Moorpark College Nursing Program Review

Moorpark College (MC) is a community college in California, and is located a short distance from Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. MC is one of the three colleges that are part of the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD).

The college is dedicated to providing postsecondary education at an affordable cost to anyone who wishes to take advantage of it. Founded in 1967, it currently has over 15,000 students enrolled, and offers 1500 different classes each semester in 70 disciplines.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The ADN program began in 1981 as a satellite program to Ventura College, and was approved as its own program by the California Board of Registered Nursing in 1983. The program was nationally accredited by the National League of Nursing in 1990. The ADN is a four semester program.

To be admitted into the ADN program students must have a high school diploma or equivalency, and must have a GPA of 2.5 or better in all their college courses. They must have taken Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Math within the last five years, and must have taken English Composition.

The application to the nursing program is good for up to two years after applying. If a student is not admitted into the program during that time, they will need to reapply.

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement in the ADN program means students may be able to start in the second or third semester of the program and receive credit for courses already taken. The only way a student may start in the fourth (last) semester of the program is if they withdrew from the nursing program due to extenuating circumstances, had been a student in good standing, and were able to return within one year.

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), nursing students transferring from another accredited college, and readmission applicants may be considered for advanced placement. Admission is limited to available space in the program. All applicants for advanced placement must prove that they meet the ADN program requirements, which includes a GPA of 2.5 or better in English, math, and science. The science and math courses must have been taken within the last five years for them to count. In addition, all advanced placement applicants must include a personal letter stating why they want to attend the Moorpark College nursing program and what their current situation and future goals are.

Any interested Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) must also submit a copy of their current license, a resume detailing what their work experience has been, a letter of recommendation from their current employer, a letter of recommendation from the nursing school director where they graduated, and must have taken the PN Comprehensive Predictor course within 12 months of application.

Transfer nursing students from another accredited college must meet the above ADN requirements and submit the college catalog and course syllabi from their previous college, two recommendation letters from the nursing director or nursing faculty at their previous school, and their TEAS V score, taken within 12 months of application.

For students seeking readmission to the nursing program, the requirements are to submit two recommendation letters from faculty of the nursing school, evidence of volunteering or work experience, transcripts proving academic remediation, and their TEAS V score, taken within 12 months of application.

LVNs also have the 30 Unit option available to them, which doesn’t earn an ADN, and may not be recognized by other states. The 30 Unit option must be stated on the advanced placement application. Licensed Vocational Nurses that choose this route will be required to sign a waver stating they understand they will not earn a degree.

In addition, foreign nursing students who are missing a single course to apply for California licensure may not take just one course. They must apply as advanced placement students to the ADN program.


Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA 93021

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