Saddleback College Nursing


The Saddleback College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program was established in 1971 and has an outstanding reputation in the health care community. It is a two-year (four-semester) program. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly NLNAC) and Board of Registering Nursing (BRN) accredited Registered Nursing Program. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the CA State Board licensure exam for Registered Nurses. The NCLEX pass rates for our graduates is consistently above the state and national average. View NCLEX Pass Rates. Graduates of the program have successfully been employed in a variety of nursing positions and many transfer into upper degree nursing programs. See Saddleback College Nursing Program Outcomes.

Saddleback College has not determined if the registered nursing program at Saddleback College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. For more resources, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

The Saddleback College Associate Degree Nursing Program requires background/drug tests on all students entering the nursing program. This policy was instituted because the Joint Commissions 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.

Denial of Licensure-The California Board of Registered Nursing may deny a license regulated by the Business and Professional Code, Section 480, on such grounds as: being convicted of a crime, acts of dishonesty, fraud or deceit. All students selected for enrollment in the nursing program will be assessed for past criminal activity prior to clinical experiences. Should you have any concerns, please contact the Program Director

Picture of Brandon Lane, Saddleback Nursing student, in the skills lab.

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Application period for Spring 2023 is now closed.

The last day to apply was on 7/17/22.

All communication regarding your submission will be sent through the student's Submittable account, including the status of their application. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are checking their email used to sign up/Submittable account for updates once they've submitted their application. 

All notifications have been sent out as of 8/8/22 for spring 23 applications. The point cut off fell at 82 points with alternates ranging from 77-80 points. 

Our next application will open on February 1st, 2023 at 12:00AM and will close on February 8th, 2023 at 11:59AM for Fall 2023 entry.

A link to apply will be posted here once the application period has arrived. Students must have a Saddleback/IVC Student ID# to apply. To obtain one, click here.

We encourage all students interested in applying to speak with a counselor first to ensure you meet eligibility requirements and to get clarification on whether the courses you took outside of Saddleback will be equivalent to ours. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, click here

Congratulations to our Spring 22 Graduates!



The Saddleback College Nursing Program Mission is to:
  • provide high quality, innovative education
  • support student success
  • instill in the learner the need for life long learning and professional development, and
  • prepare competent entry level registered nurses to provide quality patient-centered care