Program Purpose: Students who complete the associate degree program in nursing will develop the necessary knowledge and skills essential to the function of registered nurses in the direct care of clients. Students will be able to 1)demonstrate and foster high standards of nursing practice; 2) provide competent and safe care in a variety of settings to individuals or groups of clients with diverse self-care needs across the life span by utilizing the nursing process for knowledgeable decision-making and judgment based on critical thinking, clinical competence, collaboration and accountability; and 3) demonstrate management skills in providing care to individuals and groups of clients with diverse needs.
Program Description: The nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Upon completion of the Associate Degree program in Nursing, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse. The student must have fulfilled all requirements as defined by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Students who choose not to complete the degree requirements are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination after completion of content required for licensure. Please be advised that not all states recognize registered nurses who choose this option. Please contact the ADN program director for additional information.
Many of the courses assigned to this curriculum are transfer courses and articulation is possible with the baccalaureate programs in nursing at the California State University campuses. The courses may be applied as a foundation for advanced work at the discretion of the accepting institution. Courses are taken on campus concurrently with supervised clinical experience in selected hospitals and agencies, constituting a nursing science practicum or laboratory experience. Although each course merits a letter grade, the laboratory experience is based on pass-fail and it is necessary to pass the laboratory section of the course in order to proceed in nursing. Failure in the laboratory portion of a nursing course constitutes an F in the course.
For successful completion of the program, a minimum grade of C is mandatory in all courses required for the nursing major. These include courses outside the discipline of nursing but required for the major, such as anatomy, microbiology, etc. Although a “C” is acceptable in one of the biological science courses, the overall science GPA must be 2.5 or higher with no more than one withdrawal, D or F in either anatomy, physiology or microbiology. In addition, the student must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 to be admitted. If the student has a GPA of < 2.5 or more than one W, D or F in a science course, he / she must see a nursing counselor to develop a remediation plan. The student must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 to continue in the nursing program.
Courses are taken on campus concurrent with supervised clinical laboratory experience in selected hospitals and agencies which serve as extended campus sites. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to the extended campus sites, some of which are a distance from the College.
PROGRAM LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- Demonstrate and foster high standards of nursing practice.
- Provide competent and safe care in a variety of settings to an individual family, group, or community of clients with diverse self-care needs across the life span by utilizing the nursing process for knowledgeable decision-making and judgment based on critical thinking, clinical competence, collaboration and accountability.
- Demonstrate management skills in providing care to individuals, families, groups or communities/aggregates of clients with diverse needs.