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Associate of Science Degree
Nursing - LVN to ADN (Option #1)

The Associate Degree Nursing Program may be completed by the Licensed Vocational Nurse in one year. It is designed to prepare students for employment as a Registered Nurse, providing direct care to patients. Graduates receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. The California State Board of Registered Nursing approves the program. Students who complete the curriculum are qualified to take the examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
Select one: PSY 101 / PSY 101H (RHC GE 6)M3.0
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

Select one: SOC 101 / SOC 101H M3.0
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Select one: MATH 130 / MATH 130H GE4.0
MATH 130 - Statistics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 or appropriate placement; READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

MATH 130H - Statistics Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement; Minimum GPA of 3.0; ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. This course is intended for students who meet Honors Program requirements.

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:14.0 
2nd Semester
ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchM3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

Select one: SPCH 101 / SPCH 101H (RHC GE 8b)M3.0
SPCH 101 - Public Speaking (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 101, SPCH 101H or SPCH 102)

This introductory course is designed to prepare students to be effective oral communicators in all aspects of public presentations including design and delivery of the public speech. The course is appropriate for all students interested in developing their public speaking knowledge and skills such as speech communication majors, future teachers, and future business leaders.

SPCH 101H - Public Speaking Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 101, SPCH 101H or SPCH 102)

This introductory course is designed to prepare students to be effective oral communicators in all aspects of public presentations including design and delivery of the public speech. The course is appropriate for all students interested in developing their public speaking knowledge and skills such as speech communication majors, future teachers, and future business leaders. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors Program.

CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health MajorsGE5.0
CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health Majors (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; Concurrent enrollment in MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(* Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 120)

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of general, organic, and biological chemistry, and is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue a career in nursing and other health-related professions, including kinesiology and psychology. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and the health/medical sciences. Weekly laboratory activities require students to empirically verify concepts presented in lectures. No previous background in chemistry is required or expected of students enrolling in this course.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:12.5 
3rd Semester
BIOL 125 - Human AnatomyM4.0
BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement; BIOL 101, BIOL 105
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is primarily a systems approach to the study of human body structure. The study of each body system includes structural specializations and functions from the microscopic to the system level emphasizing the interdependence of form and function. Additional topics include methods of anatomical study, human genetics, and embryonic development. The laboratory exercises will also include vertebrate dissections. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

Total Semester Units:10.0† 
4th Semester
BIOL 222 - MicrobiologyM5.0
BIOL 222 - Microbiology (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: CHEM 110
Advisory:
ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The course encompasses the biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on the role of bacteria and viruses on human health and disease. Other topics include resistance and immunity to disease, basic biological principles, microbial genetics and physiology, the harmful and useful aspects of microorganisms in nature, medicine and industry. Laboratory exercises emphasize sterile culture techniques, the detection, isolation and identification of microorganisms. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

BIOL 226 - Human PhysiologyM4.0
BIOL 226 - Human Physiology (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: BIOL 125 and CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

Human Physiology provides a general introduction to the function and regulation of human body systems. Physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis and the significance of biochemistry is emphasized throughout the course. Course content will include neural and hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, and a study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune and endocrine systems. Laboratory exercises will allow students to gather physiological data and draw conclusions on how physiological mechanisms are regulated. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
5th Semester
ADN 075 - LVN Transition into the Associate Degree Nursing ProgramM2.5
ADN 075 - LVN Transition into the Associate Degree Nursing Program (2.5 units)

Prerequisite: Acceptance into Nursing Program and Current LVN License
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment; MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B or appropriate assessment

This short-term course provides an overview of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The focus is on successful learning strategies and the development of critical thinking skills. An overview of the systems developmental stress model is included as a framework for the nursing process and the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum. Also included is an in-depth study of the nursing process including physical assessment, nursing diagnosis, interventions and evaluations. The nursing skills required for physical assessment and basic patient care will be presented. This course is open to all career ladder LVN and 30-unit option students entering the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Total Semester Units:2.5 
6th Semester
ADN 250 - Advanced PharmacologyM1.0
ADN 250 - Advanced Pharmacology (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 155 and ADN 156 (for generic ADN students) with a grade "C" or better; ADN 075 (for LVN to ADN students) with a grade "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 101; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This is an advanced pharmacology course that focuses on the skills and study of medications used for neurological, psychiatric, and medical-surgical concepts. The course emphasis is on advanced techniques and computations used in the administration of medications utilizing the nursing process and the Systems Developmental Stress Model, as well as the special nursing considerations that pertain to the safe administration of medication. Study of this course allows the Associate Degree Nursing student to continue to safely administer medications to patients.

ADN 251 - Medical/Surgical Nursing IIM2.0
ADN 251 - Medical/Surgical Nursing II (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 155 and ADN 156 (for generic ADN students) with minimum grade of "C" or better; ADN 155L and ADN 156L both with a “Pass” (for generic ADN students); ADN 075 (for LVN to ADN students) with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: ADN 252 and ADN 252L (students who have an active Psychiatric Technician license are exempt from the ADN 252 and ADN 252L corequisite); ADN 250 and ADN 251L
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on the aging process as it relates to normal aging and related changing biological, interpersonal, and intrapersonal needs. It also focuses on the application of the nursing process in caring for patients with disturbances in perception, coordination, and mobility. The pathophysiology of disease processes as well as medical and nursing interventions and rehabilitative approaches to restoring and maintaining optimum health are discussed. This course is designed for students in the Associate Degree Nursing program. The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires that ADN 251 students must be concurrently enrolled in ADN 251L, and pass both courses together: ADN 251 and ADN 251L cannot be taken individually for credit.

