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Welcome to the El Camino College


El Camino College (ECC) offers a Registered Nurse Associate in Science degree approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Students who successfully complete the Nursing Program are eligible for the Associate in Science (AS) degree and qualify to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) which leads to licensure as a registered nurse (RN). The ADN program provides a high-quality nursing education to qualified and diverse students for the advancement of entry-level nurses who are prepared to meet the evolving healthcare needs of the community. Our courses give you a strong foundation in nursing theory and concepts and practical experience to promote, maintain, and restore health in individuals with simple to complex health problems.  The faculty strives to create a student-centered atmosphere of collaboration, lifelong learning, and mentorship to support academic excellence and compassionate nursing care. The nursing department is in the Math, Business and Allied Health (MBA) Building room 417. The MBA Building is located directly behind the Police department on the corner of Crenshaw and Redondo Beach.

The ECC nursing program utilizes the Multi-Criteria Screening Process criteria approved in AB 1559 (Berryhill) (Chapter 712, Statutes of 2007 Public Postsecondary Education: Degree Nursing Programs, Section 78261.5) for applications to the Generic ADN program.  The multi-criteria score is determined for each candidate based on previous degrees/certificates, work or volunteer experience in the healthcare setting, GPA in identified coursework, life experience or special circumstances, foreign language proficiency and diagnostic assessment. Program admission will be offered to the highest scoring eligible applicants to fill available seats.

To be eligible for admission to the El Camino College Associate Degree Nursing Program, applicants must complete program pre-requisites and basic science courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and complete an application during the application period. This process is student driven, which means applicants are responsible for supplying all transcripts and supplemental documentation required, as well as keeping the Nursing Department informed of any changes in applicant name, address, and/or phone number. All complete applications are reviewed and ranked according to Criteria 1-5 of the Multicriteria Screening Guidelines.

The Readiness Assessment Test used by the ECC nursing program is the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) a diagnostic test that show a reliable picture of student preparedness for the nursing school and provides valuable insights into the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student. During the ATI TEAS exam, students answer multiple-choice questions, measuring preparedness in reading, math, science and English and Language usage. The questions are designed to test the basic academic skills students will need to perform in class.

TEAS will be offered by ECC on an invitation-only basis to qualified applicants. Please visit to obtain review materials, you should allow 6-8 weeks prep time to prepare for the TEAS exam. The most robust TEAS prep is the ATI TEAS SmartPrep, an online tutorial and question bank that allows students to study smarter, not harder. The package comes with the SmartPrep tutorial, two online practice exam and the official TEAS study guide.  The study manual contains the key concepts needed to be successful on the TEAS exam. The diagnostic exam helps to determine what you need to know and what you do not know. Based on the results from the diagnostic exam, a study plan is created based on each student’s individual needs; which allows the student to focus on their weaknesses instead of reviewing content they have already mastered. 

NOTE: The minimum passing score on the TEAS exam is 62%. Students who fail the TEAS exam will be required to complete remediation.  Students will only have one additional opportunity to take and successfully pass the TEAS exam.  Students who take the TEAS at ECC are required to complete the required remediation and retake the TEAS exam at ECC.


TEAS exam is a 209-minute timed assessment consisting of 170 multiple-choice questions with 20 unscored pre-test questions. The exam is normed at the National and program level. 

  • Reading (53 questions)
  • English and Language usage (28 questions)
  • Math (36 questions)
  • Science (53 questions)

El Camino College offers ATI TEAS exam on an invitation-only basis to qualified applicants. Administration of the TEAS exam occurs approximately 3-4 weeks after the application period closes each semester.  Dates and times for the TEAS exam will be disseminated to qualified candidates ONLY. Candidates who have taken the ATI TEAS exam at another location will be requested by the Nursing Department. Upon request, you must go to the  online store and request that your official ATI result to be sent directly to the Nursing Department by the specified testing date in order to be considered. 

NOTE: Students must pass the TEAS test with a cut score of 62% or higher on their first attempt. Students who score less than 62% on the TEAS exam will be required to complete individualized prepared remediation plan before being eligible to retake the TEAS exam.  Students will only have one additional opportunity to take and successfully pass the exam.  Students who take the TEAS at ECC are required to complete the required remediation and retake the TEAS exam at ECC.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND TEAS RESULTS UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN REQUESTED TO SUBMIT YOUR TEST RESULTS.  Results submitted prior to the application period will be discarded at the applicant’s expense.

