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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.


Fall 16 Nursing info

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. Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number: The state of California requires all RNs to have a valid social security  or tax identification number. Nursing students are required to show proof of a valid social security or tax identification number prior to entry into the nursing program.  International students please contact the International Student Center for directions.

2. Multicriteria Admit Policy:  The generic ADN program utilizes the 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 admission criteria can be found by clicking on the link to Entrance Requirements - ADN degree.


NCLEX Pass Rates


Nursing Department Staff:

Wanda Morris
Director of Nursing


Wendy Baldanado
Clerical Assistant


Last Published 8/25/16