Nursing

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Nursing, Registered

The Associate in Science Degree Registered Nursing Program at Sacramento City College is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Students enrolled in this program are required to complete general education, science, and nursing courses with related clinical experiences in local hospitals. The nursing courses are four semesters in length.

In addition to regular expenses such as enrollment fees, living costs, activity fees, and books, nursing students have the expense of uniforms, equipment, malpractice insurance, graduation, and licensing costs. They also are responsible for their physical examination, immunizations, background check, and drug screen, as well as transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. All enrolled students must have a current American Heart Association Health Provider CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) card. The nursing program is a full-time rigorous course of study. In order to ensure academic success and to protect students’ health, full time employment is not advisable. It is recommended that students who must continue outside employment reduce their hours to 8-12 hours or less per week.

Nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Informational meetings are held several times each semester to provide prospective students with information about program prerequisites, enrollment process, and other requirements in the program.

A 75% passing grade is mandatory in theory and clinical practicum of each nursing course for progression in the program. In order to obtain a Registered Nursing license as a graduate, a student must have an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing by the end of the fourth semester.

Enrollment options for Licensed Vocational Nurses: LVNs seeking entry are subject to space availability. These applicants have several options for becoming Registered Nurses. In the "30 Unit Option" the LVN must complete physiology and microbiology prior to entering the second year nursing courses. This option does not lead to an Associate in Science Degree. The LVN to RN Transition option does lead to an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing. This LVN must meet all the program requirements of the generic program. After successfully completing NURSE 307, they transition into the second year of the Registered Nursing Program. A third option is completion of the entire generic associate degree nursing program and all enrollment requirements.

A Diploma RN graduate of a hospital school of nursing who is currently licensed in California may earn an Associate in Science Degree. This Registered Nurse will need to complete requirements for an Associate in Science Degree and fulfill a residency requirement by completing at least 12 units at Sacramento City College.

Transfer students must present evidence of comparable theory and clinical practice courses. Transfer students are admitted on a space available basis.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3) 3
   or ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
   or SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
   or SOC 482 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States - Honors (3)
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 440 General Microbiology 4
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking (3) 3
   or COMM 331 Group Discussion (3)
ENGWR 300 College Composition (3) 3 - 4
   or ENGWR 488 Honors College Composition and Research (4)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
NURSE 407 Fundamentals of Health and Nursing Care 12
NURSE 417 Nursing and Health Maintenance Through the Lifecycle 12
NURSE 427 Nursing Complex Health Problems Through the Life Cycle 12
NURSE 437 Nursing in Complex and Multiple Patient Care 12
Total Units: 74 - 75

The Nursing, Registered Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Application and acceptance into the Associate in Science Degree Registered Nursing Program at Sacramento City College.
  • BIOL 430, BIOL 431, and BIOL 440 with grades of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • PSYC 300 or PSYC 480; ENGWR 300 or ENGWR 488; COMM 301 or COMM 331; SOC 321 or SOC 482 or ANTH 310 or ANTH 481 with grades of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. In-progress grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses.
  • A SCORE of 70 or higher on the Registered Nursing Multi Criteria Enrollment Form.
  • It is strongly recommended that students complete all general education requirements (Area I-VI) and competency requirements (reading, writing, and mathematics) prior to application to the program.
  • Completion of the latest edition of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI). A minimum composite score is necessary to be eligible for application to the program. Additional information is available from the SCC Nursing website at http://www.scc.losrios.edu/~nursing/.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • The Associate in Science Degree Registered Nursing Program at Sacramento City College uses a multicriteria enrollment process. The latest edition of the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be taken before applying, and a minimum composite score must be achieved in order to apply to the program. A Los Rios Community College District student identification number is required to access the online application. Points earned from the multicriteria enrollment form determine eligibility for the random selection pool from which a class is selected. Students must reapply each year. There is no waiting list.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • integrate the nursing process with critical reasoning skills, in direct and indirect nursing care to meet the patient’s developmental and basic human needs.
  • revise individualized nursing interventions to safely provide care to assist adult and older adult patients in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative patient centered care.
  • incorporate evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking skills to enhance safety, quality improvement, and effectiveness of nursing care.
  • generate therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • formulate accurate and timely documentation and reporting of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • design patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • manage the nursing care for a group of patients, utilizing leadership skills, collaboration, teamwork, resource utilization, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice.
  • prioritize patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • integrate ethical principles, legal boundaries, and cultural competency in all areas of nursing practice.
  • assess learning needs through reflective thinking and use resources to engage in continuous improvement in skills and knowledge.