Effective spring 2018 all potential applicants interesting in applying for admission to the generic nursing program are required to have completed NURS 143 (formerly NURS 145) - Introduction and Preparation for Nursing (generic student only) and NURS 144 (formally NURS 48) - Dosage Calculations prior to applying. Applicants applying for admission consideration into the Upward Mobility (LVN-RN) component of the nursing program are not required to take NURS 143 (formerly NURS 145) - Introduction and Preparation for Nursing.

Effective Fall 2018 the nursing department completed a major curriculum change; which included adding two new prerequisite courses to the generic component of the nursing program.  MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 1 or equivalent and PSYCHOLOGY 16 or equivalent. Upward Mobility (LVN-RN) track of the Associate Degree Nursing program are only required to take MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 1. Effective fall 2019 both Medical Terminology and Psychology 16 must be completed prior to applying for admission consideration into the nursing program.

Students who have taken an “infant, child and adolescent development psychology course” it must be coupled with a psychology course that addresses “adulthood and aging psychology” in order to meet the life span development requirement for the nursing program.

Listed below are courses that may be used to substitute for Psychology 16 - Life Span Development.

  1. Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Topics include a variety of issues associated with developmental psychology, such as intelligence and personality, as well as social, emotional and cognitive development. Students often examine these issues in age groups ranging from infancy to advanced adulthood.

  1. Infant, Child and Adolescent Development

These age groups can be addressed together as one course or in several courses that treat each group separately. Instruction in infant development examines topics such as learning, perception and personality. Issues of childhood development often include biological, social and familial influences on language, learning and emotional expression. Adolescent development topics can include social cognition, peer group relationships and the transition from childhood to adulthood.

  1. Issues of Adulthood and Aging

Students examine the changing roles adults experience in their family, workplace and social groups as they reach middle age and as they proceed on to an advanced age. A course in gerontology can be offered separately to address issues specific to the elderly, such as changes in health and levels of self-sufficiency. These intermediate-level courses focus on the psychological effects these changes have during these later periods in life.

  1. Theories of Lifespan Development

Instruction in current developmental psychology theories often includes an examination of how such theories have changed over time. This course is usually offered near the end of a student's studies. Students often discuss issues such as gender, cultural influences, nature vs. nurture and sexuality, as well as the effects of major life events on a person's psychological development and how these issues factor into lifespan development research.

Since many lifespan development programs focus on research career tracks, students often take a psychology course called “Research, Statistics and Analysis.”  This course focus is in research methodology; which include instruction in statistical analysis and experiment design. Research instruction also often addresses experiment parameters, such as determining the number of experiment participants, as well as factors that affect the final analysis of the experiment's outcome, such as variance and validity. This course does not meet the requirement to substitute for Lifespan Development focus or rigor and does not meet the nursing program requirement.

Prospective nursing students must complete the following steps in order to obtain an application for admission:

  1. Apply for admission to the college
    1. New students to the college.
    2. Student’s absence two consecutive primary terms (fall or spring semesters; excluding summer and winter terms) must complete an online application for admission.
    3. Must have an El Camino College Student ID number


  1. Must submit official high school transcripts or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or graduated with an associate (AA or AS) or higher degree to the El Camino College nursing counselor when applying for admission consideration to the nursing program.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all accredited colleges and trade schools attended must be on file in the Admission and Records Office.
  1. Attend an INFORMATION SESSION within one year of applying for admission consideration. Information sessions are held in the fall or spring semesters. Information related to admission requirements and/or program updates will be provided at these sessions.
  1. Provide proof of a valid social security or tax identification number. Candidates must bring the official social security or tax ID card for the nursing counselor to verify during the counseling appointment.
  1. Complete NURS 144 (formerly N48) Dosage Calculations and NURS143 (formerly N145) Introduction to Nursing with a “C” or better.
  1. Complete Medical Terminology 1 or equivalent and Psychology 16or equivalent with a “C” or better.
  1. All students applying for admission to the nursing program are required to take the Readiness Assessment Test, which is the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam.

Application Filing Period:

The nursing program accepts applications twice a year beginning the third week of the fall and spring semester during a three-week period. Applicants interested in applying for admission consideration, must obtain a “Verification of Eligibility” package from the nursing counselor. The “Verification of Eligibility” package and completed Applications for admission consideration must be submitted to the nursing department during the specified application-filing period. “Verification of Eligibility” and Admission Applications are not accepted on weekends or holidays. No late or misdirected forms are accepted. The committee will only review completed applications.

