Nursing Science


The mission of the Ventura College School of Nursing is to enhance the health of a diverse community by providing excellence in nursing education to develop professional nurses who represent and serve diverse communities; by creating an environment of closeness and willingness to help others; by utilizing nursing research, fostering a community that supports critical thinking, the acquisition of knowledge and the ability to make sound clinical judgments; and by advocating for continuous improvement in the health care system and the profession of nursing.

The School of Nursing responds to the needs of our community in developing the curriculum; and aligns itself with our community service partners in providing educational experiences for the students.

The faculty use diverse teaching strategies to meet the varied learning styles and learning needs of our students. Faculty are committed to assisting all students to achieve their professional goals by providing a supportive environment for learning and personal growth in an accessible learning environment. Student support programs are utilized to assist students in achieving academic success from entry to graduation.

Program Description

The nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and received national accreditation from the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing, Inc (formerly known as the National League for Nursing AC.) Upon completion of the Associate Degree program in Nursing , students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse. The student must have fulfilled all requirements as defined by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Students who choose not to complete the degree requirements are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination after completion of content required for licensure. Please be advised that not all states recognize registered nurses who choose this option. Please contact the ADN program director for additional information.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the associate degree program in nursing will develop the necessary knowledge and skills essential to the function of registered nurses in the direct care of clients. Students will be able to 1) demonstrate and foster high standards of nursing practice; 2) provide competent and safe care in a variety of settings to individuals or groups of patients with diverse self-care needs across the life span by utilizing the nursing process for knowledgeable decision-making and judgment based on critical thinking, clinical competence, collaboration and accountability, and 3) demonstrate management skills in providing care to individuals and groups of patients with diverse needs.

Area Dean: Dr. Kathleen Schrader
Phone: (805) 289-6269
Office: MCW-313

Administrative Assistant: Tammy Wilson
Phone: (805) 289-6276
Location: MCW (3rd Floor)

Coordinator: Sandy Melton
Phone: (805) 289-6171
Office: HSC Bldg (1st Floor)

Administrative Assistant: Catherine Faulkner
Phone: (805) 289-6169
Location: HSC Bldg (1st Floor)

School of Nursing 
Phone: (805) 289-6342

Full Time Faculty: Veronica Berardi, Lesley Daley, Heidi Dalton, Nena Jaramillo, Grace Khatcherian, Patricia King, Claudia Peter (Assistant Director), Ellen Rearick, Melanie Tallakson
Counselors: Angelica Gonzalez, Bea Herrera

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Ventura College offers a two year associate degree in nursing (ADN) through the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Learning opportunities consistent with the requirements of the California Board of Registered Nursing are provided and are based on our program's philosophy and objectives. The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing(BRN). As of August, 2013 the program has gained national accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Accreditation by the ACEN is an independent choice by Ventura College and validates that the nursing program meets higher standards of nursing education. Nursing is a vocational program leading to completion of an associate degree, to licensure and /or to transfer.

Accreditation Agencies

BRN Approval
Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, Ca. 95834-1924
(916) 322-3350

Mailing Address:
Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, Ca 94244-2100

National Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (Formerly known as: National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission)
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Ga 30326

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)




Information on this website is subject to frequent change.

As our college and programs evolve, we are continually reevaluating how we can best serve our students while still fulfilling the needs of our local health care community. With such reevaluations, change is inevitable. We strive to notify our students and the community of any changes in our policies and practices as quickly as possible.