Registered Nursing Program

The Application Period for the Registered Nursing Program is January 15 through March 1, 2015 for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 admissions. See the Annual Academic Application Cycle. No additional Mandatory Pre-Nursing Orientations will be held.

Important Announcements

Pre-Nursing Orientation Schedule

The schedule for the Mandatory Pre-Nursing Orientation for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 application will be posted in August 2015. Please check back then for dates and times.

All persons wanting to apply or reapply to the Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program must attend one of the mandatory Registered Nursing orientation sessions.

Nursing Refresher Program

Ohlone College is partnering with JVS to offer a Nursing Refresher program in the Summer of 2015. The program is for nurses with California Registered Nursing (RN) licenses who want to re-enter the field of nursing. The program will include theory, skills lab, clinicals and job search support. To express your interest and determine if you might be eligible, please email JVS Program Coordinator Annie Nogg at Additionally, please fill out a program interest form accessible at Program applications (not available yet) will be due in early March 2015.

Registered Nursing Program Overview

ACEN logo.Ohlone College offers a Registered Nurse Associate in Science degree accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) [formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)] and the California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN).

California Board of Registered Nursing logo.Students who successfully complete the Registered 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).

With help from corporate, public and private sponsors the Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program has been able to actively address the regional nursing shortage, increasing the number of graduates by 36%. Through the support of the community, Ohlone College has been instrumental in mitigating the critical nursing shortage in the region.

The California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) in August 2005 commended the Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program for “Innovation and Leadership”.

The Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program features:

  • 60% of students from multi-cultural ethnicities
  • “Human Simulator” practical instruction
  • A clinical learning site

The Registered Nursing Program can be completed in two academic years. The graduates of an Associate's Degree program in nursing are prepared to practice as staff nurses providing direct patient care in hospitals and long-term care facilities, clinics, and other agencies where nursing roles and services are structured and well developed.

All classes are held on the Newark Center campus. Clinical, hospital, and community experiences are provided at a number of sites in Alameda, Santa Clara, and other local counties.

During the first year, nursing students take basic nursing and support courses to the major. The development of critical thinking, professional oral and written communications, and ethical practice form the foundation for success in future nursing courses.

Beginning in the latter part of the first year and continuing through the second year, nursing courses are more specifically concerned with the care of patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly with various conditions affecting their health. With expert faculty guidance, nursing students learn to function in the clinical setting as they care for clients with a wide variety of health-illness problems. Clinical practice for students in general hospitals is an essential part of a nursing program.

The Registered Nursing Program is limited in the number of students it can admit each year. We have developed a random selection process which assists us to select qualified applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.

Students seeking admission with advanced standing to the second, third, or fourth semester should see Advanced Standing (LVNs, Psychiatric Technicians, Transfer Students and Others) for more information.

Group of Ohlone Nursing students pose for photo.


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