  • The fall 2019 application filing period for spring 2020 admission has closed.
  • The spring 2020 application period is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 and ends Friday, March 20, 2020 at 12 Noon.
  • Students interested in applying for admission consideration to the Associate Degree Nursing program must schedule an appointment with the nursing counselor to obtain a verification form, verifying eligibility to apply for admission consideration.


The nursing program offers a variety of education tracks and career options within the nursing career field. The Associate Degree Nursing, LVN-RN (Upward Mobility) and Thirty- Unit (30 -Unit) option track. The ADN program consists of 4-semesters after completion of program prerequisites. Whereas the LVN-RN and thirty-unit option track is 3-semesters. Acceptance of qualified applicants to the program does not guarantee graduation from the program/college. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to sit for the State of California National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) examination. Graduates must successfully pass the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) in order to practice nursing in the state of California.


The expenses for the first semester nursing student average $3500 or more. Students in need of financial assistance should immediately contact the college Financial Aid Office (310) 900 – 1600 ext. 2935 or go to Room E 17. Scholarship information from various agencies, companies, etc., will be available for nursing students once admitted to the program. The entire program expense is approximately $8000. At the completion of the program, the cost for the Board of Registered Nursing application, licensure exam, Interim Permit, and Live Scan is approximately $500 or more.

Students admitted to the nursing program are required to complete all health screening requirements at least 4 weeks before the start of the program; however, no earlier than three months prior to the start of the semester, thereafter this is an ANNUAL requirement. Student must provide evidence of immunity by submitting titers results for the following immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella titer is an ANNUAL requirement.  2-step or Annual Tuberculous Skin Test (TST), QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFT) or Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) blood test is required ANNUALLY. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough) Tdap (Tdap is given only once during your lifetime, a booster shot of the Td vaccine every 10 years is required thereafter). Students must provide evidence of receiving the three series Hepatitis B vaccine and verification of a positive titer is required to identify immunity to Hepatitis B. Influenza (flu) vaccines is an ANNUAL requirement during the flu season. Individuals who decline the influenza vaccine are required to sign a declination form. You will also be required to wear protective mask while working with patients in the hospitals.

Students admitted into the nursing program is required to complete a "Background Check and Drug screen" upon entrance into the program and each semester thereafter. The Joint Commission requires any health care facility that requires health care providers, students and volunteers involved in patient care to complete a criminal background check prior to conducting patient care. Students are required to sign a consent form each semester to release information related to the drug screen and background check.  Students arrested while enrolled in the nursing program are considered to have an open criminal court case, individuals known as child, spouse or elder abuser, or known drug dealers will not be allowed to enroll in the nursing program.

Students convicted of a misdemeanor or felony are required to disclose this information to the Director of Nursing or the Director’s designee prior to acceptance to the nursing program as well as on the application to take the RN licensure exam. A conviction may affect eligibility for admission as well as the ability to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Students who have concerns about these circumstances should contact the Board of Registered Nursing (916-322-3350) or before starting the nursing program.


The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The BRN may deny applications for permanent licensure, interim permits and temporary licenses 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. Applicants who have questions regarding limitations related to licensure should contact the California Board of Registered Nursing (916) 322-3350 or access its website at It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation. Applicants are advised to explore other career opportunities prior to investing substantial time in a nursing program if it appears that a prior serious act or conviction may jeopardize licensure.

The California Board of Registered Nursing is located at 1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95834.  Phone - 916.322.3350 


NSNA/CNSA is your professional membership organization that connects you with opportunities to develop leadership roles, network with future and current nurse leaders at the state and national conventions, and help with student mentoring, scholarship fundraising, and community outreach.  Current and potential nursing students are encouraged to apply to become a member of this great organization. It is a nice resume builder and places you one-step ahead of a successful career as a nurse! Your membership connects you with students and professionals who share your vision and who are shaping the future of nursing. The membership will also give you access to professional role models, as well as a wealth of benefits and opportunities to network and plan your career.

NCLEX Pass Rates

The nursing program is located in the Math, Business and Allied Health (MBA) Building in room 417. The MBA can be found directly behind the Police department on the corner of Crenshaw and Redondo Beach

Contact Information:

Wanda Morris
Director of Nursing
(310) 660-3281

Nursing Department Staff:

Portia Rushin Sorunke
Administrative Assistant
Wendy Baldonado
Clerical Assistant
For additional information about the nursing program, please email Mrs. Wendy Baldonado at