College of the Canyons holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.  The College is now currently working on applying for initial accreditation.
 Registered Nursing Program
Registered Nursing Program
College of the Canyons is a well-respected two-year registered nursing program that is approved by the State Board of Registered Nurses and accredited by the Accreditation Commission​ for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN, formerly NLNAC). It is designed to prepare the student for the responsibilities and knowledge required for the entry-level registered nurse. The successful nursing program graduate will qualify to receive a certificate of completion, an Associate Degree in Nursing, and take the national licensure examination to become a registered nurse.​


The mission of the Nursing Program at College of the Canyons is to provide relevant quality nursing education at the lower division level in order to meet the ongoing needs of the professional nursing workforce. The program adjusts continually to changes within the body of nursing knowledge as well as changes in the health care system to prepare entry-level professionals to work in a variety of settings. The faculty strive to meet the educational needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles while facilitating life-long learning and the pursuit of advanced educational goals. 


College of the Canyons’ Nursing program produces entry level professional nurses who skillfully utilize knowledge, skills and attitudes from the physical, behavioral and nursing sciences, as well as from the humanities to provide safe and effective care applying evidence based practice.

To our students: The recent decision by California State University Northridge to close their Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Program will not impact those students in the COC/CSUN Collaborative ADN/BSN Program. The ABSN Program is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree. 

Want to Apply to the RN Program? ​Plan to Attend an Information Session!​​

Evidence of Public Posting of Accreditation Interest for NLN-CNEA 

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Santa Clarita Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic groups, identity, religion, sex, age, color, national origin, marital status, mental disability or physical disability including persons with AIDS/ARC/HIV in any of its policies, procedure, or practices. This nondiscrimination statement covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, the District's programs, services and activities.