About Nursing at RCC

Our nursing program has a history of excellence in the preparation of competent Registered and Vocational Nurses. The Associate Degree Registered Nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the NLNAC. In 2007, the ACEN granted continuing accreditation of RCC's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the maximum length of time allowed.  The  ADN program will have a site visit conducted by the ACEN in October 2013. In 2008, the BRN granted continuing approval for the maximum length of time allowed.

The Vocational Nursing (VN) program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). In 2013, the VN program was granted continuing accreditation for the maximum length of time allowed. RCC School of Nursing offers quality education with an emphasis on critical thinking skills needed to apply theoretical concepts to clinical nursing practice. The SON offers extensive support services.


ADN (Registered Nursing) Program:

The ADN (RN)  program at RCC was established in 1957 and received its first California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approval in 1958. NLNAC accreditation was first awarded in 1981. In recent years, RCC's ADN program has been nationally recognized as number two in the state of California for program completion. 

The ADN (RN) program has a strong foundation in the sciences and general education. The program emphasizes the use of the nursing process and critical thinking to make clinical nursing judgments and employs leadership principles. Clinical experiences are across the lifespan and in a variety of healthcare settings. The ADN program graduate has a basic foundation of nursing knowledge and skills for entry-level practice. The learning experiences in the program are designed to encourage students to take responsibility for independent, self-regulated, life-long learning. The ADN (RN) preparation focuses on a strong medical-surgical foundation, leadership skills and application of the nursing process in a variety of community-based settings with patients across the life span. Upon completion of the ADN (RN) program, the graduate is eligible for the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. Graduates who complete the ADN (RN) curriculum earn an Associate in Science in Nursing Degree. For more information about the ADN (RN) program, please refer to the ADN (RN) Information Sheet


VN (Vocational Nursing) Program:

The Vocational Nursing program was established in 1952, and was approved by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners (BVNPTE) in 1953.

The VN program is based upon a set of beliefs that includes collaboration among nurses whose practice evolves from varying levels. The program emphasizes the use of the nursing process and critical thinking to make clinical nursing judgments and employs leadership principles. The learning experiences in the program are designed to encourage students to take responsibility for independent, self-regulated, life-long learning. Classroom instruction is offered concurrently with clinical practice to assist the student in the application of theory to actual nursing situations. Clinical experiences are across the lifespan and in a variety of healthcare settings.

The vocational nursing curriculum provides a foundation of knowledge which incorporates the natural, social, and behavioral sciences and focuses on manual and technical skills required in the performance of individual patient care. Upon completion of the VN program, the graduate is eligible for the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the State of California. Graduates who complete the VN program curriculum also earn a certificate from Riverside City College.  For more information about the VN program, please refer to the VN Information Sheet.


Advanced Placement (LVN-ADN) Program:

Students that have completed a VN program and have obtained licensure are eligible to petition for Advanced Placement into the ADN (RN)program. Students must complete Nursing 18: Transition Course for Advanced Placement Students and the Advanced Placement Exam with a passing grade/score in order to be eligible for admission into the second year of the ADN (RN) program. 

Additionally, a 30-unit option is offered to the Licensed Vocational Nurse. However, it is important to note that LVNs choosing to take the 30- unit option can never be qualified as graduates of Riverside City College or of the Riverside City College Associate Degree Nursing Program and will permanently be referred to as having a Nursing Non-Degree/Non-Graduate Status. Students who choose this pathway are not required to take Nursing 18: Transition Course for Advanced Placement Students or Advanced Placement Exam. Please refer to the  ADN (RN) Advanced Placement/Transfer/30-unit Option Information Sheet.