Nursing Program

Nursing students in clinical settingSaddleback 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 tab on the  right side of this page in Nursing Program Information------------------------------------------->

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.

Download Application  for fall 2019.

Applications will be accepted starting February 1, 2019- February 14, 2019.  Submit applications to  HS 235, Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Friday 8:30 am -3:00 pm. No Exceptions. 

Monday through Friday (no weekends or holidays) - no exceptions (applications before or after this time will not be accepted). Official transcripts are delivered to Admissions and Records NOT the Nursing/Division Office. 

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.  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 returned 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. 


TEAS TEST- APPLICATION Other testing sites are SDSU, Palomar College

TEAS TEST date is January 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am in HS 103. 

The next ATI TEAS test will be in August 2019. Dates will be posted in July 2019. 

Please check for more testing sites

Saddleback Nursing Program Named Second in Nation by Washington Monthly

Congratulations to the Saddleback College Nursing Program, which was ranked second in the nursing category of the 2018 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The annual publication rates colleges and universities throughout the nation based on their contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research, and public service. Congratulations to our outstanding nursing faculty, staff, and administrators for this well-deserved recognition!

Saddleback College Nursing Program Outcomes

We encourage all students interested in our nursing program to attend an information sessions in the fall. There will be two for the RN program. 

RN Information Session Dates (No Reservation Necessary)

March 7, 2019 HS 102 11:30 AM
April 24, 2019 HS 145  6:00 PM

LVN's are encouraged to apply to the Generic RN program.

                                                          Nursing students at candlelight ceremony

Nursing Student Achievement Data 2017-2018
  1. Graduates success on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) pass rate through March 2018, 99.1% (1)
  2. Nursing program completion 100% (2)
  3. Nursing student graduates obtaining a job in nursing 82% (2)
  1. NCLEX Program Reports NCSBN
  2. ACEN reporting guidelines


CNSA of Saddleback College

California Nurse Student Association of Saddleback 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.

***Don’t forget you must apply for a degree or certificate at Saddleback College. These are not automatically issued. You MUST apply for them. Please review the links provided below for further information.***

Graduation / Degree and Certificate Information | Saddleback College

If you're completing degree, certificate, transfer, or occupational skills program at Saddleback College, you need to apply for the award within your MySite Profile.  It is not automatically awarded to you.

Apply for a Degree, Certificate, or Occupational Skills Award | Saddleback College

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