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Welcome to the El Camino College


El Camino College offers a California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The ADN program is offered on two campuses. The El Camino College (hereafter ECC) campus is the main campus and the Compton College campus is the secondary campus.  Although the nursing program is offered on two different campuses, the programs operate as one nursing program. Students are provided with skills needed to enter the nursing profession in a variety of health care settings as an entry-level registered nurse. Degree competence is assessed regularly by evaluations of expected learning outcomes in the clinical setting as well as during course examinations; Emphasis is placed on the use of critical thinking and creative problem-solving within the program. The ECC ADN program consists of 4-semesters; successful completion of the program allows the graduate to sit for the State of California National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) examination.

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.  Details of the admission criteria can be found by clicking on the link to the left labeled Entrance Requirements - ADN degree or under the link label Future Student.  Dates for the semester Information Session can also be found under the Future Student link.

Effective spring 2018 all potential applicants interesting in applying for admission to the generic nursing program is required to have NURS 48 - Dosage Calculations and/or NURS 145 - Introduction and Preparation for Nursing (generic student only) completed prior to applying. Applicants who meet the requirement to apply for admission consideration into the Upward Mobility (LVN-RN) component of the nursing program are not required to take 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 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 1 or equivalent and PSYCHOLOGY 16 or equivalent. Medical Terminology and Psychology 16 can be in progress when applying for admission consideration to the Nursing program for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 application period ONLY. Individual who meet the requirement to apply for admission consideration into the 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 at time of application.

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 course

Introduction to Developmental Psychology Course

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.

Infant, Child and Adolescent Development Course

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.

Issues of Adulthood and Aging Course

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.

Theories of Lifespan Development Course

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. Complete the requirements for admission to the college.
  2. Graduate from high school or earn a passing score on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or have earned an associate (AA) or higher degree.
  3. Apply for admission to the college (log onto
  4. Attend an INFORMATION SESSION: These sessions are for students who are close to or ready to apply.  Attendance of a nursing information session within 1 year of application is a requirement to apply to the El Camino College Associate Degree Nursing program.
  5. Meet with a Nursing Counselor and obtain the ”Verification of Eligibility” package
  6. Completed N48 Dosage Calculations and N145 Introduction and Preparation for Nursing (generic student only) at ECC.
  7. Provide proof of a valid social security or tax identification number to the nursing counselor prior to receiving a verification of eligibility documentation for admission consideration into the nursing program.
  8. To obtain an application, you will need to submit the ”Verification of Eligibility” package to the Nursing Department

Application Filing Period: Applications are accepted twice a year beginning the third week of the fall and spring semester. Each application period will last for three weeks. Applications are obtained from the nursing department; once an individual has been deemed eligible for admission consideration and has received a “Verification of Eligibility” package from the nursing counselor.  Applications will not be accepted on weekends or holidays. No late or misdirected forms will be accepted. Only complete applications will be reviewed. 

Applications for fall 2019 will begin on Monday, February 25, 2019 thru Friday March 15, 2019. Although Friday, March 15, 2019 is the official last day for application, the last day that the nursing department will accept ”Verification of Eligibility” packages will be 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019. This will allow for the department to process students timely.  No exceptions!

Applications are obtained from the nursing department, once the potential applicant met with a Nursing Counselor to receive a “Verification of Eligibility” package and been deemed eligible for admission consideration.  Applications will not be accepted on weekends or holidays. No late or misdirected forms will be accepted. Only complete applications will be reviewed.


The ADN program is a two academic years in length after completion of program prerequisites. Acceptance of qualified applicants to the program does not guarantee graduation from the program/college. Upon successful completion of the nursing program, the graduate receive their Associate Degree in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  The NCLEX-RN, developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, is administered by computer nationally, throughout the year. 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 they have been 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 requirement is done on an ANNUAL basis. The following immunizations must be supported by titers: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, TB skin test, or proof of negative TB (annually), and Tdap (within last 10 years). 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 declined the influenza vaccine are required to sign a declination form. You will also be required to need to wear protective mask while working with patients in the hospitals.

Students admitted into the Associate Degree Nursing program are 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 checks prior to conducting patient care. All information obtained from the background check and drug screen will be held in strictest confidence. Students are required to complete background check and drug screens each semester or according to the clinical facilities requirement. Students who are known to be a current child, spouse or elder abuser, or known to be dealing drugs, will not be allowed to enroll in the program.

Students who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony are required to disclose this information to the Director of Nursing or the Director’s designee upon acceptance to the nursing program as well as on their application to take the RN licensure exam. A conviction may affect your eligibility for admission and 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 most importantly, it 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. Membership It 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