Career Information

This program prepares the student for employment as an entry-level staff nurse in hospitals, physician’s offices, skilled nursing or long term care facilities, surgery centers, ambulatory care settings, occupational health, and other related agencies. Registered Nurses provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan. They have many responsibilities from direct patient care to leadership roles, depending on the specific setting in which they are working. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the examination given by the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.


A.S. in Nursing, Vocational

The Vocational Nursing Program at Sacramento City College is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Upon successful completion of the three-semester, 51-unit program, the student is eligible to apply for the National Licensing Examination to qualify as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Students enrolled in this program are required to complete nursing courses with related clinical experiences. The program issues a certificate upon completion and prepares the graduate for employment. With completion of additional requirements, an Associate in Science Degree may be achieved. In addition to regular expenses such as enrollment fees, living costs, activity fees, and books, nursing students have the expense of uniforms, equipment, malpractice insurance, graduation, and licensing costs. Students are also responsible for their physical examination, immunizations, background check, and drug screen, as well as transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. All students must have a current CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer American Red Cross.

The nursing program is a full-time rigorous course of study. In order to ensure academic success and to protect students’ health, full time employment is not advisable. It is recommended that students who must continue outside employment reduce their hours to 8-12 hours or less per week.

Informational meetings are held several times each semester and provide prospective students with information on program prerequisites, enrollment process, and other facts about the program.

Recommended high school preparation: classes in biology, mathematics, and English.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
VN 120 Meeting Adult Basic Health Needs 12
VN 130 Meeting Health Needs of All Age Groups 12
VN 140 Meeting Complex Adult Health Needs 12
Subtotal Units: 36
Prerequisite Courses
Course Code Course Title Units
AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers 3
BIOL 100 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology (3) 3 - 10
or [ BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology (5)
and BIOL 431 ] Anatomy and Physiology (5)
FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span (3) 3
   or PSYC 370 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 480 Nutrition Honors (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
Prerequisite Courses Units: 15 - 22
Total Units: 51 - 58

The Nursing, Vocational Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete program application and submit by due date to be considered for acceptance into the program.
  • 12th grade or equivalent as granted by the California State Department of Education
  • BIOL 100 with a grade of B or better; or BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 with grades of “B” or better.
  • AH 110, FCS 324, NUTRI 300 or NUTRI 480, and PSYC 300 or PSYC 480 with a grade of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in these four (4) courses.
  • ENGRD 11 for applicants who do not have an Associate Degree or higher.
  • In-progress grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses. Courses taken for Pass/No Pass (P/NP) will be calculated into the GPA as a "C" grade.
  • It is highly recommended that the student take a medical dosage calculation class prior to beginning the program.
  • A grade of 75% or better is mandatory in each required course for progression in the vocational nursing program. If the clinical performance is “unsatisfactory,” the semester grade will be “F” regardless of achievement in theory.
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), latest version, developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • A Los Rios Community College District student identification number is required to access the online application. Enrollment eligibility consists of successful completion of prerequisite courses in order to qualify for the random selection pool from which a class is selected. Students must reapply each semester. There is no waiting list.
  • Successful completion of the online application, along with all supporting documents as stipulated on the online page, must be submitted to the Science and Allied Health Division by the posted due date.
  • Students accepted into the program will be required to undergo a criminal background check and a 10-panel urine drug screen prior to their clinical laboratory experience.
  • NOTE: Vocational Nursing courses must be taken in sequence.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • utilize the nursing process within organized health care systems to help patients with common illnesses meet their basic human needs through direct patient care services.
  • provide individualized nursing measures to assist patients in need of rehabilitation, including lifestyle changes in the hospital, home, or in the community.
  • apply established standards of care, critical thinking skills, and scientific knowledge when performing nursing functions or procedures.
  • maintain therapeutic communication essential to the achievement of health related patient and/or organizational goals.
  • demonstrate the ability to accurately report and document patient assessments, interventions, changes in patient status, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record (EMR).
  • act as a patient advocate and teacher in assisting patients and families to prevent illness and maintain their optimum level of functioning and health.
  • organize care for a group of patients and participate in providing direction for personnel with less preparation or experiences in other than acute care settings.
  • apply knowledge of cultural patterns, beliefs, and practices in providing culturally sensitive competent care.
  • assume responsibility for his/her own professional development and function with accountability within the legal boundaries of LVN practice.

