Registered Nursing Associate Degree Program (ADN)

Fresno City College has the largest community college Associate Degree Nursing Program in California and the second largest program in the USA. It is designed to educate students at the basic technical level of nursing practice, obtain an Associate of Science degree, be eligible to take the NCLEX (National Nursing Licensing Examination) and work in a structured health care setting.

Degrees and Certificates

  • Associate in Science Degree in Nursing ( F.4520.AS)
  • LVN-RN Articulation

Find out More

  1. Attend or view a Nursing & Allied Health Orientation.
  2. Meet with an Allied Health counselor
  3. Complete necessary program application prerequisites
  4. Begin Registered Nursing Program Application  (Application Workshops available)
  5. Email your questions to or call the APA division office at 559.244.2604 

Courses and Information

Check our  Catalog for recommended sequence of courses.   To see upcoming classes, visit the Schedule of Classes.

Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military Personnel

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations may achieve advanced placement into the second semester of the Registered Nursing Program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of the challenge exam, dosage calculation exam and skills competency evaluation.

Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military Personnel Policy

 The California Board of Registered Nursing has stated that as of February 2020, the status of the program is  “Continued Approval of Prelicensure Nursing Program for Fresno City College Associate Degree Nursing Program.” The 2021/2022 NCLEX pass rate for 210 graduates of the program was 75.24%

The registered nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing which ensures compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

NCLEX pass rates

 Effective July 13, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  This candidacy status expires on July 13, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

 Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.