Nursing – Associate Degree Nursing (AS)
Associate in Science | SC Program: AS.1380
To learn more about the program including cost, application process, enrollment criteria, and more, please visit the Associate Degree Nursing Program website.
Associate Degree Nursing
The educational objective of the Associate in Science Degree Nursing program is to prepare the student who, upon graduation and successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, will be able to function within the scope of nursing as defined by the State of California Nursing Practice Act. Students must meet established physical criteria to participate in the clinical area. The program goal is to prepare students to pass the NCLEX-RN.
This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:
- Synthesize principles of holistic nursing practice to provide evidence based care to clients and their families throughout the lifespan.
- Integrate principles of critical thinking and the nursing process to enhance care delivery, and protect clients and healthcare staff.
- Apply evidence based concepts of nursing practice to provide care and comfort, promote health and wellness, manage health care alterations, and reduce risk potential across the healthcare continuum for clients and their families.
- Incorporate the concepts of therapeutic communication and evidence based nursing care to promote and support the emotional, mental, and social well-being of clients, families and the community.
- Completion of the Humanities requirement (Area 3).
- Completion of competence in math (See Area 4C or meet with a counselor).
- Completion of the multicultural requirement
Note: Before entering the A.D.N. program, students must complete the degree requirements.
It is recommended the student meet with a counselor for course planning and refer to the RN to BSN road maps to ensure that their additional course work (General Education and Electives) will also meet the requirements for an RN to BSN pathway.
Requirements for Enrollment into the Program
Space in the program is limited. A new class is enrolled every semester. In order to be eligible for enrollment, students must satisfy the prerequisites listed below and file a multi-criteria enrollment packet with the Health Sciences Division Office during designated enrollment periods each June.
Applicants found eligible are ranked following the multi-criteria selection process guidelines. Sixty (60) applicants will be chosen from this process for enrollment; thirty (30) for the fall semester and thirty for the following spring semester. For specific information, please see the Application Process tab on the Associate Degree Nursing website or call the division office at (530) 339-3600.
Students must meet all of the following requirements for application
- Students filing enrollment packets must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- The “Prerequisite Science” courses listed below must be completed with a grade of C or higher in each course and a minimum science 2.5 GPA.
- Prerequisites must be completed upon application. No in-progress courses will be accepted.
Students must be enrolled in the ADN Program in order to take the courses listed below. Students must show competence in both clinical and theory components (with a grade of C or better) in order to progress through the curriculum. A failing clinical grade in either theory or clinical will require withdrawal or result in failure of the program.
Enrollment Criteria for the 30-Unit Option - Non Degree - LVN-RN Program
LVNs may elect to take a non-degree program under the BRN regulation 1429 – the 30 unit option. This consists of eighteen (18) units of nursing and ten (10) units of related science. REGN 35PX, REGN 35X, REGN 45PX, REGN 45X, REGN 46PX, REGN 46X, REGN 47PX, and REGN 47X are the required 18 units of nursing. Microbiology and physiology are the required 10 units of science. Students must see nursing program director if considering this option.
Choose your path
Map your education by viewing the program map for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. Meet with a counselor to create your official comprehensive education plan.
A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.
First Semester, First Year12 Units Total
REGN 15 is the introductory course which serves as the foundation for subsequent program courses for the Associate Degree Nursing Program and is one of two co-requisite courses that comprise the first semester. The focus is on foundational concepts necessary for safe, client-centered nursing care to a diverse client population from adolescence through older adult while integrating professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the nurse. The course addresses health promotion; introduces critical thinking applied to nursing; the nursing process; communication techniques; evidence-based nursing practice; and nursing informatics. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
REGN 15P provides introduction to and practice of nursing skills and concepts in the lab and clinical setting to gain proficiency for delivery of client-centered care for the Associate Degree Nursing Program and is one of two co-requisite courses that comprise the first semester. An on-campus lab designed for structured practice and mastery of nursing skills necessary for providing safe care is utilized. This course provides instructional guidance to assist students in refining newly acquired skills and develop the competency level expected of foundational nursing students. A portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
Second Semester, First Year12 Units Total
First Semester, Second Year12 Units Total
Second Semester, Second Year12 Units Total
Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.
*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:
- California State Universities – General Education
- IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
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