Porterville College


Nursing (AS)

Associate in Science

Program Length: ~80 units

Registered nursing education prepares the graduate to provide services to those who need healthcare. As needs are varied so are educational programs, which may proceed from the simpler to the more complex in accordance with the career ladder concept. The progression is as follows: nurse assistant (CNA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), registered nurse (RN), and other nurses with Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or Doctorate in Nursing and special certifications. The successful RN may begin employment in a wide variety of entry-level positions. The role of a new graduate is usually that of a staff nurse. With additional education, a nurse may advance to a position of supervision, administrator, clinical specialist, educator, or researcher. Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) is a four-semester program after the prerequisite courses have been completed. In addition, students must complete all the Porterville College general education requirements for graduation. Upon successful completion of the ADN Program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.

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Only students who meet the educational and pre-nursing requirements and follow the preenrollment procedures will be considered for the program. Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Read the documents below for all information regarding this program.


Please read through the entire application and visit the Health Careers website for information regarding the Register Nursing program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via the link below.