College of Nursing and Allied Health
Vivian Branchick, MSN, BSN, RN
The Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health is a public community college that is owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles. The College supports the educational needs of the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, the LAC Department of Health Services (DHS), and the LA County healthcare community by providing learning centered educational programs and career development opportunities for healthcare students.
In 1895 the College Training School for Nurses was founded under the direction of LAC Hospital and USC College of Medicine. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the School in 1901. The School was renamed the LAC Medical Center School of Nursing in 1968 to coincide with the hospital name change to the LAC+USC Medical Center. The Education and Consulting Services (EDCOS) nursing professional development division of the Medical Center and the LAC Medical Center School of Nursing (SON) merged in 1998 to form the LAC College of Nursing and Allied Health.
The College achieves its mission by graduating 100 to 150 students with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing every year. Over 98% of these SON graduates pass their national licensing exam. Nurses from DHS acute care facilities receive critical care, emergency, pediatric, specialty training and certifications through EDCOS division programs.