Nursing

Nursing is a growing profession full of opportunities. The RCC School of Nursing (SON) allows students to follow a number of paths to reach their educational and career goals.

For questions regarding program requirements, enrollment, and application processes, please visit the Health-Related Sciences Engagement Center to find a listing of Pre-Nursing Workshops and to connect with our Educational Advisor and Nursing Enrollment & Evaluation Specialist.

Choose Your Program

Critical Care Nurse
CE
Major Units
5
Typical Time to Completion
1 semester
Program Requirements
Nursing Assistant
CE
Major Units
6-10
Typical Time to Completion
1 semester
Program Requirements 
Registered Nursing
AS
Major Units
74
Typical Time to Completion
2 years
Program Requirements 
Vocational Nursing
AS
CE
Major Units
51
Typical Time to Completion
1 year
Program Requirements 
APPLY TO REGISTERED NURSING APPLY TO NURSING ASSISTANT APPLY TO VOCATIONAL NURSING

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) - Registered Nurse (RN) 

Students interested in the Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) program have three different academic pathways available depending on the eligibility of the applicant - Traditional (2 years), Concurrent Enrollment (2 years), and Advanced Placement (1 year). Please contact he School of Nursing for details.

  1. Valid United States Social Security Number (required for clinical facilities).
  2. Valid Government issued picture ID (Driver’s License, Identification Card, Passport, Military ID).
  3. Valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  4. Clear criminal background, drug and health clearance required at time of program admittance. If the educational process is interrupted a new background check/drug screen will be required.
  5. Complete physical exam and immunizations.

  6. CPR card and health clearances must be kept up to date during the program for continued enrollment.

Registration will be blocked for students with incomplete requirements.

Applicants who have all pre-Nursing coursework completed before they apply have a much greater chance of being accepted. Completion of general education courses is required for completion of Associate Degree in Nursing.

Already have a bachelor’s degree?

Applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from the USA will have certain courses waived. 

USA Bachelor's Degree (waived courses)

General Education courses already completed will be waived.
Courses Required: Science Prerequisites, Statistics, Psychology 9, English Composition,  
Speech and Sociology/Cultural Anthropology

Applications for each program are available online during the Application Filing Dates or can be attained by visiting the Nursing Enrollment and Evaluation Specialist in office 177 or Nursing Education Advisor in office 179 in the School of Nursing.

Applications must be submitted electronically to nursing@rcc.edu.

Applications are not considered complete until all information (official recent transcripts and supporting documents) are provided before the end of the Application Filing period. Check MyPortal to confirm that your official transcripts have been received. Follow up immediately with a counselor once you have submitted official transcripts from other colleges.

Applications are not considered complete until all information (official recent transcripts and supporting documents) are provided before the end of the Application Filing period. You must submit separate RN and VN program applications if interested in both programs. Petitions for Readmission are accepted year-round. 


Spring Semester
Opens: First business day in July  
Closes: First business day of August

RCC -School of Nursing Registered Nursing Application
Fall Semester
Opens: First business day of November  
Closes: First business day of December

Available enrollment spaces are selected by rank order (highest points) of the multi-criteria factors (see program information sheets for more information). RCC reserves the right to designate a certain number of spaces for contract agreements and/or meet requirements of grant- designated outcomes.

For specific information regarding the SON selection criteria, please see the Nursing Enrollment Committee Policy and Procedure Manual.

If an applicant is not offered a space in the program, a new application is necessary for the following semester. The School of Nursing has no wait list.

After you have attended the Pre-Nursing Workshop and submitted a fully completed application (including documentation) by the due dates you will:

  1. Receive an application acknowledgement email within two weeks. If you do not receive an acknowledgement receipt, your application was either not received or incomplete.
  2. ADN (RN) and Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) applicants are required to pass the ATI TEAS-TEAS 6.
  3. Petitioning Students
    1. ADN (RN) students petitioning for readmission must complete an ADN (RN) Application and Petition for Readmission before being considered for readmission. Applications and Petitions for Readmission must be submitted to the Nursing Enrollment and Evaluation Specialist. Students will be readmitted according to the Prioritization for Readmission policy and space availability.
    2. VN students petitioning for readmission must complete a VN Application and Petition for Readmission before being considered for readmission. Applications and Petitions for Readmission must be submitted to the Nursing Enrollment and Evaluation Specialist. Students will be readmitted according to the Prioritization for Readmission policy and space availability.
  4. Notification of Acceptance/Alternate/Denial
    1. ADN (RN) program applicants will be notified within 4 - 6 months after the end of the application period.
    2. VN program applicants will be notified within 3 - 5 months after the end of the application period.
  5. Nursing Assistant program applicants who meet program requirements will be sent a Pre-Program Checklist to complete. 

