Registered Nursing

Required Health Insurance

Incoming Registered Nursing Students: Recent changes in health care have caused clinical facilities to mandate that all nursing students carry health insurance. All nursing students must have documentation of health insurance to be allowed to provide patient care in the clinical areas. This required health insurance differs from the mandatory health fee collected from each enrolled Cypress College student.

For students who do not have health insurance, this process needs to be started through Covered California as soon as possible since the process may take several months.

Nursing Program Application

The Registered Nursing Program will prepare you to become a Registered Nurse. Our program offers instruction in the classroom, along with clinical experience in hospitals and other health care and community agencies.

Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to take the California RN Licensure Exam, NCLEX.

After passing the NCLEX, as a Registered Nurse, you will have many employment opportunities to include:

  • Clinics
  • Home health care agencies
  • Hospice agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long term care facilities
  • Physician offices
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Prisons

Graduates will also be eligible to apply to RN-BSN programs to further their nursing education.

Interested students will need to attend an information session. This meeting will help to answer questions about the program and its requirements. This is excellent preparation for students who wish to apply for acceptance into the program.

Program Information

Please read the Registered Nursing Program Brochure to get detailed information about the application process for admission to the Registered Nursing Program. Carefully read the:

  • Minimum Standards for Applicants
  • Application Procedures
  • Nursing Entrance Exam Information
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Curriculum Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Learn more about the program at our free information workshops. These workshops explain about the Registered Nursing Program, career directions in Registered Nursing, Career Mobility (LVN to RN) and provide direction in the enrollment process at Cypress College. For workshop dates and times, click on the Health Science Events Calendar to the left. Handouts covered at the RN information workshop are available to download here:


Tech Ed III, Room 200

Contact Information

T: (714) 484-7283


Full-Time Faculty

Shirley Ashburn RN, MSN
Sally Frumkin RN, MSN
Michael Faraci RN, MSN
Darlene Fishman RN, MSN- Director
Carol Harvey RN, MSN, CNS, Assistant Director
Katie Kruse RN, MSN
Denise Markus RN, MSN (Cypress Alumni 1987)
Sally McNay RN, MSN (Cypress Alumni 1989)
Liz Putman RN, MSN, FNP
Susie Smith RN, MSN
Judy Swytak RN, MSN
Wendy Valencia RN, MSN, FNP
Jane Walker RN, MSN
Marredda Williams
Janet Winckler RN, MN

Adjunct Faculty

Linda Martin RN, MS Mentor/Tutor
Cindy Hoefflin RN, BSN Mentor/Tutor
Nancy Smith RN, BSN Mentor/Tutor (Cypress Alumni)
  • Many more adjunct faculty, not listed support this department.

Classified Staff

Jennifer Franklin-Office Manager
Lydia Jewell-Admissions Specialist
Dawn Sontag-HS Division Secretary
Jennifer Wheeler-Instructional Aide

Health Science Counselors

Kelly Carter
Denise Vo