2016-2017 College Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2023  
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registered Nurse, A.S.

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Every required prerequisite and core class must be completed with a “C” or better.

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 Semester: 14.75

Total Units for the Semester: 13.25

Total Units for the Semester: 7

Total Units for the Semester: 11

Total Units for the Major: 63

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

#Clinical course.

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

Upon completion of the Registered Nurse Certificate Students are eligible for RN Licensure Exam

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in 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.

Enrollment Procedures

Procedures for applying to the Nursing program and application packets are available in the Health Sciences and Human Services division office and on the division website. Prospective nursing students are encouraged to attend an RN Information Session. (See the Nursing website).

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.

Note: Students will be admitted based on the total number of points they receive on the admission criteria. See the Nursing website for details about the point distribution. The admission criteria includes: previous academic degrees, work experience/certificates, GPA in the science prrequisites, 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 end of June (for Spring admission) and a two week period at the end of February (for Fall admission).

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 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.

Students may use the following resources to obtain information or to seek clarification regarding nursing issues:

California Board of Registered Nursing
P. O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

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