The focus of the program is to prepare entry level nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to deliver quality and safe patient care in accordance with the competencies of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). These competencies include providing patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.
This is a long established program accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) with a stellar reputation for graduating well prepared entry level nursing graduates. The program is two years in length and upon completion, provides the graduate with an Associate Degree of Science in Nursing and eligibility to sit for the licensure examination. The program maintains a consistently high pass rate on the licensure examination. Many of the units of the program transfer to four year colleges. Excellent clinical facilities in the Sacramento area are used for student rotations during the program.
The prerequisite courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, English Writing Composition, and General Psychology. Chemistry is required as a prerequisite to Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. The program requirements include Public Speaking or Group Communication and Sociology or Cultural Anthropology. English Writing and Math Competencies must be satisfied by graduation, which may be achieved with a “C” or better in the English writing course and passing Intermediate Algebra. It is recommended that applicants take Nutrition and Growth and Development though they are not required prerequisites for the program. A previous BS/BA degree meets all graduation requirements and competencies. Prerequisites must be completed before applying to the program. It is highly recommended that all graduation requirements are completed before beginning this rigorous program.
Financial requirements of the four semester full time program total approximately $5860, which includes tuition, background check, drug screen, physical exam, immunizations, immunization tracker, CPR certification, books, uniforms, identification badges, school patches, Nurse Kit, supplies, malpractice insurance, BRN application and exam, fingerprinting, and supplementary learning materials. Students must have access to a computer, Internet, printer, ink and paper. Financial Aid and scholarships are available. Students with a baccalaureate degree or over 72 units are not eligible for financial aid. Students with a conviction history may not be allowed in a clinical facility and may not be qualified for a nursing license. The BRN has the right to deny any graduate the opportunity to take the licensure exam.
The program uses an online application process .The student must apply to the district to obtain student identification number which is essential to access the online application through eServices. The student must take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) latest edition, from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) before applying. The TEAS may be taken at any ATI testing site. It is highly recommended that the student study for the test as only the first passing score of 62 or greater will be accepted. If a passing score is not achieved, there is a 3 month waiting period before being retested. There is a study manual available for purchase and a number of copies are available at the Learning Resource Center.
The program is designed to progress from simple to complex over the four semesters, which include instruction in fundamentals, medical-surgical, maternal child, psychiatric, crisis and multiple patient care. Instruction is provided over four days per week, with varying times for theory and clinical including evenings. There are mandatory nursing orientations. Students may be dismissed for excessive absenteeism. This program does not have any wait lists and students are expected to take the seat in the semester offered.
NOTE: The California Board of Registered Nursing protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, function, or duties. At time of licensure application, all convictions must be reported except for minor traffic violations. (Business and Professions Code 480 and Nurse Practice Act Article 3 Section 2761).