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Registered Nursing

Registered Nursing

General Information
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: Two year
The Butte College Associate Degree Nursing program is a state approved program which provides the courses necessary for the graduate to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

1.  12 grade education or equivalent
2.  Age 17 years or older

BIOL 20 Human Anatomy (online lab not accepted)
BIOL 21 Human Physiology (online lab not accepted)
BIOL 15 Microbiology (online lab not accepted)
FN 2 Basic Nutrition or FN 50 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
MATH 108 Beginning Algebra (or demonstrated proficiency)
ENGL 2 Reading & Composition
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

*There is no recency requirement for these courses.  However, you 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.

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 (Test of Essential Academic Skills) - Must be TEAS V Minimum Composite Score of 62% with no more than one unsuccessful attempt

CO-REQUISITE COURSES (may be taken concurrently with the first year of 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 Requirement (2 activity courses)*

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

1.  All program prerequisites must be completed at the time of application.
2.  In the event that there are more qualified candidates than spaces in the program, a computer lottery will select the individuals to be enrolled.
3.  Applicants that are not selected for enrollment must reapply if they wish to be considered for admission to a future semester.  The odds of admission increase with each consecutive reapplication. (Note: Individuals selected that decline their seat more than once will not be permitted to reapply.)
4.  Applicants that have failed, more than once, from a nursing program (LVN and/or RN) are ineligible to apply.


Butte College has partnered with Chico State to assist Butte College Nursing students in gaining a Bachelor's in Registered Nursing. These efforts have led to this Matriculation agreement that will allow Butte College Registered Nursing students to transfer into the Chico State Nursing program and obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in less time.


Go to Applications for information regarding:

1.  Application deadlines
2.  Obtaining an application
3.  Financial aid information

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