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General Information about the Nursing Program

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The Cerritos College Nursing Program welcomes all applicants. 

The nursing program has six options of entry (Option A - F) into the program depending on the applicant's needs and current training status.  The various options are discussed below.  There are a number of general admission requirements that must be completed by students applying to the nursing program. In addition, certain “Options” of entry into the program include variations in these requirements. 

"Option A": You are entering a nursing program for the first time and completing the full two years.  You will earn an "AA Degree in Nursing". 

Option A Academic Plan

"Option B": You are a Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) seeking advanced placement in the program.  You will earn an "AA Degree in Nursing".

Option B Academic Plan

"Option C": You are a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) planning to "bridge" into the program to complete an Associate Degree in Nursing, which results in eligibility for an unrestricted registered nurse (RN) license.  You will earn an "AA Degree in Nursing".

Option C Academic Plan

"Option D": You are a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) planning on completing only 30 semester units beyond LVN completion, which results in eligibility for a “non-degree” registered nurse license, valid only in California. This option does not provide an AA degree and may not allow you to transfer to a BSN program.

Option D Academic Plan

"Option E": You have completed nursing program courses in another associate degree, baccalaureate degree, or military program and are seeking advanced placement into the Cerritos nursing program. You are a "transfer student".  Completion of the program will earn you an AA degree. 

*Cerritos College Nursing Program does not accept transfer students into the first or into the fourth semesters.

Option E Academic Plan

"Option F": You completed your nursing education in another country and have been referred to us by the Board of Registered Nursing to complete one or more content areas before qualifying for RN licensure.

*The nursing program does not take BRN Referrals for Medical Surgical courses.

Option F Academic Plan

** Military Servicemen / Veterans may apply and receive credit for courses, training, experience received in the military.  Please see the Military Policy and Procedure on the website. 


The Cerritos College Nursing Program, approved by the Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, offers an opportunity to prepare for a nursing career through mastery of a specific body of knowledge and skills. Technical Standards/Essential Functions are available for your review on the navigation menu. They have been designed to give you more information about the profession and important skills/functions. This information will be helpful to assist you in deciding on your career path.

To qualify for the program, students must successfully complete prerequisite courses and other requirements as stated below (per program entry option).  The generic program (Option A) consists of four semesters of sequenced courses.  Students may receive credit for prior nursing courses taken in another program, to facilitate advanced placement.  These students include Licensed Psychiatric Technicians, Licensed Vocational Nurses, students transferring in from another accredited nursing program, and foreign-educated nurses.

For successful completion of the nursing program, the student is required to achieve a minimum 75% in all nursing and nursing-related courses. This is consistent with the Board of Registered Nursing’s standard of competency for nursing practice. Completion of the nursing program, along with required General Education coursework, provides the student/graduate with an Associates Degree in Arts - Nursing (AA Degree).  This degree meets the qualifications necessary to apply to the California State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam to earn a Registered Nurse license in the state of California.

The core nursing program consists of sequenced course over four semesters (45.5units).  Prerequisite courses are completed prior to these four semesters.  In addition, General Education coursework is required for completion of the Associate Degree in Arts - Nursing (ADN-RN). 

For Options A, B, C, and E: (Options D and F are non-degree options)
To graduate with an Associate in Arts Degree in Nursing, the student is required to complete, in addition to prerequisites and nursing courses, the following general education courses:

See PLAN A,  PLAN B, and PLAN C for your Academic Pathway and Goals:

Further information regarding the length of the program, expenses, and promotion/progression are found below:


Questions / Answers Re: RN Licensure 

Once I complete the nursing program and apply to the CA-BRN for state licensure, can I work as a RN in another state???

A graduating student from Cerritos College must apply to the CA-BRN to sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) in the state of California (CA).  Once the student takes and passes the NCLEX-RN Exam, the student will be provided a RN license for the state of CA.   If a licensed RN in CA chooses to move and work in another state, the RN must apply for "licensure through endorsement" in that state, through their board of nursing.  Each state has their own specific application requirements and timelines, however, there are some commonalities: 

a) you must show proof of graduating from a state approved nursing program, usually by submitting your official transcripts and degree. 

b) Provide verification of no criminal background / convictions

c) current RN license with no disciplinary actions

d) current CEUs towards license renewal

Most states will not require a licensed RN from CA to retest in their state, as the NCLEX-RN exam is a national based examination. 

There are currently 34 states in the nation who are a part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).  This compact is an agreement between the states involved in the compact that nurses are permitted to practice in the state in which they are licensed, as well as any other state in the compact.  Currently, California is NOT a part of this compact. Therefore, RNs licensed in CA who move to another state, must apply for "licensure through endorsement" in that state.

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