ADN 251L - Medical/Surgical Nursing II LabM2.5
ADN 251L - Medical/Surgical Nursing II Lab (2.5 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 155 and ADN 156 (for generic ADN students) ADN 155L and ADN 156L(for generic ADN students); ADN 075 (for LVN to ADN students)
Corequisite: ADN 252 and ADN 252L (students who have an active Psychiatric Technician license are exempt from ADN 252 and ADN 252L corequisites); ADN 250 and ADN 251
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on the aging process as it relates to normal aging and changing biological, interpersonal, and intrapersonal needs. The course also focuses on the application of the nursing process in caring for patients with disturbances in perception, coordination, and mobility. Discussion includes the pathophysiology of disease processes, as well as medical and nursing interventions and rehabilitative approaches to restoring and maintaining optimum health. This course is designed for students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students be enrolled concurrently in ADN251 and ADN251L, and pass both courses together. The courses cannot be taken individually for credit.

ADN 252 - Psychiatric/Mental Health NursingM2.0
ADN 252 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 155 and ADN 156 both with a grade of "C" or better; ADN 155L and ADN 156L both with a grade of "Pass"; OR ADN 075 and active California Vocational Nursing License
Corequisite: ADN 252L
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on application of the nursing process as a problem solving approach to assessment, problem identification and intervention for patients with psychiatric and mental health problems. Basic concepts related to biological, intrapersonal and interpersonal factors in mental health and mental illness are discussed. This course is designed for students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students must be concurrently enrolled in both ADN 252 and ADN 252L, and pass both courses together. They cannot be taken individually for credit.

ADN 252L - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing LabM1.5
ADN 252L - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Lab (1.5 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 155 and ADN 156 both with a grade of "C" or better; ADN 155L and ADN 156L both with a "Pass"; OR ADN 075 and active California Vocational Nursing License
Corequisite: ADN 252
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on application of the nursing process as a problem solving approach to assessment, problem identification and intervention for patients with psychiatric and mental health problems. Basic concepts related to biological, intrapersonal and interpersonal factors in mental health and mental illness are discussed. This course is designed for students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students must be concurrently enrolled in both ADN 252 and ADN 252L, and pass both courses together. They cannot be taken individually for credit.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
7th Semester
ADN 253 - Medical/Surgical Nursing IIIM2.0
ADN 253 - Medical/Surgical Nursing III (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 250, ADN 251 and ADN 251L, ADN 252 and ADN 252L
Corequisite: ADN 253L
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on the nursing process with patients requiring complex nursing care. The course emphasizes approaches to handling generalized emergencies, immunologic problems, and oncologic problems. The course integrates all past nursing theory to assist the nursing student with advanced nursing concepts. This course is designed for students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students must be concurrently enrolled in both ADN 253 and ADN 253L, and pass both courses together. They cannot be taken individually for credit.

ADN 253L - Medical/Surgical Nursing III LabM3.0
ADN 253L - Medical/Surgical Nursing III Lab (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 250, ADN 251, ADN 251L, ADN 252, ADN 252L
Corequisite: ADN 253
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on the nursing process with patients requiring complex nursing care. The course emphasizes generalized emergencies, immunologic problems, and oncologic problems. The course integrates all past nursing theory to assist the nursing student with advanced nursing concepts. The students will apply the theoretical concepts in the clinical setting. This course is designed for students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students must be concurrently enrolled in both ADN253 and ADN253L, and pass both courses together. They cannot be taken individually for credit. This course is offered on a pass/no pass basis.

ADN 254 - Leadership and Management in NursingM1.5
ADN 254 - Leadership and Management in Nursing (1.5 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 253, ADN 253L
Corequisite: ADN 254L
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on principles of leadership and management as well as current trends in nursing practice. Discussion includes the legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional nurse, and the specific skills and attributes students need as they transition to nursing practice as a member of a team. Methods to maintain professional competence and advancement in the profession are explored. This course is designed for students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students be enrolled concurrently in ADN254 and ADN254L, and pass both courses together. The courses cannot be taken individually for credit.

ADN 254L - Leadership and Management in Nursing LabM2.5
ADN 254L - Leadership and Management in Nursing Lab (2.5 units)

Prerequisite: ADN 253, ADN 253L
Corequisite: ADN 254
Transfers to: CSU

This course focuses on the application of the heories and principles of leadership and management. Students will apply theory content while working in a clinical preceptorship, providing care under the guidance of an RN preceptor. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that students be enrolled concurrently in ADN 254 and ADN 254L, and pass both courses together. The courses cannot be taken individually for credit.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Total Units for Nursing - LVN to ADN (Option #1) AS program 66.0† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will be aligned in a position to transition into a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program.


2

Students will integrate the simulated clinical experience to enhance clinical performance in all clinical areas.


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