Associate in Science Degree AS

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.

Program Prerequisites:  
English P101A - (Expository Composition) 4 units
Anatomy P110 - (Human Anatomy) 4 units
Physiology P101 - (Introductory Physiology) 5 units
Microbiology P106 - (Microbiology) 5 units

General Education (additional nursing/GE required for the Associate Degree):

Math P051 - (Intermediate Algebra) 5 units
Communication P101 - (Introduction to Public Speaking)  
or Communication P102 (Interpersonal Communication) 3 units
Psychology P101A - (General Psychology) 3 units
Sociology P101 - (The Social World) OR  
Anthropology P102 (Cultural Anthropology) 3 units
Social Science - History P117 or P118 OR  
Political Science P101 3 units
Physical Science–Chemistry P106 recommended (Chemistry is a prerequisite
of Microbiology)
3 units
Humanities - Philosophy P112 (The Ethics of
Living and Dying) or other
humanities course listed on the
general education list
3 units
Education P101 (College Planning and
Success Strategies) or
Education P102, P107 or
Nursing P100
1-2 units

Remediation Program: Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements (Prerequisite Validation Cut-Score of 75% and Composite Score of 62% on the Assessment Test) may successfully complete all of the following remediation requirements to be considered eligible for enrollment in the ADN Program*:

  • Completion of EDUC P076-Effective Learning Skills with a “B” grade or higher
  • Completion of NURS P110-Patho-physiology for Nursing with a “B” grade or higher
  • Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant course (CNA) with a “C” grade or higher or Current CNA certification with proof of recent work experience
  • Completion of NURS P100-Strategies for Nursing Success with a “CR” grade
  • Repeat Assessment Testing with a score of 62% or higher

*Successful completion of the Remediation Program must be completed within 12-months of initial application to the ADN Program to be considered eligible. Students wishing to be re-considered must provide proof of successful completion of all remediation steps.

First Semester  
NURS P120 - Fundamentals of Nursing 4.5 units
NURS P121 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I 4.5 units
NURS P122 - Pharmacology 3 units
Second Semester  
NURS P123 - Medical Surgical Nursing 2 4.5 units
NURS P124 - Obstetrics-Maternity Nursing 3 units
NURS P127 - Pediatric Nursing 3.5 units
Third Semester  
NURS P126 - Medical-Surgical Nursing 3 5.5 units
NURS P125 - Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing 3.5 units
Fourth Semester  
NURS P128 - Medical-Surgical Nursing 4 7 units
NURS P129 - Gerontology-Community Nursing 2 units

Effective Fall 2012

JSC Job Skills Certificate
CA Certificate of Achievement
AA Associate in Arts Degree
AS Associate in Science Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
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