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Interested in starting your RN education in Ontario or Visalia? SJVC’s Registered Nursing program can help you prepare for your career in as few as 20 months. 

At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing (ADN) in as few as 20 months

  • Conveniently available at two locations

  • Prepare to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)*

  • Registered Nursing – LVN to RN Bridge program also available

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Courses taken by our Registered Nursing Associate of Science degree students include:

Fundamentals of Nursing Theory

This course provides an introduction to nursing and roles of the nurse as well as profession related and patient care concepts. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care. An introduction to the nursing process provides a decision-making framework to assist students in developing effective clinical judgment skills.

Health Assessment 

This course provides the framework for preparing students to perform comprehensive health assessments on patients across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on taking a thorough nursing history, performing physiological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and spiritual assessments, as well as identification of stressors and health risks. Concurrent clinical experiences provide an opportunity to practice assessment skills on patients across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

Pediatrics Theory

This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of children, and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on normal growth and development, family dynamics, pediatric disorders, and the promotion of healthy behaviors in patients.

Please note, these courses are only available in the Registered Nursing degree program, not the Registered Nursing LVN to RN program or the Registered Nursing Certificate program.

Career Opportunities

Registered Nurses work in hospitals, private practices, clinics and home care agencies.

Job duties may include:

  • Performing physical exams and health histories
  • Providing and coordinating patient care
  • Providing health promotion, counseling and education
  • Directing and supervising care delivered by other healthcare personnel

Registered Nurses are in demand: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of RNs will grow at a rate of 12% from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average growth rate of 5% for all occupations¹. 

Another pro to this career: Registered nurses earn a decent wage. The mean annual wage in May 2018 nationally was $75,510². RNs in California reportedly earned even more, with a $106,950 annual mean wage2.  For detailed regional information please visit

¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at (visited December 13, 2019).  Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.


Program Availability

Registered Nursing

Looking for an RN nursing school? SJVC’s Registered Nursing degree program is available at the Visalia and Ontario campuses.  This program version can be completed in as few as 20 months.

SJVC also offers a Registered Nursing certificate option that can be completed in as few as 14 months.

In accordance with the Board of Registered Nursing Policy (Section 1435.5), California Licensed Vocational Nurses may apply for the non-degree program. This program is commonly referred to as the “30-Unit option” and prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN Examination, but does not award an A.S. Degree. Completion of this option may not meet the criteria to practice in other states. Applicants will be considered on a space available basis only and if program resources allow.


Registered Nursing – LVN to RN Bridge

SJVC’s Registered Nursing – LVN to RN Bridge program is available at the Visalia campus and can be completed in as few as 11 months.

SJVC’s Registered Nursing  – LVN to RN Bridge program is designed for Licensed Vocational Nurses who want to take the next step in their medical career. This program allows licensed Vocational Nurses to use their LVN experience as credit towards their Registered Nursing program course of studies. 

Application Process

The Registered Nursing and Registered Nursing – LVN to RN programs have a highly-selective application process in which only the most qualified candidates are chosen to fill the available seats. Please see the academic catalog or contact an Admissions Advisor for detailed information.

More information on pre-requisite courses is available here:

Download the Registered Nursing Application

Download the Registered Nursing – LVN to RN Bridge Application

Important Dates
Visalia – Generic RN Deadline: 1/29/2021
Visalia – Deadline for LVN-RN Bridge: 9/28/2020
Ontario – Application Deadline: 2/10/2021, Start date: 3/30/2021

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about our RN nursing school program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.  Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Accreditation and Approvals

San Joaquin Valley College’s RN program is approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs, California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

State Approvals


SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

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*SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.