Nursing Program

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.

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Associate Degree Nursing 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 144 Dosage Calculations and/or NURS 143 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.

Program Length and Licensing Requirements

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.

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Special Note Regarding Licensure

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 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

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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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Nursing Information Sessions

Spring 2023

Date Time Registration Link
Wednesday, May 10 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Virtual Nursing Information Session
Wednesday, May 24 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Virtual Nursing Information Session

Contact Information

Counseling Appointments

Prospective nursing students can schedule an appointment to meet with a Counselor Monday - Friday, click here for your counseling appointment: Counseling (  Counselors are available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  All inquiries regarding nursing are first routed to counseling.

Dr. Carol DeLilly
Associate Dean/Director of Nursing
310-900-1600  ext. 2702, AHB 113

Nursing Department Staff

Linda Garcia
Administrative Assistant
310-900-1600  ext. 2701, AHB 110

Cristian Markovich (He, Him, El)
Instructional Division Coordinator
STEM / Health and Public Services
310-900-1600, ext. 2726

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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