Program Description

The Registered Nursing Program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The Registered Nursing Program curriculum provides and enhances the student’s opportunity to seek employment in a variety of health care settings. 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 the nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to use 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 Nursing (NCLEX-RN) exam and if successful will qualify to receive a license from the Board of Registered Nursing to practice nursing in the State of California.

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.

Program Outcomes

1. Deliver patient-centered care that recognizes the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated nursing care based on respect for patient's preferences and values and needs.

2. Use teamwork and collaboration to function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.

3. Develop an evidence-based practice by integrating best current evidence with clinical nursing expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.

4. Improve safety by minimizing risk of harm to patients and providers through individual nursing performance and quality improvement system methods to continuously improve the quality of health care systems.

5. Use informatics, including information and technology, to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support nursing decision making.

6. Adhere to standards of professional nursing practice by being responsible for personal actions and behaviors and practicing nursing within legal, ethical, and regulatory standards.

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Program Admission

I. General admissions requirements for the Registered 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 and Nursing Malpractice Insurance 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 health documented by a recent physical examination (within the last year), with the required immunizations and/or titres.
  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, including Sat and Sun.
  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 safely and effectively in a health care setting. 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 prerequisistes will be selected according to the following criteria:


  1. Prerequisites completed as described above.
  2. Students who were previously admitted to the program and are eligible for readmission.

Required Courses


  • ENGL 001A or 001AH or 001AS
  • MICR 002
  • ANAT 025
  • PYSO 001
  • MATH 402 or higher
  • Valid AHA CPR/Basic Life Support Card Course for health care providers

Required Non-nursing Courses:

  • NUTR 011
  • PSYC 024
  • SPCH 010 (preferred) 
      or SPCH 001 
  • SOC 001

The Human Nutrition, Psychology across the Lifespan, Speech, and Sociology are required by the Board of Registered Nursing even when the student holds previous academic degrees.
English, Humanities, Political Science and U.S. History or American Institutions 125, PE, 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.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

(39 units):

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

Sequence to be followed:

Semester I

  • NURS 050 – Foundational Nursing Care (3)
  • NURS 050L – Foundational Nursing Care Lab/Clinical (5)
  • NURS 050S – Foundational Nursing – Seminar (1)
  • NURS 137 – Pharmacology: Drugs and Solutions (1)
  • NURS 138 – Pharmacology: Process and Problems (1)

Semester II

  • NURS 040 – Maternal Newborn Nursing (1)
  • NURS 040L – Maternal Newborn Nursing Lab (2)
  • NURS 041 – Pediatric Nursing (1)
  • NURS 041L – Pediatric Nursing Lab (2)
  • NURS 051A – Beginning Medical Surgical Nursing (1)
  • NURS 051L – Beginning Medical Surgical Nursing Lab (2)
  • NURS 051S – Beginning Nursing – Seminar (1)

Semester III

  • NURS 042 – Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (1)
  • NURS 042L – Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Lab (1.5)
  • NURS 052A – Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing (2)
  • NURS 052L – Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing Lab (3.5)
  • NURS 052S – Intermediate Nursing Care – Seminar (1)

Semester IV

  • NURS 053L – Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing – Clinical (5)
  • NURS 053S – Advanced Nursing Seminar (1)
  • NURS 053 – Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (3)

Recommended electives:

  • CHEM 002A – Chemistry-General, Organic and Biochemistry (4)
  • GERO 001 – Introduction to Gerontology (3)
  • GERO 022 – Directed Studies in Gerontology (3)
  • GERO 140 – Applied Health Care Management in Gerontology (3)
  • MA 115 – Medical Terminology (3)
  • NURS 103 – Nursing Assistant (5)
  • NURS 139 – Intermediate Clinical Pharmacology (2)
  • NURS 201 – Basic Strategies for Success in Nursing Education (1)
  • NURS 202 – Basic Clinical Skills (3)
  • NURS 211 – Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias (1)
  • NURS 213 – Intravenous Therapy and Blood Withdrawal (1)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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