Nursing Department | RN – Associate Degree in Nursing

Program Description

The two-year registered nursing program at College of the Canyons is designed to prepare
the student with the knowledge required to assume the responsibilities of an entry
level registered nurse. Upon graduation the student receives an Associate Degree in
Nursing and is eligible to take the national licensure examination to become a registered

The College of the Canyons Registered Nurse Program is approved by the California
State Board of Registered Nursing.


  • English 101 (3 semester units or 5 quarter units)
  • Anatomy (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
  • Physiology (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
  • Microbiology (4 semester units or 6 quarter units)
  • Eligibility for Intermediate Algebra

NOTE: There is no recency policy for prerequisites.

Other Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Requirements

Communication 105 or 120 and Psychology 101 or equivalents (calculated for GPA)


Selection Criteria Including, But Not Limited To, the Following

To be considered for entrance, all prerequisites must be completed with a 2.5 GPA
or higher. Completing the prerequisites, however, does not assure admission into the

Students will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and
placement on a nursing assessment test as per SB 1309.

SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY:  Scholastic eligibility is determined through the California Community College Chancellors
Office approved formula which calculates the students probability of successfully
completing the ADN program. The formula uses the following criteria:

  • Core Biology GPA all Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology courses taken at the college
  • Core Biology repetitions the number of times a student has repeated a Core Biology
    course including withdrawals.
  • English GPA all credit English course grades regardless of the level of the course.
  • Overall GPA the college GPA as it appears on college transcripts excluding non-credit
    and not-for-credit courses.
  • Students must have a minimum required score of 70 to be eligible for admission.

To be more competitive for admission, students are encouraged to:

  • Complete all courses without repeating or withdrawing
  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA in all Biology courses
  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA in all English courses

ASSESSMENT TEST: Qualified applicants will be required to take a state approved nursing assessment
test. Students must rank at the required level to be eligible for admission into the
program. Currently, this is a 62% composite score based on the California Community
College Chancellors Office recommendation. Valid photo ID must be presented at time
of test.

Final selections are made using both multi-criteria screening for ranking and random
selection. Qualified applicants not selected must reapply in order to be considered.
The School of Health Professions and Public Safety does not retain applications.

Students not meeting eligibility criteria are offered a remediation plan. After successful
completion, students are eligible to reapply for random selection. If the remediation
plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is no longer eligible to apply to
the program.

Students who have been previously enrolled in the COC or another RN program will only
be allowed one entry into the COC RN program.

Nursing instructor in lab with students.

Application Procedures

Follow Application Procedures Step by Step, here.

  • Submit College of the Canyons application and obtain a student identification number.

Submit the following documents to Admissions and Records:
1.) current official transcripts from all colleges attended, except COC (must include
all coursework regardless if nursing prerequisite or not, including accredited, no
accredited and technical schools – ALL COLLEGES);
2.) for transcripts from other countries, an official sealed foreign transcript evaluation
from a NACES approved agency;
3.) official military transcripts;
4.) math placement test results if needed for eligibility;
5.) official College Board AP Transcripts – ALL SUBJECTS (only if received a 3 or
higher). Since Advanced Placement is given college credit, it is considered a college transcript.
6.) official College Board CLEP Math score.
7.) Make sure all submitted transcripts are current and have grades posted with no
“IN PROGRESS” noted (this may require ordering updated transcripts before applying
to the RN program)
8.) If yo uhave LACCD transcripts, make sure your official transripts are not electronic
copies.  must have overall GPA on transcripts submitted.


  • Submit the online Nursing Program Application and all required documents (accepted twice a year for spring and fall semesters;
    check website for timelines). Applications will also be evaluated based on documents
    submitted to Admissions and Records by the deadline.
  • Applicants who submit incomplete applications or who are missing any required documents
    will automatically be ineligible.

Nursing student in lab.