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Program Type: AS Degree/Certificate of Achievement

Division: School of Allied Health

Program Description:
NURSING PROGRAMS

I. General admissions requirements for the Registered Nursing and Vocational Nursing Programs:

1. The student must formally apply to the college and is encouraged to make an appointment to see a counselor before enrolling in nursing prerequisite courses.

2. The student must be a United States high school graduate or have a G.E.D. or equivalent.

3. The student must have and maintain a current American Heart Association (AHA) CPR/Basic Life Support Card for health care providers while in a nursing program.

4. Students who have completed previous college nursing course work and are requesting advanced placement must provide transcripts, a copy of course syllabi and/or catalog descriptions and a letter of clinical safety signed by previous Nursing Division Dean/Director. A petition for advanced placement must be filed in Student Services. If the petition is approved, an examination in theory and lab skills may be administered. A grade of C or better must be achieved on this examination.

II. Other Requirements

1. Admission to and continuation in a nursing program requires the student to maintain a grade of C or better in all required nursing courses (prerequisites, requisites, and co-requisites).

2. Once accepted into a nursing program, the student is required to submit evidence of good health documented by a recent physical examination (within the last year), with the required immunizations.

3. Students are expected to comply with the division's clinical uniform standards.

4. Students must provide their own transportation to all on- and off-campus clinical sites. Assignments are scheduled between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., daily.

5. Each theory course has two corequisites, a seminar course and a laboratory course, both of which must be taken concurrently with the theory course.

6. Nursing students must have the ability to communicate effectively. To enhance success in a nursing program, students who have English as a second language are encouraged to enroll in SPCH 003, 010 and MA 115.

7. The California Board of Registered Nursing and the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technician Examiners are required to protect the public by screening applicants for licensure to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are related to nursing qualifications, functions and/or duties. Program applicants who have questions related to eligibility for licensure may contact the Health Sciences Division for referral to the appropriate licensing board.

III. Selection of Students:

ALL ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE PREREQUISITES WILL BE SELECTED ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

BASIC RN PROGRAM


1. ENGL 001A, MICR 002, PYSO 002A and PYSO 002B or ANAT 025 and PYSO 001.

2. Students who were previously admitted to the program and are eligible for readmission.

3. Transfer students. (See I.4.)

REGISTERED NURSING

The Registered Nursing Program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing: BRN, 400 R Street, Suite 4030, Sacramento, CA, 95814-6200, (916) 322-3350.

The Registered Nursing curriculum provides and enhances the student's opportunity to seek employment in hospitals, clinics, private physician's offices, and skilled nursing in extended and long-term care.

Emphasis is placed on nursing theory and concepts to promote, maintain, and restore health in individuals with common and complex health problems throughout the life span. Additionally the development and application of nursing skills and concepts utilizing the nursing process in the care of individuals is emphasized.

Upon completion of the Registered Nursing curriculum, the student receives a Certificate of Achievement, an Associate Degree of Science, and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and if successful will qualify to receive a license from the Board of Registered Nursing to practice nursing in the State of California.

Required Courses

Prerequisites:


ENGL 001A
MICR 002
PYSO 002A and PYSO 002B (or ANAT 025 and PYSO 001)
MATH 400A and B or MATH 402 or higher
Valid AHA CPR/Basic Life Support Card, Course, for health care provider.

Required Non-nursing Courses:

NUTR 011
PSYC 024
SPCH 010 (preferred) or SPCH 001
Humanities
Political Science and U.S. History or American Institutions 125
Critical Thinking (See Associate in Science Degree requirements)

It is recommended that the student complete as many of these non-nursing classes as possible prior to beginning the program.


THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE MUST BE FOLLOWED:
These courses must be completed prior to taking the NCLEX-RN and licensure as required by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing:


Effective Academic Year: 2010 - 2011


Required Units in the Major:    38

Required Courses
  Semester I (11 units)
NURS 050 - FOUNDATIONAL NURSING CARE (4.0 units)
  NURS 050S - FOUNDATIONAL NURSING - SEMINAR (1.0 units)
  NURS 137 - PHARMACOLOGY: DRUGS AND SOLUTIONS (1.0 units)
  NURS 138 - PHARMACOLOGY: PROCESS AND PROBLEMS (1.0 units)
  NURS 050L - FOUNDATIONAL NURSING CARE - CLINICAL (4.0 units)
  &
  Semester II (9 units)
NURS 051 - BEGINNING NURSING (3.0 units)
  NURS 051S - BEGINNING NURSING - SEMINAR (1.0 units)
  NURS 051L - BEGINNING NURSING - CLINICAL (5.0 units)
  &
  Semester III (9 units)
NURS 052 - INTERMEDIATE NURSING CARE (3.0 units)
  NURS 052S - INTERMEDIATE NURSING CARE - SEMINAR (1.0 units)
  NURS 052L - INTERMEDIATE NURSING CARE - CLINICAL (5.0 units)
  &
  Semester IV (9 units)
NURS 053 - ADVANCED MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING (3.0 units)
  NURS 053S - ADVANCED NURSING - SEMINAR (1.0 units)
  NURS 053L - ADVANCED MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING - CLINICAL (5.0 units)

Required Electives (0 Units)

None

Recommended Electives
  ANAT 110 - DISSECTION ANATOMY (2.0 units)
  &
  CHEM 002A - CHEMISTRY - GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY (4.0 units)
  &
  NURS 200 - NURSING LABORATORY (1.0 units)
  &
  NURS 201 - BASIC STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN NURSING EDUCATION (1.0 units)
  &
  NURS 202 - BASIC CLINICAL SKILLS (3.0 units)
  &
  NURS 211 - BASIC CARDIAC DYSRHYTHMIAS (1.0 units)
  &
  NURS 213 - INTRAVENOUS THERAPY AND BLOOD WITHDRAWAL (1.0 units)