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Registered Nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. RNs are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. RNs observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress of patients. They assist physicians during treatments and examinations, administer medications, and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. RNs develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct patients and their families in proper care, and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health. (From 1998-99 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

RNs work in hospitals, offices and clinics, home, public health, and occupational health settings.

The ADN Program
The Butte College Associate Degree Nursing program is a state approved program which provides the courses necessary for a Licensed Vocational Nurse to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  This program relies on vocational nurse training and prerequisite classes to count as the first year of a traditional two-year ADN Program.

Requirements for Admission
1.  12 grade education or equivalent
2.  Current California vocational nursing license
3.  16 units of college level nursing credit from a vocational nursing program, including OB and Pediatrics, from a vocational or practical nursing program.
4.  IV Therapy competency (Must verify IV certification through the BVNPT online license verification)


Prerequisite Courses**
BIOL 20 Human Anatomy (online lab not accepted)
BIOL 21 Human Physiology (online not accepted)
BIOL 15 Microbiology (online lab not accepted)
ENGL 2 Reading & Composition
MATH 108 Beginning Algebra (or demonstrated proficiency)
PSY 1 Principles of Psychology or PSY 2 Introductory Psychology: Basic Processes or PSY 4 Intro to Psychology: Individual and Social Processes
CMST 2 Public Speaking or CMST 4 Group Discussion or CMST 10 Interpersonal Communication
NSG 64/65 Transition to ADN Nursing I & II***

**There is no recency requirement for these courses.  However, students are held strictly accountable for knowledge of their content, regardless of when they were taken.  We highly recommend that you refresh your knowledge of these subjects, particularly algebra and the sciences, if you took the courses more than five years ago.

***These courses immediately precede the LVN-RN program and are included in the application process.  Students who are fully qualified for the LVN-RN program will be registered for NSG 64 and NSG 65 in wait list order by the Nursing Department.  Students who successfully complete NSG 64 and NSG 65 will automatically enter the LVN-RN program the next semester.

Other Requirements

Cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all prerequisite courses, with no less than a 'C' for each course

Overall GPA of 2.5 for the Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology prerequisite courses, with no grade less than 'C' for each course and no more than one repetition of one of these courses for purposes of GPA calculation

TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills version Five) - Minimum Composite Score of 62% with no more than one unsuccessful attempt 
(applicants must pass the TEAS V before beginning NSG 64/65).

Co-requisite Courses (may be taken during the program)
ANTH 4 Cultural Anthropology OR SOC 2 Principles of Sociology OR SOC 4 Modern Social Problems
Humanities Requirement (GE Requirement for AS Degree)****
Physical Education Activities (2 activity courses)****

****Applicants who have already attained a bachelor's degree are exempt from these course requirements.

Selection Process
Admission to the LVN-RN program, beginning with the NSG 64/65 transition courses, is granted on a first come, first serve basis.  Applicants are added to a wait list in order of qualified eligibility by the Nursing Department. Beginning for the Spring 2016 transition courses, the LVN-RN program will be moving to a lottery with the majority of available seats going to students that have applied the most times. Applications for the Fall 2016 program will be available December 1, 2015 and due February 28, 2016.

Application Info
Go to Applications for information about:

1.  Application deadlines
2.  Obtaining an application
3.  Information about financial aid

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