Nursing Science

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Mission: The mission of the Ventura College School of Nursing is to enhance the health of a diverse community by providing excellence in nursing education to develop professional nurses who represent and serve diverse communities; by creating an environment of closeness and willingness to help others; by utilizing nursing research, fostering a community that supports critical thinking, the acquisition of knowledge and the ability to make sound clinical judgments; and by advocating for continuous improvement in the health care system and the profession of nursing.

The School of Nursing responds to the needs of our community in developing the curriculum; and aligns itself with our community service partners in providing educational experiences for the students.

The faculty use diverse teaching strategies to meet the varied learning styles and learning needs of our students. Faculty are committed to assisting all students to achieve their professional goals by providing a supportive environment for learning and personal growth in an accessible learning environment. Student support programs are utilized to assist students in achieving academic success from entry to graduation.

Program Description: The nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and received national accreditation from the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing, Inc. 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.

Area Dean: Debbie Newcomb
Phone: (805) 289-6268
Office: MCW-314

Administrative Assistant: Katheryn Solorio
Phone: (805) 289-6276
Location: MCW (3rd Floor)

Program Director: Sandra Melton PhD, ACNS-BC, CNE, RN
Phone: (805) 289-6171
Office: HSC-111

Administrative Assistant: Barbara Arriaga
Phone: (805) 289-6169
Location: HSC-111 (1st Floor)

School of Nursing:  (805) 289-6342

Full Time Faculty: Veronica Berardi, Heidi Dalton, Nena Jaramillo, Grace Khatcherian-Greaney, Cynthia Wetzel, Linda Phelps, Deanna Daniel, Nicole Papay, Theresa Winter.  Counselors: Angelica Gonzalez, Bea Herrera.

Degrees and Certificates Offered:

Ventura College offers a two year associate degree in nursing (ADN) through the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Learning opportunities consistent with the requirements of the California Board of Registered Nursing are provided and are based on our program's philosophy and objectives. The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing(BRN). As of August, 2013 the program has gained national accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Accreditation by the ACEN is an independent choice by Ventura College and validates that the nursing program meets higher standards of nursing education. Nursing is a vocational program leading to completion of an associate degree, to licensure and /or to transfer.

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Student Learning Outcomes:

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In March, Ventura College School of Nursing became a charter of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society. We are proud to be chartered as the Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Nu. Students are recognized for excellence in academics and professional behavior maintaining criteria of a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each nursing course. 

In 2012, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing established the OADN (Organization for Associate Degree Nursing) Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society to recognize the academic excellence of students in the study of Associate Degree Nursing. Since the origination, many charters have been created throughout the state of California!

We are pleased to announce that Ventura College is currently only the second chapter to be chartered in the state of California!

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Accreditation Agencies

BRN Approval
Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, Ca. 95834-1924
Phone: (916) 322-3350

Mailing Address:
Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, Ca. 94244-2100

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Ga 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

OADN Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society
Delta Lambda Chapter
7794 Grow Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: (877) 966-6236
Fax: (850) 484-8762

Information on this website is subject to frequent change: As our college and programs evolve, we are continually reevaluating how we can best serve our students while still fulfilling the needs of our local health care community. With such reevaluations, change is inevitable. We strive to notify our students and the community of any changes in our policies and practices as quickly as possible.