The Application Period for the Registered Nursing Program is January 15 through March 1 for the following Fall and Spring semesters. See the Annual Academic Application Cycle.

Multi-criteria Selections Admission for Registered Nursing Program

The Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program utilizes a combination of Multi-criteria Screening Selection Process and random selection (lottery) for admissions. Learn more about the one of the pre-nursing orientation meetings.

Important Announcements

Pre-Nursing Orientation Schedule

All persons wanting to apply or reapply to the Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program must attend one of the mandatory Pre-Nursing Orientation Sessions.

  • Friday, October 12, 2018, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Friday, November 9, 2018, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Friday, December 7, 2018, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Friday, February 8, 2019, 10 am to 12 pm.

All Mandatory Pre-Nursing Orientation sessions are held in Rooms NC2100, NC2102, NC2106, second floor, Wing 1, Newark Center campus at 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560.

A one-day Daily Parking Permit must be purchased. On the Newark campus, parking permit vending machines in Parking Lots B, C and D accept cash (coins and $1 bills) and credit or ATM cards.

Registered Nursing Program Overview

ACEN Logo.Ohlone College offers a Registered Nurse Associate in Science degree. 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). The Ohlone College Registered Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

California Board of Registered Nursing logo.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 Contra Costa 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 semester 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. Class selection is determined using a multi-criteria screening process in accordance with California Education Code 78261 and the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Points are awarded in the areas of: academic performance; work or volunteer experience; foreign language skills; life experiences; special circumstances; and a diagnostic assessment test. Program admission is offered to the highest scoring eligible applicants to fill available seats. There is no wait list for the RN program. Applicants not admitted to the program must reapply in a future application cycle.

Note: Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may constitute grounds for denial of licensure. Meet with the Director of Nursing to discuss any concerns before applying to the program.

Registered Nurse

Human Simulation Lab monitoring stations with Sims Lab in background.

Academic Dishonesty

The Registered Nursing Program strongly believes in academic honesty and will exercise the department's rights when students are found cheating. Read Ohlone College's Academic Honesty Procedure.

Student Conduct Policy

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