ROCKLIN, April 3, 2018 – The Sierra College Nursing Program has recently been ranked third out of 131 programs in the State of California by a national online service that grades college nursing programs, RegisteredNursing.Org. The ranking covered the years 2013 through 2017.

As stated on the organization’s website: “Sierra College is a forerunner in nursing education. Students learn to apply up-to-date care models for patients at all stages of the life continuum.” The ranking is important in that Nursing programs are assessed on several factors, which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. The organization analyzed past and present National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rates, weighted by year.

Sierra College Nursing Program earned a score of 98.23 for its Associated Degree Nursing (ADN) and ADN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) which is in collaboration with California State University Sacramento (CSUS).The BSN program gives selected Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students an opportunity to pursue their Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degree concurrently during the ADN program.

“I think the ranking is indicative of not just our extremely high pass rate, but also shows the very solid relationship we have with our community partners,” Nancy James, Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health commented, “Sutter Roseville hospital hires a lot of our graduates because they are solid students who are ready to work as registered nurses when they graduate.”

Because of its reputation for excellence, the program has more students applying for entrance than are accepted. The program uses a multi-criteria approach to select students, thereby ensuring that the students selected can handle the rigors and expectations of nursing school. To help provide options to the 4,000 students who say they would like to major in nursing when they apply to Sierra into the correct healthcare fields, Allied Health department has recently added a Medical Assistant (MA) program. This program, along with the current Nursing Assistant program, will provide additional opportunities for entry level positions in healthcare and allow graduates to experience employment in the hospitals, clinics or long-term care, before committing to the four-year educational path of nursing school. Students are currently taking the prerequisites for the MA program this spring and the first classes will begin in the fall 2018 semester.

For more information about the Nursing Program, check out the website at

Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills.  Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at