2019-2020 Catalog 
    
    Apr 12, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registered Nurse Associate in Science


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The Nursing Program at Saddleback College offers a curriculum that qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program provides graduates with the education necessary to become competent entry level registered nurses, to obtain employment in a variety of settings, and to provide quality patient centered care.

ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES

In order to apply, a student must complete BIO 11* (Anatomy), BIO 12* (Physiology). BIO 15* (Microbiology), and ENG 1A* (Principles of Composition 1) or their equivalents with a grade of “C” or better. BIO 12* (Physiology) must have been completed within the past seven years. Every required prerequisite and core class must be completed with a “C” or better.

Students qualified for application will be ranked according to their total points achieved on all of the admission criteria. Those with the highest scores will be admitted. The admission criteria includes: previous academic degrees, work experience/certificates, GPA in the science prerequisites, completion of relevant course work towards the ADN degree, life experience, proficiency/course work in a second language, ATI-TEAS testing scores.

Applications will be taken each semester for approximately a two week period at the beginning of February (for fall admission) and the beginning of September (for spring admission). Procedures for applying to the Nursing program and applications packets are available in the Health Sciences and Human Services division office and on the Nursing program website. Prospective nursing students are encouraged to attend an RN Information Session.

The Nursing Program at Saddleback College is an impacted program, therefore students who hold F-1 (student visas) will not be considered for admission to the Nursing Program.

The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

California Board of Registered Nursing
P. O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244
916-322-3350 or http://www.rn.ca.gov


Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
404-975-5000 or www.acenursing.org

Registered Nurse Associate of Science Degree

The Nursing Program offers evidence based theory and clinical nursing courses that build upon a foundation of biological, psychological, and social sciences, as well as communication skills, and critical thinking, to prepare competent entry level professional registered nurses. The ADN Program focuses on a strong medical surgical foundation, and the application of nursing process across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings to deliver high quality health care. Leadership skills and lifelong learning are emphasized as the nurse takes on the role of the professional RN.

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate sufficient preparation to pass the NCLEX upon first attempt.
  • Promote and maintain a safe environment by integrating current evidence-based practice, the nursing process, and skill competency to deliver quality health care.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the professional nurse as defined by the California Nurse Practice Act and standards of nursing practice.

Required prerequisites prior to Nursing Clinical Sequence:


Total Prerequisite Units: 17


Eligible for Entry into Nursing Clinical Sequence


Total Units for the Major: 63


*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
** Courses can be taken prior to entry into the program
*** Human Physiology must have been completed within the last 7 years
**** Freshman Composition 3-unit equivalent course will be accepted
# Clinical course.

Selected clinical experiences in various hospitals, clinics, and community agencies are provided throughout the Nursing Program.

Associate of Science Degree


Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees


Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

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