Career Information

This program prepares the student for employment as a licensed vocational nurse. The LVN may work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, ambulatory care settings, skilled nursing facilities, correctional facilities, home health, and extended care facilities to provide basic patient care to clients of all ages under the supervision and direction of physicians or registered nurses. The specific procedures performed vary greatly depending on the work setting.

Certificates of Achievement

LVN-RN 30-Unit Option Certificate

The 30-unit option provides the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) the opportunity to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This option is available to LVNs entering the SCC Registered Nursing Program but does not meet the requirements for an associate degree in nursing.

In addition to regular expenses such as enrollment fees, living costs, activity fees, and books, nursing students have the expense of uniforms, equipment, malpractice insurance, graduation, and licensing costs. They also are responsible for their physical examination, immunizations, background check, and drug screen, as well as transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. All enrolled students must have a current health provider America Heart Association CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) card. The nursing program is a full-time rigorous course of study. In order to ensure academic success and to protect students’ health, full time employment is not advisable. It is recommended that students who must continue outside employment reduce their hours to 8-12 hours or less per week.

A 75% passing grade is mandatory in theory and clinical of each nursing course for progression in the program.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 440 General Microbiology 4
NURSE 308 LVN-RN 30-Unit Option 8
NURSE 437 Nursing in Complex and Multiple Patient Care 12
Total Units: 29

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of a current clear and active California Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) license at the time of application and throughout program completion.
  • Completion of a minimum of six months recent LVN work experience, preferably in the medical-surgical area.
  • Completion of BIOL 431 or equivalent 4-5 semester-unit physiology course and BIOL 440 or equivalent 4 semester-unit microbiology course with a grade of "B" or better prior to enrollment in the nursing courses.
  • Completion of the current curriculum planning summary sheet including the semester in which the pre-enrollment packet is being submitted.
  • LIBR 307 is recommmended

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Contact the Nursing department at 916-558-2345 for an appointment with the Program Director.
  • Complete an application to the registered nursing program. Provide official transcripts and course descriptions of physiology, microbiology, and a previously attended licensed vocational nursing (LVN) program prior to the appointment.
  • Provide proof of current California LVN licensure.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • integrate the nursing process with critical reasoning skills, in direct and indirect nursing care to meet the patient’s developmental and basic human needs.
  • revise individualized nursing interventions to safely provide care to assist patients of all ages in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative patient centered care.
  • incorporate evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking skills to enhance safety, quality improvement, and effectiveness in nursing care.
  • generate therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • formulate accurate and timely documentation and reporting of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • design patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • manage the nursing care for a group of patients, utilizing leadership skills, collaboration, teamwork, resource utilization, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice.
  • prioritize patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • integrate ethical provisions, legal boundaries, and cultural competency in all areas of nursing practice.
  • assess his or her own learning needs through reflective thinking and use resources to engage in continuous improvement in skills and knowledge.

Career Information

This program prepares the student for employment as an entry-level staff nurse in hospitals, physician’s offices, skilled nursing or long-term care facilities, surgery centers, ambulatory care settings, occupational health, and other related agencies. Registered nurses provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan. The State of California allows the LVN-RN 30-unit option student to be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The LVN seeking this path to RN licensure may not receive reciprocal RN licensure in other states. LVNs considering moving out-of-state are encouraged to consult with that state's board of nursing for RN licensure requirements before committing to the 30-unit option.


