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Compton College offers a California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. Students are provided with skills needed to enter the nursing profession in a variety of health care settings as an entry-level registered nurse. Degree competence is assessed regularly by evaluations of expected learning outcomes in the clinical setting as well as during course examinations; Emphasis is placed on the use of critical thinking and creative problem-solving within the program. The Compton College ADN program consist of 4-semester; successful completion of the program allows the graduate to sit for the State of California National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) examination.

The Compton College nursing program utilizes the Multi-Criteria Screening Process criteria approved in AB 1559 (Berryhill) (Chapter 712, Statutes of 2007 Public Postsecondary Education: Degree Nursing Programs, Section 78261.5) for applications to the Generic ADN program.  Details of the admission criteria can be found by clicking on the link to the left labeled Entrance Requirements - ADN degree or under the link label Future Student.  Dates for the semester Information Session can also be found under the Future Student link.

The Compton College Associate Degree Nursing program requires "Background Check and Drug screen" on all students entering the nursing program. The background check and drug screen policy was instituted in adherence with the Joint Commission and community standards for healthcare providers. The Joint Commission requires any health care facility that requires employees to have personal criminal background checks must also require the same background check for students and volunteers involved in patient care.  The background check and drug screen is not a requirement for admission to the nursing program; however, it must be completed upon admission into the program. All information obtained from the background check and drug screen will be held in strictest confidence. Students are required to complete background check and drug screens each semester or according to the clinical facilities requirement.

Effective spring 2018 ALL students will be required to have NURS 144 - Dosage Calculations and/or NURS 143 - Introduction to Nursing (generic student only) complete, depending upon the program type to which the student is applying. Students expecting to enter the nursing program for fall 2019 will no longer be eligible for admission considered without the applicable completion of NURS 48 Dosage Calculations and/or NURS 145 Introduction and Preparation for Nursing at time of application.

Application Filing Period: Applications are accepted twice a year beginning the third week of the fall and spring semester. Each application period will last for three weeks. Applications are obtained from the nursing department, once an individual has been deemed eligible for admission consideration and receive a "Verification of Eligibility" package from the nursing counselor.  Applications will not be accepted on weekends or holidays. No late or misdirected forms will be accepted. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Prospective nursing students must complete the following steps in order to obtain an application for admission:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission to the college.
  2. Graduate from high school or earn a passing score on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or have earned an associate (AA) or higher degree.
  3. Attend an INFORMATION SESSION: These sessions are for students who are close to or ready to apply.  Attendance of a nursing information session within 1 year of application is a requirement to apply to the Compton College Associate Degree Nursing program.
  4. Meet with a Nursing Counselor and obtain the "Verification of Eligibility" package
  5. Completed N48 Dosage Calculations and N145 Introduction and Preparation for Nursing (generic student only) at Compton College
  6. Provide proof of a valid social security or tax identification number to the nursing counselor prior to receiving a verification of eligibility documentation for admission consideration into the nursing program.
  7. To obtain an application, you will need to submit the "Verification of Eligibility" package to the Nursing Department

Application period for Fall 2020 begins on Monday, February 24, 2020 and end on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  Applications will be accepted Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Friday from 9:30am to Noon.

Applications are obtained from the nursing department, once an individual has been deemed eligible for admission consideration and receive a "Verification of Eligibility" package from the nursing counselor has been received.  Applications will not be accepted on weekends or holidays. No late or misdirected forms will be accepted. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Once a student is accepted into the nursing program, there will be specific deadlines for paperwork and testing that will have to be met in order to be cleared to register for classes.

Prior to admission consideration, potential applicants are required to take and pass the Readiness Assessment Test. The Readiness Assessment Test at Compton College is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination. This diagnostic test covers Basic Math, English, Reading, and Science in addition to meeting the outlined prerequisites requirements. Potential candidates will be INVITED to take the TEAS examination. For more information on the TEAS test, or to purchase a study guide, log onto https://www.atitesting.com/home.aspx.

TEAS V examination has been replaced with the ATI TEAS. The nursing program will no longer accept TEAS Version V as the Readiness Assessment Test.  All prospective applicants will be required to take the ATI TEAS exam.  The ATI TEAS, released August 31, 2016, will allow for the use of a four function calculator. Please do not bring your own calculator as a calculator is embedded within the online version of the ATI TEAS exam.

Individuals scheduled to take the TEAS examination must present a government-issued ID (California Driver's License, California identification Card or United States Passport) with a current photograph, examinee's signature, and examinee's permanent address at the time of the exam.

The following examinee information will be confirmed prior to testing:

  • Exact name match. First name, middle initial (if applicable), last name, spelling matches government-issued ID. 
  • Photograph ID match. Verified positive match to presented ID’s current photograph.

Students requiring "Special accommodations" will need to obtain supporting documentation from Special Resource Services. Supportive documentation must be submitted to the Nursing Department office when submitting your application for admission consideration.

