Application and acceptance into the Associate in Science Degree Registered Nursing Program at Sacramento City College.
  • BIOL 430, BIOL 431, and BIOL 440 with grades of “C” or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • PSYC 300 or PSYC 480; ENGWR 300 or ENGWR 488; COMM 301 or COMM 331 SOC 321 or ANTH 310 or ANTH 481 with grades of “C” or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. In-progress grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses.
  • It is strongly recommended that students complete all general education requirements (Area I-VI) and competency requirements (reading, writing, and mathematics) prior to application to the program.
  • It is recommended students fulfill the living skills graduation requirement by completing Nutrition and/or Human Development: A Life Span.
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS), developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI). A composite score of 62 is necessary to be eligible for application to the program. Additional information is available on this Nursing website.
  • Students accepted to the nursing program are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen and obtain approval from the healthcare systems used for clinical rotations prior to final enrollment in the nursing program (see FAQ #12). Any conviction on your clinical background check within the past seven years, including DUI, has the potential of denying you access to Sacramento-area healthcare facilities for clinical rotations, which may prevent you from being admitted to the nursing program.  Applicants who have been denied access to a hospital system will communicate only with the nursing program director or designee and not the clinical facility.  Any conviction on your background check may prevent you from taking the licensure examination and obtaining a license to practice nursing in the state of California.

The Sacramento City College Nursing Program reserves the right to make changes in the enrollment criteria, academic requirements, grading standards, and other processes without notice at any time.

Enrollment Process

Enrollment criteria, enrollment applications, and deadlines are available on this Nursing website. The Associate in Science Degree Registered Nursing Program at Sacramento City College uses a multi-criteria enrollment process. The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) must be taken before applying, and a composite score of 62 must be achieved in order to apply to the program. A Los Rios Community College District student identification number is required to access the online application. Points earned from the multi-criteria enrollment form determine eligibility for the random selection pool from which a class is selected. Students must reapply each semester. There is no waiting list.

Applications for enrollment and unofficial transcripts supporting completion of prerequisite courses and graduation course requirements must be submitted to the Science and Allied Health Division by the posted due date.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • integrate the nursing process with critical reasoning skills, in direct and indirect nursing care to meet the patient’s developmental and basic human needs.
  • revise individualized nursing interventions to safely provide care to assist patients of all ages in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative patient-centered care.
  • incorporate evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking skills to enhance safety, quality improvement, and effectiveness in nursing care.
  • generate therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • formulate accurate and timely documentation and reporting of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • design patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • manage the nursing care for a group of patients, utilizing leadership skills, collaboration, teamwork, resource utilization, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice.
  • prioritize patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • integrate ethical provisions, legal boundaries, and cultural competency in all areas of nursing practice.
  • assess own learning needs through reflective thinking and use resources to engage in continuous improvement in skills and knowledge.

Program Design

The program is designed to progress from simple to complex over the four semesters, which include instruction in fundamentals, medical-surgical, maternal child, psychiatric, crisis, and multiple patient care. Instruction is provided over four days per week, with varying times for theory and clinical including evenings. There are mandatory nursing orientations. Students may be dismissed for excessive absenteeism.

This program does not have any wait lists, and students are expected to take the seat in the semester offered.

Program Description

The Associate in Science Degree Registered Nursing Program at Sacramento City College is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Students enrolled in this program are required to complete general education, science, and nursing courses with related clinical experiences in local hospitals. The nursing courses are four semesters in length.

In addition to regular expenses such as enrollment fees, living costs, activity fees, and books, nursing students have the expense of uniforms, equipment, malpractice insurance, graduation, and licensing costs. They also are responsible for their physical examination, immunizations, background check, and drug screen, as well as transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. All enrolled students must have a current health provider CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) card. The nursing program is a full-time rigorous course of study. In order to ensure academic success and to protect students’ health, full-time employment is not advisable. It is recommended that students who must continue outside employment reduce their hours to 8-12 hours or less per week.

Nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Information meetings are held several times each semester and provide prospective students information about program prerequisites, enrollment process, and other requirements in the program. For details call 916-558-2271or visit the SCC website.

A 75% passing grade is mandatory in theory and clinical of each nursing course for progression in the program. In order to obtain a Registered Nursing license as a graduate, a student must have an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing by the end of the fourth semester.

