Registered Nurse (RN)

What will I learn in this program?

Registered nurses (RN) are the largest group among all the health care occupations.  The majority of RNs are employed by hospitals, home health agencies and/or skilled nursing facilities.  RNs have direct contact with patients; they assess the patient’s health and needs, develop and implement care plans, educate patients and families about maintaining health and managing chronic illness, and maintain medical records.  Prospective RNs in California must complete an educational program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and successfully pass the RN licensure exam (NCLEX®). 

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Registered Nurse

$99,596 (SF Bay Area)

Job demand expected to grow faster than average growth rate for occupations

According to the California labor market occupational guide, jobs for RNs are expected to increase by 9.8%, or 1,530 jobs, between 2006 and 2016.  These are generally high paying jobs with benefits. 

The demand for RNs is forecasted to continue to grow due to the aging US population requiring additional health care and the average age of the RN employed in the US is 46.8.  Many of these RNs will be retiring in the near future. Studies have shown that patient outcomes are improved when nursing care is provided by RNs, resulting in mandatory staffing ratios in California.

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Before applying, students must complete the following prerequisite courses:
Anatomy 25
Physiology 1 or 12
Microbiology 12
English 1A
Math 840 or placed into Math 860

Science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years at the time of enrollment to the Nursing program.

Must have an overall GPA of 2.5 in science and English 1A.

An applicant can repeat only one of the science courses.  More than one (1) repetition of any of the science courses will disqualify the applicant. Repetition of a science course is defined as repeating a course due to a previous grade of “D”, “F” or “W”.

Does this program have any special costs?

Students spend approximately $1000 or more the first semester of the program to cover the cost of college tuition, required uniform purchase, nursing equipment, skills lab practice kit, health insurance, malpractice insurance, textbooks, required health requirements, and successful completion of CPR/Basic Cardiac Life Support for health professionals.

Succeeding semesters cost between $400-500 for college tuition, textbooks, malpractice insurance and maintaining health screenings.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

AS Nursing

On completion of the program graduates are eligible to take the RN licensure exam (NCLEX®)

4 semesters following completion of pre-requisites


*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

For more information, go to the Registered Nursing Department website:

Contact Information:
Debra M. Giusto, Department Chair
Department of Registered Nursing
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue, Room C340
San Francisco, CA 94112
Telephone: (415) 239-3090
Fax: (415) 239-3989

Additional Resource:
The California Board of Registered Nursing: