Nursing Program

The Saddleback College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program was established in 1971 and has an outstanding reputation in the health care community. 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 State Board licensure exam for Registered Nurses. The pass rate for our graduates is consistently above the state and national average. 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.

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.

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.


Important Message for Fall 2020 Applicants: 

Letters will be going out on 5/12/2020. They will be sent via email based on the email address you listed on the application. Please make sure the email address is also listed in your MySite account. Some applications are not legible and we will need to verify the email address by pulling up what's listed in your MySite account. Letters will not be mailed. If you did not receive your letter, please email 


Important Information Re: Online Prerequisite Science Labs:

Saddleback Nursing Program will accept online prerequisite science labs this spring and summer 2020. If the state of emergency in California continues to exist into fall 2020, then we will accept online perquisite science labs for fall 2020.  We will be accepting these online prerequisite science labs from the schools that the college has traditionally accepted courses from. 

Students should consider their transfer school before making a decision to enroll in an online prerequisite science lab, and we strongly advise all students to consult a counselor about enrolling in an online prerequisite science lab. If you select P/NP as a grade on any of the science prerequisites, you may be jeopardizing qualifying for the minimum GPA requirement of 2.8. We strongly advise all students considering the option of P/NP as a grade, particularly in the science prerequisites to make an appointment with counseling before deciding on this option. 

If you need to be cleared for any of the following courses: Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology, & Pharmacology. Please email the Science Division at:


 Download RN Information packet here

To be eligible to apply you must have the following requirements completed: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission.
  • Applicants must possess a social security card. To enable a background check to be completed and to be eligible to apply for NCLEX licensure upon program completion.
  • 2.8 GPA or better in the following science pre-requisites: Bio 11- Human Anatomy, Bio 12- Human Physiology (must be completed within 7 yrs at time of application), Bio 15-General Microbiology. To compute GPA click link here
  • English 1A- Principles of Composition I or the equivalent with a "C" or better. 
  • Pass the ATI TEAS test with a 62% or higher. We no longer accept TEAS version V. We only accept the first score attempt within 365 days. Students do not need to pay to have official scores sent from ATI to the college. They can attach an unofficial copy of their scores to their application.

If you would like to set an appointment to speak with a counselor, please check out their website here.


Applications are accepted twice a year. There is no limit to the amount of times you can apply. Applications are accepted twice a year. We do not have a waiting list. Admission to our RN program is based on the Saddleback College ADN Program Multi-criteria for Enrollment. Those with the highest points will be invited into the program. The point cut off varies each application period. 

Our next application period will be August 24th - September 4th, 2020 for Spring 2021 entry.

Download RN program generic application here. All applications must be hand delivered to HS 235 (no exceptions). If unable to drop off the application in person, you may have someone else deliver it on your behalf. You may also pay for a courier/delivery service as long as they hand deliver it and get a receipt. We will not accept mailed applications. We encourage students to reapply, should they not be initially admitted to the program.You will be required to resubmit all documentation attached. We do not keep copies of previously submitted documentation (with the exception to official transcripts, which are to be kept on file with Admission & Records office). 

Transcripts: All relevant official (sealed) transcripts must be sent to the Admissions & Records office prior to submitting application see details here. Official transcripts previously sent to A&R are kept on file and do not need to be resubmitted unless changes have been made or additional relevant coursework has been completed. It is your responsibility to ensure they are received at (949) 582-4555. No transcripts required for Saddleback/IVC coursework. International transcripts must be evaluated by an acceptable third party see link here


We will be offering the TEAS test remotely and will be using Proctorio to administer the test in July or August 2020. The application for the TEAS test will not be posted till the afternoon of July 6th. We will not be taking reservations until then. Directions on how to reserve a seat will be on the application. For more information download here. FAQ for remote testing click here. 

Proctorio student overview

Date: Time: Location:
TBA   Online


In the meantime make sure you have an account with ATI Testing, if not click here to create one. 


All nursing program applicants are required to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test before applying. The test is comprised of 170 questions set up in a multiple choice format with four-option answers. The test is broken up in 4 sections: Reading/ 53 questions/ 64 min, Mathematics/ 36 questions/ 54 min, Science/ 53 questions/ 63 min, English and Language Usage/ 28 question/ 28 min.

We offer the exam for free, however only Saddleback applicants will be permitted to take the test here. The exam will be offered twice a year usually a month or two prior to the application period. For more information on ATI TEAS test, or to purchase a study guide, log on to the ATI testing website

Note: We recommend waiting to take the TEAS test until AFTER you have completed your nursing prerequisites which are: Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology and English 1A. 


We encourage all students interested in our nursing program to attend an RN information session.  Dates/times/locations listed below: 

Date: Time: Location:
Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM To view the recorded session click here

Note: It is not mandatory to attend one of these meeting for admittance into the nursing program. 


California Nurse Student Association 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. For more information you can email: 


International Nurse BRN Deficiency- 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.

LVN to RN- The Bridge classes N 162 and N 164 have been postponed since 2017 due to limited clinical space. Currently, there is a waitlist, although we highly recommend you apply to the generic RN program 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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