Palomar College Nursing Program Review

Palomar College is a two year public community college. For now they have about 30,000 students for both full-time and part-time. All of the Residents of Californian students are only charged by $36 per unit. They may choose from over 200 degree and certificates programs, spend the first two year of a Bachelor Degree, or take a personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.

General Information for Nursing Education (NURS)

This program is concentrates to provide direct nursing care to any patient in the hospital or any other health agencies. Their curriculum includes nursing coursework, basic education, and nursing clinical practice.

The College offers two Associate Degree options for students that are interested in Nursing as a career. The first one is the Associate in Arts (AA). It is meets the requirement of title V, and the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). And the second one is the Associate in Science (AS). It is meets the requirements of title V, BRN.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration of the admission to the Nursing Program all of the applicants must attend an orientation meeting, be eligible to be accepted at the College, have proof of their graduation in high school, have a 2.5 average GPA score, and pass the TEAS test with more than 65%.

Associate in Arts (AA) in Nursing – Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN’s)

The advanced standings for a LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) are based on the following:

  1. Graduated from an accredited LVN/LPN program.
  2. Meet all of the prerequisites for college admission.
  3. Successfully complete the NURS 110.

All of the students will have two academic years to spend in the nursing program just after completion of NURS 110. And they will be given any credit for previous vocational nursing education which is equivalent to 18 units’ right after they have successfully completed the AA nursing program.

Associate in Science (AS) in Nursing for LVNs

All of the advanced standings for LVNs in AS is just the same as specified in the AA in Nursing. When the students have successfully completed the AS in Nursing Program, they will be credited for previous nursing programs just like in the AA program.

Non-Degree for Licensed Vocational Nurses  – 30 Unit Option (LVN to RN)

Students who are signing up for the 30 unit Non-Degree option are eligible to be accepted for the NCLEX-RN Examination (National Council of Licensure Examination). They will be licensed as an RN by the California Board of Registered Nursing. They also may earn Associate in Arts Degree in general studies.

AA or AS Degree in Nursing for Diploma RNs

The students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must present a valid and active California RN license to be verified by the Nursing Education Department.
  2. Must have an official transcript of the diploma school coursework.
  3. One of these units must be completed: NURS 203, Nursing Foundation II.

The student will receive a credit for 38 coursework units that have been completed in the diploma school for nursing when the student has completed the General Education Requirements for AA or AS.

Diploma RN to ADN

In order to be accepted for this program, students need to have a current California RN License that can be verified by the Nursing Education Department. Students also need to complete specifically the Multicultural Requirement as well as the Health Education 100 unit. This program aims to facilitate the advancement of Diploma Nurses.


Palomar College

1140 West Mission Road

San Marcos, California 92069-1487

United States of America

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