Do you love to help people and have a strong background in science and math? There is a huge demand for nurses. Nursing is flexible, challenging and well-paying, and you’ll be making a difference in people’s lives.

Multiple Tracks to Enhance Your Nursing Career

Careers in Primary Care, Oncology and Emergency Nursing

Not only are nurses well-paid, but they are constantly in demand and their skills can be used in a variety of health care roles. From psychiatric to occupational nursing, you can become a nurse in any health field.

  • If you like to travel, become an army nurse or traveling nurse.
  • Start a career in pediatric nursing or family nursing, or become a school nurse or nurse midwife.
  • Become a mental health nurse, oncology nurse, emergency nurse or hospice nurse.

About Nursing Program

Transfer and Re-Entry Students

Our Associate Degree Nursing program accepts transfer and re-entry students. Please refer to the catalog for requirements. Transfer into the nursing program is done on a space available basis.

Military Personnel and Veterans

Military Personnel and Veterans may be eligible for enrollment into the second or third semester of the Sierra College Associate Degree Nursing Program, based on work experience. Please meet with a veteran’s counselor prior to application submission.

Pathway I – General ADN Program (enrollment into the second semester)
  1. Education and experience* must meet all general entrance requirements of Sierra College and the nursing program. (*Experience must be equal to that of the NRSR 21 clinical experience.)
  2. Recency requirements for certain prerequisite courses are in place (per program policy).
  3. Course equivalency must be verified for each course according to Sierra College and program policy.
  4. California Community Colleges currently does not provide equivalency of the Joint Service Transcript as an accredited college transcript at this time.
  5. Candidates must meet the same eligibility requirements for admission into the Sierra College ADN program as other applicants, including completion of: 

    A. Science, English and math prerequisite courses
    B. General education courses for the Associate Science Degree (ASD)
    C. Achieve a minimum of 70 points on the multi-criteria entrance form

Disclaimer About Our Program

While we have attempted to provide thorough information about our program on this website, we urge students to seek further information or clarification from an academic counselor or Nursing Department staff member.

Additionally, please be aware that bachelor’s and master’s degree nursing programs at four-year colleges and universities differ widely in transfer and credit-granting policies, requirements and course offerings. Students planning on seeking advanced degrees in nursing should obtain appropriate college catalogs.

Program Requirements

These are the essential functions required of ALL nursing students:

Motor Capability

  1. Move from room to room and maneuver in small places.
  2. Transfer patients who may require physical assistance.
  3. Guard and assist patients with ambulation.
  4. Lift and carry 20-30 pounds.
  5. Squat, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, kneel, use standing balance and climb stairs.
  6. Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity.
  7. Adjust, apply and clean therapeutic equipment.
  8. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  9. Travel to and from academic and clinical sites.
  10. In the average clinical day, students sit 1-2 hours, stand 6-7 hours and travel 1-2 hours.

Sensory Capability

  1. Coordinate verbal and manual instruction.
  2. Assess a client 10 feet away to observe a client’s posture and respond to treatment.
  3. Respond to a timer, alarm or cries for help.
  4. Monitor vital signs.
  5. Hearing, visual and tactile ability sufficient to assess patient status and perform treatments. Examples: color changes in skin, hear heart or lung sounds.

Communication Ability

  1. Communicate effectively in English with patients, families and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing. Examples: explain treatment procedures, teach patient and families, and document in medical records.
  2. Effectively adapt communication for the intended audience.
  3. Interact, establish rapport with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
  4. Assume the role of a health care team member.
  5. Function effectively under supervision.

Problem Solving Ability

  1. Function effectively under stress.
  2. Test-taking within predefined time constraints.
  3. Respond appropriately to emergencies.
  4. Adhere to infection control procedures.
  5. Demonstrate problem-solving skills in client care (measure, calculate, reason, prioritize and synthesize data).
  6. Use sound judgment and safety precautions.
  7. Address problems or questions to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
  8. Organize and prioritize tasks.
  9. Follow the policies and procedures required by clinical and academic settings.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements

As of August 5, 2021, The State of California, Department of Public Health, put forth the Order of the State Public Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement (“Order”). This Order defines “workers” and includes among them nurses and nursing students. Our program partner hospitals requested that nursing students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1, 2021.

Though the Order lists some exceptions, the surrounding health care facilities are requiring proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to be submitted to the facility, just as we do for many other required vaccines (Hep B, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, influenza), as well as wearing of surgical and/or higher-level respirators (NIOSH) for the entire time in the facility.  Students must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination without reliance on a potential exemption since we work with multiple partner hospitals with different policies and rules.

In the same fashion that our nursing program requirements reflect the vaccines, BLS, PPD, background checks, drug screening and blood titers historically required by our clinical partners, we must include COVID-19 vaccination and approved NIOSH face covering fit testing so that we can appropriately prepare nursing students for licensure, meet facility, and state regulations and keep our students as safe as possible.