Academic Program

Nursing is a career in which trained healthcare professionals provide compassionate care to individuals of all ages. Nurses treat patients by establishing a care plan that fits each individual patient's needs. Nurses also educate their patients and the public about how to manage their health by discussing with their patient proper nutrition and exercise and about their prescribed medications. They also provide emotional support and advice to the patient and their family. Additionally, nurses promote the general health and well-being of the public by educating their communities on how to prevent the spread of disease and run immunization clinics and blood drives.

Mt. San Jacinto College's Associate Degree in Nursing Program (ADN) prepares students for a successful career as a Registered Nurse (RN). Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to sit for the national licensing examination, known as the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX- RN. The ADN program requires four semesters of study after the completion of prerequisite courses and admission requirements. The program is 78 units and requires that students participate in clinical practice at multiple health care facilities. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the ADN program are listed in the current MSJC catalog.
Admission to the program is based on a Multi-Criteria Selection after successful completion of program prerequisites. Please click on the Application Process and/or Selection Process tabs to the left for more information on admission.
The Mt. San Jacinto College ADN program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Inquiries regarding accreditation may be made by contacting the BRN at 400 R Street, Suite 4030, Sacramento, CA 94244, (916) 322-3350. Please click on the video below to enjoy an animation about the importance of the BRN to the ADN program and our program graduates.

Clinical Practice Requirement

Every student will be assigned a clinical facility each semester in order to meet the clinical objectives required for their nursing courses. All facilities require a background check and drug screening as a condition of placement. Refusal to complete a background check, other required screens, and/or failure to meet all other clearance standards established by the health care facility could result in disenrollment from the program or make the student ineligible to participate.
Students who may not be able to pass a background check are referred to talk with the BRN for more information about licensing requirements. Students can also CLICK HERE to find more information about possible penal codes that may exclude a student from being licensed in the state of California and other frequently asked questions. For more information on Clinical Background checks, please CLICK HERE. 
Most health care facilities also require strict standards of conduct that all students are expected and required to follow at all times. Facilities may refuse educational access to any student who does not adhere to the facility's standards of health and safety and could result in disenrollment from the program.

​Program Learning Objectives

Upon completion the ADN program graduate will be able to:
  • Incorporate ethical, legal and safety standards and professionalism (Nurse Practice Act).
  • Develop leadership skills and promote research/evidence based practice
  • Design Problem Solving Plans (PSP) using the nursing process to direct and manage care of clients.
  • Develop and utilize effective verbal and written communication methods that can be used with clients, family and health care professionals to promote optimum wellness and patient advocacy.
  • Incorporate principles of environmental, informatics, client and personal safety when using the nursing process to provide care for clients.
  • Integrate knowledge of drug classifications used to promote, maintain, and restore optimum wellness.
  • Synthesize growth and development concepts for the care of clients of various ages.
  • Compare and contrasts the various, physical, social, cultural, and spiritual environments using the nursing process to promote, maintain and restore optimum wellness
  • Analysis of physiological needs for clients to promote, maintain and restore optimum wellness
  • Pass the national exam for licensure in the state of California and continue lifelong learning.