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Registered Nursing (RN) - Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree Nurse or Registered Nurse (RN) is prepared to coordinate, plan and provide nursing care in hospitals and similar health agencies. The RN assists patients with personal care, provides teaching and counseling to prevent illness and promote health, and performs specialized treatments and procedures. Registered Nurses function as team leaders and direct the care provided by Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), as well as unlicensed health care workers.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program are qualified to take the California state board examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) in California.

APPROXIMATE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

The ADN Program consists of required classroom, Allied Health & Nursing Lab (AHNL) practice which includes skills acquisition and simulation, and clinical practice in a local health care facility. The ADN Program is full-time.

Classes are held on Mondays & Thursdays.

Clinical Practice is two days a week & may be assigned as:

**Tuesday/Wednesday Days  6:50am-2:30pm

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**Friday/Saturday Days 6:50am-2:30pm

--OR

**Tuesday/Wednesday 3:00pm -10:30pm

**One 12--hour shift 06:00am-7:30pm may be required for Semester III and IV students. Additional clinical hours will be required for all courses.

The Allied Health and Nursing Laboratory is open Monday through Friday during the day with some evening hours and on Saturdays. Please check with the lab for current hours. Students are expected to spend many hours in the Allied Health and Nursing Lab when they are not in class or clinical, to learn and be evaluated on all required nursing skills.


WEEKEND HOURS

Students will be required to complete a Friday/Saturday clinical rotation during the ADN Program.  Students will be notified in advance.


PROGRAM COMPLETION

A grade of "C" or better is required for all Nursing courses and any courses noted with • on the General Education list.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM

Nursing courses are designed to be completed in four semesters. There is no regular summer session. Qualified students are scheduled to enter the program from four times each year; August and January.


ESTIMATED COST

The estimated cost of the ADN program is $4400.  Students must purchase uniforms, nursing shoes, watch with a second hand, stethoscope, bandage scissors, hemostat, all nursing modules and required textbooks. There are some materials fees which are paid at the time of registration for applicable programs. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical agencies and to the college. The first semester is the most costly. Scholarships and financial aid are available through the Financial Aid Office.


LVNs

LVN to RN students are entered each spring semester. LVNs currently licensed in California are admitted in one of two tracks, see web site for description. Advanced standing is granted to LVNs based on evaluation. A maximum of three semesters is allowed for LVN to RN students to complete nursing program requirements. Accepting applications now. 


TRANSFER NURSING STUDENTS

Students previously enrolled in a state-accredited registered nursing program within the past  year and in good standing, may transfer into the SBCC ADN Program on a space available basis.

Transfer students must meet all SBCC ADN Program application and entrance requirements. Transfer students are required to provide a letter from the previous nursing program(s) verifying performance and placement in theoretical and clinical levels.

FOREIGN NURSES

Individuals who are Registered Nurses in another country, and who are required by the California Board of Registered Nursing to complete nursing courses to qualify for the NCLEX may apply to the SBCC ADN Program. Admission is determined on a space-available basis. Foreign nurses must meet all SBCC ADN Program application and entrance requirements.

BACKGROUND CHECK

Students are required to clear a criminal background check.  Failure to complete this process will result in dismissal from the program. Should a clinical agency refuse to allow a student based on the outcome of either the background check or drug screen, the program is not responsible for arranging alternate placements. 

For more information about background check contact CertifiedBackground.com at www.certifiedbackground.com

SAN MARCOS HEALTH ACADEMY GRADUATES 

San Marcos Health Academy CNA graduates have preference on the wait list once they have completed all application and entrance requirements.

RETURNING STUDENTS

Students who have previously been enrolled in the SBCC ADN Program and apply for readmission will be admitted on a space available basis. Students may re-enter the SBCC ADN program one-time only. Students who have been out of the program over two years, must meet current application and entrance requirements.

If, at any time, a student’s conduct, or physical or emotional health is such that it is a potential threat to the well-being of patients or others, the student will be dismissed from the program.

 

 

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