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Registered Nursing

Create Your Success Story in Nursing

California's nursing shortage is creating a huge demand for qualified, entry-level nurses. Join the ranks of today's healthcare heroes by becoming a registered nurse through Compton College. Our Nursing program prepares students to pass the NCLEX-RN exam and enter the field as a LVN, RN, or higher ranking nurse based on continuing education and certifications. California nurses earn more, on average, than nurses in any other state.

Compton College's Nursing Program features a curriculum that covers sociology, psychology, communication, analytical thinking, in addition to nursing topics. The program offers quality, comprehensive educational opportunities and services to its diverse community, specifically those individuals aspiring to obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of a Registered Nurse.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Compton College offers two associate degrees for students to consider in the Nursing Program.

  • Generic Associate of Science Degree (LVN): 45 units
  • Upward Mobility Associate of Science Degree (LVN to RN): Completion of LVN program plus 33 units

View the Associate in Science program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Associate in Science program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LVN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for a Registered Nurse in California is $112,993 and varies based on education. Among RNs nationally, the lowest 10 percent earned less than $53,410, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $116,230.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Nursing Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on industry standards to ensure success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Nursing Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Learn more about the program on the Associate Degree Nursing Program website.

Who are the program contacts?

Chabree Thompson
Student Services Advisor
Health and Public Services
Office: Welcome Center D-26

"I enrolled at Compton College in fall 2019 and took a full load every semester and term since then. I was accepted to the competitive Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at California State University, Long Beach beginning in spring 2021."
Steve Hsin, Compton College graduate


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