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

You can also view Schedule of Classes for nursing courses. 

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.

Application period for Fall 2018, February 1 - February 15, 2018, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. 

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. 

Download February Application for Fall 2018 Entry Here 

FAQs for Nursing Application

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.

Date Time Room  
          Summer of 2018 TBD    

The new version of the TEAS test , ATI TEAS,  was released August 31, 2016.  We will no longer accept earlier versions of the test.  

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 and three for the LVN-RN program.

RN Information Session Dates (No Reservation Necessary)

February 5, 2018 HS 145 6:00-7:30 PM
April 5, 2018 HS 102 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


LVN-RN Information Session Dates for spring 2017


Southern California New Graduate RN Transition Program

We are not offering the New Grad Transition Program at this time. Information about future dates will be posted as soon as there is confirmation. 

                                                          Nursing students at candlelight ceremony
Only applicants with an active CA RN license who graduated from a California Community college in an  Orange County region  nursing school within the past year, with a  minimum 3.0 GPA, will be considered. 

RN new graduate must be able to work two to three 12 hour unpaid shifts per week with an assigned nurse, at night, completing  a minimum of 240 clinical hours. 

Questions on the RN Grad Transition Program please contact (949) 582-4701

Nursing Student Achievement Data 2015-2016
  1. Graduates’ Success on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate through March 2017 99%.  Ranked 7 of 135 programs in the state of California, and 134 of 2095 of all pre-licensure programs across every jurisdiction.(1)
  2. Student attrition (academic year)7.7 % (2)
  3. Student retention (academic year) 92.3% (2)
  4. Students’ completion of the nursing program 80% (3)
  5. Nursing student graduates obtaining a job in nursing 85% (4)
(1) Per CA BRN report 2015 – 2016
(2) Per Saddleback College Nursing Program data
(3) Per ACEN reporting Guidelines
(4) Per Saddleback College Nursing Program data (cohort Fall 2015)


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. 


 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statements

Federal regulations require higher education institutions to disclose information regarding the success of its students in certificate programs that lead to employment.

The information includes graduation rates, estimated education costs, median debt of students who completed programs, and other information designed to help students make better-informed choices about colleges and universities they select.

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