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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Following completion of the admission requirement courses, the LVN to RN Transition Student applies for entrance into the Associate Degree Nursing program. Candidates accepted for program admission are required to complete Role Transition courses during the Spring semester, and upon successful completion will enter third semester in the Fall. In addition to the nursing core, students complete additional courses in order to earn the Associate of Science Degree and to satisfy the courses that are required by the California State Board of Registered Nursing as content required for RN licensure. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) and to take the state licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) that is required for nursing practice in the State of California.

Essential Functions

All applicants are required to meet the Essential Functions for Success in the Nursing Program. See the Essential Functions Policy which also found in the Associate Degree Program Student Policy and Procedure Handbook​.
Program Prerequisites

Prerequisites in this program will be enforced. All program prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. In addition, the combined grade-point average for prerequisites must be 2.5 or higher.

1. High School diploma, G.E.D., or California Proficiency Exam (Copy of Associate or Bachelor degree              accepted)​

2. The student must hold an active unencumbered California LVN license (please submit/attach a copy of your license from the Breeze website with evaluation request form). 

Course Course Name Units
​ANAT 101 ​Anatomy & Physiology I * 4
​ANAT 102 ​Anatomy & Physiology II *  ​4
​BIOL 125 ​Microbiology   ​5
MATH 140

Introduction to Statistics or any College Level Math listed 100 or above


​ENG 101 ​Freshman Composition  ​4
​PSYC 101 ​Intro to Psychology ​3



​Curriculum Plan

​ ​*Required courses after being accepted into Program.

Course Course Name Units
​Nursing 232 ​Role Transition ​3

Nursing 572 

Basic Medical Surgical Nursing Skills Lab





Course Course Name Units
Nursing 234​ ​Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing III ​5
Nursing 236​ ​Mental Health Nursing ​3
​Nursing 238 ​Gerontology/Community Nursing ​2
​Nursing 573 ​Intermediate Nursing Skills Lab ​0.5



Course Course Name Units
Nursing 244​ ​Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing IV ​4
​Nursing 248 ​Preceptor (9 weeks) ​2.5
​Nursing 574 ​Advanced Nursing Skills Lab ​0.5


A minimum cumulative college level GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, with a grade of "C" or better in degree courses is required for graduation.


Course Course Name Units
Political Science 101​ ​Introduction to American Government & Politics ​3

Communication 100 or
Communication 103​ 

Public Speaking or
Interpersonal Communication​
One 3-unit course from the following courses can be used to satisfy both areas from Humanities (Area C)  or Diversity (Area F).

Students completing the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program will have met the General Education requirement for Area E: Physical Education & Healthful Living.

Students may also review AA/AS Degree General Education Requirements in the course catalog. 

Note: To comply with SB 1393, students with a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution will have the following General Education requirements waived: PS 101, Humanities (Area C) and Diversity (Area F).

Approximate Expenses (Please note these are subject to change)

When planning expenses, students should be aware they may have to limit their hours of employment, due to extensive RN Program requirements. Scholarships and grants are available to those students who qualify through the MSJC Financial Aid Office.
  1. Students pay for tuition, ASB card, student health fee, parking permit, as stated in the current college catalog.
  2. Nursing uniforms (and a uniform for Mental Health) designated by the Nursing Department, $300
  3. Nursing textbooks and supplies - $2,000 for the entire program
  4. CPR courses - $60-$65
  5. Physical examinations/laboratory tests - $300-$500
  6. Medical Document / Background Package - CastleBranch 
        (includes background check, drug screen & medical document manager) - $121.75
  7. CastleBranch random drug screen - $32
  8. Licensing Board applications - Approximately $300-$400
  9. Kaplan Testing - $600-$750
  10. Student Supply Kits - $200
  11. Professional Student Nursing Insurance coverage is required and is purchased through Nurse Services Organization (NSO). Additional liability insurance covering students is provided by the college at no cost to the student. - $35/year
  12. Personal Health Insurance coverage - vendor costs may vary
  13. Fingerprinting (Mental Health) - $60-70​
California Board of Registered Nursing Legal Limitation of Licensure

Misdemeanors/Felony Notification
Graduates of the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN for licensure.  One requirement to qualify for the licensing examination is the submission of additional fingerprints which are then evaluated by the California Department of Justice and the FBI. Applicants must report any prior conviction of any offense other than minor traffic violations. Failure to report such convictions can be grounds for denial of licensure. The Board of Registered Nursing investigates any convictions. Questions pertaining to the legal limitations of licensure should be addressed by the student to the Board of Registered Nursing prior to beginning the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program:  Board of Registered Nursing, P.O. Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100, (916) 322-3350. E-mail address:
Citizenship and Immigration Status Verification Required for RN Licensure
The Federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act requires government agencies to eliminate “public benefit” to individuals who cannot provide proof of their legal status in the United States. “Public benefit” has been interpreted to include a license issued by a state.  This means that all applicants for licensure as registered nurses are required to submit verification of citizenship or legal residence status in the United States.
Disclosure of Social Security Number
Disclosure of one’s social security number is mandatory for licensure by the BRN in accordance with Section 30 of the Business and Professions Code and Public Law 94-455 (USCA 405 (c) (2) (c).
The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District Board of Trustees has adopted policies and procedures and endorsed practices which provide for the District, its employees and students to be in compliance with all the applicable laws relating to discrimination on the basis of gender, age, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
Students will be unable to attend Clinical Facilities for the following convictions:
  • Murder
  • Felony assault
  • Sexual offenses/sexual assault
  • Felony possession and furnishing (without certificate of rehabilitation)
  • Felony drug and alcohol offenses (without certificate of rehabilitation)
  • Other felonies involving weapons and/or violent crimes
  • Class B and Class A misdemeanor theft
  • Felony theft
  • Fraud