Institute Name : College of the Canyons
Course Name : RN - Associate Degree in Nursing
Course Type : Undergraduate
Education Level : 4
Duration : 2 Years
Method of Delivery : Classroom
Pre Requirements : High school diploma, IELTS 6.0
Language Level : B1
Visa Type : Study Permit
Application Fee :
Academic Deposit :
Intakes : September
Course Description :
The two-year registered nursing program at College of the Canyons is designed to prepare the student with the knowledge required to assume the responsibilities of an entry level registered nurse. Upon graduation the student receives an Associate Degree in Nursing and is eligible to take the national licensure examination to become a registered nurse.
The College of the Canyons Registered Nurse Program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.
NOTE: There is no recency policy for prerequisites.
Communication 105 or 120 and Psychology 101 or equivalents (calculated for GPA)
To be considered for entrance, all prerequisites must be completed with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Completing the prerequisites, however, does not assure admission into the program.
Students will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and placement on a nursing assessment test as per SB 1309.
SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY: Scholastic eligibility is determined through the California Community College Chancellors Office approved formula which calculates the students probability of successfully completing the ADN program. The formula uses the following criteria:
To be more competitive for admission, students are encouraged to:
ASSESSMENT TEST: Qualified applicants will be required to take a state approved nursing assessment test. Students must rank at the required level to be eligible for admission into the program. Currently, this is a 62% composite score based on the California Community College Chancellors Office recommendation. Valid photo ID must be presented at time of test.
Final selections are made using both multi-criteria screening for ranking and random selection. Qualified applicants not selected must reapply in order to be considered. The School of Health Professions and Public Safety does not retain applications.
Students not meeting eligibility criteria are offered a remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligible to reapply for random selection. If the remediation plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is no longer eligible to apply to the program.
Students who have been previously enrolled in the COC or another RN program will only be allowed one entry into the COC RN program.
Follow Application Procedures Step by Step, here.
Upon acceptance into the program the following courses will be completed. Students must be prepared for day, evening, and weekend clinical assignments.
Students are responsible to meet all degree requirements for COC.
In addition to the purchase of textbooks, supplies and uniforms, students will pay a college enrollment fee, health fee and student body fee. Students accepted into the program are required to have a physical examination, drug screening, required immunizations, current CPR card, current Fire Card, malpractice insurance, and background check. Students must provide their own living expenses and have transportation to off-campus sites. Limited educational grants and loans are available. View our PDF for Estimated Costs for Nursing Program.
Students may apply to the RN program by transfer or challenge (accepted Aug. 1 Aug. 31 only). Students are not allowed to transfer into the first semester; students must enter first semester as a generic student. Students are only eligible to be considered for transfer if they have been in a nursing program within 12 months of the day their application is accepted and are clinically safe and are eligible to re-enter their previous program. Students who have been out of a nursing program for more than 12 months must apply as beginning students.
The Director of Nursing has the right to accept or deny any transfer.
The Director of Nursing determines how the applicant's previous courses correlate with the COC Nursing Program curriculum and accepted applicants are notified as to which portions of the curriculum must be taken in order to complete the nursing program at COC. Note: Check with college counselor for associate degree requirements.
Selected applicants must attend a mandatory orientation and complete Transitions into Nursing, Nursing 109. Upon completing Nursing 109, the student will be placed on a waiting list until an opening in the appropriate course becomes available.
To apply for transfer, follow application procedures outlined previously.
FOREIGN RN APPLICANTS:
Students advised by the BRN to take specific courses to obtain licensure must:
NOTE: Students advised by the BRN of a deficiency in Medical-Surgical Nursing, must apply to the RN Program. To apply, follow application procedures outlined previously.
Approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, the College of the Canyons Registered Nurse program prepares students to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level registered nurse.
Upon graduation students are eligible to take the national licensure examination known as NCLEX to become a registered nurse. Many COC nursing students take advantage of numerous collaborative options to begin the Bachelors of Science in Nursing while working toward their associate degree.
BSN Pathways: How do I earn my BSN?
The COC nursing program has coordinated with several universities that allow concurrent enrollment so that you could be working towards a BSN degree at the same time you are in the COC nursing program.
Career Focus: Prepared for state licensure, immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education.
Level 1 - Entry-Level Careers
Level 2 - Technical Careers
Level 3 - Professional Careers