ABOUT THE CAREER:
Careers in nursing provide unlimited opportunities to improve the lives of others and make a difference through challenging and rewarding experiences. Registered Nurses (RNs) are licensed by the state to perform an assortment of health care functions in a variety of health care settings. Nurses focus on the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of clients. RNs assess, plan, implement, and evaluate client care with a heavy emphasis on health care education.
According to recent research a critical shortage of RNs is projected into the future as far as 2030. Regionally, employment opportunities vary but jobs are available in most areas of California. Employers include acute care (hospitals), extended care (skilled nursing), clinics, doctors' offices, community and mental health settings. Another area of projected need is that of nursing faculty in academic settings. The approximate average annual salary in the acute care setting is between $56,000 and $68,000 in the central valley of Northern California.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM:
American River College's Associate Degree Nursing Program is a two-year program offered in four sequential semesters. The curriculum is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Students should expect to dedicate a considerable amount of time to study in order to be successful. Nursing is a health care profession which requires a strong knowledge of biological, behavioral, and physical sciences. Nursing theory is taught on campus utilizing lecture, computer programs and our state of the art simulation lab. Each semester students obtain clinical experience utilizing a wide variety of settings in our community health care organizations. The days and times are varied, which requires that the student is available for early morning, afternoon, evening and weekend shifts. Assignments may change with limited notice.
In addition to the college enrollment fees, approximate startup costs are $1,500. The student is responsible for the expense of malpractice insurance, drug and background screening, books, uniforms, and transportation to off-campus laboratory locations. At graduation students should expect fees of approximately $350 to take NCLEX exam.
DEGREE AND LICENSURE:
Eligibility to the Nursing program requires high school graduation or the equivalent. Students must also meet the program reading requirement and satisfactorily complete all prerequisite courses prior to application. Since program enrollment is limited, an application and official transcripts must be submitted for review. Upon acceptance into the program continued enrollment is contingent upon a composite score of 67 on the ?Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)?. Students are also subject to health clearance upon entering the clinical settings. The nursing program admits students twice per year. Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) wishing to return to school to obtain their RN may apply to the LVN ? RN transition program. The LVN must meet all of the entry requirements for the RN program and after taking a transition course, they enter the RN program in the third semester. After successful completion of the third and fourth semesters they are qualified to graduate and take the NCLEX exam to obtain RN licensure. Additional information is available from the ARC nursing website (www.arc.losrios.edu).
WHY AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE?:
American River College (ARC) is part of the Los Rios Community College District. ARC opened its doors as California's 61st public junior college in 1955. At more than 38,000 students, American River College is among the largest community colleges in the state, and is looked upon as a leader in innovative programs and services. It transfers more students to UC Davis and CSU Sacramento than any other community college. ARC has a complete department of skilled career counselors to help students succeed in college. They are available to provide information about admissions and degree requirements, financial aid opportunities and student services, including tutoring assistance.
To obtain additional information about educational programs in healthcare or the requirements to attend American River College, visit www.arc.losrios.edu or call the Health Education Office at 916.484.8902. Compliance Statement/Nondiscrimination American River College - in compliance with Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act - does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical handicaps in any of its policies, programs or activities, including admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.