Nursing Program Ranked #7 in the State

The Sierra College Nursing Program has once again been ranked as one of the top ten nursing programs in the state by, a nationally recognized service which provides potential students with information about nursing programs nationwide. The assessment was based on several factors, which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. For 2019, Sierra earned a score of 97.93, which is an improvement over last year’s score of 97.64.

The nursing program at Sierra College offers several options for students who are interested in a career in the medical field, from short one-semester programs to transfer programs such as the ADN to BSN merger track. The associate degree in nursing (RN) program, which is the program that earned Sierra’s top ten ranking, is a two-year, full-time program that prepares students for the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse. Students may also take advantage of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) merger track in partnership with Sac State. For currently licensed vocational nurses interested in becoming a registered nurse, Sierra offers an LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program. There is also a one-semester Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.

“We are humbled and thrilled to be recognized in the top ten of all nursing programs again,” said Nancy James, Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Sierra College. “Our program’s continued success relies entirely on our dedicated nursing faculty, who ensure excellence both in the classroom and clinical settings, and the smart, intuitive and committed students who value so highly, the role of the registered nurse and the importance of patient advocacy at every level.”

The assessment was based on an analysis of past and present National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rates, weighted by year. The NCLEX is a standardized exam required to obtain a nursing license, which grants nursing graduates permission to practice nursing in the state where they pass the exam.

Sierra College student Samantha Morffi, who is enrolled in the ADN to BSN merger program with Sac State, noted Sierra’s high-quality education and strong reputation. For her, the most beneficial part of the Sierra College nursing program has been “the level of student support and time the faculty invests in students.” Morffi added, “Sierra provides us with the clinical knowledge and guidance we need to build a strong foundation and prepare us as future nurses.”

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