Award-Winning Program!

De Anza's Nursing program has been recognized by the state Chancellor's office with a Gold "Workforce Star" award for student outcomes in three key areas. 
  • De Anza nursing students increased their earnings by 155%
  • Students found jobs in their fields 100% of the time
  • 85% earned at or above the regional living wage 

Careers in Nursing

two nursesRegistered nurses are the backbone of the healthcare sector, with jobs that provide some of the most demanding – and rewarding – work experiences.

Nurses serve in a variety of settings, including hospitals, emergency centers, doctors’ offices, long-term care facilities, schools or research centers.

Their roles may include providing bedside care, preparing patients for medical procedures, monitoring patient care, administering treatment and medicine, assisting with surgeries and managing nursing activities. Nurses also educate patients and serve as advocates for patients and their families.  

Employment Outlook: 2016-2026

  • The number of jobs for registered nurses is expected to grow by 16.2%

These ten-year projections are calculated by California's Employment Development Department, which collects data about the state's workforce and economic trends.

Nursing at De Anza

two nursing studentsThe Nursing program at De Anza College combines classroom and practical instruction with state-of-the-art equipment and labs. Experienced instructors are experts in their respective fields.

Because of the program's excellent reputation, De Anza nursing graduates are recruited by health care organizations throughout the region.

De Anza offers two nursing pathways.

  • student with nursing mannequinStudents can earn an associate degree in registered nursing in two years (six quarters) and, upon completion, will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
  • In the LVN Transition to RN program, students who are already licensed vocational nurses may earn an associate degree in registered nursing in a minimum of three quarters and, upon completion, will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

De Anza's Nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Nursing

  • Associate in Science - LVN Transition to RNDetails for Associate in Science - LVN Transition to RN

    Admission to the program is limited. The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Transition to Registered Nurse (RN) Program is a minimum of three (3) quarters in length, not including summer. LVN Transition to RN students enter the Registered Nursing program as advanced placement students as determined by the director of the Nursing Program. Prior clinical experience in an acute setting will influence student’s placement in the program. Admission to the program depends on space availability. The majority of courses are held in the daytime. Current California LVN license and IV certification is required.

    Graduates of this program are eligible to take the California State Board Examination for licensing (NCLEX-RN). Students are admitted throughout the year as advanced placements. Once admitted, the program is at least three (3) quarters in length (not including prerequisites).

    Degree Requirements

    View in Catalog

  • Associate in Science - Registered Nurse (RN)Details for Associate in Science - Registered Nurse (RN)

    Admission to the program is limited. The RN Program starts every quarter except summer quarter and it is six (6) quarters in length. Nursing classes are generally not offered in the summer. The majority of courses are held in the daytime.

    The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The RN graduate is eligible to take the California State Board Examination for licensing (NCLEX-RN). Students are admitted to this program during the fall, winter and spring quarters. Once admitted, the program is six (6) quarters in length (not including prerequisites).

    Degree Requirements

    View in Catalog


In addition to the programs listed above, you may be able to apply courses in this department toward General Education requirements.

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Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor
Nursing Department Admission and Screening Specialist

408.864.8687
taylordeborah@deanza.edu


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