Nursing Program

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

Saddleback Nursing Program Named 2nd in the Nation

The Saddleback College Nursing Program was ranked 2nd 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. Click here to view the rankings.


We encourage all students interested in our nursing program to join us for our next information Session being held on:

Date: Time: Zoom Session Link:
Wednesday, February 3rd 2021


If you were unable to attend this information session, please click here to view the recorded session.

RN Information Session PowerPoint- UPDATED

Click here to Download RN Information packet- UPDATED


Dear Saddleback College Nursing Students, 

Due to the continued surge of the pandemic, you all should be aware that the potential exists to have more students than clinical sites. In this case, a lottery system will be used to determine the students who will go to the clinical sites that permit student access. The lottery system was designed by the Saddleback College Office of Research, Planning, and Accreditation, and only utilizes student ID numbers, no student names. The researcher randomized and ranked the students using only their ID numbers, and does not factor in any other variables.  

The lottery system will only be used if and when we have more students than clinical sites in order to fairly place students within the available clinical locations. It is my hope that we will not have to use this system; however, I remind you all that the clinical placement situation is extremely dynamic, and things change every day. 

All the Nursing faculty at Saddleback College work very hard to ensure student success. We are all committed to our students. The healthcare model is shifting to a non-acute setting and into patient’s homes and clinics. With the shift in healthcare, many patients are being cared for in their own home or in community outpatient centers. These are areas where nurses are needed most. These are areas where we have had opportunities for our students and we will continue to seek out and use these areas. Please know that all clinical sites are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and must be sites that will enable students to meet their clinical objectives. Please take advantage of all your learning opportunities. I encourage you to take your knowledge, skills, attitudes and compassion you have learned and provide care to all patients no matter what setting you find them in.  

Be safe and stay healthy, 

Dr.  Dee Oliveri  

Assistant Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services 

Director of the Nursing Program  

Saddleback College  


  • If you are interested in hiring Nursing students, please provide a flyer or link with detailed information to Courtney Rice: For all other job postings, please click here.



We are unable to offer individual nursing core courses for International RN's who are deficient in Medical-Surgical, Obstetrics, or Pediatrics. Clinical placements are impacted and our Nursing students have priority.


The Bridge classes N 162 and N 164 have been postponed since 2017 due to limited clinical space. We highly encourage students interested to apply for the generic RN program. There is no guarantee that we will be running the bridge courses in the near future. However, if you wish to be placed on the waitlist for LVN to RN program you must meet with a counselor first to see if you are eligible. Please contact counseling at (949) 582-4572 to set up an appointment.


Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office


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

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