Porterville College


Associate in Science Degree AS

LVN to RN nursing education prepares the graduate to provide services to those who need healthcare. Nursing is an art and science incorporating knowledge from the behavioral, biological and physical sciences. Nursing embodies a holistic concept of health in which the physical, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of human functioning are interrelated, interdependent, and of equal importance. The LVN to ADN Degree program is for students already possessing a LVN license, nursing prerequisites, IV certification and experience as an LVN that allows advanced placement in the ADN program. ADN coursework is completed over two semesters. 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 supervisor, administrator, clinical specialist, educator, or researcher. Upon successful completion of the LVN to ADN Degree 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: Upon completion of the program, the graduate shall be able to function as a Provider of Care-The graduate will provide safe nursing care through therapeutic nursing interventions to patients 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; upon completion of the program, the graduate shall be able to function as a Manager of Care- The graduate will provide safe nursing care consistently utilizing critical thinking skills for patients 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 patients 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; upon completion of the program, the graduate shall be able to function as a 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 routinely nurse 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
NURS P170 - (Role Transition) 2 units
IV Certification  
California Vocational Nursing License in good standing (copy of the license)  
Documentation of one year work experience as an LVN  
General Education  
MATH P051 5 units
COMM P101 or P102 3 units
PSYC P101A 3 units
SOCI P101 or ANTH P102 3 units
Social Science - HIST P117 or P118 or POLS P101 3 units
Physical Science- 4 units
Humanities– 3 units
EDUC P101 or P102 or P107 or NURS P100 1-2 units
NURS P125 - Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing 3.5 units
NURS P126 - Medical/Surgical Nursing 3 5.5 units
NURS P128 - Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing 7 units
NURS P129 - Gerontology-Community Nursing 2 units
TOTAL UNITS (prerequisites and program) 63-64 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
Kern Community College District