Bakersfield College


Registered Nursing

The study of nursing is the application of knowledge from the arts and sciences. The purpose of the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Program is to provide the foundation for students to become competent registered nurses. The ADN Program respects the individuality of students and recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds and a unique support system.

The aim of the Program is to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills so that the graduate nurse is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.

The mission of the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare entry- level registered nurses as providers and managers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession. Graduate nurses will collaborate with members of the health care team, be effective communicators, be politically aware, and demonstrate a commitment to life long learning.
The California Board of Registered Nursing approves the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College.

Important Information

Math Requirement

Students in the RN program are required to take MATH B75 or a higher placement level as of Fall 2019. The previously-accepted MATH B70 will still be acceptable.

Military Veterans

Advanced Placement by Credit for Military Education and Experience

Priority Placement for Veterans

Students will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and placement on a nursing assessment test as per SB 1309.

If the program is receiving Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding, in accordance with the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA), priority will be given to applicants with proof of military, naval, or air service and discharge under conditions other than dishonorable; students must work with Admissions and Records to determine eligibility.

An eligible spouse or widow(er) will also be extended this priority status.


Program Supply Information

Students will be required to purchase uniforms, textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites and pay current college fees. Click link below 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.

Gainful Employment

Registered Nursing Program Estimated Program Costs

Program Accreditation

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.

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.

Foreign Trained Nurses

Important Information for Foreign Trained Nurses Requesting Coursework at Bakersfield College (per Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Letter):

In order for the Dean of Nursing to meet with you, you must first have your official foreign transcript(s) evaluated by an outside agency; you will need to contact an agency such as IERF (International Education Research Foundation) or WES (World Education Services) to inquire as to the process for that evaluation.   Additionally you must assemble the course descriptions, course syllabi or course catalog from your nursing school which will clearly outline topics/curriculum covered in your nursing courses.

Once the evaluation from the outside agency is complete and you have obtained all nursing course descriptions, you may make an appointment with the Dean or Assistant Director (you must bring all evaluations and course descriptions) to discuss the level of course you will require.  Once the Dean/Assistant Director determines the level/course(s) you are eligible for, you may apply to the program during the appropriate application period and request the level/course the Dean/Assistant Director has indicated.  Entrance will be based on space availability.