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Effective immediately, we will be using multi-criteria for entrance into our nursing program.
Fill out the form, print and submit with application.

Thank you for your interest in Sierra College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Nursing Assistant Programs. Please follow the links here for specific information about individual programs.

In order to receive complete and accurate information concerning the nursing programs, students are urged to first read the information on this website carefully, and then seek further information or clarification from counseling or nursing department staff as necessary.

Baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in four-year colleges and universities differ widely in transfer and credit-granting policies, requirements, and course offerings. Students planning on seeking advanced degrees in nursing should obtain appropriate college catalogs.

So You Want to be a Nurse?  Please take a few minutes to view this presentation outlining the nursing profession and strategies for getting into the Sierra College Nursing program.

Board of Registered Nursing – Background Investigation

Per the Board of Registered Nursing website at http://www.rn.ca.gov/enforcement/convictions.shtml

Reporting License Discipline and Convictions

"Conviction" includes a plea of no contest and any conviction that has been set aside or deferred pursuant to Sections 1000 or 1203.4 of the Penal Code, including infractions, misdemeanor, and felonies. It is not necessary to report a conviction for an infraction with a fine of less than $1,000 unless the infraction involved alcohol or controlled substances. However, any convictions in which a plea of no contest was entered and any convictions that were subsequently set aside pursuant or deferred pursuant to Sections 1000 or 1203.4 of the Penal Code must be disclosed.

Military Personnel and Veterans

Military Personnel and Veterans may be eligible for enrollment into the second or third semester of the Sierra College Associate Degree Nursing Program, based on the following requirements:

Pathway I - General ADN program (enrollment into the second semester)

  1. Education and experience must meet all general entrance requirements of Sierra College and the nursing program.
    *Experience must be equal to that of the NRSR21 clinical experience.
  2. Recency requirements for certain prerequisite courses are in place (per program policy).
  3. Course equivalency must be verified for each course according to Sierra College and program policy.
  4. California Community Colleges currently does not provide equivalency of the Joint Service Transcript as an accredited college transcript at this time.
  5. Candidates must meet the same eligibility requirements for admission into the Sierra College ADN program as other applicants, including completion of:
    • Science, English and Math prerequisite courses (see list under registered nursing)
    • general education courses for the Associate Science Degree (ASD)
    • achieve a minimum of 70 points on the multi-criteria entrance form
  6. Completion of all general education courses for graduation before enrollment into the nursing program is highly recommended.

Pathway II - LVN to RN Career Mobility (enrollment into the third semester)

  1. See above for minimum recommendations and requirements
  2. Have an active California LVN license either through challenge (BVNPT Method 4) or successful completion of the LVN program.
  3. Minimum of six months of recent LVN work experience with verification, OR proof of previous experience equal to that of a combat medic

Application and transcripts are to be submitted to the nursing office after completion of all pre-requisites. Transcript evaluation and challenge exams will be done to confirm the appropriate semester enrollment. Sierra College ADN program also accepts Transfer and Re-entry students—refer to the program’s website for requirements. Transfer into the nursing program is done on a space available basis.

ADN to BSN Collaborative - BSN Merger Track

In collaboration with California State University Sacramento (CSUS) we are now able to offer students an opportunity to pursue their Bachelor of Science Nursing degree concurrently during the Associate Degree Nursing program. Please use the Registered Nursing ADN to BSN Collaborative with Sacramento State University link below for additional information.

Approximate ADN Program Costs

Student Costs

Several variables, such as occasional fee increases, student healthcare plans, and incidentals prohibit the ability to provide an exact financial figure; however, based on current costs, students should expect to invest less than $5,000 for this program.

Sierra College: ADN Program Cost Break Down
  Tuition* Books Other - Approx
1st Semester 11 units: $506 Approx: $800-900 Kaplan: $500
Incidentals: $200-300
Uniform: $100
Parking: $50
2nd Semester 11 units: $506 Approx: $50 Incidentals: $100
Parking: $50
3rd Semester 11 units: $506 Approx: $50 Incidentals: $50
Parking: $50
4th Semester 11 units: $506 Approx: $50 Incidentals: $10
Parking: $50

*Tuition is subject to change due to mandatory campus wide fee increases.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will apply the nursing process based on Roy's Adaptation Model to support and promote health when caring for clients in all states of the life continuum within a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to communicate effectively with clients, families, and within the heath care team using therapeutic and interpersonal strategies and learned skills.
  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to teach health maintenance and promotion to clients and their families, and to members of the community.
  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will interact collaboratively as a member of the health care team and will assume leadership responsibilities in coordinating care for groups of clients in structured health care systems.
  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will demonstrate the principles of client advocacy: accept responsibility for nursing practice and function and accountability within the legal scope of registered nursing practice.
  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will assume responsibility and accountability for professional growth and lifelong learning.
  • Upon completion of the program, the graduate will pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse NCLEX-RN exam on first attempt.
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) and California Title 22 regulations for safe and quality care in long term care settings.
  • Successfully complete the State Competency Test for Nursing Assistants (American Red Cross).


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