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Associate Degree in Nursing

Associate Degree in Nursing | Los Angeles, OC & Ontario, CA

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is designed to help you learn to use critical thinking, clinical reasoning and the nursing process to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care for diverse patients in common and emerging health care settings.

Looking for the right RN degree program? ACC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program emphasizes hands-on training and real-world preparation. The ADN program helps prepare students with the knowledge to use informatics to communicate, access, monitor and evaluate patient data and become well trained registered nurses.

If you are looking to earn an associate degree at a nursing school or want to train to become a Registered Nurse (RN), American Career College is the right choice for you. The program is available at our Los Angeles and Ontario campuses.

This program is taught in a blended format combining online classes and in-person instruction.

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Associate Degree in Nursing Program Overview

A total of 99 quarter credits are required to earn the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), which includes completion of these courses:

  • General education
  • Fundamentals of nursing
  • Beginning, intermediate and advanced medical/surgical nursing
  • Obstetrics and pediatrics
  • Behavior health
  • Geriatrics

The ADN program also requires clinical rotations in both inpatient and outpatient care settings.

Select courses in the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program will be in a blended delivery format. Blended courses combine traditional or face-to-face classroom instruction with an online learning environment to optimize the learning experience of the user. 

Using Dorothea Orem’s Theory of Self-Care, college students, in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members, assist patients through self-care deficits and health deviations as a part of the ADN degree program.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program is approved by the the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone (916) 322-3350 / Fax (916) 574-7697


Our admissions advisors and financial aid advisors are here to support you. They can help you figure out the associate degree in nursing cost and help you explore financial aid options.

To learn more about ACC’s ADN program cost, access our tuition info.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Challenge/Advanced Placement into ADN Program for Military Personnel

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Training may be eligible to receive credit for previous education training.  According to the ACC Catalog, “The College will conduct an evaluation of previous education and training for all Veterans and eligible persons, grant appropriate credit, shorten training period proportionally, and notify the Veterans Administration and student accordingly.”

Challenge Credit examinations may apply and will follow the processes outlined in the ACC Catalog.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program is available at the following campus: Los Angeles Associate Degree in Nursing program.

The accredited Associate Degree in Nursing training program is available at the following campuses:

Careers After I Graduate

Our ADN program helps prepare you for a variety of different healthcare settings. As an ACC graduate, you can speak to our Career Services team about your career goals and interests to get individualized help with career planning and job applications.

Here are some of the places you may work with an RN degree:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Home health care services
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Physicians’ offices1


An RN degree program helps you prepare for your licensure exam. In the state of California, all applicants for RN licensure must qualify for and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which relates to the practice of registered nursing in California.

Registered Nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Here are some additional examples:

  • Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other substances.
  • Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.
  • Critical care nurses work in intensive care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.
  • Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment of patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.
  • Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.
  • Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.
  • Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Some nurses have jobs in which they do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

* California Employment Development Department OCC Guide, Registered Nurses in California

What Will I Learn?

The nursing program is divided into eight 10-week quarters and is in a blended format with each course sharing a percentage of instruction online and a percentage of instruction face-to-face. Graduates of this college program may pursue entry-level positions as Registered Nurses in a variety of health care settings. In addition to general education courses, core courses in American Career College's Associate Degree in Nursing program include:

Human Anatomy* - Provides an in-depth introduction to the physiology of the human body. Provides students an opportunity to study the functions and physiological mechanisms of several important organ systems from the molecular level to the body’s gross entirety. Organ systems are studied with respect to their interactions under normal and abnormal conditions. Major topics include cell function, tissues, organization of the human body, and physiology of all body systems.

General Microbiology* - Representative examples of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and multicellular parasites are studied, with special concentration given to microorganisms that are significant to human health. Aspects of classification, metabolism, genetics, control mechanisms, chemotherapy, and antibiotic/resistance are considered. Topics covered include principles of infectious disease transmission, immunology, biotechnology, bioterrorism, and environmental remediation.

Fundamentals of Nursing* - The purpose of this course is to understand the practical science of nursing as it applies to caring for patients through the continuum from illness to wellness using Dorothea Orem’s Theory of Self-Care and the three important nursing systems: wholly compensatory, partial compensatory, and supportive-educative. The Nursing Process, legal and ethical considerations, patient rights and privacy, growth and development as related to the patient’s therapeutic self-care demands are introduced. This course also provides basic patient care skills and focuses on the essential principles and practices of safe, effective care in the multifaceted and multicultural nursing field.

