Cerritos Community College Nursing Program Review

Founded in 1955, Cerritos Community College is a public comprehensive community college located in Norwalk. The college is noted for its diverse student body with Hispanics accounting for the higher percentage. It offers associate degrees and certificates in various areas of study.

Among these, are its nursing courses which are approved by the Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. The nursing programs being offered at the school are:

Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) Program

This is a four semester course focused entirely on nursing subjects. Students must complete the necessary pre-requisites with a grade “C” or higher to be accepted into the program. They also have the option to take the college placement test and must have satisfactory scores for. Students entering the nursing program for the first time are considered “option A” applicants; whereas, those that want to complete an associate degree in nursing are classified as “option C” applicants. It is important that students know their classification to adhere to the requirements for each “option” since there are slight modifications.

LPT to ADN Mobility Program

In this program, students are trained in areas like Nursing Process Documentation, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Major Drugs and Nursing Management.  At the end of the training, they receive an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN). The course is only for any Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) that wants to gain licensure as a registered nurse by taking the NCLEX-RN examination. They must also have a valid and current California LPT license to be accepted into the four semester program.

LVN to ADN Mobility Program

This program is only open to licensed vocational nurse (LVN) that has at least one year of professional experience in acute care. They must have worked at a hospital or nursing facility to demonstrate their skills. Students acquire specific knowledge and skills throughout the program. Upon successful completion, they can sit the NCLEX-RN examination to be recognized as licensed registered nurses provided there are no pending restrictions. They will also receive an Associate Degree Nurse (ADN).

LVN-30 Unit Option

Students complete 30-units of college course in this program. All units are designated by the College. It is only open to licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) that want to gain licensure to become registered nurses. They must take the college placement tests as part of the admission requirements.   After successful completion they can sit the NCLEX-RN examination if there are no hindrances. This is a two semester course with the option to select two electives that are 9 week courses.

Board of Registered Nursing Referral

Students that have been instructed by the California Board of Registered Nursing and that are given a valid referral letter to complete certain areas of nursing content can take this course. The program specifically targets those that intend to hold California licensure as registered nurses by taking the NCLEX-RN examination.

Additional Information: Transfer and Challenge

Students that meet the requirements are given advanced standing in the nursing program. Only those that have completed academic courses at another accredited institution or can demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills are considered for admission. Those that the transfer route must have completed vocational or practical nursing courses, registered nursing courses, psychiatric technician courses at an accredited institution. If they choose the challenge route then they must pass the written examination and/or practical evaluation.


Cerritos Community College
11110 Alondra Blvd.
CA 90650

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