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                                         SEPTEMBER 13 - 16, 2021 

CERRITOS COLLEGE wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING - RN program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Written comments are welcomed and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email:
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by 09/02/2021




The Nursing Program welcomes ACEN Site Visitors to the Cerritos College campus on September 14th, 2021 - September 16th, 2021 for our program's continuing accreditation site visit. We welcome you to take part in our process.  If you have feedback or comments regarding the program that you would like to extend to the visitors, please do so. 

  Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review visit by the ACEN

* ATTENTION NURSING APPLICANTS 2020-2021 application cycle*

*UPDATED:  August 23, 2021

FIRST: In order to be in alignment with recommendations and mandates set forth from the CDC to reduce the rapid transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus, the nursing department is currently working remotely. Therefore, we appreciate your patience during this challenging time in our response rate to your questions and concerns. We are monitoring our voice mails and emails closely and responding; however, response rates may take a couple of days. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding.


1) The program has notified applicants of Spring 2022 acceptance. Please check your email and be sure to check your spam/trash/deleted folders, as well.  Letter were sent out to mailing addresses, as well.  Any accepted applicant who does not respond to the email within 7 days, the program will reach out to them with a follow up phone call. After this, the applicant risks losing their admission. 

2) In the acceptance letter, information will be provided for a MANDATORY Orientation in early October.  Accepted applicants must plan to attend this mandatory meeting in order to retain their position.  

3) The program will also select alternates who will be "on hold" for potential admission, in case an accepted applicant refuses admission before the first day of school.  Alternates will also be notified by email of their status.  

4) All applicants who did not receive selection or alternate status for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, will receive a letter by mid-July explaining the next steps to pull their application forward. 

We ARE TAKING NEW APPLICATIONS in January 2022 (for any option of entry into the program).  If you are interested in applying for the program, please make an appointment with Counseling to be sure that all required prerequisites have been met, gpa qualifications have been met.  Gather your transcripts, as well as supporting documents for the MultiSelective Process.   The Application can be found on this site, under "Application Process".  Also, visit the information regarding the TEAS Exam and please plan to take the TEAS Exam prior to submitting your application.   The program WILL offer the TEAS Exam with limited capacity, in early Spring.   Those dates will be updated here! Check back!





  • 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.
  • Make an appointment with a Health Occupations Counselor and/or attend a General Nursing Workshop with Counseling. (online currently - workshops continue this fall)
  • Take Nursing 3 course in Spring semester to see if Nursing is "for you".
  • Obtain healthcare volunteer hours during this time.
  • Complete the required science pre-requisites
  • Study for and take the ATI TEAS Examination

PRE-NURSING STUDENTS TAKING PRE-REQUISITE COURSEWORK: With the entire campus being taught remotely through Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020, all science prerequisite courses will be held on-line. Our campus will not be alone in these changes. Many of the community college campuses will also be remote. As a result, 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.

NURSING PROGRam approval / accreditation:

The Cerritos College Nursing Program is 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 (in 2013).

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