Not Accepted — You Have Options

There is a demand for nurses, one that will continue to grow. If you were not accepted in your desired program, schedule an appointment with a counselor to learn how to improve your chances in the future. This could be anything from taking classes relevant to future participation in a Nursing program to earning direct experience by volunteering. We want you to succeed, whatever form that success may take. 

Expenses (per year)

  1. Students pay Health Services Fees ($25), parking ($150), Student Services Fees ($30) and tuition ($46) per unit each semester. The cost is approximately $6,000 for four semesters and an intersession.
  2. Students furnish their own uniforms. The cost is approximately $250.
  3. The costs of nursing books and supplies are approximately $2,700 for two years.
  4. Physical examination/lab work costs are approximately $98 - $600.
  5. Background checks/CPR costs approximately $220.
  6. It is recommended that students carry personal health and accident insurance including hospitalization. Policies are available to college students at reasonable rates. The college provides liability insurance at no cost to the student.
  7. Students are required to purchase standardized testing package for use during the program. Estimated cost is $580.

When planning expenses, students should be aware they may have to limit their hours of employment due to extensive ADN Program requirements.  Scholarships and grants are available to those students who qualify.

Contact Information

For questions regarding program requirements, enrollment, and application processes, please visit the Health-Related Sciences Engagement Center to find a listing of Pre-Nursing Workshops and to connect with our Educational Advisor and Nursing Enrollment & Evaluation Specialist.

Please see the Registered Nursing Information Sheet - Traditional  for details
Please see the Registered Nursing Information Sheet – Concurrent Enrollment Program for details
Please see the Registered Nursing Information Sheet - Advanced Placement for details

California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN)  (916) 322-3350
Physical Address: 1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95834-1924.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 944210 Sacramento, CA 94244-2100 
BRN

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (404) 975-5000
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326
ACEN

Nursing Assistant

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Complete RCC Application and Nursing Assistant Application and submit to the School of Nursing, nursing@rcc.edu.
  3. Valid United States Social Security Number (required for clinical facilities).
  4. Valid Government issued picture ID (Driver’s License, Identification Card, Passport, Military ID).
  5. Valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  6. Clear criminal background, including Life Scan fingerprints, drug and health clearance required at time of program admittance.
  7. Complete physical exam and immunizations.

Applications for each program are available online during the Application Filing Dates or can be attained by visiting the Nursing Enrollment and Evaluation Specialist in office 177 or Nursing Education Advisor in office 179 in the School of Nursing.

Applications must be submitted electronically to nursing@rcc.edu.

Applications are not considered complete until all information (official recent transcripts and supporting documents) are provided before the end of the Application Filing period. Check MyPortal to confirm that your official transcripts have been received. Follow up immediately with a counselor once you have submitted official transcripts from other colleges.

Fall Semester Start
Opens: First business day of April
Closes: Last business day of April

Spring Semester Start
Opens: First business day of September
Closes: Last business day of September


Fall Semester
Opens: First business day of April
Closes: First business day of May

Selection of the Nursing Assistant Program will be filled on first-come first-served basis of qualified applicants. RCC reserves the right to designate a certain number of spaces for contract agreements and/or to meet grant-designated outcomes. If a student is not offered a space in the program, a new application is necessary in the next application period.

After you have attended the Pre-Nursing Workshop and submitted a fully completed application (including documentation) by the due dates you will:

  1. Receive an application acknowledgement email within two weeks. If you do not receive an acknowledgement receipt, your application was either not received or incomplete.
  2. Nursing Assistant program applicants who meet program requirements will be sent a Pre-Program Checklist to complete.

Not Accepted — You Have Options

There is a demand for nurses, one that will continue to grow. If you were not accepted in your desired program, schedule an appointment with a counselor to learn how to improve your chances in the future. This could be anything from taking classes relevant to future participation in a Nursing program to earning direct experience by volunteering. We want you to succeed, whatever form that success may take. 

Contact Information

For questions regarding program requirements, enrollment, and application processes, please visit the Health-Related Sciences Engagement Center to find a listing of Pre-Nursing Workshops and to connect with our Educational Advisor and Nursing Enrollment & Evaluation Specialist.

