Associate in Science Degree Program Registered Nursing


The program educates nursing students for patient/client services in a variety of health care settings. Clinical experience in hospitals and other health care agencies is correlated with classroom instruction. At the satisfactory completion of all courses and the specified general education requirements, the individual will receive an Associate in Science degree and will be eligible for the National Licensing Exam (NCLEX). (If you have been convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation, it may prevent your attending clinical rotations where criminal background checks are required. You will be required to declare offenses on your state application to write the licensing exam, which may delay the licensing application process and may affect your eligibility to become licensed.)

The nursing program is approved by California State Board of Registered Nursing and nationally accredited by the NCNAC. For the requirements to complete the Associate in Science Degree, see the Graduation Requirements for the Associate Degree section of this catalog.

Minimum Standards for Applicants

  1. Eligibility for admission to Cypress College.
  2. High school graduation, or passing of the General Education Development Test (GED), or the High School Proficiency Test, or a graduate of an accredited college.
  3. Good physical and mental health as determined by a medical examination upon admission to the program. In compliance with the State Board of Registered Nursing Guidelines, no student with impaired health status (which includes use of legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or other chemicals) shall be admitted or allowed to remain enrolled in the Nursing Program. Students applying to the Nursing Program with a history of substance abuse, physical impairment, or mental/emotional impairment shall be required to provide proof of active participation in a recognized treatment program at the time of application. Evidence of continuing rehabilitation may be required if admitted or re-admitted to the Nursing Program. These standards are necessary for the Cypress College Registered Nursing Program to be in compliance with the Board of Registered Nursing Guidelines and maintain full accreditation.
  4. Total college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 with a grade of C or better.
  5. Completion of ENGL 100 C with a grade of C or as determined by a counselor from transcript.
  6. Completion of BIOL 231 C General Human Anatomy, BIOL 241 C General Human Physiology, (CHEM 101 C Chemistry for Health Science Majors l strongly recommended), and BIOL 220 C Medical Microbiology with a grade of C or better. All must have been completed within five years of application.

Application Procedures

See application on Health Science application website.

Applications must be completed online September 1–10. Please see the Health Science Application link on the Registered Nursing home page.

Applicants must submit official transcripts (except Cypress and Fullerton Colleges) and signature page in person to the Health Science Applications office,

Health Science Building
Cypress College 9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, California 90630-5897

by October 1st. Please bring photo identification.

The Nursing Program admits students twice each year, fall and spring. Applicants will be notified of status via email.

All applicants who wish to remain on the applicant list must file an updated application every year during the application period in September. Applicants again will be notified of updated status in writing.

Notify the Health Science Application Office in Writing:

  1. if you change your name, address or telephone number
  2. if you wish to withdraw your name as an applicant

Please Note: F-1 visa students will not be accepted for admission into any program when applications by qualified U.S. citizens exceed space available.

Contact Health Science Application Office for the specific final days of application, hours and last day to submit transcripts because of holidays or weekends, (714) 484-7270.

Registered Nursing Curriculum

Nursing courses must be taken in specific sequence. For further information, see a Health Science Counselor. The student must attain a minimum grade of C or better in each required course to continue in the program.

All students will have to meet the prerequisites of ENGL 100 C, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. The nursing program also requires completion of Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Human Communication.

Per SB 139, section 66055.8 of the Education Code, California Community Colleges that operate a registered nursing program shall waive the general education requirements for the associate of science degree, in Nursing, for any student who has been admitted to the program and who has already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree. Cypress College will only accept degrees granted from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Required Courses are Listed in Required Sequence

BIOL 231 CGeneral Human Anatomy 14
BIOL 241 CGeneral Human Physiology 14
BIOL 220 CMedical Microbiology 14
ENGL 100 CCollege Writing 24
Total Units16
First Year
Fall TermUnitsSpring TermUnitsSummer TermUnits
NURS 191 C1NURS 195 C1Art (Category C1) Requirement33
PSY 101 C1, 23SOC 101 C23 
NURS 192 C4.5Physical Education Requirement1 
NURS 193 C3.5NURS 196 C5 
 NURS 197 C3.5 
 12 13.5 3
Second Year
Fall TermUnitsSpring TermUnits 
COMM 100 C23NURS 295 C0.5 
NURS 291 C1MATH 040 C4, 5, 64 
NURS 292 C5NURS 296 C3.5 
NURS 293 C3.5NURS 297 C5 
NURS 294 C3Humanities (Category C2)33-5 
 15.5 16-18 
Total Units 60-62

All nursing courses are challengeable. See Nursing Program Director.

Graduation requirements: Cultural Diversity (beginning Fall 2000 catalog, the nursing program meets the requirement) and Reading Proficiency. See Counselor/Catalog.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit for nursing courses taken from another accredited institution may be granted provided the applicant meets the Cypress College Department of Nursing entrance requirements and space is available in the program. Contact the Health Science Application Office for written policy and procedure.

Credit will be granted on an individual basis after evaluation by the Department of Nursing. Transfer credit for equivalent general education courses required by the Department of Nursing will be granted if the course has been completed at an accredited college.

Any required course in the biological or Social Sciences listed below, completed over five years previous to the time the student applied to the program, must be repeated or the student may receive credit by challenge examination, or be evaluated on an individual basis.

BIOL 231 CGeneral Human Anatomy4
BIOL 241 CGeneral Human Physiology4
BIOL 220 CMedical Microbiology4