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A Registered Nurse (RN) has completed a minimum of two years of a specific nursing course of study and has successfully passed a State Board of Examination giving them a license to practice nursing.

The Registered Nurse (RN) is a professional who is well versed in caring for patients in all stages of illness, including health promotion and disease prevention.

All Registered Nurses are required to continue their education on an ongoing basis. Documentation of courses completed must be submitted to the licensing authority every 2 years (in California, it is the Board of Registered Nursing).

Students in the Nursing Program must be able to care for male or female patients across the life span and must be available to do clinical work Monday-Sunday, and any shift.

Public Comment & Public Notice:

Southwestern College Associate Degree Nursing Program is soliciting public comments for an upcoming accreditation visit.
Please email your comments to nursing@swccd.edu by July 30, 2021.


The Southwestern College wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing  accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 2:30pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in room 4500, at the Southwestern College Higher Education Center- Otay Mesa located at 8100 Gigantic, St. San Diego, CA 92154.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email: mstoll@acenursing.org 

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by September 28, 2021.

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The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program prepares students for careers in nursing through the study of the humanities, natural/social sciences, and the field of nursing. Emphasis is on nursing theory and clinical practice. Graduates are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

The following outcomes are measured at the institutional level:

  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to actively participate and contribute to patient report meetings and patient/family conferences and analyze as well as prioritize the information obtained.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to articulate professionally and competently in the healthcare setting on issues regarding patient care.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will analyze, compute and correctly provide medications to the patient in the healthcare setting.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate collegiality and appropriate communication techniques when working with diverse healthcare providers, patients and family members.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate critical thinking skills and differentiation in plan of care for patients from various cultural backgrounds.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

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