Nursing Program

nursing5.jpgSaddleback College offers the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly NLNAC) and Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) accredited Registered Nursing Program. The purposes of this program in Nursing are to provide the education necessary to develop competent practitioners in nursing and to provide a base for the continuing development of the student as an individual. Completion of the nursing program allows the student to sit for the State of California NCLEX examination.

Admittance and application information can be found by clicking on the left side of this page in Nursing Program Resouces.

The Saddleback College Associate Degree Nursing Program requires background checks  & drug tests on all students  entering the nursing program. 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.

Application periods are February for fall semester and September for spring semester.  Applications will not be accepted on weekends or holidays. Only complete applications will be reviewed. In-progress work will not be accepted. Once a student is invited into the program, there will be specific deadlines for paperwork and testing that will have to be met in order to be cleared to register for classes. Since the program is impacted, we will not be accepting students with international student F-1 visas into the nursing program.

A student does not need an appointment to complete an application, but it is imperative that students continue to meet with their counselors to determine transferability of classes, general education requirements, and eligibility for application to the nursing program.

Application evaluations for those who applied in February for Fall 2016 entry  have  been completed.  All notification letters were mailed on Friday, April 29, 2016.  

Application period for the two- year Generic program for Spring 2017 will be   September 1-15, 2016.                                                    

Nursing program applicants are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test before applying to the Saddleback College Nursing program. This is a diagnostic test that covers Basic Math, English, Reading, and Science. For more information on the TEAS test, or to purchase a study guide, log on to the ATI Testing website. We are currently using the 5.0 version. Only Saddleback College nursing applicants will be permitted to take the test. You will need to send or hand deliver the TEAS testing application, with a
$30.00 check made out to Saddleback College Nursing to Health Science Building Room 235. The check is to secure your reservation and will be retuned to you upon completion of the test. The check will be forfeited
and deposited if you are a "no-show" for the test. You must present your photo ID to take the test.
Please know your Saddleback College e-mail address and password.  You will use it to sign into computer.
For those with special accommodations, you will need to provide the documentation to the Health Science Division office 2 weeks prior to the test date. You can obtain a copy from Special Services.


Date Time Room 30 Maximum Seats Available
     August 2016 - no date set yet 9:00am HS103  

TEAS test version V will change to a new version , ATI TEAS, August 31, 2016.  We will be giving TEAS Version 5 in August 2016, and  will accept Version V or new version for the September 2016  AND February 2017 applicants. 

We encourage all students interested in our nursing program to attend an information session in the fall. There will be two for the RN program and three for the LVN-RN program.

RN Information Session Dates for Spring 2016

February 1, 2016 207 11:00am - 12:30pm
April 4, 2016 HS 145 7:00-8:30pm

LVN-RN Information Session Dates for 2016

January 26, 2016  HS 112  5:00-6:00 pm
March 1, 2016  HS 112  11:30-12:30 pm
April 19, 2016  HS 112  4:00-5:00 pm

Southern California New Graduate RN Transition Program March 28- May 20, 2016.

Application period for New Graduate RN Transition Program for spring 2016 is now closed.   

Only applicants with an active CA RN license who graduated from a California Community college in a state supported Orange County area nursing school within the past year, with a  minimum 3.0 GPA will be considered. 

RN new graduate must be able to work two to three 12 hour unpaid shifts per week with an assigned nurse, at night, completing  a minimum of 240 clinical hours. 

Questions on the RN Grad Transition Program please contact


CNSA, California Nursing Students' Association

CNSA of Saddlebck College is a professional membership organization that provides members with opportunities to develop leadership roles, network with future and current nurse leaders at the state and national conventions, and help with student mentoring, scholarship fundraising, and community outreach.

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Registered Nurse