Mendocino College currently offers a 2-year Registered Nursing Program and also an LVN to RN Bridge Program. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the California State Board of Registered Nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). Mendocino College has a current Nursing Program NCLEX Pass Rate of 100%.

The Associate Degree program is a 2-year full-time program that offers a series of courses that combine academic classes on campus, skills practice in the nursing skills laboratory, and patient care experience in various hospitals and facilities primarily in the Lake-Mendocino area.

The Mendocino College RN program was accredited in 2003 by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.


What is a Registered Nurse and What Do They Do?
Registered Nurses (RNs) have a variety of roles in health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of illness or injury. Primarily, RNs are patient advocates and consistently apply educational techniques in their care of others. RNs may target their education toward an individual, family, a specific group, or an entire community. RNs are directly responsible for patient observation and assessment and often lead a health care team. RNs may be assisting physicians during procedures, may complete procedures ordered by a physician, may administer medications, and must integrate a variety of patient information into the formulation of a nursing care plan. The job of RN involves multi-tasking and critical thinking.

The job opportunities for RNs are varied. RNs can work in a hospital, a clinic, in an extended care facility, as a case manager, in management positions, as a traveling nurse, as a school nurse, as a home health nurse, or as a hospice nurse. Areas of specialization in which nurses can focus include cardiac, obstetrics, emergency trauma, pediatrics, oncology, AIDS/HIV, diabetes care, surgery, general medicine, wound care, geriatrics, and air ambulance. RNs can continue their education and obtain advanced degrees that give them even more career options such as Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator. The current job market makes nursing a career with many opportunities and choices.

Types of Nursing Programs Available at Mendocino College

  • RN Program - this type of program consists of a two-year (four semesters) sequence of nursing coursework. Students can apply to the RN program after completing General Education and Prerequisite Courses and meeting other requirements listed below. No prior nursing experience is typically needed, but some programs require a nursing assistant background for admission. Degrees for this type of program include: ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) which can be obtained at the community college level; BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), and MSN (Masters Degree in Nursing), both of which require admission to a four-year college or university. The ADN program can be taken at the community college level and then the student can continue on for their BSN while working as an RN. For a list of RN programs in California go to
  • LVN-to-RN Program - this type of program is usually called a "bridge"  or "career ladder" program. This program is for those already licensed in California as LVNs who want to continue their education in order to become RNs. These students are often given advanced placement when entering an RN program, and may be admitted either in the first or second year of courses. Often, these programs are on a space-available basis in a RN program. For a list of LVN-to-RN programs in California go to


Program of Study

Courses in both general education and nursing provide the scope of knowledge required to assure the delivery of quality nursing care. The curriculum allows students an opportunity to apply nursing skills in a variety of health care settings including acute medical/surgical, pediatric, obstetric, geriatric, psychiatric, and community-based agencies.

  • Prior to applying to any nursing program, interested students should meet with an academic counselor for guidance and information about prerequisite coursework and general education requirements.
  • All general education (GE) coursework, institutional requirements, and nursing prerequisites must be completed by the end of the semester in which an applicant is applying. College English and at least two Science pre-requisites must be completed before applying.
  • An application to the nursing program is required, and only complete applications are reviewed.
  • Applications to the RN program and LVN to RN Bridge program are only accepted during specific application periods.  Advanced Standing applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuing basis.

Nursing Application Handbooks are available online during open application periods only. You may not enroll in nursing courses unless you have been formally admitted to the nursing program. There is a specific application period for each nursing program.

The application cycle for the class entering FALL 2015  is now closed. The next RN application cycle will open on February 1, 2016 for Fall 2016 admissions. Applications for the Spring 2016 LVN to RN Bridge Program will be available October 5, 2015.

