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Nursing and Allied Health


The Nursing program consists of a combination of general education and nursing courses with related laboratory experience in local health agencies. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student to take the National Licensing Examination to become registered as a nurse and eligible for employment. A grade of "C" or better is required in each nursing course for progression in the program and for an Associate Degree in Nursing. The nursing curriculum is a two-year program offered in four sequential semesters. There are two application periods per year and students are accepted for the spring and fall semesters. There are morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend clinical experiences required which may change with limited notice.

The nursing program at American River College is impacted; there are more students who apply than can be accepted into the program. All applicants with 70 points or more are put into the selection pool (see Prescreening Criteria Form for details). If an applicant is not chosen, the student may reapply the next nursing application cycle.

Startup program costs are approximately $7,000. The student is responsible for providing uniforms, laboratory fees, malpractice insurance, necessary equipment, and transportation to off-campus laboratory locations. Nursing program students should expect fees of approximately $575.00 to take the R.N. licensure exam. All costs/fees are subject to change.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • A.S. in LVN to RN Career Mobility
  • A.S. in Pre-Health Occupations
  • A.S. in Registered Nursing
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 30-unit option Certificate
  • Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate
  • Home Health Aide Certificate