RN - Associate Degree in Nursing
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. Upon graduation the student receives an Associate Degree in
Nursing and is eligible to take the national licensure examination to become a registered
The College of the Canyons Registered Nurse Program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.
- English 101 (3 semester units or 5 quarter units)
- Anatomy (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
- Physiology (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
- Microbiology (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
- Eligibility for Intermediate Algebra
NOTE: There is no recency policy for prerequisites.
Other Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Requirements
Communication 105 or 120 and Psychology 101 or equivalents (calculated for GPA)
Selection Criteria Including, But Not Limited To, the Following
To be considered for entrance, all prerequisites must be completed with a 2.5 GPA
or higher. Completing the prerequisites, however, does not assure admission into the
Students will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and placement on a nursing assessment test as per SB 1309.
SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY: Scholastic eligibility is determined through the California Community College Chancellors Office approved formula which calculates the students probability of successfully completing the ADN program. The formula uses the following criteria:
- Core Biology GPA all Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology courses taken at the college level.
- Core Biology repetitions the number of times a student has repeated a Core Biology course including withdrawals.
- English GPA all credit English course grades regardless of the level of the course.
- Overall GPA the college GPA as it appears on college transcripts excluding non-credit and not-for-credit courses.
- Students must have a minimum required score of 70 to be eligible for admission.
To be more competitive for admission, students are encouraged to:
- Complete all courses without repeating or withdrawing
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all Biology courses
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all English courses
ASSESSMENT TEST: Qualified applicants will be required to take a state approved nursing assessment
test. Students must rank at the required level to be eligible for admission into the
program. Currently, this is a 62% composite score based on the California Community
College Chancellors Office recommendation. Valid photo ID must be presented at time
Final selections are made using both multi-criteria screening for ranking and random selection. Qualified applicants not selected must reapply in order to be considered. The School of Mathematics, Sciences, and Health Professions does not retain applications.
Students not meeting eligibility criteria are offered a remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligible to reapply for random selection. If the remediation plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is no longer eligible to apply to the program.
Students who have been previously enrolled in the COC or another RN program will only be allowed one entry into the COC RN program.
Follow Application Procedures Step by Step, here.
- Submit College of the Canyons application and obtain a student identification number.
- Submit the following documents to Admissions and Records:
1.) current official transcripts from all colleges attended, except COC (must include all coursework regardless if nursing prerequisite or not, including accredited, no accredited and technical schools - ALL COLLEGES);
2.) for transcripts from other countries, an official sealed foreign transcript evaluation from a NACES approved agency;
3.) official military transcripts;
4.) math placement test results if needed for eligibility;
5.) official College Board AP Transcripts - ALL SUBJECTS (only if received a 3 or higher). Since Advanced Placement is given college credit, it is considered a college transcript.
6.) official College Board CLEP Math score.
- Submit the online Request for Nursing Prerequisite Evaluation. Evaluation results and eligibility status will be sent directly to the School of Mathematics, Sciences, and Health Professions. The student will receive the results by email.
- If eligible, submit the online Nursing Program Application and all required documents (accepted twice a year for spring and fall semesters; check website for timelines). Applications will also be evaluated based on documents submitted to Admissions and Records by the deadline.
- Applicants who submit incomplete applications or who are missing any required documents will automatically be ineligible.
Upon acceptance into the program the following courses will be completed. Students
must be prepared for day, evening, and weekend clinical assignments.
- Nursing 112 Foundations of Nursing
- Nursing 114 Fundamentals of Nursing
- Nursing 124 Beginning Medical/Surgical Nursing
- Nursing 126 Psychiatric Nursing (Psych 101
- Nursing 234 Intermediate Medical/Surgical Nursing
- Nursing 236 Maternal Child Nursing
- Nursing 240 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing and Leadership
Students are responsible to meet all degree requirements for COC.
Cost of Program
In addition to the purchase of textbooks, supplies and uniforms, students will pay
a college enrollment fee, health fee and student body fee. Students accepted into
the program are required to have a physical examination, drug screening, required
immunizations, current CPR card, current Fire Card, malpractice insurance, and background
check. Students must provide their own living expenses and have transportation to
off-campus sites. Limited educational grants and loans are available. View our PDF for Estimated Costs for Nursing Program.
Students may apply to the RN program by transfer or challenge (accepted Aug. 1 Aug. 31 only). Students are not allowed to transfer into the first semester; students must enter
first semester as a generic student. Students are only eligible to be considered for
transfer if they have been in a nursing program within 12 months of the day their
application is accepted and are clinically safe and are eligible to re-enter their
previous program. Students who have been out of a nursing program for more than 12
months must apply as beginning students.
The Director of Nursing has the right to accept or deny any transfer.
The Director of Nursing determines how the applicant's previous courses correlate with the COC Nursing Program curriculum and accepted applicants are notified as to which portions of the curriculum must be taken in order to complete the nursing program at COC. Note: Check with college counselor for associate degree requirements.
Selected applicants must attend a mandatory orientation and complete Transitions into Nursing, Nursing 109. Upon completing Nursing 109, the student will be placed on a waiting list until an opening in the appropriate course becomes available.
To apply for transfer, follow application procedures outlined previously.
FOREIGN RN APPLICANTS:
Students advised by the BRN to take specific courses to obtain licensure must:
- Submit College of the Canyons application and obtain a student identification number.
- Submit online Nursing Program Application and letter from the BRN and letter from the BRN (accepted Aug. 1 Aug. 31 only).
- Accepted applicants will be notified as to which portions of the curriculum must be taken to complete the BRN requirements.
- Selected applicants must attend a mandatory orientation and complete Transitions into Nursing, Nursing 109. Upon completing Nursing 109, the student will be placed on a waiting list until an opening in the appropriate course becomes available.
NOTE: Students advised by the BRN of a deficiency in Medical-Surgical Nursing, must
apply to the RN Program. To apply, follow application procedures outlined previously.
Record of any felony is subject to review by the Board of Registered Nursing before an RN license may be granted. This is in accordance with legal requirements. Anyone wishing clarification or further information may contact the Board of Registered Nursing, 1030 13th St., Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 322-3350.
Students are advised to make an appointment with a COC counselor each semester for advisement of Nursing/Associate of Science requirements. For further information, contact Counseling at (661) 362-3288. Students may also contact the School of Mathematics, Sciences, and Health Professions at (661) 362-3557.
SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, SCIENCES, AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Bonelli Hall, Room 243A
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, California 91355
Approved by Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100