Transfer students are considered students who have been in another nursing program. Credit for nursing courses completed at another college will be evaluated on an individual basis by the director of Nursing or the director's designee. Credit can be achieved through the petition process as well. Students interested in applying for admission consideration to the Compton College associate degree nursing program as a transfer student will not be accepted beyond the second semester.

Students interested in transferring to Compton College must meet all admission criteria to be eligible to enter the nursing program. Potential candidates will need to submit an Appeal for Admission Application for admission consideration; the package is available in the Nursing Department Office.  

The Admission, Transfer and Progression (ATP) committee will evaluate your application to determine eligibility. Potential candidates must have complete N48 Dosage Calculation course at Compton College to be eligible for admission consideration. In addition you must have attended an information session within 1 year of seeking to transfer to the Compton College ADN program. Transfer students are admitted into the nursing program on space availability basis.

The Director of Nursing will be responsible for evaluation the semester in which you are admitted to the program. After the appeals application has been approved by the ATP committee, eligible individuals approved for admission will be required to enroll and complete NURS 149 - Advanced Placement in Nursing with a "C" or better, before transferring into the semester in which the candidates has been approved.

Students must apply for re-acceptance into the nursing program within one (1) year of the exit date. The student who is absent from the program in excess of one (1) year will be considered "inactive" and placed on "inactive status". To return to an "active status" the student must successfully complete competency review of content/skills from the last successfully completed course. The competency review will be given in the skills lab. If the student fails the skills competency review he or she may elect to repeat the last course passed. A clinical evaluation for students returning or transferring into a medical surgical course may also be required.

In addition to passing a competency review, the student must complete any individualized remediation that has been prescribed by the instructor or nursing department. The remediation prescribed will be based on the needs of the student as identified by both the student and instructor. The instructor will then propose to the Program Director a plan of remedial activities for the student. These individually planned activities must be successfully completed by the student prior to seeking re-entry to the nursing program. Proof of successful completion of the remediation will be needed prior to readmission to the program. Students who stop-out will be given re-entry priority over students who drop-out. Re-entry will be on a space-available basis.

"The student must apply for readmission within one (1) year from the semester that she/he withdrew. If a student had to withdraw due to unsatisfactory theory or clinical competence, the remediation prescribed will be based on the identified needs of the student. The faculty involved will propose a plan for clinical remediation of the student. Before seeking re-entry to the nursing program, the student must complete the prescribed individual activities. Proof of successful completion of the remediation will be required prior to readmission to the program. Students who stop-out will be given re-entry priority over students who drop-out. Re-entry will be on a space- available basis."

The deadline to submit an appeal is  March 20, 2020 and May 11, 2020.  Appeals packets are available in the Counseling Office (Administration Building). Ask for Dr. E. French-Preston.

The Compton College ADN program is a two academic years in length after completion of program prerequisites. Acceptance of qualified applicants to the program does not guarantee graduation from the program/college. Upon successful completion of the nursing program, the graduate receive their Associate Degree in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  The NCLEX-RN, developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, is administered by computer nationally, throughout the year. Graduates must successfully pass the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) in order to practice nursing in the state of California.

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The BRN may deny applications for permanent licensure, interim permits and temporary licenses if the applicant has been found guilty of dishonesty; fraud or deceit; felony; child abuse; sex offender crimes; acts involving narcotics, dangerous drugs or devices; assault and/or battery; and other crimes. Applicants who have questions regarding limitations related to licensure should contact the California Board of Registered Nursing (916) 322-3350 or access its website at www.rn.ca.gov. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation. Applicants are advised to explore other career opportunities prior to investing substantial time in a nursing program if it appears that a prior serious act or conviction may jeopardize licensure.

The California Board of Registered Nursing is located at:  1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95834.  Phone - 916.322.3350

NSNA/CNSA is your professional membership organization that connects you with opportunities to develop leadership roles, network with future and current nurse leaders at the state and national conventions, and help with student mentoring, scholarship fundraising, and community outreach.  Current and potential nursing students are encouraged to apply to become a member of this great organization. It is a nice resume builder and most importantly, it places you one step ahead of a successful career as a nurse! Your membership connects you with students and professionals who share your vision and who are shaping the future of nursing. Membership It will also give you access to professional role models, as well as a wealth of benefits and opportunities to network and plan your career.

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Contact Information

The Campus will be closed:  March 20, 2020 at 4:30pm through Friday, April 17, 2020  

Dr. Shirley Thomas
Interim Associate Dean/Director of Nursing
310-900-1600  ext. 2702, AHB 113

Nursing Department Staff:

Kayla Ellis
Administrative Assistant
310-900-1600  ext. 2701, AHB 110

Instructional Assistants:

Luz Beltran
310-900-1600 ext. 2730, AHB 146

Donald W. Mitchell
310-900-1600 ext. 2722, AHB 146

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