San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Nursing Program Review

The San Jose/Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) is made up of San Jose City College, founded in 1921, and Evergreen Valley College, founded in 1975. The District serves an area covering over 300 square miles, and enrolls 20,000 students each semester.

The District nursing program is administered by Evergreen Valley College.

Nursing Programs

Associate in Science – Nursing

The Nursing Program at Evergreen Valley College will provide the culturally diverse student with the ideal environment in which to begin a life-long career as a registered nurse (RN). The Associate in Science degree will allow graduates the ability to take the national RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).

Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in nursing courses. Once they are in the program, students are required to earn a “C” or better in all nursing courses, or they will not be allowed to continue with the program.

To apply to the Nursing Program, students need to have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have taken Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. The Associate in Science degree is a four semester program.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement program is for California LVNs seeking to earn an associate degree and become RNs, and for students transferring from another state accredited nursing program. To apply, students must complete a request for advanced placement in nursing, and meet with first a Nursing Counselor and then the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, to determine where in the program they should be placed.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to RN Bridge

LVNs that choose to work toward the Associate in Science degree must meet the same admissions criteria as all other students seeking an associate degree. LVNs will be admitted as space becomes available in the third semester of the program. They must also take nursing placement tests to determine their priority in placement in the nursing program, and have a qualifying score on assessment tests.

LVN 30 Unit Option

The 30 Unit option allows LVN students to qualify for the RN licensing exam quickly. To apply to the 30 Unit option, LVNs must take Physiology and Microbiology with a grade of “C” or better, a Challenge Exam with a “C” or higher, a passing score on the TEAS exam, and complete the Role Transition course.

Students wishing to complete the 30 Unit option must complete paperwork stating their intention before they begin the program. LVNs will be admitted into the 30 Unit option as space becomes available.

Graduates of the 30 Unit option will be eligible to take the RN licensing exam, but will not earn an associate degree from Evergreen Valley College.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer from another accredited nursing program must meet all requirements to apply to the Nursing Program, and must pass the diagnostic assessment test. They will be admitted into the program when space is available, and their placement will be determined after meeting with a Nursing Counselor, as well as the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.


San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
4750 San Felipe Road
San Jose, CA 95135

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