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Nursing ADN (AS) Health Sciences Total Units: 78
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Term Effective: Fall 2015


The Nursing Program 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.

The successful completion of this major entitles the student to an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing, and eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN, the professional licensing examination to become a registered nurse.

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. The evaluation worksheet is an advising tool only. Program requirements are subject to change and students are strongly advised to consult with the nursing department regarding all requirements.

Registered nurses administer nursing care to ill and injured persons. The majority of jobs are in hospitals and clinics, but opportunities are also available in public health, education, and industrial settings. Nurses may also choose a specialty area, e.g. surgical, pediatrics, psychiatric, labor and delivery, emergency room, etc. As the population ages and the nursing workforce nears retirement, there is a significant demand for nurses regionally, and in California.

Licensure Note: The California Board of Registered Nursing may deny licensure to anyone who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Practice nursing in ways that minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through their individual performances and contributions to system effectiveness.
  2. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and actively participate in continuous quality improvements activities.
  3. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making that improves patient outcomes.
  4. Integrate the best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
  5. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, using open communication, respect for others, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  6. Provide and direct nursing care that promotes and supports the emotional, mental and social well-being of the patient experiencing stressful events, as well as clients with acute or chronic mental illness.
  7. Promote physical health and wellness by providing care and comfort, reducing patient risk potential and managing health alterations.
  8. Use the Nursing Process and critical thinking to provide safe and effective patient care in a variety of practice settings.
  9. Recognize the patient and family or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
  10. Provide and direct nursing care that incorporates the knowledge of expected growth and development principles; prevention and/or early detection of health problems, and strategies to achieve optimal health.
  11. Facilitate patient and family learning by providing information and resources to support health and manage disease.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 78 units from
    • Nursing (ADN) Prerequisites Requirements
    • Nursing (ADN) Board of Registered Nursing Requirements
    • Nursing (ADN) Core Requirements

Nursing (ADN) Prerequisites Requirements - complete 21.00 units
ANAT 1General Human Anatomy5.00
PHYSIO 1Human Physiology5.00
ENGL 1ACollege Composition4.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
FDNT 62Nutrition and Diet Therapy3.00
Elementary Nutrition3.00
FDNT 162Diet Therapy for Healthcare2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
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 and Problem Solving3.00
COMM 7Intercultural Communication3.00
COMM 6Interpersonal 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 10Close Relationships and Family Life3.00
SOC 30Race and Ethnic Relations3.00
Nursing (ADN) Core Requirements - complete 48.00 units
NR 75BNursing Care of Medical-Surgical and Psychiatric Clients12.00
NR 75CNursing Care of the Acutely Ill, Perinatal and Pediatric Pt12.00
NR 75DAdvanced Care of Acutely Ill12.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

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 2016

Previous Versions:

Nursing ADN - effective Summer 2012
Nursing ADN - effective Fall 2009
Nursing ADN - effective Fall 2004
Nursing ADN - effective Fall 1981

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 PRIOR to start of the 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.

Prior to being accepted into the ADN program students must successfully complete a background check, clear urine drug screen, and other clinical placement health requirements. For specific guidance on qualification requirements and selection process please refer to the ADN web page available at:

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 2/04/2013

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