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Welcome to the El Camino College NURSING PROGRAM

El Camino College (ECC) offers a California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The ECC ADN program is offered on two campuses. The El Camino College Torrance (hereafter ECC) campus is the main campus and the El Camino College Compton Center (hereafter CEC) is the secondary campus.  Although the nursing program is offered on two different campuses, the programs operate as one nursing program. Students are provided with skills needed to enter the nursing profession in a variety of health care settings as an entry-level registered nurse. Degree competence is assessed regularly by evaluations of expected learning outcomes in the clinical setting as well as during course examinations; Emphasis is placed on the use of critical thinking and creative problem-solving within the program.

The El Camino College nursing program utilizes a Multi-Criteria Screening Process approved in AB 1559 (Berryhill) (Chapter 712, Statutes of 2007 Public Postsecondary Education: Degree Nursing Programs, Section 78261.5) for applications to the Generic ADN program.  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 admission criteria can be found by clicking on the link to the left labeled Entrance Requirements - ADN degree or under the link label Future Student.  Dates for the semester Information Session can be found under the Future Student link.

Application for admission consideration is accepted twice a year beginning the third Monday in September and the third Monday in February. Each application period will last for three weeks. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Prospective nursing students must complete the following steps in order to obtain an application for admission:

1. Complete the requirements for admission to the college.

2. Graduate from high school or earn a passing score on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or have earned an associate (AA) or higher degree.

3. Attend an INFORMATION SESSION:  These sessions are for students who are close to or ready to apply.  Attendance of a nursing information session within 1 year of application is a requirement to apply to the El Camino College Associate Degree Nursing program.

4. Meet with a Nursing Counselor and obtain the “Verification of Eligibility”  package

5. To obtain an application, you will need to submit the “Verification of Eligibility” package to the Nursing Department


 The Spring 2017 application period has closed.  Prospective applicants should check their email for updates.



Prior to admission, all students who have submitted an application must also pass a diagnostic assessment test (basic math, English, reading, and science) in addition to meeting the outlined prerequisites requirements. Once you receive written notice that you have met the minimum requirements for application, you will be INVITED to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination. For more information on the TEAS test, or to purchase a study guide, log onto

Effective August 31, 2016 the TEAS V examination will no longer be available, TEAS V examination has been replaced with the ATI TEAS.” The nursing program will accept TEAS Version V  for the September 2016 and February 2017 applicants only; all future testers will be required to take the ATI TEAS exam.  Individuals scheduled to take the TEAS examination must present a government-issued ID with a current photograph, examinee’s signature, and examinee’s permanent address at the time of the exam.

The following examinee information will be confirmed prior to testing:

  • Exact name match. First name, middle initial (if applicable), last name spelling match to the presented government –issue ID. 
  • Photograph ID match. Verified positive match to presented ID’s current photograph.

Students taking the exam on or after August 31 will need to purchase the sixth edition of the TEAS study manual. To find content details on the updated ATI TEAS released on August 31, 2016 click this link The ATI TEAS, released August 31, 2016, will allow for the use of a four function calculator. Please do not bring your own calculator as a calculator will be embedded within the online version of the exam.

Students requiring “Special accommodations” will need to obtain supporting documentation from Special Resource Services. Supportive documentation must be submitted to the Nursing Department office when submitting your application for admission consideration.

Students admitted into the ADN program at ECC are required to complete and background check and drug testing. This policy was instituted because the Joint Commission requires any health care facility that requires employees to have personal criminal background checks must also require the same background check for students and volunteers involved in patient care.


The ECC ADN program is a 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. Upon successful completion of the nursing program, the graduate receive their Associate Degree in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  The NCLEX-RN, developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, is administered by computer nationally, throughout the year. Graduates must successfully pass the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) in order to practice nursing in the state of California.

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.

The California Board of Registered Nursing is located at:  1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95834.  Phone - 916.322.3350


Transfer students are considered students who have been in another nursing program. Students interested in transferring to El Camino College must meet all admission criteria to be eligible to enter the nursing program. You will need to submit an Appeal for Admission Application for admission consideration; the package is available in the nursing department office.  The Admission, Transfer and Progression (ATP) committee will evaluate your application to determine eligibility. You must have complete N48 Dosage Calculation course at ECC to be eligible for admission. In addition you will need to attend an information session within 1 year of seeking to transfer to the ECC ADN program. In addition, transfer students are admitted into the  nursing program on space availability basis.

The Director of Nursing will be responsible for evaluation the semester in which you are admitted to the program. After approved by the ATP committee to transfer into the El Camino College Nursing Program, your will be required to take NURS 149 Preparation for Advanced Placement in Nursing before you will be qualified to enter into the semester you are eligible to transfer into. 


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Nursing Department Staff:

Dr. Wanda Morris
Director of Nursing


Wendy Baldanado
Clerical Assistant


Last Published 10/19/16