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Registered Nursing (RN) Program


Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - Registered Nursing 

The ADN program is designed to prepare entry-level registered nurses as providers and managers of care across the health/illness continuum. Students are taught by an experienced RN faculty all of whom are licensed professionals with practical knowledge and skills in their field of expertise.  Classes and skills training are held on the college campus while clinical training is conducted at local hospitals and other approved facilities. The ADN program is a four-semester (2 year) program after the prerequisite courses have been completed. In addition, students must complete all the Porterville College general education requirements for graduation.


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ADN Military Advanced Placement

Psychiatric Technology (PT) Program

The Psychiatric Technology program is a three semester (18 months) certificate program.  The program is comprised of the study and proper care of the developmentally disabled and the mentally ill while incorporating basic nursing skills. The program includes classes on the college campus and clinical training at Porterville Developmental Center, local mental health hospitals and other approved facilities. The Psychiatric Technician graduate will be able to provide safe client care by determining appropriate nursing interventions to clients with psychiatric disorders and/or developmental disabilities. The care provided is characterized by consistent critical thinking and problem solving skills, clinical competence within the scope of practice, accountability, effective communication skills, respect for diverse cultures, a commitment to caring, and client education.

Emergency Medical Technician- Basic (EMT-B) Program

The EMT-B course provides instruction in pre-hospital techniques in the evaluation and emergency medical care through the recognition of signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries. The course also includes instruction in the care rendered on scene and during transportation by EMT personnel. A requirement for ambulance personnel and appropriate for many first responders such as law enforcement and fire personnel. The content of the course meets the objectives contained in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National EMS Education Standards. The student must meet Health Careers Division health requirements and criminal history background clearance to participate in the laboratory section of the course. Any expenses involved in meeting the health requirements and background clearance are the student's expense. To be eligible for State of CA certification, an individual shall have a valid EMT course completion record, be 18 years of age, complete the criminal history background check requirement, and pass the National Registry EMT certification examination