Porterville College


Nursing (AS) / ADN

For more information, please visit the Health Careers Division webpage at:  https://www.portervillecollege.edu/health-careers/health-careers

Registered nursing education prepares the graduate to provide services to those who need healthcare. As needs are varied so are educational programs, which may proceed from the simpler to the more complex in accordance with the career ladder concept.

The progression is as follows:

  • nurse assistant (CNA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), registered nurse (RN), and other nurses with Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or Doctorate in Nursing and special certifications.

The successful RN may begin employment in a wide variety of entry-level positions. The role of a new graduate is usually that of a staff nurse. With additional education, a nurse may advance to a position of supervision, administrator, clinical specialist, educator, or researcher.

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) is a four-semester program after the prerequisite courses have been completed. In addition, students must complete all the Porterville College general education requirements for graduation. Upon successful completion of the ADN Program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.

Program Learning Outcomes: Provider of Care-The graduate will provide safe nursing care through therapeutic nursing interventions to clients with critical and complex disease states. The care is characterized by consistent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, clinical competence, accountability, effective communication skills, respect for diverse cultures, with an emphasis on health education and a commitment to the value of caring; Manager of Care-The graduate will provide safe nursing care consistently utilizing critical thinking skills for clients who have critical and complex disease states. The care is characterized by the ability to assess and establish priority of care for a group of clients and delegation of appropriate aspects of nursing care to licensed and unlicensed personnel and directs their activities. The manager of care collaborates with other members of the health care team, including organizational and community resources, using effective oral and written communication skills. The manager of care recognizes roles and responsibilities within the levels of the career ladder and is competent in using technology to provide evidence-based nursing care; Member of Profession. The graduate will consistently demonstrate accountability, advocacy, legal / ethical and caring behavior, and responsibility for one’s own professional growth, behavior, and formal / informal education. The student nurse routinely participates in self-evaluation and makes changes to improve the practice of nursing, with the ultimate goal of making positive contributions to the nursing profession


Please see the current catalog for program prerequisites and requirements. In the catalog for 2018-2019, see page 70. 

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