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Registered Nursing Program

The two-year registered nursing program at College of the Canyons is designed to prepare the student with the knowledge required to assume the responsibilities of an entry level registered nurse.

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BSN Pathways: How do I earn my BSN?

The COC nursing program has coordinated with several universities that allow concurrent enrollment so that you could be working towards a BSN degree at the same time you are in the COC nursing program.

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Career Tree

Nursing Career Tree
  • Work as a key member of the professional healthcare team to provide quality patient care in a variety of fast-paced medical facilities.
  • Experience interactive simulated labs and actual clinical rotations in a variety of healthcare...

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COC Nursing Student Perspectives

Approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, the College of the Canyons Registered Nurse program prepares students to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level registered nurse.

Upon graduation students are eligible to take the national licensure examination known as NCLEX to become a registered nurse.  Many COC nursing students take advantage of numerous collaborative options to begin the Bachelors of Science in Nursing while working toward their associate degree.  

Take a look at why you should consider this program at COC.

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Nursing Program Information Sessions
Want to apply to the RN Program? Plan to Attend an Information Session!

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  • Accreditation Information -

    The College of the Canyons Associate Degree in Nursing Program holds continuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. 202-909-2487.

  • Additional Accreditation Information
  • Program Outcomes


  • Mission
    The mission of the Nursing Program at COC is to provide relevant quality nursing education at the lower division level in order to meet the ongoing needs of the professional nursing workforce. The program adjusts continually to changes within the body of nursing knowledge as well as changes in the health care system to prepare entry-level professionals to work in a variety of settings. The faculty strives to meet the educational needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles while facilitating life-long learning and the pursuit of advanced educational goals.

    Philosophy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nursing is both an art and a science. It has its own unique body of knowledge and skills that incorporate knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences (California Nurse Practice Act, 2010). The dynamics of nursing education are reflected in the faculty/student relationship. The nursing faculty believes that the student is the locus of learning and that the teaching-learning process is reciprocal and interactive. Therefore, the faculty sees their role as facilitators – using multiple learning and innovative teaching methods to meet the educational needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles. To further enhance learning, the student uses college support services such as The Learning Center, learning disability specialists, counseling, and financial aid as well as engages in experiences through community and service partnerships. Individualized tutoring is offered in the nursing lab, and Alpha Delta Nu honor society students may also be available for tutoring. In addition to facilitating learning, the faculty seeks to foster self-direction and a commitment to life-long learning. Experiences are designed to proceed from simple to complex and general to specific to maximize the students’ learning and professional growth.

    Conceptual Framework
    The conceptual framework of the College of the Canyons Registered Nursing Program is based on the nursing metaparadigm of person, health, environment and nursing (Fawcett, 2005). The framework also includes the two overarching concepts of inquiry and caring.

  • The primary purpose of College of the Canyons Nursing Program is to prepare entry-level registered nurses. The curriculum is designed to equip the graduate to function safely within the legal framework of registered nursing as set forth by the State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, and The Board of Registered Nursing. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN).

    The ADN, Career Ladder (LVN-RN), transfer, and challenge options exist as multiple pathways to provide access to goal attainment and achievement by students. These pathways are designed to make available to students the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to serve as a foundation for success and excellence in nursing practice. The college reserves the right to determine if and when programs identified in this handbook or in the listing of programs will be offered.

    In addition, the nursing faculty promotes the development of graduates who are committed to continuing their education and who are assets to the discipline of nursing, their communities, and society.

    In pursuit of these purposes, the faculty endeavors, throughout all program pathways to:

    1. Participate in the process of counseling and assisting interested students preparing for admission to the program.
    2. Recruit, admit, and retain qualified, diverse applicants who progress through the program in a timely manner.
    3. Maintain uniformly and consistently high standards of academic achievement.
    4. Provide students with assistance to promote success.
    5. Provide and maintain an integrated, current, and consistent curriculum which meets the needs of student, graduate, faculty, consumer, and health care providers.
    6. Maintain department protocols which promote student expression and participation in class and program governance.
    7. Produce graduates who attain licensure and demonstrate entry-level competence in initial employment.
    8. Remain current as a faculty in nursing practice and community issues, adult teaching and learning theory, and technological advances.
    9. Foster in students and graduates a commitment to excellence in practice and continued learning.
  • Program Student Learning Outcomes

    • Lecture: Integrate the perspectives of the provider of care, manager of care, and member of the nursing profession into patient care situations. 
    • Clinical: Function in the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the nursing profession. 

    Program Objectives

    1. Utilize knowledge, skills, and attitudes, from the physical and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and nursing sciences to provide safe and effective care applying evidence-based practice.
    2. Apply the steps of the nursing process integrating critical thinking strategies necessary to provide patient centered care to diverse populations.
    3. Communicate effectively with patients, families, and the healthcare team utilizing multiple communication methods including personal interactions and information technology.
    4. Demonstrate leadership by safely coordinating the care of multiple patients, while delegating to and collaborating with the healthcare team, patient, and family to provide the highest quality of care.
    5. Integrate the professional, legal, and ethical components of nursing in clinical practice while demonstrating accountability and self-direction.
  • Veterans applying to the Nursing Program may qualify for advanced placement. 

    Credit for Prior Education and Experience for Veteran Applicants  (Required by the CA BRN)

    SB466 (Hill, 2015) required the Board of Registered Nursing to adopt regulations requiring schools seeking approval to have a process to evaluate and grant credit, as defined, for military education and experience.

    Click here to read the Veteran Admission Policy

  • The College of the Canyons Nursing Department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The diversity that students bring to COC Nursing is viewed as a powerful resource, bringing strength and insight, as our students prepare to be providers of professional nursing care to the diverse communities of patients and their loved ones that we are privileged to serve. We are committed to presenting materials and activities that are mindful of all forms of diversity including but not limited to: age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, nationality, race, religious beliefs, sexuality, and socioeconomic status.

  • The Santa Clarita Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic groups, identity, religion, sex, age, color, national origin, marital status, mental disability or physical disability including persons with AIDS/ARC/HIV in any of its policies, procedure, or practices. This nondiscrimination statement covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, the District's programs, services and activities.