Associate in Sciences: Registered Nursing


Programme Description

The Citrus College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Programme, leading to an Associate in Science Degree with a major in Nursing, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The purpose of the nursing program is to educate students for entry-level registered nursing positions in a variety of multicultural health care settings within the community.

The Programme consists of coursework in nursing, science, general education and clinical practice at local hospitals and health agencies. The graduate of this two-year program is eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX), and upon successful completion, become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of California. There are fees for obtaining licensure by examination or endorsement, interim permit, and biennial renewal. California law allows for the denial of registered nursing licensure on the basis of any prior convictions substantially related to nursing practice.

The Citrus College ADN Programme Philosophy is based on the premise that students bring unique learning abilities, life experiences, goals, responsibilities and support systems to the educational experience. The philosophy of the Citrus College ADN Programme supports and implements the Mission Statement of Citrus College. The program and faculty believe that a sound nursing education program is built on concepts relating to the individual, health and illness, the environment, and nursing, which includes nursing education and teaching and learning.

In-depth information about the program prerequisites, which are those requirements that must be completed prior to applying to the ADN Programme, can be obtained by visiting the website, through Counseling, or by attending Nursing Information Workshops (posted on the website). To access the ADN Website, visit, use the A to Z index and select Registered Nursing.


The BRN protects the consumer by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The BRN may deny applications for interim permits, temporary licenses, and permanent licensure, if the applicant has been found guilty of dishonesty, fraud or deceit, felony child abuse, sex offender crimes, acts involving narcotics, dangerous drugs or devices, assault and/or battery, and other crimes.


A separate application must be made to the nursing program. All ADN applicants selected will be required to also apply to Citrus College. Several admission and progression options are available including the Generic Option, the Advanced Placement Option, and the 30-Unit Option. Specific information is available in the application packet, on the website, and at scheduled information workshops held by nursing counselors. Visit the website for application dates.

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Registered Nursing A.S. Degree will:

1. Demonstrate caring behavior toward the client, significant other/s, peers and other members of the healthcare team, providing an environment that respects individual human rights, values and cultural and spiritual beliefs.
2. Apply critical thinking to formulate nursing diagnoses through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior and through interpretation of information obtained from the client and others, including the healthcare team.
3. Formulate a care plan, from a holistic perspective, in collaboration with the client, which ensures that direct and indirect nursing care services provide for the client’s safety, comfort, hygiene, and protection, and for disease prevention and restorative measures, taking into account the health-illness continuum.
4. Demonstrate safe, ethical care delivery across the lifespan that meets professional standards while performing skills essential to the kind of nursing action to be taken, taking into account client individuality, explaining the health treatment to the client and family and teaching the client and family how to care for the client’s health needs.
5. Use sound clinical judgment to delegate tasks to subordinates based on both the legal scope of practice of the subordinates and on the preparation and capability needed in the tasks to be delegated, and then to effectively supervise nursing care being given by subordinates.
6. Evaluate the effectiveness of the care plan through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior, signs, and symptoms of illness, and reactions to treatment and through communication with the client and health team members, and then to modify the plan as needed.
7. Act as the client’s advocate, as circumstances require by initiating action to promote, improve, maintain and restore health or to change decisions or activities which are against the interests or wishes of the client, and by giving the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided.

Last updated Dec 2017

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About the School

Celebrating over 90 years of service, Citrus College is located in Glendora in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, approximately twenty-five miles northeast of metropolitan Los Angeles.

Celebrating over 90 years of service, Citrus College is located in Glendora in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, approximately twenty-five miles northeast of metropolitan Los Angeles. Read Less