Registered nurses account for the largest group of employees among all the health occupations. Nurses also have some of the most demanding and rewarding work experiences. They work anywhere from acute care hospitals to independent practices, emergency centers, schools, homes and research centers. Depending on the work environment, the work of nurses can include some, if not all, of the following: providing bedside care, preparing patients for different procedures, monitoring patient care, administering treatment and medicine, assisting with surgeries, and managing and planning nursing activities. Most importantly, nurses educate patients and serve as advocates for patients and families.

Employment Outlook

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 the number of openings for registered nurses (RNs) to increase by over 12%. For more detailed information about positions in the nursing field, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below:

  • Registered Nurses (SOC 29-1141)

Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success

A male nurse prepares an IV bag.

Registered nurses must be licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing in order to seek employment. Licensure requires the study of nursing theory and clinical practice in an approved program, such as that offered at De Anza College. In addition to licensing requirements, nurses must have solid knowledge of biology and chemistry in order to understand different pathological conditions. Good judgment and critical thinking skills are essential to be an effective nurse practitioner. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are also important qualities for being a successful, professional nurse.

General Info About the Program

The Nursing Program has been an important part of De Anza College since the school opened in 1967. Because of the program’s excellent reputation in the community, De Anza’s Nursing Program graduates are recruited by health care institutions in Silicon Valley and throughout Northern California. The Nursing Program provides students with state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, laboratories and clinical setting exposure. The outstanding faculty, who are content- and clinical-experts in their respective fields, facilitate unique opportunities for a professional nursing education.

Nursing Degree Programs

Associate Degrees (A.S.)

For more information contact the Nursing Department:
Biological, Health, and Environmental Sciences Division
De Anza's Kirsch Center
(408) 864-5618

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