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Nursing (ADN) Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 58.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2009


The Vocational Nursing to Nursing (ADN) Career Certificate at Santa Rosa Junior College has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, and prepares the student for entry into the practice of professional registered nursing. Students receive clinical experiences in a variety of clinical facilities and community agencies throughout Sonoma County.

This program has been designed to provide an opportunity for the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to complete the requirements for an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) Career Certificate and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, the professional licensing examination to become a registered nurse, in less time than required to complete the generic ADN program.

It is strongly advised that all applicants attend a Counseling Pre-nursing Information Meeting and consult with a health sciences counselor prior to beginning the program prerequisites.

Click here for supplemental information about the program, and contact the Health Sciences Department for more information. For students interested in an Associate Degree, a Dental Hygiene major is available.

Licensure Note: The California Board of Registered Nursing may deny licensure to anyone who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. It is the responsibility of the student to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation prior to licensure. Contact the Health Sciences Department for more information.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Nursing (ADN) Certificate program are:

  • Complete 58.5 units from
    • Nursing (ADN) Prerequisites Requirements
    • Nursing (ADN) Board of Registered Nursing Requirements
    • Vocational Nursing to Nursing (ADN) Core Requirements

Nursing (ADN) Prerequisites Requirements - complete 21.00 units
ANAT 1 General Human Anatomy5.00
PHYSIO 1 Human Physiology5.00
ENGL 1A Reading & Composition4.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
FDNT 10 and FDNT 162
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
HLC 55 Medical Microbiology4.00
MICRO 5 General Microbiology5.00
MICRO 60 Fundamentals of Microbiology4.00
Nursing (ADN) Board of Registered Nursing Requirements - complete 9.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COMM 5 Group Discussion & Problem Solving3.00
COMM 7 Intercultural Communication3.00
COMM 66 Interpersonal Communication3.00
SPCH 1A Introduction to Speech3.00
SPCH 3A Introduction to Argumentation3.00
SPCH 60 Communication Skills3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1A General Psychology3.00
PSYCH 4 Child Growth & Development3.00
PSYCH 53 Growth & Communications3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2 Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 21 American Folklore and Folklife3.00
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology3.00
SOC 2 Social Problems & Deviance3.00
SOC 10 Marriage & the Family3.00
SOC 30 Race & Ethnic Relations3.00
Vocational Nursing to Nursing (ADN) Core Requirements - complete 28.50 units
NR 74A VN to ADN Bridge4.50
NR 75C Nursing Care of the Acutely Ill, Perinatal, & Pediatric PT12.00
NR 75D Advanced Care of Acutely Ill12.00

Term Effective: Fall 2009

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Vocational Nursing to Nursing (ADN) - effective Fall 2005
Vocational Nursing to Nursing (ADN) - effective Fall 2004

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


CHEM 60 and BIO 10 are prerequisites to the Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology courses.
Because basic algebra is recommended for chemistry, students without basic algebra skills are advised to take Elementary Algebra.
Food & Nutrition and Psychology courses must be completed by the end of the first semester of the Nursing program.
The Nursing Major Core Requirements sequence begins in the fall semester.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must complete or obtain the following:
1) physical examination form
2) required health documentation
3) current CPR card

The department recommends passage of the math proficiency exam to fulfill the Associate Degree math proficiency requirement prior to beginning the program.

All classes must be completed with a C or better to receive the Certificate.

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