  Admission Process and Acceptance Criteria 

  • Nursing Pre-requisites Students can apply to the RN program after completing General Education, Institutional Requirements, and Prerequisite Courses as well as meeting other requirements listed below.
    Anatomy, physiology and microbiology prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years if the student received a grade of “A” or "B" in the course.  If the student received a grade of “C” the class must have been completed within the past 5 years. No online science courses will be accepted as prerequisites.  There is no longer an option to waive the recency requirement for these courses. An exception to the recency requirement may be given for LVNs who have graduated from LVN school within the past 2 years.  If you have finished LVN school within the past 2 years you may apply to the program even if your sciences are outside the above guidelines.
  • Orientation Workshop The orientation workshop is a pre-application requirement for RN, LVN to RN Bridge, and Advanced Standing applicants. Workshops are in-person classroom learning sessions designed to familiarize applicants with the requirements and proccesses for submitting an application. Workshop dates are posted approximately 2 months prior to each application period.
  • TEAS Testing  The TEAS V Test is a Nursing Program pre-entrance requirement.  TEAS V testing assesses an applicants knowledge in the areas of Math, Science, Reading and English. Applicants must achieve a 62% composite score to be considered for admission into the Mendocino College Nursing Program.
  • To Register for the TEAS exam, or for information and study guides go to Study and testing resources are also available online through the Mendocino College Library. Click on Learning Express Library, go to the "Resources" tab, then "Prepare for an Entrance Exam" in the left column.
  • Potential students are strongly encouraged to use college resources, and their own study materials in addition to ATI prep information to prepare for the TEAS V exam.  If during an application period, a student has taken the exam within the past year and did not receive a 62% or higher, the student is ineligible to apply for the nursing program at this time.
  • Formula for Acceptance The initial criteria for admission into the Nursing program is based on the Chancellors Office Formula for Acceptance. Scoring for each applicant is calculated based on a weighted formula that considers Science gpa, English  gpa , and overall gpa. A negative calculation is scored if an applicant has repeated one of the science prerequisites (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology) due to a non-passing grade (D or F) in the previous 7 years. Applicants must score at 80% or above to be considered for acceptance. We accept 18 students per year into the RN program. We also maintain a short alternate list of applicants in the event that any of the 18 applicants decline admittance.  Enter your grades in the Formula for Acceptance spreadsheet to calculate your score.
  • Lottery Randomization  Applications that score at 80% or above in the Formula for Acceptance, and meet all other requirements, are chosen by a random computerized selection process (lottery). Those who are sent offers of admission will still need to meet other criteria as described in the application handbook including a background check and timely response to additional program requirements. 

   & Workshops





A Mandatory Pre-Application Workshop is required for applicants applying to the Nursing Program. Attendance is required for RN, LVN to RN Bridge, and Advanced Standing Applicants.

All applicants must attend an in-person pre-application workshop. An online option is not available at this time.

  • Must bring picture ID.
  • Admittance to orientation workshop on a space available basis only.
  • You need only attend on orientation no matter how many times you apply.
  • All workshops will be held in the Grove area of the Ukiah campus in Room 6610.
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Pre-Application Orientation Workshop Dates for the 2015-2016 school  year are:

October 7, 2015      1:00 to 2:00 pm.

October 21, 2015    1:00 to 2:00 pm.

October 28, 2015    1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Two Additional dates will be posted for January/February. Please check back for these dates.

To attend an orientation please register online beginning September 1st 2015 for an available pre-application workshop.
*Please note that you must input the registration date using the pop-up calendar or scroll down menu.


Nursing Program Frequently
Asked Questions

Do I need to be a resident of the District to apply to the nursing program? No, all applications are considered for admission.

Do you keep a waiting list? No.  If an applicant is not accepted into the nursing program, they can re-apply for the next class if they want to be reconsidered for admission.  A new completed application (including new official transcripts) is required each time an applicant applies. 

Do you have a part-time or evening program?  No, nursing courses are generally during the day, Monday through Thursdays.  Clinical hours can extend beyond these hours and may include Fridays, evenings and weekends.

How long does the Nursing Program take to complete? It is a 4-semester program with summers off for the full RN program.  For the LVN to RN program it is three semesters.  

How long does it take to complete the program from starting the prerequisites and general education courses to finishing the nursing program? It could take from three and a half years to six years (or more) depending on how quickly you progress through the prerequisite and general education courses.

Can I work while I am in the program? There is no restriction against working while enrolled in the Nursing Program. It is not wise, however, to work more than 16 hours a week as it may interfere with your success in the nursing program. There are many hours per week of reading/studying in addition to course and clinical hours.  You will not be permitted to leave early or arrive late to clinical or class because of your job.  There are clinical attendance requirements that are strictly adhered to.

Can I send in an application now?  Applications are accepted only during application periods (each October for LVN to RN Bridge Program, and each February/March for 2 year RN Program).  You can check for dates for the next application period on the nursing web pages.  It is your responsibility to submit an application at the appropriate time. 

How do you select your students for the program?  Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements are chosen by a grade based formula which takes into account a student’s overall grade point average, the grade point average for Anatomy/Physiology/Microbiology courses, and College English gpa.  We do not accept letters of recommendation or take experience into consideration.  For those who meet a minimum cut score on this grade based formula they are then chosen via a random lottery for admission. 

