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Vocational Nursing to ADN (AS) Health Sciences Total Units: 58.5
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Term Effective: Spring 2010


The Vocational Nursing to Nursing (ADN) major 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) 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 more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Department.

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 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Be prepared to practice safe and competent professional nursing care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings;
  2. have acquired sufficient knowledge to pass the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse;
  3. demonstrate caring, cultural sensitivity, and acceptance of ethnic, race, religious, gender, age, and lifestyle differences in their professional nursing practice;
  4. promote behaviors that lead to high level wellness;
  5. be self directed, responsible, resourceful, and resilient professional nurses; and
  6. be prepared to transfer to higher level nursing education.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Vocational Nursing to ADN (AS) 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 1General Human Anatomy5.00
PHYSIO 1Human Physiology5.00
ENGL 1AReading & Composition4.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
FDNT 62Nutrition & Diet Therapy3.00
Elementary Nutrition3.00
FDNT 162Diet Therapy for Healthcare2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
HLC 55Medical Microbiology4.00
MICRO 5General Microbiology5.00
MICRO 60Fundamentals 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 5Group Discussion & Problem Solving3.00
COMM 7Intercultural Communication3.00
COMM 66Interpersonal Communication3.00
SPCH 1AIntroduction to Public Speaking3.00
SPCH 3AIntroduction to Argumentation3.00
SPCH 60Communication Skills3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
PSYCH 4Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
PSYCH 7Theories of Personality3.00
PSYCH 56Aging, Dying and Death3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 21American Folklore and Folklife3.00
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3.00
SOC 2Modern Social Problems3.00
SOC 10Marriage & the Family3.00
SOC 30Race & Ethnic Relations3.00
Vocational Nursing to Nursing (ADN) Core Requirements - complete 28.50 units
NR 74AVN to ADN Bridge4.50
NR 75CNursing Care of the Acutely Ill, Perinatal, & Pediatric PT12.00
NR 75DAdvanced Care of Acutely Ill12.00

Term Effective: Spring 2010

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2014

Previous Versions:

Vocational Nursing to ADN - effective Fall 2009
Vocational Nursing to ADN - effective Fall 2005
Vocational Nursing to ADN - effective Fall 2004

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

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. Prerequisite science courses without an on campus laboratory component will not be accepted.

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.

Beginning with the class of Fall 2009, only college transferable reading and composition courses (English 1A or equivalent) will be accepted to fulfill the English prerequisite requirement. English 100 and English 100 ESL will no longer be accepted. This change is effective for students who apply Fall 2008 for the Fall 2009 ADN program.

The department recommends that students meet the math competency requirement for the Associate Degree prior to entering the program.

All courses taken in conjunction with this program must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. (A C minus in prerequisite courses will not be accepted if the C minus is less than 70%.)

Updated 3/22/2007

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