College News


KQED TV Fund Drive

ACN volunteers participated in a televised fundraiser at the KQED studio in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Among the volunteers were vocational nursing students Brigette Cervantes, Caroline Chu, and Adam Clar. They were also joined by staff volunteers Abigail Roxas, Marcio Roxas, and Michelle Soriano. The group had a busy and enjoyable night taking donations over the phone and sampling some delicious local foods provided by KQED. Our ACN volunteers helped raise over $30,000 to support public broadcasting and are looking forward to participating in future events.


Bone Marrow Drive Held at American College of Nursing

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) held a Bone Marrow Drive on the American College of Nursing campus. AADP is a community non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the availability of potential stem cell donors for patients with life threatening diseases curable by a stem cell transplant. An AADP representative addressed the ACN student body and shared the need for an increased number of donors from the Asian, Pacific Islander, and multi-racial communities. Students and visitors were given the opportunity to join the donor registry.


Health and Biosciences Career Fair at St. Mary’s College

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the American College of Nursing and other organizations, including Kaiser Permanente and John Muir Health, sponsored a Health and Biosciences Career Fair at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. Representatives from the American College of Nursing spoke with high school students about pursuing a career as a psychiatric technician or a licensed vocational nurse. David Vargas, a student currently enrolled in ACN’s Psych Tech program, shared his experiences in the program and highlighted the increased need for psych techs and the opportunities for specialization.


ACN Celebrates 4th Annual Founder’s Day

Thursday, April 21, 2011 marked the fourth annual Founder’s Day Celebration at the American College of Nursing. The school’s founders, Dr. Laura Smith McKenna and Dr. Orilynn Giron, spoke with the student body about ACN’s history as a vocational nursing school and presented the school’s achievements and future endeavors. In attendance were students of the Vocational Nursing and the Certified Nursing Assistant Training programs, as well as several alumni and board members. In the past four years, ACN has continued to grow and excel with the launch of its Psychiatric Technician program and recent partnership with Holy Names University.



Congratulations to the VN Program Graduates

On Sunday, June 20, 2010, the students of the 2009-2010 VN Program graduated at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, CA. We praise our students for all their hard work and encourage them to stay motivated as they prepare for the NCLEX-VN/PN!

Click here to watch part of the Salutatorian speech.




May 21, 2010: American Red Cross comes to the ACN Campus

This past Friday, the American College of Nursing hosted the CNA Certification Exam administered by the American Red Cross. The examination consists of two parts, the Skills Test and the Written Test. The next Certification Exam at ACN will be held on Friday, July 16, 2010.





April 24, 2010: American College of Nursing Sponsors the FIBL All-Star Weekend

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, players from the American College of Nursing basketball team participated in the FIBL “A Shot for the River” All-Star Weekend in Hayward, CA. The event celebrated World Earth Day on April 22 and a tournament was held to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Pasig River in the Philippines. The champion of the three-point shootout was ACN’s very own Charles Cadiz who, in addition to a trophy, received a generous cash prize of $300, donated by the American College of Nursing. Thanks to various fundraisers, including the $10 buy-in for the three-point shootout, the six hour event managed to raise around $2,000 for the Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig River project, which is translated: Linking Arms for the Pasig River.