Nursing Program

Nursing students in clinical settingWelcome! Saddleback 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 here Nursing Information/Admissions Packet

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.

Announcement for fall 2019 applicants: All letters will be mailed Friday, April 19th. 


Applications for spring 2020 entry will be accepted in September. Submit applications to HS 235,  Monday- Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Friday 8:30 am -3:00 pm. No weekends or holidays.

Official transcripts are delivered to Admissions and Records NOT the Nursing Division Office. 

All Nursing program applicants are required to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) test before applying. This is a diagnostic test that covers Basic Math, English, Reading, and Science. 

The ATI TEAS test may be taken at any location, however only Saddleback applicants will be permitted to take the test here.

Announcement: The next ATI TEAS will be held in August 2019. The application and date will be posted in July. Other testing sites are SDSU, Palomar College. Once available, the date, location, and time will be posted below:

Date Room/Time


Instructions: Attach a $30.00 check made out to Saddleback College Nursing. 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. Please know your Saddleback College e-mail address and password. 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. Please contact the DSPS office @ 949-582-4885 for more information. 

 For more information on the TEAS test, or to purchase a study guide, log on to the ATI Testing website


We encourage all students interested in our nursing program to attend an information sessions in the fall or spring. There will be two session each semester 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


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



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. 


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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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