SBCC's school of nursing VN Grads 2017

School of Nursing

Become a Registered Nurse, Vocational Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant


SBCC's School of Nursing offers programs that rank among the top in the nation. Experienced faculty will give you hands-on experience to succeed. Find which program is right for you.

NCLEX and NCSBN logos on top of  apicture of a nurse

SBCC Nursing students achieved a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam for the quarter ending March 31, 2024.* Congratulations students and faculty for all of your hard work and achievements!

*Source: Pearson VUE reporting database 

Our Programs

An SBCC nursing student.

Vocational Nursing Program

Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

This three-semester program prepares students to function as licensed vocational nurses, who give care to patients in hospitals, homes, clinics and extended care centers. Learn how to apply here. This program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Graduates receive the Santa Barbara City College Certificate of Completion and are eligible to apply to take the examination for licensure to practice as a licensed vocational nurse.

Two SBCC nursing students with a dummy.

Certified Nursing Assistant Program and Home Health Aid Program

Learn Basic Nursing Care

These programs prepare students to give basic nursing care and learn how to care for the elderly through classroom and clinical experience.  Learn how to apply here. This program meets the requirements for the California Certified Nursing Assistant and graduates are qualified to take the State Certification Exam.

Two Santa Barbara City College nursing students.

Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Become a Registered Nurse

This program prepares students to become competent entry-level professional registered nurses, lifelong learners and active community members. Learn how to apply. This program is approved by California State Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Graduates of this program are qualified to take the state board examination for licensure as registered nurses..


Degrees and Certificates


More Information

In addition to the policies and standards of Santa Barbara City College, Health Technologies programs have policies and requirements based on the professional standards and guidelines of their individual regulating state and national accrediting boards. These additional policies and requirements are described in the handbook for each individual program.  The Registered Nursing program is approved and accredited by:

California State Board of Registered Nursing (B.R.N.)
PO Box 944210 Sacramento, CA 94244-2100
Ph: 916-322-3350 web address:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, N.E. Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Ph: 404-975-5000  web address: 

 Note: For information on other Health Technologies programs, refer to the SBCC Catalog sections on Allied Health, Health Information Technology & Cancer Management, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Reimbursement Specialist and Radiographic/Imaging Science.


Contact Us

Health Technologies Office

Program Support: Margarita Silva
Room A-218
Phone number: (805) 965-0581 ext. 4166

Division: Health/Human Services

ADN Director, Mary Sullivan
Room A-218

VN Director, Rosette Strandberg
Room A-218

Nursing Academic Counselor, Kimberly Taylor

Dean, Alan Price
Room A-218
(805) 965-0581 ext. 3044

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