Registered Nursing students pose for a photoGuide for Students in Registered Nursing

This Educational Path is for students pursuing or exploring the Registered Nursing program within the Health Sciences Meta-Major. The Registered Nursing program is selective and requires a separate application process from Hartnell College.

Choices you make during your time as a Hartnell student will help you complete your degree or certificate in order to immediately begin your career or transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.

Steps on Your Way





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Registered Nursing student at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital



Registered Nursing student at COVID-19 educational event


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Career Readiness

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Nearing Completion

  • Meet with counseling
  • Petition for graduation
  • Petition for transfer
  • Apply for NCLEX-RN

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  • Explore pre- and post-licensure RN-BSN/RN-MSN/Advanced Practice academic program types (online, hybrid, and face-to-face).
  • Maintain counseling connections re: requirements for transfer.
  • Explore transfer resources for the CSU and UC, and others.
  • Explore scholarships and other funding opportunities to cover cost of education.
  • Obtain letters of recommendation.
  • Explore mentorships.

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Two Registered Nursing students pose for photo