Begin Your Career as a Registered Nurse

The Registered Nursing Associate in Science degree program at PCC prepares you to begin a career as a Registered Nurse. Our courses give you a strong foundation in nursing theory and concepts and practical experience to promote, maintain, and restore health in individuals with common and complex health problems.

  • Program Length:

    Four semesters

  • Program Completion:

    Associate in Science Degree in Nursing with a Certificate of Achievement in Registered Nursing and eligible for the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN)

  • PCC Registered Nursing Program Accreditation and Approval Information

    The Registered Nursing Program at Pasadena City College is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing

    California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
    1747 N Market Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA 95834
    (916) 322-3350

    Effective March 18, 2024, the Pasadena City College Registered Nursing Program at Pasadena City College located in Pasadena, California is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy expires on March 18, 2026.

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000

A Registered Nursing student gets practical training during class. What is a Registered Nurse (RN)?

Registered Nursing is among the top 10 occupations with the largest job growth (Bureau of Labor Statistics). RNs are responsible for providing and coordinating patient care. In doing so, they are typically responsible for assessing patient health problems and needs, developing and implementing a nursing care plan, and maintaining medical records. They are also trained to give patients advice on health maintenance and disease prevention. As an RN, you will be able to seek employment in hospitals, clinics, private physicians' offices, and skilled nursing in extended and long-term care facilities. A career field of Registered Nursing is:

  • a profession which offers challenges and satisfaction for anyone who likes to work with people
  • a dynamic profession, always progressing with newer concepts, techniques and solutions
  • a creative profession; as nursing is an art, innovative in its interventions for the comfort and welfare of its patients.