San Diego City College Nursing Program Review

Administered by the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), San Diego City College (SDCC) has been educating students for nearly a century. The college serves the downtown San Diego area and enrolls 18,000 students each semester. With more than 100 majors and over 100 certificate programs to choose from, San Diego City College has something for everyone.

Nursing Programs

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

San Diego City College is dedicated to providing the opportunity for individuals to pursue the education needed for a successful career in nursing. Students in the LVN program will learn to care for patients in a variety of settings. To be considered for admission into the LVN program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid, current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification from the Department of Health Services in California, and have earned a grade of 75% or higher in Health Care Essentials.

The LVN program is a combination of 42.5 units of classroom learning, as well as clinically based courses in health care facilities in the community. After completing the required courses, graduates of the program may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Registered Nurse (RN)

The RN program at San Diego City College is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). There are 50-60 students accepted into the program each fall semester. The students that complete this 4 semester program will earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Any student that meets the entrance requirements for this program is eligible to be admitted.

To qualify for admission, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology, and the associated labs. In addition, it is recommended to take the general education classes required for this program before applying. These include English Composition, Math, Multicultural Studies, Physical Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Communication.

In addition to classroom time, students will complete clinical course work and Directed Clinical Practice, which will be held in nearby health care facilities.

Graduates of the RN program will receive their ADN degree and will be allowed to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN)

Students that already have their LVN license may apply for acceptance into the LVN to RN program. Each year, San Diego City College accepts 8-12 students for this and the 30 Unit option.

This advanced placement program has the same prerequisite courses and general education course requirements as the ADN program above. Students must also take the LVN to RN Transition course. After admittance to the program, students will take 2 semesters of classes and clinical work, and will graduate with an ADN degree. At that point, graduates will be eligible to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN in California.

LVN to RN 30 Unit Option

The LVN to RN 30 Unit option is available for LVNs wishing to become RNs. With this program, students do not earn a degree, but are able to sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), and apply to become licensed RNs in California. However, students should note that under this option, their RN license may not be recognized in other states.


San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

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