NOTE: In accordance with Regulation 480 of the State Board of Registered Nursing, a person convicted of any offense, other than a minor traffic violation, may not qualify to be licensed as a Registered Nurse. If there are any questions regarding this matter, please contact the State Board of Registered Nursing or visit their website at

Enrollment options for Licensed Vocational Nurses: LVNs seeking entry are subject to space availability. These applicants have several options for becoming Registered Nurses. In the “30 Unit Option” the LVN must complete physiology and microbiology prior to entering the second year nursing courses. This option does not lead to an Associate of Science Degree. The LVN to RN Career Mobility option does lead to an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing. This LVN must meet all the program requirements of the generic program, in addition to successfully completing NURSE 307, 427, and 437. A third option is completion of the entire generic associate degree nursing program and all enrollment requirements.

A Diploma RN graduate of a hospital school of nursing who is currently licensed in California may earn an Associate in Science Degree. This Registered Nurse will need to complete requirements for an Associate in Science Degree and fulfill a residency requirement by completing at least 12 units at Sacramento City College.

Program Sequence
SemesterCourseUnitsContent focusWeekly theoryWeekly clinicalSemester hours
FirstN40712Fundamentals, geriatrics, medical surgical nursing – hospital week 56 hr, Tues, Wed20 hr Wed, Thurs, Fri108 theory
324 clinical
SecondN41712Maternal child nursing, medical surgical nursing6 hr, Tues, Wed20 hr Wed, Thurs, Fri108 theory
324 clinical
ThirdN42712Medical surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing6 hr, Tues, Wed20 hr Wed, Thurs, Fri108 theory
324 clinical
FourthN43712Medical Surgical complex and multiple patient care+ 96 hr preceptorship6 hr, Tues, Wed20 hr Wed, Thurs, Fri108 theory
324 clinical

Transfer Students

Transfer students must present evidence of comparable theory and clinical practice courses. Transfer students are admitted on a space available basis.

Those students seeking enrollment, re-entry, or transfer should visit the Sacramento City College Nursing website or call the Science and Allied Health Division office at 916-558-2271.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares the student for employment as an entry-level staff nurse in:

  • hospitals
  • physician’s offices
  • skilled nursing or long term care facilities
  • surgery centers
  • ambulatory care settings
  • occupational health
  • other related agencies

Registered Nurses provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan. They have many responsibilities from direct patient care to leadership roles, depending on the specific setting in which they are working. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the examination given by the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Program Requirements

Registered Nurses provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan. They have many responsibilities from direct patient care to leadership roles, depending on the specific setting in which they are working. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the examination given by the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

The program requirements include Public Speaking or Group Communication and Sociology or Cultural Anthropology. English Writing and Math Competencies must be satisfied by graduation, which may be achieved with a “C” or better in the English writing course and passing Intermediate Algebra.  It is recommended that applicants take Nutrition and Growth and Development though they are not required pre-requisites for the program. A previous BS/BA degree meets all graduation requirements and competencies.


The prerequisite courses include:

  • BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 440 General Microbiology
  • ENGWR 300 English Writing Composition
  • PSYC 300 General Principles (Psychology)
  • CHEM 305, 309, or 400 is required as a prerequisite to Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology

Pre-requisites must be completed before applying to the program. It is highly recommended that all graduation requirements are completed before beginning this rigorous program.

Financial Requirements

Financial requirements of the four semester full time program total approximately $5,860, which includes:

  • tuition
  • background check
  • drug screen
  • physical exam
  • immunizations
  • immunization tracker
  • CPR certification
  • books
  • uniforms
  • identification badges
  • school patches
  • Nurse Kit
  • supplies
  • malpractice insurance
  • online orientation modules
  • BRN application
  • licensure exam
  • interim permit
  • live scan
  • other graduation expenses

Students must have access to a computer, Internet, printer, ink and paper. Financial Aid and scholarships are available. Students with a baccalaureate degree or over 72 units are not eligible for financial aid. Students with a conviction history may not be allowed in a clinical facility and may not be qualified for a nursing license. The BRN has the right to deny any graduate the opportunity to take the licensure exam.

Applying to the Program

The program uses an online application process. The student must apply to the district to obtain student identification number which is essential to access the online application through eServices.

TEAS Assessment

The student must take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) latest edition, from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) before applying.  The TEAS may be taken at any ATI testing site.

It is highly recommended that the student study for the test as only the first passing score of 62 or greater will be accepted. If a passing score is not achieved, there is a three (3) month waiting period before being retested. There is a study manual available for purchase at and a number of copies are available at the Learning Resource Center.

NOTE: The California Board of Registered Nursing protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, function, or duties. At time of licensure application, all convictions must be reported except for minor traffic violations.  (Business and Professions Code 480 and Nurse Practice Act Article 3 Section 2761).