Program Description

The Registered Nursing Program at Merced College prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) and is designed to prepare competent nurses for service in the community.  The Registered Nursing Program requires two academic years beyond the completion of the prerequisite courses and non-Nursing breadth requirements.  Graduates will earn the Associate of Science Degree upon completion of designated courses and competency requirements.

Students must adhere to clearance requirements in order to be accepted into, and continue enrollment in, Allied Health Programs' clinical courses. Requirements include: background checks, drug screenings, vaccinations and boosters (for example, COVID-19).  Merced College Allied Health Programs do not accept religious nor medical exemptions.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Nursing, Registered:

  • Nursing, Registered (AS)

See Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions (current & past MC Catalogs)


The Allied Health Center houses a complete Registered Nursing Skills Lab, large computer lab, conference rooms, study rooms and multiple large and small classrooms. The Registered Nursing Program has stateof-the-art equipment and software that assist students with learning current procedures, including 3 high-fidelity manikins for Simulation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Merced College Registered Nursing Program is to prepare our students for careers as professional Registered Nurses by providing a continually-improving educational program which is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and by instilling in our students a commitment to continued professional growth and lifelong learning.

Registered Nursing Faculty

Click (Here) for the list of Faculty & Staff. 


Allied Health Counselors are located in the Counseling and Guidance Area (Lesher Student Services Building - 2nd Floor).  Contact (209) 381-6478 or email to make an appointment.


The Registered Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).