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)

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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.

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


All Career Placement Services & Supports are now online


The Health Scholar Program is a one-of-a kind experiential education program tailored to individuals interested in pursuing a career in health care.  First established in Southern California over 18 years ago, the program offers Health Scholars firsthand patient experience, professional development and extensive networking opportunities.

  • The Health Scholar Program is partnered with the UCLA Executive Programs in Health Policy and Management.
  • Offer exposure to clinical and administrative departments in the health care setting.
  • Leaders Team experience provides professional development opportunities.
  • Extensive network includes over 34,000 alumni members of the program

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For more details, please email Audrey Lim, Health Scholar Assistant at Mission Hospital.

Click here to view HOAG Health Scholar Program Flyer. For more details, please email Crystal Kausler, Assistant Director of Recruitment HOAG Health Scholar Program.


The Saddleback College Health Center offers help with nutrition and food resources by helping to remove non-academic barriers to ensure student success. Resources available 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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