SB 1393

SB 1393 pertains to any student with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) awarded in the United States now seeking a nursing degree from a California Community College. It does not apply to any applicant with a foreign bachelor’s degree or higher.

SECTION 1. Section 66055.8 of the Education Code is amended to read:

66055.8. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a campus of the California State University or the California Community Colleges that operates a registered nursing program shall not require a student who has been admitted to that registered nursing program and who has already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education to undertake any coursework other than the coursework that is unique and exclusively required to earn a nursing degree from that institution.


Per the California Board of Registered Nursing and California Code of Regulations Section 1426, the following coursework is required for RN examination and endorsement applicants:

  • Communication skills shall include principals of:
    • Oral communication
    • Written communication
    • Group communication
  • Related natural sciences shall include:
    • Anatomy with lab
    • Physiology with lab
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Behavioral sciences (Psychology)
    • Social sciences