Introduction to Psychology* - Introduction to scientific study of behavior, lifespan development, learning & cognition, personality, social interaction, psychotherapy, and other selected topics.

Introduction to Sociology* - This course questions basic sociological concepts, such as socialization and culture; social organizations; stability and change in societies; cooperation and conflict among human groups; religious, political, economic, technical, and scientific institutions. Sociological concepts and issues such as culture and subculture; development of the self; gender and age roles; social class and caste; groups, communities, collectives, and organizations; deviance; racism; human institutions: family, religion, education, government, economics; population change in society are discussed.

Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing* - The purpose of this course is to present the principles of nursing care utilizing the nursing process and concepts of Orem’s Theory of Self-Care. The focus will include assessment, identifying the client’s universal self-care requisites: air, water, food, elimination, activity, social interaction, safety, and normalcy in the adult and geriatric patient. The three models of nursing systems recognized by Orem’s Nursing System Theory will be addressed: wholly compensatory, partial compensatory, and supportive-educative. Students will gain theoretical knowledge using the nursing process for patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care of adult and geriatric patients with critical health deviations related to sensory (neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, CVA, brain tumors, and cranial surgeries) and cardiorespiratory disorders (acid-base balance, ARDS, COPD, VAP, pulmonary hypertension, tension, hemo, and pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, chest trauma, thoracic surgical, dysrhythmias, AMI, ACS, CHF, valve disease, and aneurysms), maintenance of central venous catheters and blood transfusions. Content threaded throughout the course includes cultural diversity, nutrition, pharmacology, patient advocacy, and physical, behavioral, and social aspects of human development.

Other core courses in the school's program include:

  • College Mathematics I*
  • Professional Communication & Role Transition Seminar
  • Human Physiology*
  • Fundamentals of Nursing, Clinical
  • Beginning Medical/Surgical Nursing*
  • Pharmacology for Nursing*
  • Beginning Medical/Surgical Nursing, Lab/Clinical
  • Maternal/Child Nursing*
  • Maternal/Child Nursing, Lab/Clinical
  • Written Communications I*
  • Intermediate Medical/Surgical Nursing*
  • Intermediate Medical/Surgical Nursing, Lab/Clinical
  • Behavioral Health and Geriatric Nursing*
  • Behavioral Health and Geriatric Nursing, Lab/Clinical
  • Oral Communication*
  • Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing, Lab/Clinical
  • Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing II/Leadership
  • Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing II, Lab/Clinical
  • Cultural Pluralism*

*Courses offered in a blended format, a combination of online and on ground.

What Will I Do as a Nurse?

Registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

As a registered nurse, responsibilities may include the following*:

  • Recording patients' medical histories and symptoms
  • Administering patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Setting up plans for patients’ care or contributing to existing plans
  • Observing patients and recording observations
  • Consulting with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operating and monitoring medical equipment
  • Helping to perform diagnostic tests and analyzing results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explaining what to do at home after treatment

Registered Nurses' duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. They can focus in the following areas1:

  • A specific health condition, such as a diabetes management nurse, who helps patients with diabetes, or an oncology nurse who helps cancer patients
  • A specific part of the body, such as a dermatology nurse working with patients who have skin problems
  • A specific group of people, such as a geriatric nurse who works with the elderly or a pediatric nurse who works with children and teens
  • A specific workplace, such as an emergency or trauma nurse who works in a hospital or stand-alone emergency department or a school nurse working in an elementary, middle, or high school

Registered nurses may also work to promote general health, by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. They may also run general health screenings or immunization clinics, blood drives, or other outreach programs.

* California Employment Development Department OCC Guide, Registered Nurses in California

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses


What will I be trained to do as a registered nurse?

Often called the backbone of the healthcare industry, registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, playing an essential role in their treatment and recovery. Students in our associate degree in nursing program will be trained to do the following:

  • Evaluate patients’ health problems and needs
  • Provide care to ill, injured, convalescing, or disabled patients
  • Administer treatment and medications
  • Educate patients and their families on health maintenance and disease prevention1

1California Employment Development Department Detailed Guide, Registered Nurses in California in California

How long will it take to get my associate degree in nursing?

Students can earn their degree to become a registered nurse in as little as 20 months.

Is financial aid available for the associate degree in nursing program?

Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Where can I work as a registered nurse?

Registered nurses can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Home health care services
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Physicians’ offices

1California Employment Development Department Detailed Guide, Registered Nurses in California in California

Will I get real-world training?

Yes! ACC's ADN program includes over 800 hours of clinicals which give students the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquired learning hands-on throughout the training program.

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