Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Nursing Program Review

Grossmont College first opened in 1961, and Cuyamaca College opened in 1978. Together they have more than 30,000 students enrolled each semester. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) offers flexible learning opportunities, including short-term classes of 4 to 8 week durations, open entry and exit courses, online and blended classes, and Saturday sessions, to benefit 21st Century students who lead busy lives.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program (ADN)

The Grossmont College School of Nursing Program began in the fall of 1967. Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, the ADN program at Grossmont College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. It takes two years (four semesters) to complete the program after the prerequisite classes have been taken. The science prerequisite courses include Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology. In addition, the following courses are also prerequisites for Nursing Majors: English Composition, Intermediate Algebra, Communications/Speech, Introductory Psychology, and Sociology. The ADN program opens to 40 new students every Fall and Spring semester.

The ADN not only prepares students for the national licensing exams, it trains them in the skills necessary to successfully be professional nurses in a various health care environments. This major requires a special application, and will not be accepted until the required science prerequisite courses have been passed. After graduation, students will be qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain their RN certification.

Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN) Transition Program

There are two paths for the LVN to RN Transition Program. The first is a 2 year program at Grossmont College that leads to an ADN, and admits 20 students each year. The second program is the LVN to RN Transition 30 Unit Option. The 30 Unit Option takes approximately 18 to 24 months to complete, and students completing it do not earn a degree. The 30 Unit Option is designed as a way for Licensed Vocational Nurses in California quickly work their way to becoming an RN. However, students should be note that most other states will not recognize the LVN to RN Option in California and they will not be able to obtain an RN license outside of the state.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing should be aware of the arrangement between the Grossmont College School of Nursing and Grand Canyon’s School of Nursing. The two schools have developed a special track for ADN to BSN.

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Many other schools in the area offer BSN and MSN degrees. Grossmont College School of Nursing encourages graduates interested in pursuing advanced nursing degrees to continue their education.

There is an option for graduates of the Grossmont College School of Nursing with a non-nursing Bachelor’s degree, who are interested in an MSN degree. Through agreements between Grossmont College and the University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego State University (SDSU), students can take advantage of advanced placement opportunities in the MSN programs at USD and SDSU.

USD also offers Grossmont College of Nursing graduates a 3 year ADN to MSN track that awards a BSN along the way.

Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020

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Cuyamaca College
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, California 92019

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