Irvine-based Stanbridge College will start an associate of science in nursing program in October.

The aim of the new effort is for a shorter, starter program from which students could transition into the school’s bachelor’s and master’s programs in nursing.

Stanbridge also has a diploma program in vocational nursing.

The new program is 19 months long and includes a nursing skills lab using simulation mannequins and test preparation for the registered nursing exam, known as NCLEX-RN.

Stanbridge is a private vocational and technical college with roughly 1,200 students, mainly in healthcare-related fields.