Monterey Peninsula College Nursing Program Review

Founded in 1947, Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) is one of 110 colleges in the California Community College System (CCCS). MPC has nearly 20,000 students enrolled. It offers 71 Associate Degrees and many courses to prepare students to continue their education at a four year university, update their skills and career, or gain a general education.

The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing (MCCSN) is part of the Monterey Peninsula College and offers community and professional health education courses, as well as the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. The School of Nursing has partnered with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula to deliver this program.

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing

This degree program strives to deliver safe, high-quality nursing care by including both general education and nursing courses to broaden students’ knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to apply their skills in various health care settings.

The School of Nursing is accredited or approved by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Graduates of this program will have earned an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become Registered Nurses (RNs).

In order to be considered for admission to the nursing program, students have to have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have met the MPC math and reading proficiency requirements, and have a grade of “C” or better in the required English, Physiology, College Anatomy, Developmental Psychology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology courses.

Students should note that though they may have completed the required courses, they are not automatically guaranteed entry into the nursing program due to space limitations.

Advanced Placement Licensed Vocation Nurse (LVN)

Students who are currently practicing LVNs may apply for advanced placement into the nursing program. Students must meet the requirements for the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing listed above, and must take the Nursing Role Transition course. Students will be given the opportunity to earn credit through testing and clinical assessment, within the guidelines of the MPC policy on credit by examination, and BRN regulation 1430. Admission will be considered as space becomes available.

The same criteria apply to LVNs wishing to apply to the nursing program through the 30 Unit option. The 30 Unit option is a program to allow LVNs to become RNs, but without earning an Associate Degree.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)

Monterey Peninsula College has partnered with California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to offer a unique way to approach a 4 year degree. Students will begin their nursing studies at MPC, then spend time on both campuses before earning an Associate Degree from MPC and a BSN from CSUMB.

There is no direct entry to the BSN program at CSUMB. Students must begin by taking courses by starting at MPC or one of three other area community colleges. To be apply to the CSUMB BSN program through MPC, applicants must have met the requirements for entry into the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing and either have been accepted into the program, or be on the waitlist.

Students applying to the CSUMB nursing program must submit an application proving they have taken the prerequisite courses for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, listed above, and prove admission to the MPC program. They must also submit an essay to CSUMB, discussing their interest in nursing and what strengths they will bring to the program, and why CSUMB is the best fit for them.


Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont St.
Monterey, CA 93940

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