How many students do you accept? Currently, we accept up to 18 students per class, and then fill the class to a maximum of 24 with LVNs (who enter with advanced standing) in the second year of each class. 

How can I find out if the courses I am taking at another college are equivalent to the prerequisite courses at Mendocino College?  Students should have a college counselor evaluate inquiries regarding course equivalency for courses taken. Mendocino College will make the final determination of course equivalency at the time of application.

I took a combined Anatomy and Physiology course with a lab. Will that count? If you took a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, you will need to have completed a two semester sequence combined Anatomy and Physiology that has a lab each semester.  Mendocino College requires at least 8 units of combined Anatomy and Physiology with labs, or a separate 4-5 unit Anatomy course with lab and 4-5 unit Physiology course with lab.  No online science courses are accepted to meet this requirement.

Will someone in the Nursing Program go over my transcripts with me to see if I am missing anything? No, the Nursing Program office cannot evaluate individual transcripts. Please seek the assistance of the Counseling Department (707-468-3048) and Admissions and Records for transcript evaluation.

I was educated in another country. Will my coursework transfer to Mendocino College? You will need to have a professional evaluation of your foreign transcript completed. The evaluation is not simply a translation of the courses, but rather it consists of a careful analysis of the actual content of the coursework you took in your country’s college or university.  This is often a costly process, and it is your responsibility to have this done well in advance of application.  There are several different agencies that can do this evaluation.  Seek assistance from the Counseling Department, or view the nursing application for acceptable agencies.  These courses may count toward general education courses but not for prerequisite courses or nursing courses.

How much will the program cost? The approximate cost of the 2-year program is $4000.00. This includes tuition fees, books, uniforms, shoes, medical/dental examinations, in-program and NCLEX-RN testing fees, and background check/drug screen clearance. The advanced-standing student (LVN to RN student) can expect to spend approximately $2000.00, inclusive of testing fees and background check/drug screen clearance. Click here for a complete list of estimated costs of the Nursing Program.

Do I have to have a background check and drug screen? Yes.  Hospitals are now requiring nursing students to have a background check and drug screen prior to entering the hospital for clinical experience. The one-time cost is currently around $45.00 for each. 

My coursework is old. Do I have to re-take any classes? Anatomy, physiology and microbiology must have been completed within the last 10 years if you received a grade of  "A" or "B" in the course.  If you received a grade of  "C" the class must have been completed within the past 5 years. No online science courses will be accepted as prerequisites.  There is no longer an option to waive the recency requirement for these courses.

What facilities do you use for clinical experience?  Hospitals include Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (Willits), Oakland Children’s Hospital and Research Center (Oakland), Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (Santa Rosa), Sutter Lakeside Hospital (Lakeport), Ukiah Valley Medical Center (Ukiah).  In addition many clinics and offices are utilized for clinical experience.  These are mostly within the Mendocino-Lake College District but some require driving long distances and this should be taken into account when considering the program.

Do you offer transportation to the clinical sites?  No, transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the student.  You will need dependable transportation throughout the nursing program and should figure transportation and lodging costs into your financial planning for nursing school.

Do I have to take the TEAS V test?  Yes.  Applicants are required to take the TEAS 5 test which is an assessment of math, science, english and language skills.  This test must be passed with a minimum composite score of 62% (as determined by the Chancellor's Office for Community Colleges).  If you have taken the TEAS V in the last year we only will accept the FIRST score within that time period.  Information can be found on this exam at and it is recommended that applicants prepare in advance for this test utilizing the available study guide (see online link). 

If I am an LVN and don't have IV certification, where can I find that?  

·  HLH 173 or IV Certification. For IV certification contact one of the following:

Where can I take a CPR class?

Local hospitals usually provide CPR for healthcare provider training.  Make sure your CPR is through American Heart or American Red Cross and is for healthcare providers.

Contact Info

Contact Information

Mendocino College
Nursing Program, Room 6650
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
Tel: 707-468-3099

Dr Viki Chaudrue, RN, MSNEd, Ed.D; Director, Nursing Program:
707-467-1055 Email:

Fran Laughton, RN, MSN; Assistant Director, Nursing Program; Nursing Faculty:

Nora Danning, RN, BSN; Nursing Faculty:
707-467-1025 Email:

Lisa Woods, RN, MSN, MA; Nursing Faculty:
707-468-3017 Email:

Ginger Bushway Program Support Specialist and Part-time Instructor:
707-468-3099 Fax: 707-467-6047

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