Registered Nursing Associate of Science Program (Traditional)

The Registered Nursing Associate of Science Program (Traditional) option is intended for students who are new to nursing education and meet application requirements. This program option includes four semesters of nursing coursework.

Learn more about all Registered Nursing Program Options

Important Information

Math Requirement

Students in the RN program are required to take MATH B27 or a higher placement level as of Summer 2022. Previously offered MATH B75 or B70 will still be accepted.

Military Veterans

If this applies to you, please visit our Registered Nursing Associate of Science Program (Advanced Placement/Transfer) program.

Estimated Program Costs (Gainful Employment)

Students will be required to purchase uniforms, textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites and pay current college fees. See the Registered Nursing Program Projected Costs Per Semester for estimated cost for books, uniforms, fees and required equipment for the first term of the Program. Second and third semesters usually only require registration fees and books. In addition to registration fees and books, the ADN fourth semester's expenses will include Program Completion activities, Program pin, ATI test, Board or Registered Nursing application fees and NCLEX Licensure.

Program Accreditation and Approval

The California Board of Registered Nursing accredits the BC Associate Degree Nursing Program. Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The ACCJC is one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Currently in process of securing National Certification through Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Basic Life Support Certification

Prior to the beginning of the nursing program, and then throughout the program, students are required to show proof of a valid American Heart Association BLS card. This BLS card must be valid until the end of the 2-year ADN Program. It is your responsibility to provide a copy of the current BLS card to the nursing department and to carry a copy of this card while attending clinical in the healthcare facilities, preferably in your portfolio.

Students Transferring to CSUB

Students who plan to obtain their Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Cal State University Bakersfield after completing the Bakersfield College ADN Program should consult the CSUB Nursing for current requirements.

Technology Requirements