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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.

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 1Effective 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.


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.


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.

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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


For additional information about the nursing program, please email Mrs. Wendy Baldonado at