Please see the Nursing Assistant Information Sheet for details

California Department of Public Health  (CDPH) (916) 327-2445
P.O. Box 997416, Sacramento, CA 95899-7416
CDPH

Vocational Nursing (VN)

  1. Valid United States Social Security Number (required for clinical facilities).
  2. Valid Government issued picture ID (Driver’s License, Identification Card, Passport, Military ID).
  3. Valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  4. Clear criminal background, drug and health clearance required at time of program admittance. If the educational process is interrupted a new background check/drug screen will be required.
  5. Complete physical exam and immunizations.

  6. CPR card and health clearances must be kept up to date during the program for continued enrollment.

Registration will be blocked for students with incomplete requirements.

Applicants who have all pre-Nursing coursework completed before they apply have a much greater chance of being accepted. Completion of general education courses is required for completion of Associate Degree in Nursing.

Applications are available online during the Application Filing Dates or can be attained by visiting the Nursing Enrollment and Evaluation Specialist in office 177 or Nursing Education Advisor in office 179 in the School of Nursing.

Applications must be submitted electronically to nursing@rcc.edu.

Applications are not considered complete until all information (official recent transcripts and supporting documents) are provided before the end of the Application Filing period. Check MyPortal to confirm that your official transcripts have been received. Follow up immediately with a counselor once you have submitted official transcripts from other colleges.

Applications are not considered complete until all information (official recent transcripts and supporting documents) are provided before the end of the Application Filing period. You must submit separate RN and VN program applications if interested in both. Petitions for Readmission are accepted year-round. 
 
Fall Semester
Opens: First business day in February
Closes: First business day in March

Selection for the VN program is decided by random selection of qualified applicants. RCC reserves the right to designate a certain number of spaces for contract agreements and/or to meet grant-designated outcomes.

For specific information regarding the SON selection criteria, please see the Nursing Enrollment Committee Policy and Procedure Manual.

If an applicant is not offered a space in the program, a new application is necessary for the following semester. The School of Nursing has no wait list.

After you have attended the Pre-Nursing Workshop and submitted a fully completed application (including documentation) by the due dates you will:

  1. Receive an application acknowledgement email within two weeks. If you do not receive an acknowledgement receipt, your application was either not received or incomplete.
  2. Petitioning Students - VN students petitioning for readmission must complete a VN Application and Petition for Readmission before being considered for readmission. Applications and Petitions for Readmission must be submitted to the Nursing Enrollment and Evaluation Specialist. Students will be readmitted according to the Prioritization for Readmission policy and space availability.

Not Accepted — You Have Options

There is a demand for nurses, one that will continue to grow. If you were not accepted in your desired program, schedule an appointment with a counselor to learn how to improve your chances in the future. This could be anything from taking classes relevant to future participation in a Nursing program to earning direct experience by volunteering. We want you to succeed, whatever form that success may take. 

Expenses (per year)

  1. Students pay Health Services ($25), parking ($150), Student Services Fees ($30) and tuition ($46) per unit each semester. The cost is approximately $2,000.00 for 12 months.
  2. Students furnish their own uniforms. The cost is approximately $250.
  3. The costs of nursing books and supplies are approximately $1,700 for year.
  4. Physical examination/lab work costs are approximately $98 - $600.
  5. Background checks/CPR costs approximately $220.
  6. It is recommended that students carry personal health and accident insurance including hospitalization.   Policies are available to college students at reasonable rates. The college provides liability insurance at no cost to the student.
  7. Students are required to purchase standardized testing package for use during the program.Estimated cost is $400.00.

When planning expenses, students should be aware they may have to limit their hours of employment due to extensive VN Program requirements. Scholarships and grants are available to those students who qualify.

Contact Information

For questions regarding program requirements, enrollment, and application processes, please visit the Health-Related Sciences Engagement Center to find a listing of Pre-Nursing Workshops and to connect with our Educational Advisor and Nursing Enrollment & Evaluation Specialist.

Please see the Vocational Nursing Information Sheet for details

California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) (916) 263-7800
2535 Capitol Oaks Dr. Suite 205 Sacramento, CA 95833 (916)263-7800 
BVNPT

Foreign Students

Transcripts and Diploma Evaluation

Education varies greatly from country to country. To provide a fair evaluation all foreign transcripts and diplomas need to be fully reviewed by an evaluation company before it is being submitted to RCC. Here are three that are commonly used.

AERC APIE IERF