Los Angeles Harbor College Nursing Program Review

Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) is located south of metropolitan Los Angeles and has been educating students in the community for over 60 years. The college strives to provide a wide variety of options to prepare students to succeed in their careers, continue on to four-year universities, and foster a love of life-long learning.

The nursing program at Los Angeles Harbor College began in 1963. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the nursing program is accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The ADN program is designed for students who do not currently have any form of nursing license. To be accepted into the ADN program, students must have a high school diploma or GED or hold an associate degree or higher in any subject. They must also complete courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, English, Psychology, Math, Chemistry, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Students who complete the ADN program will earn their associate degree and be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). After passing the licensing exam, they will be Registered Nurses (RNs).

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

LVNs that are currently licensed in California are eligible for this program, which will allow them to earn an RN license. In addition to completing the prerequisites listed above, students have two options for pursuing their ADN. They may either test out of up to 15 units by scoring a 75% or better on competency tests, or they may take a series of nursing transition courses and take the ATI Medical-Surgical standardized test. Both of these paths lead to advanced placement in the ADN program. After completing either of these options and the remainder of the ADN program, they will earn their associate degree and may take the NCLEX-RN.

LVN 30 Unit Option

LVNs that are currently licensed in California may opt for the LVN 30 Unit option. This course of study allows them to take specific nursing courses as well as a clinical study, to work toward becoming an RN. Upon completion of this course, they may take the NCLEX-RN exam. They will not, however, earn a degree, or be considered graduates of the Los Angeles Harbor Nursing Program.

The prerequisites for this program, besides being a current licensed LVN, are Physiology, Microbiology, and Nursing courses.

Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Home Health Aide Program (CNA/CHHA)

The CNA/CHHA program at Los Angeles Harbor College has two parts. The first is the 5 unit CNA course, geared toward those seeking to begin as health care workers in a long-term care facility or in acute care. This is a 7-week program of lectures and clinical work. After students complete this program, they may apply for certification by taking the State of California Certification Exam.

Those wishing to become a CHHA may enroll in the CHHA program after or at the same time as the CNA program. This is a three-week program with lectures and clinical work and focuses on the care of clients and residents at home. After successfully completing this program, students may apply for Home Health Aide certification.

There are no prerequisite courses required for either of these programs, and a high school diploma or equivalent is not required.


Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744