Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students
planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses
completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university.
Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.
Degrees and Certificates
Associate in Science Degree - Nursing (Registered Nurse)
This program prepares students to meet the standards of the California Board of Registered
Nursing. The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and
accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing, Inc. Upon completion
of the program, graduates receive an Associate in Science Degree and are eligible
to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered
Nurse. Students are encouraged to transfer to BSN programs. In order to pursue this
LVN to ADN Career Ladder Program, a student must have a valid CA LVN license, and
one year experience in direct patient care within the past two years.
Potential Career Options
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Pathways to the BSN
Below are different pathways to obtaining a BSN (Bachelors of Nursing) degree. After
reviewing this information, we recommend you meet with a counselor to review and create
an educational plan. You can become an RN (Registered Nurse) with an ADN (Associate
Degree in Nursing) or a BSN.
Pathway 1: BSN programs for students not completing an ADN and planning to transfer
directly from SMC (without completing the SMC ADN program).
This pathway is for SMC students who want to complete transfer general education and
major requirements at SMC and transfer to a CSU, UC or private college or university
without completing the ADN program at SMC. Here are some helpful links for this pathway:
Pathway 2: BSN programs for students currently in the SMC Nursing ADN program
This pathway is for students currently in the SMC nursing ADN program. These are dual
enrollment programs that allow students currently in a nursing program to begin their
BSN coursework typically during the winters and summers as the SMC nursing program
does not require enrollment during those terms.
Pathway 3: BSN programs for students who already earned an ADN
This pathway is for students that have already completed an ADN program and would
like to earn their BSN. These are often referred to as “RN to BSN” programs.
Pathway 4: BSN programs for students who already earned a Bachelor’s degree
These are often referred to as accelerated BSN programs and are designed for students
who already have a Bachelors degree in any field (other than nursing).
How to research and explore your Options
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