close
 

Now Open for In-Person Classes. COVID-19 Updates.

WELCOME TO THE NURSING PROGRAM HOMEPAGE!


ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of the Cerritos College Nursing Program is to prepare nurses to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever changing healthcare environment. 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM:

The Registered Nursing Program is an application based program.  Application cycles open and close once a year.  The program is full time and consists of two years (four semesters) of consecutive, sequenced courses that include lectures and clinical components.  The program is in session in Fall and Spring semesters and days and times can vary with each course.  Some clinicals can be in the evening, as well as on weekends.  The nursing program does not complete coursework during summer sessions.  Upon completion of the program, as well as the general education units, graduates graduate with an AA Degree In Nursing.  Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  Graduates may also transfer their AA coursework to a 4-year college or university to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).   The program also has partnerships with many 4 year programs (National University, California State University Los Angeles, California State University Fullerton, Chamberlain University) to support students in good standing to get a "jump start" on their BSN coursework through "Dual Enrollment Pathways".  

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

The Nursing Program curriculum is organized in a simple to complex format.  End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLOs) drive the curriculum from first semester.   EPSLOs guide each course's weekly learning objectives that are focused upon meeting the overall Course Student Learning Outcomes, at the end of the course.  

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes embody the knowledge, skills, ad attitude required/ expected of the graduate upon completion of the program, as they enter the nursing profession: 

1) The graduate will integrate physiological and psychosocial concepts, along with critical thinking and clinical reasoning to apply the nursing process with safe, patient centered care.

2) The graduate will promote and maintain a safe environment by integrating current evidenced based practices, informational technology, and skill competency to deliver high quality care.

3) The graduate will therapeutically communicate and collaborate with culturally diverse patients, families, and the interprofessional health care team to achieve high quality patient centered care.

4) The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes required of the professional nurse, embracing lifelong learning to improve the quality of health care. 

 

SPRING 2023 APPLICATION CYCLE OPENS JANUARY 3rd - FEBRUARY 15th, 2023!

This application cycle will fill the admission spots for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024. 

The Cerritos College Nursing Program takes applications once a year. 

We do not hold a waitlist, nor will we be moving applications forward from the 2022 application cycle.   If you applied in 2022, and did not gain admission, and you are still interested in the nursing program, you will need to submit a new application in 2023. 

APPLICATION PROCESS can be found here

 

WHAT IF I THINK I AM INTERESTED IN THE NURSING PROGRAM? WHAT SHALL I DO?

  • Review the Learning Career Pathway (left toolbar)
  • Review the Technical Standards and Essential Functions to ensure that Nursing is a career for you (left toolbar)
  • Review the Nursing Program Information Packet and Admission Requirements (left toolbar). This will provide you with essential information regarding coursework, gpa requirements, and timelines.
  • Take Nursing 3 course in Spring semester to see if "Nursing is for me?"
  • Obtain healthcare volunteer hours during this time
  • Complete the required science pre-requisites with a gpa of 2.5 or higher
  • Study for and take the required ATI TEAS Examination (score 62% or higher)

PRE-NURSING STUDENTS TAKING PRE-REQUISITE COURSEWORK: As a result of most campuses offering science prerequisites online in 2020 and 2021, the Nursing Department has made a decision to accept on-line courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English) that are completed in the Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 and the Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 terms. HOWEVER, nursing students cannot submit "Pass/No Pass" as grades for these courses. Due to the prerequisite gpa requirements for admission, as well as the points allocated through the MultiSelective Criterion for these grades, it is necessary that pre-nursing students take all science pre-requisite courses for letter grades. Therefore, when enrolling for a science pre-requisite course, please request the instructor to provide you with a grade option.

MATH REQ: The program understands that some pre-nursing students may have taken Math 75 for proficiency requirements. However, in order to appropriately prepare our nursing students for transfer to BSN programs, the program will encourage and require students to take Math 80. Completion of Math 75 in fall 2021 or later will not be acceptable for applying to the Cerritos College Nursing program.

Most Nursing Students plan to enroll in a Concurrent Enrollment Program with a four year BSN partner school OR enroll immediately into a BSN upon graduation from Cerritos College. Therefore, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE nursing students to take Math 112.

NURSING PROGRam approval / accreditation:

The Cerritos College Nursing Program is fully approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. 

Board of Registered Nursing

California Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-21100
Phone: (916) 322-3350

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Cerritos College, located in Norwalk, CA, is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 Phone- 404-975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Cerritos College was Continual Accreditation until 2029.

National Accreditation

Stay Connected

Site Map | Accreditation | Disclaimer | Document Readers | Report a Website/Accessibility Issue | Safety Reporting | Consumer Information Last Update: 9/21/2022