Program Description

The Hartnell College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a defined group of pre‐requisite and co‐requisite courses that prepares students to become registered nurses. The four‐semester course of study consists of classroom, high‐fidelity simulation, nursing skills laboratory, seminar, interprofessional, and clinical experiences. While enrolled in the associate degree program, Hartnell students may enroll in transfer level courses that meet requirements for a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX‐RN). After passing the licensure examination, graduates may practice as registered nurses in a variety of acute and community‐ based settings. Graduates demonstrate the leadership and comportment required for a professional nurse committed to competence, caring, collaboration, and curiosity, while providing safe, quality nursing care to diverse individuals in various care settings. The Hartnell College ADN Program is fully approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • incorporate leadership, management, and legal‐ethical principles to guide practice as a professional nurse.
  • apply increasingly complex nursing judgement and theoretical concepts when providing safe nursing care to diverse individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
  • integrate caring into relationships and nursing interventions that demonstrate sensitivity to the values of others.
  • communicate and collaborate with members of the interprofessional healthcare team to coordinate care and optimize health outcomes.
  • model a spirit of inquiry when examining data, challenging the status quo, questioning underlying assumptions, and offering new insights to improve the quality of care. 

Outcome Expected Level of Achievement (ELA) Actual

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates






For first-time NCLEX test-takers, the pass rate will be at or above 88% or above the national mean program pass rate for the 12-month period of July 1-June 30






Testing Period Licensure Examination Pass Rate as reported by the BRN
Jul 2016 - Jun 2017 91.18% (34)
Jul 2017- Jun 2018 100% (38)
Jul 2018 - Jun 2019 100% (42)
Jul 2019 - Jun 2020 89.74% (39)
Jul 2020 - Jun 2021 Not reported yet

Program Completion



ADN retention/program completion rates will be at 85%.
ADN students completion within 6 semesters.



Year of Graduation Program Completion Rate
2017 88%  (37/42)
2018 100%  (39/39)
2019 98%  (43/44)
2020 100% (44/46)
2021 95% (38/40)