Nursing, Vocational Certificate

The Vocational Nursing Program at Sacramento City College is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Upon successful completion of the three-semester, 51-unit program, the student is eligible to apply for the National Licensing Examination to qualify as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Students enrolled in this program are required to complete nursing courses with related clinical experiences. The program issues a certificate upon completion and prepares the graduate for employment. With completion of additional requirements, an Associate in Science Degree may be achieved. In addition to regular expenses such as enrollment fees, living costs, activity fees, and books, nursing students have the expense of uniforms, equipment, malpractice insurance, graduation, and licensing costs. They are also responsible for their physical examination, immunizations, background check, and drug screen, as well as transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. All students must have a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The nursing program is a full-time rigorous course of study. In order to ensure academic success and to protect students’ health, full time employment is not advisable. It is recommended that students who must continue outside employment reduce their hours to 8-12 hours or less per week. Informational meetings are held several times each semester and provide prospective students with information on program prerequisites, enrollment process, and other facts about the program.

Recommended high school preparation: classes in biology, mathematics, and English.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
VN 120 Meeting Adult Basic Health Needs 12
VN 130 Meeting Health Needs of All Age Groups 12
VN 140 Meeting Complex Adult Health Needs 12
Subtotal Units: 36
Prerequisite Courses
Course Code Course Title Units
AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers 3
BIOL 100 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology (3) 3 - 10
or [ BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology (5)
and BIOL 431 ] Anatomy and Physiology (5)
FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span (3) 3
   or PSYC 370 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 480 Nutrition Honors (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
Prerequisite Courses Units: 15 - 22
Total Units: 51 - 58

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete program application and submit by due date to be considered for acceptance into the program
  • 12th grade or equivalent as granted by the California State Department of Education
  • BIOL 100 with a grade of "B" or better; or BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 with grades of “B” or better
  • AH 110, FCS 324, NUTRI 300 or NUTRI 480, and PSYC 300 or PSYC 480 with a grade of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in these four (4) courses
  • ENGRD 11for applicants who do not have an Associate Degree or higher
  • In-progress grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses. Courses taken for credit/no credit (C/NC) will be calculated into GPA's as a "C" grade.
  • It is highly recommended that the student take a medical dosage calculation class prior to beginning the program.
  • A grade of 75% or better is mandatory in each required course for progression in the vocational nursing program. If the clinical performance is “unsatisfactory,” the semester grade will be “F” regardless of achievement in theory.
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), latest version, developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI). A minimum composite score is necessary to be eligible for application to the program. Additional information is available from the SCC Nursing website at http://www.scc.losrios.edu.edu/~nursing/
  • Admission, Reentry or Transfer: please see SCC Vocational Nursing website at https://www.scc.losrios.edu/nursing/nursing-vocational/

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • A Los Rios Community College District student identification number is required to access the online application. Enrollment eligibility consists of successful completion of prerequisite courses in order to qualify for the random selection pool from which a class is selected. Students must reapply each semester. There is no waiting list.
  • Successful completion of the online application, along with all supporting documents as stipulated on the online page, must be submitted to the Science and Allied Health Division by the posted due date.
  • Students accepted into the program will be required to undergo a criminal background check and a drug screen prior to their clinical laboratory experience.
  • NOTE: Vocational Nursing courses must be taken in sequence.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • utilize the nursing process within organized health care systems to help patients with common illnesses meet their basic human needs through direct patient care services.
  • provide individualized nursing measures to assist patients in need of rehabilitation, including lifestyle changes in the hospital, home, or in the community.
  • apply established standards of care, critical thinking skills, and scientific knowledge when performing nursing functions or procedures.
  • maintain therapeutic communication essential to the achievement of health related patient and/or organizational goals.
  • demonstrate the ability to accurately report and document patient assessments, interventions, changes in patient status, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record (EMR)
  • act as a patient advocate and teacher in assisting patients and families to prevent illness and maintain their optimum level of functioning and health.
  • organize care for a group of patients and participate in providing direction for personnel with less preparation or experiences in other than acute care settings.
  • apply knowledge of cultural patterns, beliefs, and practices in providing culturally sensitive competent care.
  • assume responsibility for his/her own professional development and function with accountability within the legal boundaries of LVN practice.

Career Information

This program prepares the student for employment as a licensed vocational nurse. The LVN may work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, ambulatory care settings, skilled nursing facilities, correctional facilities, home health, and extended care facilities to provide basic patient care to clients of all ages under the supervision and direction of physicians or registered nurses. The specific procedures performed vary greatly depending on the work setting.

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