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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Registered Nursing: LVN to ADN

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Registered Nursing: LVN to ADN
Certificate of Achievement in Registered Nursing: LVN to ADN

Registered Nursing: LVN to ADN Program
Susan Craig, Chair (530) 879-4338
Department Office: AHPS 215 (530) 895-2328
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Registered Nursing: LVN to ADN (Associate Degree) program admits LVNs to a curriculum to prepare them for licensure as RNs at the Associate Degree level (ADN). Training as a vocational nurse and prerequisite courses count as the first year of a traditional two-year Associate Degree registered nursing program. The two semesters of clinical nursing provide the additional nursing content required for a registered nursing licensure.

Upon completion of the program the student will be eligible for the national/state licensure examination for registered nurses. A registered nurse can seek employment in a variety of settings: acute hospital care, community/home health care, skilled and long term care, clinics, physician's offices, as well as private industries that interface with health care delivery. A national shortage of registered nurses is predicted for the next two decades.

Career Opportunities
Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in Registered Nursing LVN to ADN:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/2000500CA.html



Admission to the Program
Students are admitted by application only. Contact the Nursing Department or visit www.butte.edu/healthoccupations for application dates and materials. Admission to the program is based on academic and general requirements.

Requirements for Application and Admission: Age 17 years or older with a 12th grade education or equivalent.

Current California licensure as a vocational nurse.

Completion of an approved IV Therapy course.

Minimum of 16 units of college level nursing credit including OB and Pediatric Nursing from a vocational or practical nursing program. (Transcripts must include OB and Pediatric courses that were successfully completed from a vocational or practical nursing program (or an alternative means of satisfying this requirement approved by the Department Chair).

Completion of all prerequisite courses (except for NSG 64 and NSG 65) at the time of application.

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 for Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology courses, with no grade less than "C" for each course and no more than one repetition of one of these courses.

An overall GPA of 2.5 for all prerequisite courses, A minimum 62% composite score on the TEAS V test (may be repeated once).

Applicants that have failed, more than once, from any nursing program (LVN and/or RN) are ineligible to apply.

Persons with substance abuse issues or with conviction of crimes substantially related to the practice of nursing may not be granted a license by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Fingerprints are a required part of the application for licensure. Records that are expunged or sealed, and juvenile records will be accessed and reviewed. For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/enforcement/discguide.pdf

The Nursing Department will not accept online labs for BIOL 20 Human Anatomy, BIOL 21 Human Physiology or BIOL 15 Introduction to Microbiology.

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Registered Nursing: LVN to ADN 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Adhere to standards of professional practice, and practice within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication using compassion and cultural awareness resulting in trusting relationships.
  • Provide comprehensive assessments with a holistic view of the client using the functional health assessment.
  • Demonstrate evidenced-based practice and the use of critical thinking based on the nursing process to provide the foundation for appropriate clinical decision making.
  • Adapt care when providing nursing interventions to assist the clients in achieving desired outcomes.
  • Develop individualized teaching plan based on assessed needs.
  • Demonstrate decision-making coordination with the client, significant support person(s), and members of the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate effective management through gathering information, planning, and directing in collaboration with the health care team to assist the client to move toward positive outcomes in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Required courses for the major: 62 Units

Prerequisite Courses
ENGL 2 Reading and Composition Has prerequisite(s)3
MATH 108 Beginning Algebra Has prerequisite(s)4
BIOL 21 Human Physiology Has prerequisite(s)4
NSG 64 Transition to ADN Nursing I Has prerequisite(s)1
Other Required Courses
(May be taken prior to or concurrently with the first year of the program)
Humanities General Education Requirement3
Multicultural breadth requirement met by completion of program
Program Sequence
NSG 67 Complex Medical/Surgical Nursing III Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 68 Clinical Nursing III Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
NSG 69 Gerontology/Community Based Nursing Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 71 Theory Integration Seminar III Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 74 Nursing Leadership and Management of Patient Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 77 Complex Medical/Surgical Nursing IV Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 78 Clinical Nursing IV Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
NSG 79 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 81 Theory Integration Seminar IV Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 61 Pharmacology Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2


Certificate of Achievement in Registered Nursing: LVN to ADN 30 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Adhere to standards of professional practice, and practice within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication using compassion and cultural awareness resulting in trusting relationships.
  • Provide comprehensive assessments with a holistic view of the client using the functional health assessment.
  • Demonstrate evidenced-based practice and the use of critical thinking based on the nursing process to provide the foundation for appropriate clinical decision making.
  • Adapt care when providing nursing interventions to assist the clients in achieving desired outcomes.
  • Develop individualized teaching plan based on assessed needs.
  • Demonstrate decision-making coordination with the client, significant support person(s), and members of the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate effective management through gathering information, planning, and directing in collaboration with the health care team to assist the client to move toward positive outcomes in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Required courses for the certificate:
Eligibility for Licensure for Non-Degree Students:
A 30-unit option is available for LVNs who wish eligibility for the California Board of Registered Nursing Licensure Examination but who do not wish to complete the Associate Degree Nursing Program. General and Academic Requirements for this option are limited to: Current California LVN Licensure, Successful completion of BIOL 15 and BIOL 21 or equivalent courses. Students interested in this option should request further information and application materials from the Nursing Department Office
BIOL 21 Human Physiology Has prerequisite(s)4
NSG 64 Transition to ADN Nursing I Has prerequisite(s)1
NSG 67 Complex Medical/Surgical Nursing III Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 68 Clinical Nursing III Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
NSG 69 Gerontology/Community Based Nursing Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 74 Nursing Leadership and Management of Patient Care Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 77 Complex Medical/Surgical Nursing IV Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2
NSG 78 Clinical Nursing IV Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)5
NSG 79 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Has prerequisite(s) and corequisite(s)2

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