Registered Nurse (RN)

Admission to the RN program is based on a lottery system and is extremely competitive. However, six spaces are held for students who are already LVNs. These students can then enroll in the LVN to RN bridge program. This increases the likelihood of getting into the RN program and reduces the time to complete your coursework from 24 months to 18 months. You will still need to complete all prerequisites*

Description: Mendocino College offers a 2-year Registered Nursing ADN Degree Program. Students who successfully complete the RN program are awarded the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the California State Board of Registered Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN). The Mendocino College RN program was accredited in 2003 by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.

Contact: Ginger Bushway: 707.468.3099;

Time: 24 months. Additional educational requirements must be met before applying to the nursing program, including General Education requirements and Nursing pre-requisites.

Salary Potential: $35-$89 per hour

Cost: $5,000; financial aid may be available.

Pre-Requisites: Anatomy; Physiology; Microbiology; Nutrition; Sociology or Anthropology; English; Speech; Psychology.

*Registered Nurse Pre-Requisites

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sociology or Anthropology
  • English
  • Speech
  • Psychology

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